Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.NG Domain Name Active Domains as at 31st May 2018

In the last two years, the rate of .ng domain name registrations has almost doubled. Yet the rate of renewals is not so encouraging especially at the third level.

In the month of May 2018, the total number of domain names registered (fresh registration and renewals) was 7,775 whilst for April 2018, the total domain name registrations (fresh registration and renewals) was 7,219. And in comparison, for May 2017, this figure stands at 6,154.

STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS BLOG ONLINE

A blog is an online journal, with your latest stories appearing first. You can also blog photographs. As you have possibly noticed, society is very supportive of creative individuals. People have become creative, turned blogging into an enviable source of income. Many people blog and has turned blogging also into a necessary marketing tool. It is quite easy to start a blog of your business website. It is necessary to keep your blog updated with fresh and relevant content that will interest people to visit your website and thereby help and keep your business ranking high in search results.  There are several basic tips to adopt to keep your blog interesting and engaging.

You need to take note of engaging topics for your target audience. This can include tips or solutions to business challenges or problems. Whatever you write about must be of interest and value to your target audience.

Build a content calendar. Just as you want to post social media updates regularly, do the same with your blog. A regular deadline will help you focus and keep your business fresh in the minds of readers.

Use keywords of interest to your readers/followers. These keywords would be searched for to find businesses like yours. Use simple language to communicate and connect with your readers. Your readers must be able to understand and appreciate your articles and understand you from your posts.

For your website, register a relevant .ng domain name:  Your domain name is your online identity and it is important you choose the right .ng domain name from the onset. It is a business decision. There are basic rules in choosing the right .ng domain name; you need to consider a name that is short, memorable, unique, readable, and of course, relevant and applicable to your business. The registration of .ng domain names is via the platform of NiRA Accredited Registrars. To register .ng domain name for your blog immediately, visit any of the NiRA Accredited Registrars via the link: https://nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars.

Remember to promote your blog posts on your social media accounts. Be sure to include links, images (your own or stock photos) to increase click-through and read rates.

Track your results. Regularly review traffic statistics for your posts, such as unique visitors, time on the page, where they’re coming from, what search terms they used and the number of comments per post.

Invite your blog readers to join your email list so they’ll always know when you are publishing something new.

NIRA and EU GDPR

NIRA’s EU GDPR implementation is directly tied to CoCCA, to the Registry Software that NIRA runs. CoCCA, in its EU GDPR compliance roadmap had earlier customized its Registry Software in compliance with the EU GDPR and held several discussions with its clients, including NIRA to verify this compliance.

We are confident that the software version that we currently run, in which we are able to set the basic parameters for EU registrars and registrants, is compliant with the basic rules, and we are assured that from time to time, there will be reviews of what has been implemented.

NiRA Accredited Registrars are still expected to provide relevant details with the applications for domain name registrations. The technical and billing information for these set of registrars and registrants are no longer displayed via WHOIS lookup.

As for their registrant and admin records via the WHOIS lookup, only the domain ID, contact name and organization can be displayed. Any EU registrant, whose country is not an EU country, does not receive the treatment for EU registrant. For contacts outside the EU, the settings remain the same. Now, the NiRA WHOIS displays minimal information/details for EU Registrants.

We believe that this action will give our EU Registrars the confidence they need to continue to push .ng domains to Registrants within the European Union, and other regions of the world.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

NiRA Academy Resellers Entrepreneur Program

On Wednesday, 16th of May 2018, NIRA through its Special Purpose Vehicle, the NIRA Academy, organized its .ng Resellers Entrepreneurship Programme (REP) at NIRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos. The Resellers Programme aimed at developing and training entrepreneurs & aspiring entrepreneurs about the Domain Name Industry. The training also provided an insight into the vast opportunities that exist within the Domain Name Industry. Participants were encouraged to network with professionals within the Domain Name Industry as we had representatives from three NiRA Accredited Registrars at the event.

Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) encouraged participants to actively participate in the training; highlighting that NiRA creates opportunities for people to become entrepreneurs and employers of labor.

The three NIRA Accredited Registrars (Whogohost Limited, Upperlink Limited and Q-Server Limited) made presentations in relation to Domain name registration and Hosting services. The Registrars presented their Reseller packages to the participants.

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of attendance was presented to each participant while  .ng souvenirs were given to the four most active participants in the class.

GDPR: ICANN Board Approves Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the proposed "Temporary Specification for gTLD

Registration Data."

The Board decided to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and with community-developed policies as they relate to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

"The ICANN Board's the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data is an important step towards bringing ICANN and its contracted parties into compliance with GDPR," said Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair. "While there are elements remaining to be finalized, the adoption of this Temporary Specification sets us on the right path to maintaining WHOIS in the public interest, while complying with GDPR before its 25 May 2018 enforcement deadline."

 

The ICANN organization has closely worked with stakeholders and the ICANN community to discuss and develop the Temporary Specification, and has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) to solicit its feedback and input.

 

"The Proposed Interim Compliance Model is the product of significant collaboration between ICANN and the community," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO. "With the Temporary Specification now approved by the Board, we can continue working together to identify a permanent solution."

 

The Board's resolution also initiated a community-led policy development process to consider the development and adoption of a consensus policy based on the issues outlined within the Temporary Specification.

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