New Zealand domain name change: What this means for you.
You will (or may already have) start noticing a change in how domain names look. As of 30 September, the existing second-level domain names are now optional. People have the choice to either register with, without, or both. In other words, you are used to seeing www.anyname.co.nz. But with this change, you will also start to see www.anyname.nz.
Why the change?
There are a few reasons for the domain name change. Firstly, it’s going to give Kiwis a lot more choice when it comes to domain names. It’s also a more representative online address. Before, people had a .co in their domain name even if it weren’t a business. Lastly, the shorter domain name means New Zealand is aligning with other countries.
Will you need to change your domain name?
With the change, it can seem a bit complicated at what you need to do. If you have a domain name, you will have the choice to change to the shorter version. If you don’t care with changing your domain name, then you will not need to do anything, and can continue using your domain name as usual.
If you are interested in registering the shorter domain, there are a few things to know, depending when you registered. You must visit www.anyname.nz to check the status of your current domain name. There are a few different statuses you might encounter when you check: available, PRR, or conflicted.
Registering the Shorter Version.
After you checked your status, if you are eligible to register there are two possible statuses: available and PRR.
The available status means the domain name you have entered is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you register it first, then you would get it first.
PRR (Preferred Registration or Reservation) means that the holder (registrant) of the longer domain has preferential rights and can register the shorter domain up until 30 March 2015. If you are not the holder, you will have to wait until this date to see if it becomes available.
To register the shorter domain name, contact a registrar and they will be able to assist you. You will need your UDAI, the password required that allows a request to transfer a domain name from one registrar to the other. To find your UDAI, ask your registrar.
Reserving the Shorter Version.
If you are eligible to reserve the shorter domain name, you may do so for free for two years. This gives you until 30 September 2016 to decide whether you want to keep the shorter domain name while not letting anyone else have it during that period.
If you decide you want to reserve, you must keep your existing longer domain name current for the reservation to remain valid.
To reserve, go to www.anyname.nz/manage. Enter your existing .nz domain name and UDAI. After this you will be asked if you want to reserve the shorter version. Here you will confirm, and an e-mail confirmation will be sent. If you don’t register before 30 September 2016 then it becomes available for anyone to register on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Conflicted Process.
If you have gone ahead to check your eligibility, but instead of receiving a “available” or “PRR”, your status is “conflicted.” This means the domain name is registered in at least two different second-levels, such as a .co.nz and .org.nz. You will need to go through the conflicted process at www.anyname.nz/manage.
You will need to tell whether:
1. You want the shorter version.
2. You don’t want it, nor care who gets it.
3. You don’t want anyone to have it.
4. You don’t want anyone to have it, and think it should become its own second level.
Once you have figured what option, you will want to share your thoughts as soon as you can at www.anyname.nz with your UDAI.
Here you will find out who you are conflicted with, and can get in contact with them to discuss what you want to do if more than one person wants it. If there is no clear solution, a free facilitation service provided by Domain Name Commission will occur and the domain name will not become available until all parties agree. If there is still no agreement, it will be unavailable to register.
If you are the registrant who is registered with the other domain, you are conflicted with yourself. If this is the case, and you want the shorter version, pick the one domain you want, and the others that you don’t want.
To find out further information regarding the second-level domain names, visit www.anyname.nz.