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Introduction to Top Level Domains

A Top Level Domain is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, .COM is the most popular Top Level Domain today. Each Top Level Domain is owned by a company that receives revenues for every domain name sold within its own Top Level Domain. The operator of a Top Level Domain is known as a Registry. For example, Verisign, Inc., is the Registry operator for the .COM Top Level Domain. Verisign, Inc., currently receives $7.85 USD for every .COM domain name sold.

 

What is a Top Level Domain and What Does it Do?

A Top Level Domain - or TLD for short - is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, the .com TLD is the most popular TLD today. Over 70% of today's domains are in the .com TLD.

Every Top Level Domain (TLD) is owned by a company known as a Registry Services provider. For example, Verisign, Inc. is the owner and operator of the .com Registry. Verisign receives $7.85 for every single .com domain sold anywhere in the world.

So what does a Registry provider actually do? A Registry provider operates a global network of servers so that when you type in a domain name in an Internet browser anywhere in thge world, you are directed to the right website. For example, Verisign, Inc. operates a global network of servers so that when you type in a domain name into an Internet browser anywhere in the world, you are directed to the correct .com website.

When you buy a domain name, what you are really purchasing is a service. For example, when you buy a .com domain name, Verisign adds your domain to the list of domain names maintained on Verisign's global network of servers. Verisign's serviers - known as DNS or Domain Name Servers - function very much like a phone book for computers. When you type in a .com domain name in your browser or click on a .com link from a web page or email, it is ultimately the DNS servers operated by Verisign that let your compter know where to find the website that you are looking for.

Each Registry Operator is responsible for maintaining the list of Domain Names in one Top Level Domain. For example, Verisign maintains the list of .com domains and Afilias maintains the list of .info domains. A company may operate more than one Top Level Domain. For example, Verisign operates both the .com and .net Top Level Domains.

Today, there are a limited number of generic Top Level Domains to choose from when you buy a domain anme. In addition to the generic Top Level domains like .com and .net, there are also several hundred country-code Top Level Domains. A country-code TLD is a two-digit TLD that stands for a specific country. For example, the .US TLD stands for United States.

 

What is a Pre-Registration?

A Top Level Domain - or TLD for short - is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, the .com TLD is the most popular TLD today.

Today, there are just 22 generic TLDs. In 2014, domains in new TLDs such as .club, .buzz, .shop, .news and .nyc are expected to go on sale

Get New TLDs accepts pre-registration requests for domains in new TLDs like .blue. When you pre-register a domain name, it's like creating a shopping list. When domains in each new TLD go on sale to the general public, Get New TLDs Inc. will attempt to purchase your pre-registered domain on your gehalf. Get New TLDs Inc. cannot guarantee that we will be able to obtain every domain name that you pre-register for. No one can guarantee that. In fact, historically, only 47% of pre-registerd domains have actually converted into a registration.

What we can say is that pre-registering is the best way to improve your chances of getting the domain name that you want in hot new TLDs like .club, .news, .buzz and .music.

 

The Pre-Registraiton Process

When you pre-register a domain name, it's like creating a shopping list. At this early time, mosts prospective TLD operators have not announced pricing information, and it is also unclear at this point when domain sales for a particular TLD will be available to the general public.

Get New TLDs Inc. will keep your shopping list for you. As each new TLD announces their planned price and lanch date, Get New TLDs Inc. will notify you via email so that you may confirm your order and provide payment information. When domains in each new TLD go on sale, Get New TLDs Inc. will attempt to purchase confirmed pre-registrations. You must confirm your order after pricing and launch dates have been announced for each TLD or Get New TLDs Inc. will not attempt to register your domain names on your behalf.

Get New TLDs Inc. accepts only one pre-registration request per domain name / TLD combination. Get New TLDs is supported by the GoDaddy domain name platform. You may manage your successfully registered domain name at DotAnything.co or you may transfer your domain name to the registrar of your choice.

 

Introduction to ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is responsible for coordinating the Internet naming system. ICANN, originally founded by the US Government, is responsible for approving new Top Level Domain operators (registries) and for approving new organizations to sell domain names (Registrars).

 

The Most Popular Top Level Domains

In 2012, SEDO released its top ten list of the most valuable Top Level Domains.

 

News

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Five More TLDs Delegated

February 23, 2014 - Five more TLDs have been delegated - or added - to the Internet. The General Availability date for these TLDs has not been announced.

Six TLDs Launch This Week

February 23, 2014 - Six more TLDs are scheduled to launch this week: .sexy, .tattoo, .diamonds, .enterprises, .tips and .voyage.

View our Launch Calendar

February 23, 2014 - DotAnything.co releases a launch calendar showing the upcoming launch dates for new TLDs.