The LK Domain Registry. The one place that you must go to, in order to obtain a .lk domain for your website. Think of the LK Domain Registry is a ledger of sorts, keeping track of all registered .lk domains. While you have services such as GoDaddy and Name.com giving you the ability to pick and choose your preferred TLD or Top Level Domain, the LK Domain Registry focuses more on the local side of things.
We decided to do an evaluation on the current state of the LK Domain Registry to see what people have to say about it. Is it the next best thing since sliced bread? Is it a web domain owners nightmare? Well, we spoke to a few entrepreneurs who own .lk domains and who have experience in managing websites for their opinion on where the LK Domain Registry was doing things right and where they can improve. Here’s what we found out.
For some, such as Shageevan Sachithanandan, Director at MyStore.lk and Ayubo.lk, the experience with the LK Domain Registry have been quite straightforward and easy. His only quirk with the system was that they should implement a method for recurring payments so that the payment for the domain would be automatically charged from the customer, thus alleviating the need to remember to pay for their domains and risk losing it.
Kasun (name changed due to privacy) explained his experience with registering a domain via the LK Domain Registry. His biggest problem was that it is difficult to make domain name changes. Unlike international domain registrars, such as GoDaddy or Name.com, you can’t change the name yourself.
Instead, you have to directly contact the LK Domain Registry to do it for you. For making such changes, one has to either send an email or directly call the LK Domain Registry. But good luck getting a prompt response. They too operate with the “Sri Lankan Government Office” mentality.
So if you call at 11.30, you’re most likely going to be told that the relevant party has gone to lunch. Frustratingly, you decide call after lunch. You’re then told that they’ve gone to get their tea. Then you call again just before closing time, only to be told they’ve already left. So at the end of the day, you’ve wasted your time calling the office, and you’re no closer to getting your issue sorted.
In the event you do manage to reach them, the LK Domain Registry, according to Kasun employs a manual method for processing orders. This can take anywhere from 24 hours to 48 hours. So you sometimes end up spending about 3 days doing absolutely nothing. This is why, Kasun explained that he goes out of his way to buy international domains and not .lk domains, even if the former is more expensive.
The thing is, if you’re tech-savvy and you have a domain purchased from an international domain name registrar, you can change whatever needs to be changed with minimal downtime. However, if you’re on a .lk domain, you will have to go through the LK Domain Registry to make all changes. This, in turn, takes a lot more time,
Something else that Kasun explained was about the lengthy process needed to set up a .lk domain. Granted, this was a few years ago, so the process is more streamlined now. One thing he did mention was that your mobile number must be registered on a Sri Lankan mobile network. So if you’re in Norway, for example, and you’re looking to buy a .lk domain, you will first have to make sure that you have a registered Sri Lankan mobile phone number. This is required and is a mandatory field on the LK Domain Registry sign up form.
If the LK Domain Registry wants to sell domains to foreigners, they should ideally add a functionality to add phone numbers from other networks as well. For example, in the video below, you can see how a little island is making a big name for itself by selling domains.
As you can see from the video, Sri Lanka too can benefit from selling domains to foreign parties as well. This would in turn lead to an increase in the country’s GDP as well.
Our Co-Founder, Andrew Jebaraj’s views were also critical towards the LK Domain Registry. Andrew explained that one primary feature that the LK Domain Registry should implement is to allow people to buy domains and allow them to change the name server. In case you didn’t know, the Nameserver is part of the DNS or Domain Name Service. It is used to translate the human-memorable domain names and hostnames into the corresponding numeric Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.
According to Andrew, propagation or changing of a domain name server takes around 24 hours. If we are to go through the LK Domain Registry, that process takes even longer, as opposed to doing it via something like GoDaddy or Name.com. If you are on a Google DNS, then the process is almost instantaneous.
Overall though, we find ourselves at a bit of a standstill. We have people for and against the LK Domain Registry. Both parties have compelling points backed up by their own personal experiences. By and large, no one can say that the LK Domain Registry is bad at what they do. It’s just that we feel that there are companies and 3rd parties that could do the job a lot better.
Because of this, you find people such as Kasun opting to purchase international web domains rather than local ones, simply because they are easier to manage and are less hassling. So yes, overall, the LK Domain Registry is doing a good job. But the point is, they can do it better.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
How do I manage my time and energy?
How do I get clients?
How do I find people to collaborate with?
How to deal with time differences?
How can I make human interactions with slack profiles?
How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): LKR 2500
(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.