.eu, the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the European Union, is celebrating its fifth birthday today.
Here are some interesting facts about the .eu extension….
EURid has reported that registrations of .eu domain names have doubled in five years, which puts it ninth on the list of most popular TLDs in the world. According to EURid .eu domain names are available to more than 500 million Europeans in 27 countries – domains can be registered by organizations and citizens in all EU member states.
Let’s take a look at the popularity of other country code TLDs in Europe:
Germany (.de): 14.321.870 registered domain names;
United Kingdom (.co.uk, .org.uk, etc.): 9.317.393 registered domain names;
The Netherlands (.nl): 4.378.370 registered domain names;
France (.fr): 1.989.689.
When you transfer a .eu from one provider to another, it does not add a year onto the expiry date (as in .com), instead it gives you a year from the date the transfer completes.
The .eu whois (eurid.eu) has recently updated their whois results to display ‘expiry date’ (about chuffin’ time!)
More interestingly, if you are late expiring your .eu and it has gone into ‘quarantine’ ….
Quarantined This name is currently unavailable because it is quarantined. A domain name holder may decide to give up a name and delete its registration. When that happens, the domain name is put into a 40-day quarantine as a safety measure.
….. it now shows the date it will be released back onto the open market as a ‘first come first served’ domain registration?!?