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The internet is about to get a whole lot bigger.

The way we think about domain names is changing completely. With hundreds of New Domains launching, your chances of finding the perfect domain will be better than ever. Soon you'll have choices like .SHOP, .APP, and even offbeat extensions like .NINJA and .BUZZ.

The best way to stay informed about New Domains is to sign up for our New Domains Watcher. You pick the domains that you're interested in, and we'll email information as it becomes available. When all those shiny New Domains are available for registration, you'll know exactly what you need to do to get in on the action. Check out the New TLD Guide for more information.

New Domains are about opportunity and freedom. Where once you were boxed in by crowded spaces like .COM or .NET, you can now register a domain that speaks directly to who you are and what to do. Your New Domain can describe your passion, your personality, your profession, or anything else that matters to you.

TLD stands for "Top Level Domain", but essentially TLDs are the endings that follow the string in a domain name. The ones you are probably most familiar with are .COM/.NET/.ORG, but there are many many more! The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN for short, approved the creation of new generic level TLDs (nTLDs) last year. Over 1900 different applicants applied for almost as many different TLDs. You can see the full list here.

The new TLDs are the biggest change to the internet since....well since ever! They will allow people to register, shorter, relevant and recognizable domains. Instead of ilovemydog.com, it will be possible to register mydog.love or lovemy.dog or a whole bunch of cool new options!

Relax, nTLDs and new gTLDs both mean the same thing. We use the term nTLD instead of new gTLD because it highlights the defining feature of these TLDs - their "newness," and because "new gTLDs" takes up a lot more room on twitter.

Head on over to the new TLD Preorder page to see which extensions are live and place your own preorder.

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is a non-profit organization based out of California that is recognized by most major government organizations. ICANN is responsible for a lot of behind the scenes policy and technical work for the internet. They are involved in a broad range of projects, but are directly responsible for the nTLD process. If you'd like to learn more about or become involved with ICANN, please visit their website.

You tell us! We can't say for sure because there are a lot of uncertainties. For starters, we don't know which applications will be approved, or which of the nTLDs will be available for public registration. We will gather information on the nTLDs you are most interested in to make sure we can offer those nTLDs right away.

What we do know is that we are going to try to provide as many of the nTLDs as possible to our customers. We are actively working towards and planning on, making all of the nTLDs available at Name.com. Please use our nTLD Watchlist to get the most up to date information on the nTLD you are waiting for.

The cost of a domain is largely influenced by the registry (or administrator) of the particular TLD. Since the registries of the nTLDs have not been authorized by ICANN, it is impossible to tell what the price of any nTLD will be. We do expect them to be in the range of existing TLDs though. You can check out a current list of prices for all of our currently available TLDs to get an idea of potential price ranges.

Unfortunately, the application period for nTLDs has closed. While ICANN hasn't ruled out having another application period sometime in the future, it probably won't happen for the next couple of years if it happens at all.

If you are thinking about applying, it's probably best to start saving now. This application period cost $185,000 to enter!

We have no idea, but we hope that someone will register the nTLD woodchuck.math or woodchuck.science and provide a very thorough explanation.

nTLDs are going to totally change the domain name space. An early jump on the nTLDs will ensure that you get a short, memorable domain that is relevant to you or your business. Instead of coolnewapp.com, you could potentially register coolnew.app or coolapp.new or newapp.cool!

The possibilities are endless and nTLDs are right around the corner. Make sure you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity.