If I hadn’t warned people in advance I might feel mildly guilty about all these domain related announcements ..
If you’re a regular reader you may have noticed that I have a small passion for the .tel namespace. I think the concept behind .tel is very cool and if there is enough “buy in” it could prove to be very revolutionary indeed. Of course it’s not without its funny side!
As of yesterday evening we are now processing all new .tel domain registrations via our own ICANN accreditation. This means that you are dealing with us from start to finish.
Any new .tel domains will be managed via telhosting.blacknight.com and you’ll get login details within a few minutes of registering the domain. We’ve also setup the system to automatically populate the domain with some basic NAPTR records so that it goes “llive” as quickly as possible.
Once your domain is registered and you have your telhosting login you can create your content and decide which contact details you want to share with whom.
If you’re an iPhone user there are two apps you can get for .tel:
- my.tel – which allows you to manage your .tel easily from your mobile
- Superbook – which polls your iphone’s address book for any .tel entries and then brings up the full contents (very cool!)
For Blackberry there’s an app that integrates tightly with the address book, while Microsoft Outlook users can try this plugin.
Already have a .tel domain? You can easily integrate it with your existing website if you follow the instructions over here.
So get registering .tel domains! You know you want to!
So off I went in a fit of exuberance and registered a .tel with you guys. What isn’t immediately obvious to me is how long it takes to propagate through the universe and if I have to add the .tel domain to my existing hosting package (also with you).
Perhaps you could stick this up on a faq somewhere?
I’ll see what I can do in terms of adding more info on how it all works.
To answer your questions:
– the .tel will “appear” within an hour of the registration completing, as we populate it with a basic set of “records” on registration.
– you’ll get a welcome email from the telhosting system with your login details so that you can edit the content and add your own stuff to it
– you cannot “host” a .tel in the traditional manner, so there’s no point trying to link it to an existing hosting plan for webspace
– you can, however, use a .tel for email (I was going to do a screencast on this, but haven’t had a chance yet)
Hope that helps a bit 🙂