Weekly gTLD Updates

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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Only a few gTLDs were released this week and, unfortunately for Halloween enthusiasts, none of them quite fit in with the spirit of the season.

On Wednesday October 29th, the gTLD extension .ltda was released into the Sunrise Period. The gTLD .ltda refers to the Brazilian equivalent of an LLC and this extension aims to serve as a professional designation for businesses that are an LTDA.

Also, on Wednesday the extensions .market and .mortgage entered into a week- long Landrush Period in which people can purchase their desired domains early at a premium price. These domains will go into General Availability next week on November 5th.

Finally, the only extension to enter into the last General Availability phase was .saarland on Thursday October 30th.  The .saarland extension is a cc-TLD that refers to the federal state of Saarland in Germany.

For more information on ICANN’s gTLD program, please visit: www.icann.org

 

October 15, 2014

This past week there appeared to be a few common themes among the released gTLD extensions.

On Tuesday October 14th two health related gTLD extensions, .dentist and .rehab, were released into the initial Sunrise Period. Furthermore, the cc-TLD for Japan’s southernmost prefecture, .okinawa, also ended its Landrush Period and is now available for purchase by the general public.

On Wednesday October 15th there was a strong military theme among several of the gTLDs that were launched into the Landrush Phase. Anyone can now show their support by purchasing .airforce, .army, and .navy this week at a premium price during this weeklong phase.

Also, on Wednesday October 15th two more extensions within the medical field were released in the Landrush Phase as well. These domains, .healthcare and .vet, will both go into the final General Availability phase on October 22nd.

Moreover, .top also entered into the Sunrise Phase on October 15th. This versatile domain will allow experts everywhere to distinguish themselves online as the best in their industry.

Finally, .soy, the Spanish phrase meaning “I am,” entered into the General Availability phase this past Wednesday as well.

For more information on the new gTLD program, please visit: www.icann.org.

 

October 3, 2014

Looking ahead, October will be a slow month for gTLD launches. That being said  several gTLDs were released this past week.

Ending the month of September, 6 gTLDs were released into the Sunrise Period on Monday, September 30th. This eclectic array of gTLDs included .pizza, .auction, .business, .software, .immo, and .network.

Much to our excitement, .lawyer and .attorney were released into the Landrush Period on October 1st for the reverse auction bidding phase. These domains will be available for purchase by the public next Wednesday, October 8th.

Finally, the only domain to enter into the final General Availability phase this week was .deals on Tuesday, October 1st.

Check back here next week for more news on upcoming gTLD release dates. For more information on the new gTLD program please visit: www.icann.org

 

September 18, 2014

This week a variety of seemingly random gTLDs moved onto the next phase of their particular launch periods.

This past Monday, September 15, a large number of gTLDs were launched into the final General Availability phase and are now available for the public to purchase. These new available domains are as follows: .cooking, .country, .fishing, .horse, .rodeo, .vegas, and .vodka

This week only one gTLD was released into the Sunrise Period. The extension .eus, short for the official Basque language Euskera, was released on Tuesday, September 16th.

On Wednesday, September 17, the week long Landrush Period ended for .church, .life, .loans, and .guide and they were released into the General Availability phase.

Furthermore, .republican was also released into the General Availability phase on September 17th. This domain is available for purchase to anyone who associates themselves with the American Republican Party or to those who simply favor a republic method of government rule.

Finally, .direct and .place entered into the Landrush Period on September 17th. This phase will last one week until these gTLDs are released to the general public on September 24th.

For more information on ICANN’s gTLD Program, please visit: www.icann.org.

 

September 9, 2014

This week several industry-specific gTLDs will enter their respective launch phases.  This Monday, September 8, .realtor entered into its Sunrise Phase and will be made available to purchase for all trademark holders within the National Association of Realtors.  Today, September 9, .engineer will enter its Sunrise Phase.

Geographic gTLDs also have mad progress.  .Paris enters its Sunrise Phase while .London ends its London Priority Phase, which gave preference to organizations and individuals based in London.  It now enters its General Availability Phase.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, September 10, .church, .guide, .life and .loans will all enter a week-long Landrush period that will end on September 16th.

Finally, the following gTLDs will be available for purchase by the general public in the launch final phase on September 10th: .accountants, .digital, .finance and .insure.

Next week culinary fans will enjoy the General Availability Phase for .cooking .vodka. Check back here next week for more updates on those gTLD launch dates.

Please visit www.icann.org for additional information on registering and purchasing new gTLD extensions.

 

September 5, 2014

This week an array of diverse domains were released into the next period of their respective launch phases’.

This past Labor Day holiday many country-specific extensions were launched into the Sunrise Period. These extensions include .vlaanderen, .brussels, .wales, cymru, and .quebec. Additionally, .ovh and .physio also entered into the Sunrise Phase as well.

Wednesday proved to be an eventful day for gTLD launches. A number of domains were released into the initial Sunrise period, these included: .click, .hosting, .property, .diet, and .help. Also, for those who did not qualify for purchase in Sunrise, the Landrush phase is now open for the following extensions; .accountants, .digital, .finance, .insure, and .republican. Lastly, .audio, .hiphop, and .juegos will be available in the final General Availability phase.

Finally, Thursday marked the end of this week’s gTLD launches with the launch of two country-specific domains into the Sunrise period: .gent for the Belgium city of Ghent and .bzh for the French western region of Brittany.

For additional information on registering new top level domains please visit:http://www.icann.org.

 

August 29, 2014

This week there were several gTLD extensions released into the Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability phases. On Wednesday, .schule, .fitness, .furniture, .discount and .hamburg were all released to the public in the final General Availability phase. Also on Wednesday, the extensions for .global, .gratis, .claims, .credit, and .creditcard entered into the Landrush phase. Finally, the extension .tatar went into the Sunrise period and is available to register for all eligible trademark holders.

In the coming weeks, a number of popular extensions are expected to be released to the general public. These domains include .audio, .accountants, .digital, and .finance. For more updates on upcoming release dates, please check back here next week.

For additional information on registering new top level domains please visit: www.icann.org.