The history of the CentralNic registry system

CentralNic’s story goes back more than a quarter of a century, to 1996 (the year that gave birth to the Spice Girls, Duke Nukem 3D, Internet Explorer 3 and DVDs, amongst others), when NomiNation was launched, offering third-level registrations under the .UK.COM domain name. Throughout all that time, we’ve developed and maintained our own in-house registry systems. In the time since its launch, the registry system has grown in both its scale and maturity, and is now the leading domain registry platform for new TLDs.

What follows is an edited version of an internal document that is at least 20 years old. Its final entry was added in 2006. It is a curious historical artefact, which describes some of the arcane (and archaic) technology upon which the CentralNic registry system was once based. The true identity of its author(s), and its level of historical accuracy, are unfortunately unknown.

CentralNic Group Plc (LON:CNIC) provides registry services, distribution, and strategic consultancy for new TLDs, ccTLDs and SLDs.

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