Irish Domain Name Registrar Pioneers the New .BLOG Domain

Blacknight announces Availability of .BLOG domain names, moves company blog to

Ireland’s leading domain name registrar and hosting company, Blacknight, is among the first in the world to own its own .BLOG domain name. Its corporate blog has moved to and the company is now taking applications for the newly launched top level domain. Company CEO and co-founder Michele Neylon was among the first to popularise blogging in Ireland. He says it's an important part of both his business and personal life.

Blacknight, Ireland’s leading domain name registrar and hosting company, has announced that it is now taking applications for the newly launched .BLOG top level domain.

And Blacknight itself has already become a .BLOG pioneer, becoming one of the first to own a .BLOG name, after moving its corporate blog to

The Irish company joins an exclusive club of .BLOG pioneers, including Dave Winer, the software developer who was among the earliest founders of the blogging movement, and one of its most enthusiastic evangelists. In recognition, he's been given the domain

Blacknight also has a long history with blogging. Company CEO and co-founder Michele Neylon was among Ireland’s first bloggers, beginning his blog in 2003, when “it wasn’t sexy, and it wasn’t mainstream”.

Now, however, it has become mainstream, he says, to the point where “we probably don’t really view them as ‘blogs’ these days as much as being part of the ‘media’”.

“Blogging is important for me personally and for us as a company”, says Neylon, who has won multiple awards for blogging.

“I know from talking to people over the years that many view their personal (or business) blog as being a great way to get their ideas out there. So when I first heard that there was going to be a specific domain extension for blogs I was really excited. It made perfect sense to me.”

It’s anticipated that demand for .BLOG domains is going to be high, especially as traditionally popular domains like .COM have reached saturation for popular keywords. For those who feel that all the good names are taken, .BLOG opens up an exciting new territory, with a suffix that is instantly recognisable.

Currently Blacknight is taking applications in the Sunrise phase for .BLOG. This first phase allows trademark holders to secure domains which contain their protected names. After that, the Landrush phase will open, allowing applicants to bid for the most popular names. Good generic keywords like, or will be at a premium, and record prices are likely.

After the Landrush period, the new domain will be open to General Availability from November 21.

In addition to the current Sunrise phase, Blacknight customers may also pre-submit applications for the later Landrush and General Availability phases.

More information on .BLOG domain names is available at

About Blacknight

Blacknight ( are an Irish based, ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company. Recipients of several awards for their revolutionary use of social media, Blacknight are one of Europe’s most cutting edge Internet companies. Blacknight constantly seek to lead the way by introducing innovative solutions for its client base and provide dedicated servers and co-location as well as a comprehensive range of Microsoft Windows and Linux based hosting services and domain name registration services to business globally. IP transit services and other solutions for more demanding business and academic customers are offered a la carte. Fibre broadband services for both business and domestic users are also available throughout most of Ireland.

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