CATEGORY: New Domains

New TLD Nic: GAC to Reality, Collisions and Contracts

GAC, TLD, ICANN … here in the domain world, the acronyms rain down like opportunity. What? Was that a weird and shameless plug for awesomeness in investment and marketing? Yes. But it’s true. You already know that dropping ten bucks for the right .COM is the best advertising tool ever. But what if the right .COM isn’t available? Well that’s why we bring you New TLD Nic. He’s THE GUY (emphasis added) who not only knows what’s going on with the New TLDs (Top-Level Domains), but also can explain it all to you in actual human terms. Sometimes he does geek out a bit with GAC (Government Advisory Committee) and Collision reports, but in this report he’s confirming something we’ve been waiting to hear: contracts are getting signed.

See the previous New TLD Nic videos here.

Oh, a quick note that “going into the root” means, in simple terms, that the domain will be plugged into the Internet and begin to function as part of the Domain Name System (DNS).

Another note: We like to refer to the New TLDs as “The New Dots.”

Waiting for new TLDs: An animated GIF Story

The time for new TLDs is finally almost here! You’re excited, is excited, everybody is excited! We thought we’d write a short (and animated!) story about what it’s like waiting for new TLDs and why the wait is worth it. But before we get to GIF story time, we thought we’d remind you of how awesome our new TLD watcher is. The watcher will let you know when your favorite new TLDs become available and give you frequent updates on the new TLDs in general. You can check out the watcher here. OK, you ready?

Waiting for new TLDs, an animated GIF Story:

You’re sitting around waiting for new TLDs to drop.

New TLD ProTip: Take Advantage of the Founder’s Program

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

When picking which new TLDs to register, don’t you wish you had a crystal ball that would tell you the strongest new dot options—the ones that are bound to become established, marketable, and most importantly, recognizable?

We’ve got a solution. It’s called Ca-Genie. Look into his eyes and he’ll tell you the answer:

Not working? Well, it was worth a shot. I guess we’ll just have to give you some real advice.

There are many factors in determining which TLD is right for you, such as your market sector, your digital scope, the amount of domains you’re looking to acquire, and how niche/broad you want your TLD to be. One very important aspect to consider early on in the development of new TLDs is how active the registry is in marketing and promoting their new dot—specifically, look for registries using a founder’s program.


If you’ve ever thought that domain names aren’t interesting, then you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing New TLD Nic update you on all the controversy with the CAM, COM, and Collision. As you may have read, a panel decided against the new TLD (Top-Level Domain) CAM because it might cause confusion with COM, but the very same panel had already made the complete opposite decision with the very same domain.

Controversial? It’s confusing at the very least. The same could be said for the Collision Report that is finding more issues than just with the new TLDs HOME and CORP. New TLD Nic has more …PLUS THE RING TONE THAT WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD.

New TLD Update: Initial Evaluation, Withdrawals, and What’s Next

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

If waiting for something makes you appreciate it more, like this hilarious marshmallow test proves, then appreciation for new TLDs will be at a record high when they finally roll out. With the news of new delays, GAC advice, and name collision concerns over the summer, you might be losing hope that you’ll actually see new TLDs this year, but we’ve got some good news for you, and that news is progress. So start working on your best celebration break dances, because you’ll be registering a new TLD before you know it.

Initial Evaluation is Officially Over!

Break out the Cristal, because at the very end of August, ICANN announced that Initial Evaluation (read more about that here) is officially complete, meaning that all applications have been considered by ICANN panels and the results have been published:

  • 1,745 applications have passed IE and are on to the next stage
  • 32 applications did not pass, but are eligible for extended evaluation
  • 3 were not approved
  • 121 were withdrawn
  • 29 are on hold

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: