EURid News: .eu renewal rate tops 80% in 2013

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PRLog (Press Release)Mar. 13, 2014 Brussels, 13 March 2014 – On average, 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.

“Internet users want to be able to express themselves online through TLDs that inspire feelings of trust, quality and security,” explains EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “.eu has always had the reputation of being a quality and trustworthy domain, and the renewal rate is proof that our registrants feel the same way.”

That end-users, particularly businesses, are keen to benefit from the quality and trustworthiness conveyed by the .eu brand is further underlined by the fact that the TLD has the highest percentage of business websites when compared with the largest gTLDs, according to the latest website categorisation report published by EURid in collaboration with the Statistics Research Centre of the University of Leuven (Belgium).

37.8% of .eu websites are used for business purposes, compared with an average of 30.5% of websites under gTLDs like .com, .biz and .net.

Throughout 2013 EURid worked to consolidate and even further develop the security and trustworthiness of.eu, launching a pilot programme in Q1 to check and improve the quality of WHOIS data and achieving certification for the ISO27001 security standard in Q4, amongst others.

In 2013, the total number of .eu registrations increased in 19 of the 28 EU Member States.

The full report for Q4 2013 is available for download at: http://link.eurid.eu/ reports.

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About .eu and EURid

The .eu domain ranks among the largest top-level domains in the world, connecting more than 500 million people across 31 countries to one Internet identity. More than 3.5 million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005.

EURid is the not-for-profit organisation that operates the .eu top-level domain, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with over 750 accredited registrars and provides support in the 24 official EU languages. As part of its ongoing commitment to data security, EURid has been certified for the ISO27001 security standard since 2013. EURid is also registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of its environmental commitment. EURid has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), and regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at: http://www.eurid.eu.

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