Free .be Domain Names!

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It's true, get a free .be domain name untill January! Nick Wilsdon over at E3 is handing them out here.

Other larger registrars, such as GoDaddy are just pocketing the difference...

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No such thing as a free lunch..

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Transfer of a .be domain name is free of charge but does require you to purchase an extra year of registration (£ 16.50). This will be added to the existing registration period.

New Registrations Only

Hi Cornwall,

Yes we still have to take an additional years registration for .be transfers. This offer applies to all new registrations of .be domains, these are completely free. The Belgium registry want to create a lot more interest around the TLD by giving away these new domains.

Just added a few more words to the text, hopefully that makes it clearer.

So can i get a .be NOW for

So can i get a .be NOW for FREE or is it going to cost me 16.50?

Yes you can get any NEW .be

Yes you can get any NEW .be NOW absolutely FREE Nick. :)

Transfers are treated differently, we still need to take a years registration. They are looking for new customers here, not existing ones.

Their position on transfers makes sense. It would upset quite a few registrars who are not taking part (such as Godaddy) if their .be clients moved to a free provider because of this promotion.

signup

signed up

Got no confirmation page after filling in all my details, and no email confirmation either!

Can you update the DNS from within your CP then, if we don't transfer the domain elsewhere and just want to say alias this to an existing IP hosted elsewhere, is this possible?

No news on DNS.be

The Belgium registry want to create a lot more interest around the TLD by giving away these new domains.

There is no news on free domain names on DNS Belgium http://www.dns.be

Would they not put up a press release if they are giving away domain names for free????

Looks like a stunt from e3-internet to me.

Hi Torque Just put the

Hi Torque

Just put the thankyou message at the top of the page, it should be a bit more obvious now. Sorry about the lack of email notification, as the Belgium WHOIS has given up we had to remove this from our usual ordering system. (which would require a pass on the WHOIS availablity to continue).

This has been running for a few hours now and the Belgium Registry seem rather inundated. They have promised that they will deal with all applications on a first come, first serve basis.

To save them trouble (and avoid dissapointment) make a quick web address check on your domain(s). Also keep in mind that most registries (.be included) will not proceed with an order where the address is a P.O. Box.

In our control panel you can add your own name servers. We do offer a Managed DNS service where you can add your own A/C and MX records (as well as domain forwarding) but this costs £5 per year ($8.5). This is hosted at the main IBM data centre in the states and gives you fall over and backup.

HTH

combien

Cheers for the reply

In our control panel you can add your own name servers. We do offer a Managed DNS service where you can add your own A/C and MX records (as well as domain forwarding) but this costs £5 per year ($8.5). This is hosted at the main IBM data centre in the states and gives you fall over and backup.

£5 per domain or £5 for the option? I've just ordered 10 (did check the availability first elsewhere) - Will see what happens.

Would they not put up a

Would they not put up a press release if they are giving away domain names for free????

It is an offer to the Registrars, not the public plankie. We have chosen to pass this onto our customers, as some other registrars have done. Some may choose not to do this. Registrars often have these deals given to them, as an incentive to push a particular TLD.

£5 per domain. As I say

£5 per domain. As I say though, you can change your name servers completely free of charge and point to your own set up (or that of your host).

Yes there may be a wait on these, I'm not sure they anticipated this rush. Up to yesterday they still had a 30 queries per IP/hr limit on their WHOIS.

inspiration - probably taken

inspiration

- probably taken most of them, I bet most two-three-five-letter dot-be domains have been gone for a while.

<de-lurk>

I found this word matcher quite useful - although as claus says, the majority of short phrases have probably gone.

< /lurk>

Before we get another

Before we get another request, the following are already taken:

sex.be
msn.be
yahoo.be
google.be

sheesh...

Might add though that the

Might add though that the Godaddy WHOIS connection to the .be registry is still working (one of the few left).

Why are Californians so laid back?

Why are West Coasters so laid back?

Well now I know. Because when they are sleeping, the gold rush happens in the other time zones, so that when they wake up the gold is already gone or the game has already changed (e3 forms are not working, .be WHOIS is not working, etc).

At first it's frustrating and annoying, but after I while I guess it's best to just skip the morning work routine and take a walk outside, get a chai latte, ponder the meaning of life... there's time later to work on my "meditate your way to a stress free life" seminar series.

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Why do you require CC info if these are really free?

Hi Lots0 You went via our

Hi Lots0

You went via our main shopping script. We can't remove the CC part of the form for .be orders without removing it for all the rest of our orders.

If you follow this other link then you get to a special form we set up with the CC part removed.

HTH

cool

I used the first form (with the CC) - But now I can't figure out how to set the nameservers for the domains - can I get a hint Kino?

They are still being fed

They are still being fed through to the Belgium Registry via their API. When we get a positive/negative reponse on your applications then we will send you an email.

If you have successfully got domains, you will get your password/username to log into the system and change your name servers.

You will have to be patient with these, they really underestimated the demand here.

Nick's just got

Nick's just got threadwatch.be - so at least we know nothing can happen this time eh?

i am having a hard time

i am having a hard time using the e3 form, i want to register more than 10 domains and it keeps making me fill out new accounts. i have no idea if these are actually being submitted since the form takes a few mintues to submit

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I got the email Kino - looks like I got the ones I wanted - VERY COOL. A big THANK YOU!

I'll wait a day or two to update the nameservers.

Sorry lots0 - don't feel too

Sorry lots0 - don't feel too good yet. Without the WHOIS check and with the queue at the registry nothing is certain until they confirm with us. Sorry.

goodroi - looks like we're getting a bit swamped here. America just woke up? We're working on providing more juice.

I checked them here,

I checked them here, http://www.dns.be/
and your right some I got and some I did not. :-)

>>>America just woke up?

It is about 10:30am on the west coast, those bums should just be getting out of bed... hehe

We're trying our best. It

We're trying our best. It looks like a lot of the other registrars have packed it in once the WHOIS became unreliable.

We're still having a load problem on the server. Will be fixed soon hopefully.

We're back up now but I'm

We're back up now but I'm moving the site to a faster box. We had nearly 10'000 people hit that form in the hour before we went down and they don't look like they are letting up.

Looks like we're about to

Looks like we're about to have a restart on the .be domain landgrab John, so you may have a chance after all ;)

Hey Keno

must be wild to be you right now... ;-)

I received one email from you guys stating "Your order has now been received and will be reviewed by our staff within 24 hours. Once your services are active a further email will be sent containing login information."

So does this mean I need to "redo" the process when you guys start back up or have these already been fed to the Belgium Registry?

I've seen yours in the queue

I've seen yours in the queue Lots0 - you don't need to submit. Yes I ought to change some of those emails, these are rather exceptional circumstances.

We've been given the go ahead now though by our provider. We're putting together some scripts which will make this a lot simpler. We got flagged for rather enthusiastic take up of the promotion ;)

We're open again with a new

We're open again with a new system/platform. So far 2000 registrations today and holding up well.

Everyone is limited to 10 successful applications, so if you had some refused last time, come and make some more.

reminds me of Nicks [adv] thread

This reminds me of Nicks Your [adv] here thread. There's only so much time available for trying things and checking things out. For me, I used up that time on the first round (unsuccessfully) and lost interest.

Now when I see "it's back" I immediately rationalize *NOT* pursuing it

  • domains are only free the first year, who knows what they will cost to renew
  • if I build equity on the domain I will have to pay whatever is asked to keep it
  • boutique TLDs are risky because they might fold if not wildly successful
  • unless I am ready to deploy NOW, probably not worth the effort to try again
  • etc.

Sorry if this kind of feedback is not helpful here... I am kinda thinking of that other thread mostly.

Hi John,

Hi John,

First, this isn't one of Nick's advertising (adv) threads. He's been kind enough to let this one sneakily in through the back door. For which I will have to throw literally litres of beer his way next time we meet.

Saying that though, this is a completely free, no strings attached promotion. On specific answers to your questions. We are charging $20 for renewal and no transfer away or leaving fees. Doesn't get anymore open that that.

I have just put up a FAQ page which addresses many of the emails I have got over this offer.

awesome

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no transfer away or leaving fees

That makes all the difference. It is especially positive that you have addressed questions here directly (and with good answers as a bonus!). Thanks.

To .be or not to .be....

Sorry, couldn't resist

it seems that it is

it seems that it is not-to.be because, once again, it is not functional.

That's strange

Hi John,

That's strange. The flood is over now and we haven't had a problem for days now. I set everything up on our russian domain on the new server. Is this where you went?

If you or any other TW members are having trouble though send me a PM. I'll give you my email address and will put your domains into the queue myself.

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