Update Log for portal.dns.business

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3 new gTLDs available on Gateway - Oct 29 2021 08:10:00


new, $7 *

renew, $25

restore, $49

transfer, $25

redeem, $49

* new registrations for .blog on promotion


new, $24

renew, $24

restore, $97

transfer, $24

redeem, $97


new, $23

renew, $23

restore, $55

transfer, $23

redeem, $55


Scheduled Maintenance for Donuts Registry - Oct 26 2021 06:10:00

Date: Monday, November 1st - 17:00 UTC

Maintenance Window: 17:00 - 18:30 UTC

Expected Duration: 90 minutes

This update will not have any immediate impacting changes. The updates are part of the ongoing enhancement of the Donuts Registry.

The list of affected zones on Gateway can be viewed here.


CO.ZA Emergency Maintenance Notification - Oct 14 2021 01:10:32

Downtime Scheduled for 14 October 2021 at 21h00 SAST for co.za

ZACR will be performing emergency database maintenance for CO.ZA systems on Thursday, 14 October from 21h00 - 23h00 SAST. 

You can expect 90 to 120 minutes of intermittent downtime during this maintenance window for CO.ZA EPP services. Whois/RDAP and DNS services will remain unaffected. 


Scheduled Maintenance for .africa - Sep 14 2021 12:09:41

The Registry for .africa will be performing planned maintenance on Thursday, 16 September from 21h00 - 22h00 SAST. This will result in downtime to the EPP registration services for .africa.

The Whois and DNS services will remain unaffected. 


.bw Registrations - Aug 27 2021 07:08:59

New registrations require an email verification step which needs to be completed by the Registrant for the domain. The domain will only be published to the zone once this step is completed. This applies to ac.bw, co.bw and net.bw.


Scheduled Database Maintenance, Wednesday 21 July 2021 - Jul 14 2021 09:07:00

ZACR and Registry Africa will be performing a system wide database upgrade on Wednesday, 21 July from 07h00 - 09h00 SAST, in an effort to provide enhanced database responses and performance results in the future.

This will result in extended outages to the EPP registration services.

This means that processing creates, updates, transfers and other domain operations will not be available for the following zones: co.za, web.za, org.za, net.za, .africa, .capetown, .durban and .joburg.

Whois/RDAP and DNS services will remain unaffected.


Neustar Registry Scheduled Maintenance - Jun 09 2021 09:06:05

Scheduled from 2021-06-10 02:30 SAST to 2021-06-10 06:30 SAST

During the service window, there will be system improvements and updates. This affects .biz, .co and .cloud domains on Gateway.


44 new extensions available on Gateway - Jun 01 2021 03:06:27













































Pricing and additional information available from the links in the pricelist here gateway.africa/pricing.


Gateway updates to Auto Renewal and Billing - Jun 01 2021 01:06:40

Please note that we have updated the Gateway system to perform a balance check immediately prior to a domain renewal on any ZACR or Registry Africa domains. If there is insufficient balance on your account to process the renewal at the remote registry the domain will be updated to auto renew false. No billing will then be performed for the domain renewal on your account. The normal deletion process will then apply to any lapsed domain.


Changes to Domain Lock - May 24 2021 11:05:32

We have updated the Gateway API to only apply the following statuses to a domain when locked:

 - clientTransferProhibited

 - clientUpdateProhibited

In the past 'clientDeleteProhibited' was also added which resulted in the auto renew flag being set to TRUE so as to not allow the domain to be deleted. This is not considered to be standard practice.

Any domain lock / unlock will not affect auto renew status and only two statuses are applied as per above.


Domain Name Holder Requirements updated - May 19 2021 03:05:16

This update concerns new additions for .GAY and .LUXURY which will be added along with these 8 new extensions on 1 June 2021:









Domain Name Holder Requirements updated to version 3.3


Price increase, and VAT for SA based users - May 19 2021 03:05:21

From 1 June we will be adding VAT to all transactions for South African based Registrars and Resellers. This is a requirement from the South African Revenue Service.

There will also be a general price increase on some zones effective from 1 June 2021. View the new pricing here and note the entries marked in BOLD indicate a price adjustment.

If you have any questions please contact us on support@dns.business.


Important change on billing for domain transfer - May 18 2021 11:05:05

Please note that the domain transfer fee will now be invoiced on transfer initiation. Should the transfer be cancelled or rejected then the transfer fee would be automatically credited to the account. Should you have any questions please let us know.


Account address information - May 06 2021 11:05:13

Please can you make sure that the address country and province/state fields in your account information are correctly captured.

In the past these fields were plain text fields which we have recently updated to dropdown selection lists. This forms part of an update we are preparing for concerning MIS reporting.

To check your account info, navigate to 'Account' in the left menu and then the 'Address' tab.

Make any updates as needed and do let us know if you encounter any issues.

Thank you!


9 new gTLDs added to Gateway - Apr 15 2021 04:04:10

This takes us to 305 extensions offered. 










See the pricelist for details on pricing. If you have any requests for particular extensions, let us know.

More coming soon!


4 new gTLDs added to Gateway - Apr 06 2021 10:04:51

.car .cars .auto and .art are available, see https://gateway.africa/pricing for more info and pricing. 


Africa Rise Promotion has ended - Apr 01 2021 09:04:08

.Africa is no longer on promotion and the new, renew and transfer fees are now $13.00.

Please see Gateway Pricelist for more details. 


Updated Domain Name Holder Requirements - Mar 18 2021 11:03:45

Updated to version 3.1 which includes provisions for new gTLDs .art/.car/.cars/.auto recently added to Gateway.

Please review and let us know if you have any questions in this regard.


ns1.dns.business Nameserver Offline - Mar 10 2021 02:03:23
Please be advised that due to a fire at one of the DNS Business nameserver hosting sites in Europe one of our nameservers is currently offline. Due to the resilient nature of the DNS we do not expect that any of our services are impacted by this outage. We will be redeploying the affected ns1.dns.business nameserver as a matter of business continuity. Please feel free to contact our support department should you have any questions.


DNSSEC - Mar 04 2021 10:03:57

Now available on Afilias domains as well as the Guernsey domains,  .JE and .GG.

If you have any questions in this regard please contact us.


Downtime on org.za, net.za, and web.za - Mar 02 2021 09:03:51

Downtime on org.za, net.za, and web.za from 2021-03-03 10:00 SAST to 2021-03-03 11:00 SAST.

Expected downtime should be less than an hour.


Scheduled Maintenance for DONUTS Registry from 2021-02-08 19:00 SAST to 2021-02-08 20:30 SAST - Feb 02 2021 11:02:10

Donuts is scheduling an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for both OT&E and Production environments as set forth below.

Scheduled Maintenance Please note all times provided are in coordinated universal time (UTC)

Environment: OT&E
Date: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2021
Maintenance Window: 17:00 - 18:30 UTC
Expected Duration: 90 minutes

Environment: Production
Date: Monday, Feb 8th, 2021
Maintenance Window: 17:00 - 18:30 UTC
Expected Duration: 90 minutes

Maintenance is anticipated to take up to 90 minutes. EPP, Registrar Portal, WHOIS, and RDAP services will be unavailable during this time. DNS services will remain fully operational.


Radix Registry Promotion - Jan 19 2021 04:01:15

.online $3.50

.site $1.50

.store $5.70

.tech $5.70

.space $3.00

.fun $1.50

.website $3.00

.uno $3.00

This promotion is valid until 31 December 2021 and the following T's and C's apply:

The promotional pricing does not apply to premium domain names, domain name transfers, multi-year domain name registration or renewals.Registrants of all domain names under the Radix TLDs must comply with the Acceptable Use and Anti-Abuse Policy available at https://radix.website/policies


Domain Name Holder Requirements - Jan 15 2021 07:01:01

An update has been made to this document to accommodate the new Radix extensions added in January 2021. Please review and let us know if you have any questions.


Africa Rise Promotion extended - Jan 07 2021 05:01:40
.Africa is on SALE
$5.49 for any new .africa registrations during the promotion period from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.These fees exclude value added taxation and / or general sales tax where and if applicable.The above discount is applicable to the first year of registrations (creates) only and standard pricing will apply for multi year registrations, transfers and renewals.
* This promotion excludes Premium and Reserved Names.


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