CATEGORY: New Domains

The fuss over name collisions, and what it means for new TLDs

Lately you’ve probably been hearing a lot about name collisions, and unless you’re a nerd (no problem there, because we love nerds), you might not know what a name collision is, or why ICANN is projecting a 3-6 month wait for 20 percent of new TLDs that pose a moderate name collision risk. We’re all about breaking it down and helping you feel more comfortable about discussing technical jargon, so we’ve called in our friends: Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, and Vanilla Ice. Because nothing is cooler than ice.

Name collisions explained in under a minute

There are three main parts of any domain name: the second level domain, the third level domain, and the top-level domain. For instance, is composed of “www,” the third level domain, “NicCageisaGloriousGod,” the second level domain, and “com,” the top-level domain (TLDs represent!). The fact that this particular domain name is epically full of truth is beyond the point, so let’s move on.

In local networks, users can create “fake” top-level domains in order to direct other users to important webpages. For instance, you could create a Nic Cage fan page,, and when someone types in this address, your page would appear, so long as that person was in your local network.

That of course is where name collisions come in—because now there will be over 1,800 new TLDs to contend with, which means may actually exist (we hope so, anyway).

Nic and John

10 Break Dancing GIFs that Describe How You Feel After Buying a Domain

Buying a domain is a special time in every young man or woman’s life, because it’s a blank slate of awesomeness. You just bought a piece of the Internet! Now you’re probably wondering what to do with your domain name. Not only can we help you build your online presence with WordPress and hosting plans, but we can also help you figure out how to break dance as you celebrate your incredible new shiny domain name. Here are 10 break dancing GIFs that describe how you feel after buying a domain:

1. The “spin around because I just got a .COM!”


2. The “pretzel legs for .DE!”


.CAM and .COM too visually confusing or not confusing at all? Both, says expert panel

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

Last week, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s expert panel (they decide string similarity cases for ICANN) determined that .CAM and .COM are too visually similar to coexist without causing user confusion. While domainers, applicants, registrars, and lawyers (and anyone else who wanted to) could argue whether that decision is sound, the problem is not the individual ruling, but the fact that the ruling directly opposes two previous decisions made by the same panel, concerning the same string.

To explain: VeriSign objected to all three applicants for .CAM — United TLD, AC Webconnecting Holding, and Famous Four Media. The ICDR’s expert panel overruled the objection to AC Webconnecting Holding and Famous Four Media, but sustained the objection to United TLD.

If your head didn’t just explode from confusion, then perhaps that’s because you’re thinking, “Well, maybe it had something to do with how United TLD was going to use the string.” But since the ICDR has to make their decisions without taking anything into account other than the visual similarity of the string, that can’t be the case.

Have you registered your trademark in the Trademark Clearinghouse yet?

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

The new dots are right around the corner. Have you protected your brand and set yourself up to win the internet by registering your trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse? If not, then you should do it now, because there are two major benefits to getting your trademark in early and both require your prompt registration:

1. You’ll be the ninja of protecting your brand. (Perhaps even the .ninja.)

Registering in the TMCH allows you to block other businesses and individuals from registering domain names that use your trademark. POW! So awesome. And, you don’t even have to hang out online all the time to do it—that’s what makes the TMCH so stealthy. You enter your trademarks into the database, and the Clearinghouse notifies you whenever someone registers a domain name using your registered brand. You can object, or if it seems like you can coexist, let it slide. It’s up to you. This protection lasts 90 days past the sunrise of any new dot. Which brings us to the second awesome benefit to registering your trademark.

Why ICANN keeps falling behind: A timeline of major delays in the new TLD process

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

Early this month, ICANN announced that almost 20 percent of applicants can expect further delays in their launch process, due to reports issued illustrating a perceived increase in security risks for name collisions between certain new TLDs and internal network names. The announcement has sparked public outcry from some applicants and registrars, whose investments and business models rely on the timely delegation and launch of the new TLDs.

It’s a familiar tune—one of the biggest challenges ICANN has faced throughout the new TLD process is staying on time. But despite delays, new TLDs are coming. And they’ll be here sooner than later. We think. (Just kidding. They will be.)

If you were looking forward to registering a domain name this fall, you may be waiting a bit longer, depending on which TLD you’re following. Understanding the current timeline for new TLDs means understanding the timeline of delays. So we went ahead and created such a timeline, so you can save yourself hours on Google: denied .amazon domain extension


Amazon was recently notified that its application for the new top level domain name .amazon was rejected.

Eric Pfanner from The New York Times outlined why the tech giant’s application was rejected. Pfanner explained that ICANN, the Governmental Advisory Committee for domains, would not allow Amazon to own .amazon because a group of South American nations, including Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Peru, sent a letter to ICANN opposing Amazon claiming the name. The Times obtained a copy of the letter:

Nic Steinbach Knows New TLDs. Episode 1

In all the universe there is one guy who offers honest, educated answers about the New TLDs. His name is Nic, he graduated from Yale, and he’s been steeped in everything New TLD since the program went public. Also, he looks young enough to be carded for comic books, so he could very well still be alive when ICANN actually rolls out these new domains. See what happened there? Honesty. Snarkasm. And it’s the kind of thing you’ll appreciate, like at :45 when we have a light moment about ICANN’s commitment issues, and at 2:13 when Nic talks about how domainers actually feel about the flood of new extensions. In between those two benchmarks, Nic shares why businesses should get in on the trademark clearinghouse and how the New TLD Watcher is the place to get started on your quest for the perfect domain name.

Get to know how honest, fun, and informative learning about the future of the Internet can be. Get to know New TLD Nic.

Watchlists, pre-registrations, and sunrise/landrush: How to prepare for new TLDs

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

If you’re starting to look into new TLD options, then you’re just in time to be really confused by the multitude of lists and services available to you right now. Watchlists, pre-registrations, sunrise, landrush—how will you know when the new TLDs you want to register will be available, and how do you navigate through the different options available to you right now? Lucky for you, we’ve put together this informative and handy-dandy guide to watchlists, pre-registration, and sunrise/landrush.

Watchlists and pre-registration: What’s the difference?

You’ll sometimes see these terms used interchangeably, but while watchlists and pre-registration may be used together (such as our New TLD Watcher, which allows you to watch extensions and specific domains), they aren’t always the same thing. Both offer the opportunity to express your interest in a new TLD before it’s officially available, and both are used by registrars to gauge how to prepare the market, but watchlists and pre-registration have different levels of commitment and serve different purposes:

Do you know what your favorite New Dots are up to?

We know this whole new TLD process can be a little confusing, so we want to remind everyone who is interested in The New Dots to take advantage of our new TLD Watcher. It’s the easiest way to stay up to speed with crucial information about the new TLDs that you’re specifically interested in.

How it works

The New TLD Watcher lets you choose which new TLDs you want news about. Rather than sifting through tons of reports and articles for information about specific TLDs, we’ll deliver it to you via periodic email updates as new information becomes available. When new TLD applications are closed or withdrawn we update the list, and if one of the TLDs you were watching is affected you’ll know about it. When there’s major news about the new TLD process as a whole, you’ll know about it. And when the TLDs you’re watching are finally available for registration, you’ll know about it!

Digital Africa Examined at ICANN 47: Resources You Can Use

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

Even though ICANN 47 is over, there are resources available online that you can still access related to the topics, timelines, and problems addressed at the summit. Some of the most striking resources are the panel transcripts and audio recordings from meetings focused on the digital African landscape and the future of web technology on the African continent.

Why focus so much on Africa? First, in the global digital divide, Africa represents the least developed areas in the world, as far as digital Web technology and access are concerned. According to the BBC, a Columbia University study, and the World Internet Statistics, Africa has fewer hosts, fewer ISP subscriptions, and less available bandwidth than any other populated continent. And, Africa is home to its own digital divide, where some countries, like South Africa, Egypt and Morocco have far more Internet infrastructure than others. ICANN and its supporting community are interested in helping Africa create better, more affordable Internet access options for the entire population of the continent, so the global Web community can function as a whole.