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.XXX Pre-Registration Now Available at

Now Accepting Sunrise B Applications. General Pre-Registration Coming Soon.

Eleven years after it was first proposed, the .XXX sTLD (sponsored Top Level Domain) is set to launch in September 2011. Webnames is participating in Sunrise B and General Registration to help facilitate the protection of trademarks, brands and primary domains in other extensions.

What is .XXX?

.XXX (commonly called “dot triple-X”) is a sponsored, specialized top-level domain (sTLD) intended for use by Adult Entertainment Industry on the Internet. .XXX was designed to facilitate online responsibility and best practices for the global online Adult Entertainment Industry. The registry is operated by ICM and the sponsoring organization for .XXX is the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). [Read more]

Trademark owners, as well as the owners of non-trademarked names and brands should act soon to protect their assets and prevent the registration of their names by other parties. 

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Acting early is important!
Pre-Registration orders for .XXX domains are
submitted to the registry in the
order they are received. The earlier you pre-register the .XXX domains, the better your chances of success.

Sunrise B for Trademark Owners Outside the Sponsored Community (Adult Entertainment Industry)

Now Accepting ApplicationsApply Today

Application Fee: $349 (One-Time, Non Refundable) 

Names secured through Sunrise B will not result in the registration of a resolving domain name at the .XXX registry. Instead, these names will be reserved and blocked from live use. The applied for name will resolve to a page indicating that the name is reserved from use through ICM Registry’s rights protection program. The “block” will be valid for a period of 10 years.

Read more information about Sunrise B

General Registration – First Come, First Served, Open to the Public

Pre-Registration Begins Monday, July 25

$129.00/year – Risk Free. Pay only for successful .XXX domain registrations.

General Availability is open to anyone who wishes to register domain(s) in the .XXX extension. It is a live first come, first serve registration period. Registrations will take place in real time. There are no requirements pertaining to trademarks or pre-existing domain names.

Note: is supporting General Registration with the aim to
helping our customers protect their existing assets (non-trademarked
names and brands). .XXX domains registered at will not resolve or support live content or email.  


More information about .XXX is available at 
Call toll free 1-866-221-7878 to speak to a Customer Support representative about .XXX

Learn More

History of .XXX –
The Register – .XXX Set to Go Live
Wired Magazine – ICANN Approves .XXX Red-Light District For The Internet

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Dot Tel Starts 2011 with a Bang!

The last two months have seen some awesome add-ons, features and general goodness in the .tel world, all spurred by the nice people at Telnic.
Android App for Superbook
The app allows the user to integrate their Android device address book with the .tel domain to get real-time access to live contact info.
Read more here at the Android Community

Short and Numeric Names
Soon, very soon, you will be able to register and ICANN, the internet’s governing body, approved short and numeric names for dot tel in January. We’ll keep you posted on when this will happen.

Image Based Adverts
You can now put banneresque ads in your dot tel. You can see an example of one in place on and learn more about it here –

Template Design Contest
Telnic ran a crowdsourcing contest to get fresh ideas for the templates that are rendered when someone views a dot tel via a web browser. You can review the final entries at and Telnic should be announcing a winner in March.

And all these changes are making an impact with the public. 25,000 .TELs have been sold since the beginning of the year.

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.tel – More than Just Another Domain Extension

When I first heard about the upcoming .tel domain extension, I had doubts about its timing and viability. My concerns stemmed from the fact that .Asia launched very recently, which left me thinking domain investors might be hesitant with .tel following so soon. I also worried the buzz around ICANN’s announcement of new generic top-level domain extensions next year could overshadow .tel in its infancy. 

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