New Domains

Updated for June 2015: Collision lists, and how to get a previously unreleased domain name


This post contains a lengthy explanation of collision lists and previously unreleased domain names. But if you’d like to just skip to finding out when previously unreleased domains will be released (grouped by date and TLD) go here.
The domain name industry has a habit of taking a simple concept and adding a bunch of acronyms, background knowledge, technical jargon, and unnecessary details, until the simple concept becomes inaccessibly complicated. Name collision issues are a good example of these tendencies. In an effort to get back to basics, here’s a simplified explanation of name collision issues* and how you can use them to your advantage.

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Controlling the message: Why you probably don’t need to worry about .SUCKS


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Photo credit: JD Hancock

Let’s talk about “Obamacare.” Not the broad, sweeping health insurance program in general, but the word itself. It was originally meant to be derisive, painting the Affordable Care Act as the result of overreaching Executive power. At one point a Democratic Congresswoman objected to its use on Capitol Hill. But then something happened: it gradually took on a whole new life as a universal and sometimes affectionate term for the medical overhaul. The hashtag #ILikeObamacare trended when the bill was challenged in Supreme Court, and President Obama even started using it in his own speeches.

This is a classic example of one side making the best of an attack. They completely redefined it, and now they don’t need to get a .SUCKS.

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Two character domain names are here!


We strive to make registering a domain at Name.com as easy and straightforward as possible. Unfortunately, the domain name industry can sometimes be complicated and difficult to understand (see name collisions). In an effort to help you find one of the shortest and most memorable New Domains around—two character domain names!—here is a simple guide to help you make the most of it and understand why this release is happening now.

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Domains for a dollar, for one day only


We hope all of your Superb Owl Sunday wishes came true, whether you were rooting for seagulls or minutemen or any other sort of pigskin-wielding professionals. And now that the big game is over, we have a major sale to announce:

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.XYZ vs. the Internet: The Battle Of Awesome Things That Cost $5.99


If you haven’t heard, we are running a crazy-out-of-our-minds-low-low-low sale on .XYZ through Jan. 30, 2015. For only $5.99 you can own your very own .XYZ— currently the most popular New Domain and the generic of generics.

Of course, the internet allows people to find a lot of great deals beyond domains, so we wanted to stand up our .XYZ promotion against other deals you might find online. After extensive and tedious research, we found three other awesome $5.99 products to compare against .XYZ. Let’s see which deal comes out on top.

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Get $1.00 .NINJA domains on the most awesome ninja day of all


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Ninjas are awesome 365 days a year. They’re awesome 366 days in a leap year. But there’s one day when they’re particularly awesome in there sneakiness/efficiency/precision/etc. And that day is today: The International Day Of The Ninja.

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Thinking about a law career? Control your online image with .LAWYER and .ATTORNEY


Maybe you’re just starting college, and you’re already thinking about law school. Maybe you’re in law school. Maybe you’ve already passed the bar. No matter what stage you’re at in your law career, it’s important to think about how your name will be perceived online. Trust and image are important in the law field, no matter which direction your career takes you, and one of the easiest ways to control your image is by registering your name as a .LAWYER and .ATTORNEY domain name.

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The November promo code wears its mustache proudly


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We’re big fans of Movember here at Name.com, and we’ll be having another Movember contest within our office. This year we’re keeping track of our progress at www.stache.ninja, which—not coincidentally at all!—is the inspiration for our November promo code. Use STACHENINJA through Nov. 30 for $10.25 registrations and renewals on .COM and .NET domains. The code is also good for 20% off new .NINJA registrations.

What else can you save on this month?

Glad you asked! There’s no promo code required for these sales (new registrations only):

  • .REVIEWS for $8.99
  • .SOCIAL for $11.99
  • .ROCKS for $6.99 when bundled with any other registration

Got it? Now go shave your face let out your inner Ron Swanson or Magnum P.I. And register a few domains.

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An interview with .DESI COO Siddharth Ohri


Banner 3.DESI is about to explode the Internet with mind-blowing epic-ness by providing a new cultural digital community for the large number of Web users who call the Indian Sub-Continent home (or “home,” if they’re away from home). That’s right. This New Domain will explode the Internet with connectedness. Like an exploding magnet that both explodes out and draws in at the same time.

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Why anchor tenants are like the Batman of New Domains


WHOLE2-revised00.LONDON announced its anchor tenants in mid April, and the list is a run-down of amazing London-based organizations and businesses, including the London Symphony Orchestra, upscale retail giant Fortnum and Mason and Meantime Brewing Co. One of the reasons many domain market analysts believe .LONDON is going to be a very successful New Domain (other than the rallying support of the London community and government) is the placement of anchor tenants like these.

Anchor tenants are so important in New Domain development that ICANN has developed several incentives to encourage new TLD tenants to look for founding registries of their own, including a Qualified Launch Program, also announced in mid April, that allows registries to reserve 100 new TLD domains for chosen parties, to help promote New Domain awareness.

What are anchor tenants and why are they so paramount to success? Let’s use an extended Justice League metaphor to explore these questions. Mostly because Wonder Woman is awesome, but also why not?

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