It's another week and another batch of new domains (or new gTLDs) have launched. To date, a total of 50 new domains have been released and and more are expected to come in the next two to three years.
Do you have a trademark?
If you own a trademark and want to protect your brand, you can do so during the Sunrise Period!
Before you can begin, you must first validate your trademark through the Trademark Clearinghouse. Once, that is done, you will be eligible to register domains during Sunrise.
The Sunrise Period begins today, January 21, 2014 and ends on March 22, 2014.
If you don't have a trademark, you have two options to secure the domains you want.
A) Early Access Period
If you really want to secure the name you want and are willing to pay a premium price for it, you can participate during the Early Access Period (EAP) of the extension you want. Bear in mind that registrations are on a first come, first served basis and will feature premium pricing.
EAP begins on March 26, 2014 and will run for 7 days.
B) General Availability
General Availability is open to everyone and registrations are on a first come, first served basis. If you have the patience to wait for the domain you want, then this is the phase for you!
General Availability begins on April 2, 2014.
Confused or Need Help?
We understand that the different phases can be confusing, especially with the different terms, dates and phases. If you need assistance in clarifying anything about the new domains, you can leave us a comment below, call us at 1-866-221-7878 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, if you feel like reading up and learning more about the keywords/terms/jargon surrounding the new domains, we have an article here.
You can find and track other domain extensions that have launched by visiting our domain tracking tool, available here.