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Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 14th April 2014

Focus on Fun Stuff: New TLDs for April 15

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To take your mind off the IRS, we present some new fun TLD options, available for general registration as of 4/15: .gift, .pics, .photo, .guitars, .link. Two more batches of new TLDs arrive later this week, so be sure to stay tuned. Here’s a sneak peek: .marketing on 4/16 and .pink on 4/17. Head over to the registration page and grab some new domains now.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 9th April 2014

New TLD Phases & How EAP Can Help You

Phases aren’t just for moody teenagers. Everybody and everything in life goes through phases. Today, we’re talking about the phases a new TLD (top-level domain) passes through on its way to General Availability.  If you’ve ever wanted to be the first to register new domain names ahead of the pack, this post is for you.

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Once ICANN has approved a new TLD, it goes into Sunrise phase. Sunrise is exclusively for trademark owners, allowing them to register domains containing their marks. The next phase is Landrush. During Landrush, you can purchase priority registration for popular generic domain names for an additional fee. General Availability (GA) is the final phase, when domains become publicly available for anyone to register at standard rates.

Good News

If you missed out on Landrush for your desired domain names, we have good news for you: EAP, the Early Access Program. EAP opens a few days before GA for most (though not all) of the hundreds of new TLDs ICANN is rolling out in these early months of 2014.

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With EAP, you have the opportunity to register highly desirable, non-trademarked names. You can grab names to protect your business or even dominate a market niche by registering industry-related terms before your competitors get to them. In most cases, the EAP fee is $105, plus the standard registration price and $0.18 ICANN fee. Of late, we’ve been opening EAP three days ahead of GA for new TLDs. So if your domain goes into GA on March 19, for example, it’s likely that EAP will start on March 16 for that domain. Keep in mind that EAP is not available for all new TLDs.

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How can you keep track of EAP and GA dates for the domains you want? Bookmark the Namecheap new TLDs page and check our calendar regularly. And/or sign up for our Checklist service – we’ll be glad to alert you via email as new TLDs arrive on the scene.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 7th April 2014

New TLDs: Early Access & More

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Did you know most of the new TLDs being released these days have an Early Access Program? With EAP, you can purchase your new domain names before the TLD goes into General Availability, for an extra fee. In most cases, EAP starts three days before GA and the extra fee is $105 (plus the regular registration fee). These five enter EAP on April 6 and GA on April 9: .coffee, .florist, .house, .international, and .solar. Visit the registration page to get your new names now. And check out our New TLDs page to learn how you can stay informed about new domains entering EAP and GA.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 1st April 2014

We Totally Have .selfie & .zombie TLDs

Today, April 1, the head honchos of the internet have finally decided to lighten up and release some domain options that make sense for our times. Check ‘em out…

Do you wonder if you should post that photo of yourself shirtless in the bathroom? The answer is: Yes, of course the whole world wants to see your pecs! That’s why you need to register a .selfie domain. (Note: If all your selfies involve meat products, that means you’ve already moved on to the new porkchop craze and should register .porkchop instead.) generic_FBimage_4

If you’re planning to launch a dead website – one that starts out great, but then you forget about it or never have time to update it, so it lingers online in a state of festering decay for who knows how long – the new .zombie domain is just what you need.

Want to launch a real slacker website that serves no purpose? When you get around to it, you could register a URL with the new .whatevs TLD.

Here’s a true story, dude: If you and your buds like to drink many beers and spin yarns, you should totally register a .coolstorybro domain name.

And when Mom tells you to be home by nine, if you answer “Uh-uh!” – then there’s even a new TLD for you today, missy. It’s .uhuhSee if you can register some new domain names right now!

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 31st March 2014

TLDs for Campers, Educators & Industry

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If you operate a summer camp for kids or work in the fields of education or industry, you’re in luck. ICANN heard your requests for more relevant domain extensions and will release these new TLDs (top-level domains) for general registration on April 2:  .camp, .education, .glass, .institute, .repair. Visit the registration page to find your new domain name(s). And keep an eye on our New TLDs page for info on more new domains as they become available.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 24th March 2014

More Options for Builders & Other Professionals

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The internet belongs to everybody, and the broad scope of new top-level domains coming out this year means more relevant and specific site-naming options for more people. Here’s this week’s crop of new domains: .builders, .email, .solutions, .support and .training. All five will be available for general registration as of March 26, 2014. Declare your freedom from vague web addresses. Get the URL you really want! Register a new domain name today. And keep an eye on our New TLDs page for the news on other new domains as they become available.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 18th March 2014

$0.98 .BIZ/.US Domains – Limited Time Only!

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Been thinking about registering a .BIZ domain for your online business or setting up a .US website for your US-specific content? Now is definitely the time to do it. For a brief while (limited time only, while supplies last), you can register these two powerhouse domains for only $0.98 each. The offer applies to first-year registrations only and includes two months of free private email. A deal this good won’t last long, so go find and register your new domains right away! Limit five .BIZ and five .US per customer. Email renewals available at regular price.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 13th March 2014

Would You Like to See a .menu?

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Around the globe, right now, millions of people are at their computers, doing important things: Coding, blogging, sending email, shopping, laughing at pictures of wet cats. As the hours pass, these brave souls begin to feel peckish, and then their bellies start to rumble. As they become light-headed with hunger, a terrifying thought enters their minds: “There’s nothing to eat around here!”

Fortunately, there is hope. On March 17, the new TLD .menu becomes available for general registration. If you’re a restaurateur, caterer or cook, here’s how you can help: Register a .menu domain through Namecheap, add a dash of Onepager or web hosting, and post your menu online for all to see. Help end the internet hunger crisis – register your .menu domain right away.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 3rd March 2014

TLDs for Families, Fashion, & More

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Waves of great new TLDs continue to roll in. The options ICANN is releasing these days provide a whole new world of flexible, relevant, memorable ways to name your website. Consider this week’s batch of new domains: .careers, .photos, .recipes, and .shoes all become available for general registration on Wednesday March 5. Don’t miss out — select your new domains right away. Check back regularly to see the hundreds of new domains arriving in the months to come.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 17th February 2014

Powerful New TLDs on the 19th

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ICANN keeps bringing us more new, relevant, memorable top-level domain options. As of Wednesday February 19, 2014, these seven domains will be available for general registration: .construction, .contractors, .directory, .kitchen, .land, .technology, and .today. Grab your new domain name right away.

It’s not over yet – more new domain extensions are on their way next week. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on Namecheap for further developments.