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    Newsletter – April 2020

    Easter is coming!

    While all of us are in a lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, we as usual will provide you our fresh newsletter!

    Note that the following days are public holidays for our Dutch office:

    •  Easter: 12/13th April
    •  King’s Day: 27th April
    •  Liberation Day: 5th May
    •  Ascension Day: 21st May
    •  Pentecost: 31st May/1st June

    SSL certificate validity gets shorter again

    Starting from September 1st 2020, Apple’s Safari browser will no longer trust SSL/TLS certificates with validity periods over one year (more specifically – 398 days is max, which equals a one-year certificate plus the renewal grace period). Please note that this is only for leaf certificates and does not concern intermediate and root certificates. 

    What does it mean to you? 

    Well, all certificates issued before 1st of September for periods longer than a year will still be trusted by Safari, but will have to be renewed only for one year. So if you want to save – take the last opportunity to buy certificates for longer periods now. 

    Recurrent payments now available

    Recurrent billing is now available in the Finance section of your control panel. Just set up the lowest balance threshold and the desired amount to be automatically added to your account. Or define the frequency of payments with the fixed amount, and don’t let the low balance issue interfere with the renewals. 

    Now it’s one less thing to worry about!

    DENIC shortens timeframe for violation of .de Domain Guidelines

    The German registry DENIC has a procedure in place to correct contact information in case of complaints. This procedure of “violation of the .de Domain Guidelines” involved often 4 reminders and review by DENIC’s legal team.

    Since the 1st of March 2020, this procedure has been streamlined and the deadlines have been shortened. The registry will inform the domain holder first through the registrar and sends 1 reminder. If there is no update within 14 days, DENIC’s legal department will contact the domain registrant directly asking for correction of the data. If the data are not corrected within one further week, the registry will delete the domain name.

    Note that more and more registries are validating data or plan to do so. For that reason it is more important than ever to validate your customer’s data before submitting it to Openprovider and to update contact details as soon as they change.

    Short update on .eu authorisation codes

    On the 8th of April 2020, registry EURid implemented a small update in authorisation code management for its .eu extension, including the Cyrillic .ею and Greek .ευ: if, during the 40-days validity period of the authorisation code, the domain owner changes, the authorisation code will be reset by the registry and a new one should be supplied.

    With this change, EURid wants to minimise the risk of unauthorised domain transfers. 

    Quarterly cost price review

    One of our promises with our Membership model is that we forward any financial advantage, related to the included extensions, to our customers. Every quarter we re-investigate our cost prices and adjust them if necessary. The following cost prices change, effective from the 8th of April 2020:

    ExtensionOld PriceNew Price
    .ae AED 123.48AED 123.70
    .co $20.27$20.00
    .com.co
    .net.co
    .nom.co
    $8.96$8.00
    .dk DKK 42.18DKK 41.93

    Price and currency updates several extensions

    Several registries have announced price and/or currency updates:

    • • With immediate effect, .au domains are charged in Australian dollars. The prices themselves remain unchanged, so this means a discount of almost 40%
    • • With immediate effect, .商标 (.xn--czr694b, “trademark” in Chinese) increases by CNY 2.000 in each tier. The new Member price is CNY 3.802.
    • • Effective from the 1st of September 2020, .cologne and .koeln domains will increase by €3,00 for our Members and in all tiers.
    • • Effective from the 15th of September 2020, .bayern domains will increase by €2,00 for our Members and in all tiers.
    • • Effective from the 15th of September 2020, .law domains will increase by $6,00 for our Members and in all tiers.

    SHA-1 algorithms disabled for DNSSEC

    For a long time, SHA-1 hash algorithms are considered non-secure as the bit-length is insufficient for the current computer power. Early January, researchers from France and Singapore described a potential attack that has the potential for dangerous and far-reaching consequences in the Domain Name System (DNS) ecosystem.

    For that reason, Openprovider will disable the use of SHA-1 based DNSSEC algorithms on the 11th of May 2020. From that date onwards, you will not be able to use the following algorithms for DNSSEC anymore:

    • • Algorithm 3: DSA/SHA1
    • • Algorithm 5: RSA/SHA-1
    • • Algorithm 7: RSASHA1-NSEC3-SHA1

    We will inform any reseller that uses those deprecated algorithms personally.

    10-year anniversary of DRS

    Exactly 10 years ago, on the 17th of March 2010, we released the first version of “DRS”, our internal Domain Registration System. This was a big improvement in scalability of Openprovider. Before that date, connections to the registries were just created from within the big bunch of Openprovider code. Any change could affect the rest of the system – a horrible idea!

    With DRS we were able to extract all logic around domain registration and management from the core and put it in a different module, which greatly improved the maintainability of our system.

    The fun thing is that we are “as we speak” working on a big project to create the next generation of DRS. We’ll certainly inform you at a later moment about the details!

    10 years ago – it sounds so recent! Still, a lot has changed, and looking back at it, it’s quite incredible what we’ve achieved. We grew our domain volume with 30% year-over-year up to the 1.8 million today and the number of direct accreditations to 176. The Dutch .nl is still number one, but is pursued by .com being just slightly behind. This clearly shows the internationalisation of our company.

    Where will we stand in the next 10 years? If the growth continues at the same pace, we’ll manage 22 million domains by the year 2030, probably connect to most registries worldwide and selling to leading companies all over the world. See you then!

    Release of Openprovider WHMCS domain module version 3.2!

    Are you using WHMCS to offer hosting or other services? Try using our free domain registration module to seamlessly integrate domain management in WHMCS with provisioning from Openprovider. If you’re already a user, check out the following improvements and optimizations from the latest release:  

    • • Better logic for customers registering .es domains.
    • • Performance improvements when client loads domain registration page
    • • Granular control synchronization options directly from registrar configuration page 
    • • Option to renew domains upon transfer completion for certain TLDs
    • • Improved handling of transfer completions
    • • Improvements to domain synchronization, including adding a debug mode
    • • Dashboard widget showing the number of domains and account balance with Openprovider

    We invite you to follow this complete guide for the configuration of each of the sections of the module

    We value your feedback on the module, and encourage you to share it with us, either in our GitHub repository, or via any of the Openprovider support channels.

    Upcoming industry events

    Due to coronavirus outbreak and quarantine all events have been cancelled. However, you always can join our Openprovider Online Bar where every week we do something fun and interesting!

    Updates to the new gTLDs

    Sunrises:
    • • 29 April: .dealer
    • • 14 May: .cyou

    Landrushes:

    • • 6 May: .compare, .select

    Upcoming price changes

    • 1 April: .au
    • • 1 April: .商标
    • • 1 July 2020, 2021: .club
    • • 1 September: .cologne, .koeln
    • • 15 September: .bayern, .law

    March promotions

    DomainOld priceNew priceStart dateEnd dateAction
    .design $19.00$10.181st April30th April1st year new year registrations
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