I just received an email from OpenSRS that makes me, as a .CA domain name holder, very happy. On October 12, CIRA will be flipping the switch on their new registry platform which will replace their current system (an old, difficult-to-use, and frustrating system) with something much more in keeping with registry standards out there. Here are some highlights of the changes:
- The domain lifecycle will be changed to bring it in line with industry standards and more like generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Changes include moving to a similar renewal grace period, redemption period, and the use of authorization codes for transfers. Additionally, domains will be renewed upon transfer.
- CIRA Registrant profiles and passwords will be eliminated and domains will be managed at the Registrar level, with no further confirmations required (currently Registrants have a separated CIRA profile to approve some management functions).
- Third- and fourth-level domains will no longer be available for registration.
- WHOIS privacy will be managed at the Registrar level (currently it is managed at the CIRA website).
- Registrar-to-registrar transfers will allowed only after the domain is registered for 60 days (currently 30 days).
Although some may still hold frustrations with CIRA’s administration, I think we can agree that this will make it much more pleasant to hold .CA domains. If you’re interested in learning more, OpenSRS is hosting a webinar on it.