New website option A group behind new .nz domain names says brokers should get in early to find out what their options are if they want to change to the new address style. From September 1, .nz will become an option, alongside the more familiar .co.nz and .org.nz. The new .nz domains are managed by the Domain Name Commission, which said it was important that brokers understood what was happening. “These new types of .nz name shorter and simpler, and create an exciting new registration choice. If you don’t already have a .nz domain name and the change has got you curious, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore representing yourself online with .nz.” Spokesman Campbell Gardiner said some people with existing domain names would be able to reserve the .nz version at no cost for up to two years. “It’s important that IBANZ members who have a website or email address ending in .nz understand what’s happening so they can act on any special options available to them…This is because they could be eligible to register or reserve the shorter version of their name before anyone else, if they wanted to. Some people may find their name is
‘conflicted’, in which case there’s a process in place to make sure their views are heard.” It is not compulsory to register a .nz domain name and .co.nz, org.nz and ac.nz accounts will still operate as normal. Gardiner said: “If you’re not interested in this change, that’s fine. You should know that your .nz name will continue to work as it always has and you’ll always be able to register and use names under existing endings like ‘.co.nz’ and ‘.org.nz’.”
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