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Frequently asked questions about new domain extensions
Why are there new TLDs?
Domains have been registered and in use for decades. During this time, millions of domain names have been created, registered, and deleted. Since each of these domains must be unique, the list of applicable or desirable names available to your business has been depleted, if not exhausted.
In the past, there were only 22 top-level domains (TLDs) or domain extensions in use, such as .com, .net, and .org. The ICANN organization realized that there was a dwindling supply of ideal TLDs and sought to remedy that by adding new domain extensions. This provides you with better or more creative ways to create a domain that is helpful for your business or website.
What is a gTLD?
Will all new domains be available to me and what's the difference between the registration phases?
Dotster offers over 300 new TLDs. These newer domain extensions are already live and available. Here's more information about each phase:
- General Availability — Domain name extensions are available to the public and can be secured based on a first-come, first served basis. You may search our website for the original TLDs or any of the new TLDs.
- The Early Access Period (EAP) — serves as an alternative to priority domain registration for new domains. This option functions on a sliding scale during the first week a new domain is made available. The fees for setup will vary depending on the day you choose to purchase the domain. The earlier you register a new domain extension, the more expensive the setup fee may be since you have the opportunity to secure the perfect domain before anyone else.
- Trademark Holder — This registration period is the earliest a person may register a new domain. It is also referred to as the Sunrise period. This option is only available to those people who have had a Trademark validated by the Trademark Clearinghouse.
- Pre-Registration — The Pre-Registration phase allows you to submit your name before the desired domain extension goes into live registration during the General Availability period. This allows you the opportunity to beat out others who are looking to purchase the same domain you want.
- Priority Pre-Registration — Priority Pre-Registration allows you to pay a premium to place your registration request ahead of anyone in the pre-registration period.