Domains

New Domains are approaching General Availability. Here’s one way to get ‘em first.


The first batch of New Domains launched a few months ago, and more have been released each week. Now they’re nearing the General Availability phase. You can place a Preorder for New Domains that have been released, and that’ll give you a pretty good chance of getting the domain you want the moment it’s available to the general public. But for certain New Domains, there’s an option that will allow you to secure your domain before Preorders are processed. It’s called the Early Access Program.

What’s the Early Access Program?

The Early Access Program (EAP) applies to all New Domains operated by the Donuts registry. These domains have tiered pricing for the seven days leading up to General Availability. The closer the extension gets to General Availability, the lower the price. It’s basically a way to let the market determine the price for the most coveted domains. Check out the table below to see the pricing schedule. You can click here to see which domains are currently available via EAP.

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How to get the latest information on New Domains


new-watcher-screenshotNew Domains are finally here, and literally hundreds more will be released over the next year. It’s an exciting time for the internet, because the New Domains present incredible new opportunities for registering unique, memorable domain names.

But it can also be a little confusing. With so many new extensions coming available, and so many different registries involved, the release dates and launch phases can vary greatly from domain to domain. That’s why we created the New Domains Watcher, and we recently gave it an overhaul to make it better than ever.

How does it work?

It’s simple: You use the New Domains Watcher to choose the extensions (e.g., .ninja or .app) and specific domain names (e.g., yourname.ninja or yourname.app) that interest you. When they become available, you’ll receive a notification via email. We also send occasional roundups of New Domain news that supplement individual notifications.

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Look professional online with a .US domain name


us-buttonEven if you don’t have a custom-built website for your  business, you can still create a credible, professional-looking online destination by registering a .US domain name. Many businesses use a Facebook page, a Tumblr blog, an eBay store, or a Twitter account as their online home. Those are all effective platforms for getting online, but they don’t lend themselves well to establishing a memorable, credible web address.

So instead of sending your customers to www.facebook.com/yourbusinessname or www.twitter.com/yourbusinessname, consider registering a .US domain name and then using URL forwarding to direct users to your business’ Facebook page or Twitter account....

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Teach Your Students to Code with a .BIZ


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Teaching kids to code or create websites is becoming an increasing popular idea. Coding is a skill that can help children develop new ways to problem-solve and get them ready for higher education and professional careers down the line.

One of the easiest ways to teach kids to code is to have them create a WordPress site. However, before you can teach kids how to make a website, they need a slice of the Internet to build on. We think .BIZ is a great domain for kids to be taught how to build websites on for a handful of reasons: :

  1. biz_logoAvailability on .BIZ is great. This means your students can most likely get the names they want.
  2. The idea that they’re building a website on a .BIZ gives kids a feeling of maturity and motivates them to pursue coding. When they see the name ...
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New TLD Nic explains preorders, and 10 more New TLDs have launched


Domainber continues! It’s like we’re unwrapping a new set of presents each week, because more and more New TLDs are hitting the streets. None of the New TLDs that have launched have reached General Availability yet, but you can place a preorder to give yourself the best possible chance of getting your coveted domain when it does become available to the public. New TLD Nic has the details:

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It’s Time for a Little Pajama Dancin’ this Cyber Monday!



Cyber Monday is really a great thing when you think about it. It’s an opportunity to save on some of your favorite products without having to leave the comfort of the interwebs. People who embrace Cyber Monday, rather than Black Friday, can sit back and relax while everyone else goes bonkers at the mall.

Now that you’re all pumped up to partake in Cyber Monday festivities, it would probably be an amazing time to tell you our Cyber Monday promo code to use at checkout to save on .COM/.NET. The promo code is…*drumroll*… PAJAMADANCE. Use it at checkout to receive $8.99 pricing on .COM and .NET registrations and renewals. This is a two-day sale, so the promo code expires at 11:59 p.m. MST on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

We know, it’s a totally amazing deal to help get you or your business online ...

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Domain deals for December 2013: It’s DOMAINBER!


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It’s December, which means more than just snow and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. It also means … DOMAINBER! What is this Domainber thingy we’re talkin’ about? It is a splendid time of year when the opportunity to buy cheaper domains is bestowed upon you. Domainber is the perfect excuse for you to get the perfect domain to make you or your business stand out on a little known thing called, THE INTERNET. And yes, it’s a word we just made up, but whatever!

In the spirit of Domainber, your December 2013 promo code is… wait for it … DOMAINBER. If you use the promo code at checkout, your .COM and .NET registration and renewal pricing will drop down to just $10.25.

It’s a domaintastic deal this December. Start finding your name here.

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But wait, there’s more!

We’ve got incredibl...

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Breaking New TLD News: Donuts are Good For You


We’re excited. Really, really excited.

At name.com we say we’re a family, and now we’re going to have to get a bigger station wagon. We’re like the Brady Bunch, but instead of one family getting three new kids, we’re going to have a little over three hundred. These babies are the New TLDs from Donuts, Inc., and they are a vast opportunity for you to shine.

It all went down with the signing of the RRA (Registry Registrar Agreement) with Donuts, Inc., the largest New TLD applicant. In literally one signature we added hundreds of new domain extensions for your business, your hobbies and your ideas.  So, yes, the New TLDs are here, and on Nov. 26, seven of the most talked about new domain names emerge with their 60-day sunrise period. Get ready for Donuts domains .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES and .VENTURES.

You can take action in two ways:

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Featured New TLD: .NINJA


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All of us at name.com are starting to get really excited about the New TLDs. One of the New Dots that’s getting a lot of love from people within the domain industry is .NINJA. Unfortunately for the insiders, the cat is out of the bag on .NINJA and the whole world is starting to get pumped about it too! This means it’s going to be a bit harder to register stealthy ninja names like beer.ninja, sneaky.ninja, or awesome.ninja. That’s why we think it would be smart for you to add .NINJA to your watcher … we  don’t want you missing out on getting the .NINJA domain name of  your dreams (a.k.a. a domain name so incredibly glorious that a ninja would cry in envy).

Here’s what New TLD Nic has to say about .NINJA:

“Go .Ninja Go .Ninja Go!”

Nic then promptly sent over the following video featuring Vanilla Ice:

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6 Domain Deals for Diwali


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In honor of  Diwali, we’re sharing six new discounts! We know you’re excited since Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year for Hindus, so we wanted to find a way to celebrate the festival of lights with you. Happy Diwali and enjoy the new .IN deals!

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