The priority registration period for trademark holders ended on June 15, 2015 with the start of
the priority registration period for entrepreneurs, which is ongoing.
During the second phase of the priority registration period for entrepreneurs, any person seeking
to develop an initiative based on the publishing of Frogans sites can register dedicated Frogans
networks with a network name of his choice and Frogans addresses of public Frogans networks with a site name of his choice, e.g. a generic term, a geographical name
or a community name.
Trademark holders can still register dedicated Frogans networks whose network name corresponds to their trademark
during the priority registration period for entrepreneurs.
If you have further questions, either send them via E-mail to email@example.com
or post them on the
Early-Questions mailing list.
Pertinent questions will be added to this FAQ.
To receive official announcements on important news relating to the Frogans project, join the
Announcement read-only mailing list.
This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor for the next major change for the Internet: the introduction of Frogans sites.
Frogans sites provide a new, secure communications area for publishing content.
Frogans sites are accessible using a new type of identifier: Frogans addresses.
Only FCR account administrators can register Frogans addresses for their clients in the FCR (Frogans Core Registry).
Domain name registrars are especially well-qualified to become FCR account administrators and offer value-added services
based on Frogans addresses.
your client can register Frogans addresses of a public Frogans network.
In these networks, the network name is "frogans" or the transcription of the name "frogans" into other writing systems or other languages
(e.g. 福更斯 in Chinese, ФРОГАНС in Cyrillic, and フロガンズ in Japanese).
Hence for the Latin linguistic category, your client can register:
your client can alternatively choose to register a dedicated Frogans network and then register Frogans addresses of
that dedicated Frogans network.
Hence your client could register the following Frogans addresses:
There are no plans to change the fees in the future.
Brand or non-brand registrants can register their own dedicated Frogans network, for the same fee, if they wish.
People and organizations with smaller budgets can of course register an address in the Public Frogans network (frogans*) at a lower cost.
The fee charged for registering a Frogans address is comparable to the fee for registering a domain name.
The fee charged for registering a dedicated Frogans network should be considered in light of the promotional benefits it represents
to the content publisher.
Note that unlike for gTLDs, there are no additional back-end registry costs involved:
those costs are included in the fees paid to the FCR Operator, which ensures the resolution of all Frogans addresses on the Internet worldwide.
Once you have opened your FCR account, you can credit your account and start registering Frogans networks
and Frogans addresses for your clients.
Note that the process for crediting your FCR account requires a bank transfer in euros,
which may take a few days to complete.
However, should you need to automate the registration process in the future,
you can use the SDK (Software Development Kit) soon to be released by the FCR Operator.
This SDK will support major programming environments including Java, PHP and .NET.
As you will discover, integrating this SDK in your system is much more straightforward than using EPP.
Any type of client or prospect can register their Frogans addresses and Frogans networks with you,
in order to prepare their digital strategy for publishing Frogans sites.
First comes a two-month priority registration period for trademark holders.
This period is followed by a priority registration period for entrepreneurs,
when anyone will be able to register any term as a dedicated Frogans network.
Finally, it will be possible to publish Frogans sites and make them available to the general public.
Clients can register a dedicated Frogans network now in order to lay the groundwork
for a new digital strategy encompassing Frogans sites.
Trademark holders can also ensure that no one else with a similar trademark registers it first.
In order to avoid additional costs for trademark holders, the duration of the period between the registration date
and the date when it is possible to publish Frogans sites on the Internet is added, at no additional cost,
to the chosen duration.
The Frogans project aims to change the Internet by introducing a new type of site which anyone can create
and publish on the Internet: Frogans sites.
Frogans sites will load fast and offer user-friendly navigation and innovative creative features on any connected device.
Just to make things crystal clear:
The OP3FT is the non-profit organization whose purpose is to hold, promote, protect and ensure the progress of the Frogans technology,
in the form of an open standard for the Internet, available to all, free of charge
The FCR Operator is the entity responsible for the technical and commercial operation of the
Frogans Core Registry (the database containing all Frogans addresses and Frogans networks worldwide),
under a delegation agreement with the OP3FT. Its only clients are FCR Account Administrators
Neither the OP3FT nor the FCR Operator offer services for designing, developing, or hosting Frogans sites.
Those types of services, and many others, are provided by members of the Internet ecosystem.
You can participate in the Frogans project now by becoming an FCR Account Administrator and providing value-added services to your clients
worldwide for the registration and management of their Frogans addresses and Frogans networks.
Your clients can participate in the Frogans project by making use of your value-added services and advice for registering their Frogans addresses
and Frogans networks.
Your clients that are brand owners can start now by registering a dedicated Frogans network during the priority registration period
for trademark holders. You should feel free to customize the presentation at the
top of this page,
available in 15 languages, or to use arguments of the FAQ for trademark holders.
Yes. Frogans addresses are resolved using underlying services provided via the .frogans generic top-level domain (gTLD),
which is delegated by ICANN to the OP3FT.
However, Frogans addresses are not domain names using the .frogans extension.
Frogans addresses are a new type of Internet address designed for a new type of content:
Frogans sites, accessible from Frogans addresses such as My-Network*My-Site.
The Frogans technology enables the implementation of a new software layer on the Internet, called the Frogans layer,
alongside other existing software layers such as E-mail or the Web.
Each layer has its own addressing system which introduces a distinctive pattern.
The Web uses URLs (like http://www.specifdomainname.com/news/); E-mail addresses include the @ sign as a separator character;
and Frogans addresses include the * (asterisk) as a separator character.
The primary promoters of Frogans addresses to end users will be the content publishers themselves who have created a Frogans site and need to
promote it. They can include the address of their Frogans site on their Web pages, in their blogs, in e-mail messages,
in online and offline advertising, on business cards, in QR codes, etc.
As a result, Frogans addresses will be referenced automatically by Web search engines, and will appear as a hyperlink in the search engine response.
Users can also directly enter Frogans addresses in the Frogans Player software in order to access a Frogans site.
Frogans addresses are not entered in the address bar of a Web browser.
Frogans addresses are not domain names in the .frogans TLD registry.
The purpose of the .frogans TLD is to ensure the security, stability and reliability of the Frogans technology.
Domain names in the .frogans TLD registry will not be made available to third parties;
for further information on the .frogans TLD, see nic.frogans
The OP3FT model is not based on registration peaks created by “sunrise periods”, but rather it calls for a gradual,
progressive growth of Frogans address and Frogans network registrations over the long term.
It is expected that more and more people will progressively register Frogans networks and Frogans addresses once Frogans sites
can be published and made available online.
As part of its public-interest mission, the OP3FT has been working for years to develop a broadly-based international ecosystem:
The OP3FT regularly organizes and takes part in international conferences, workshops, trade fairs and many other types of event,
all around the world, to raise awareness about the Frogans project. For example,
the OP3FT regularly takes part in the international meetings of ICANN, INTA, the IETF, and the IGF.
Three times a year the OP3FT organizes a Frogans Technology Conference, which is open to the public and streamed live on Web.
Recordings of each conference can be found here: conference.frogans.org
The OP3FT organizes numerous workshops free of charge on different aspects of the Frogans technology,
aimed at different segments of the Internet ecosystem.
Don't hesitate to sign up for a workshop or suggest a topic for a new workshop here:
Beyond OP3FT's activities, many companies and entrepreneurs in the ecosystem are promoting the technology, mostly in their own interest.
The OP3FT expects the service and content offerings of those businesses to be major promotional vectors for the Frogans technology.