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gTLD frequently asked questions

What is a gTLD and why does it matter to me?

The gTLD, which stands for generic top-level domain, is commonly used to describe newer domain extensions, like .guru and .photography. Like the original website extensions – .com, .org and .net – the new custom domain extensions are part of what people type into the address bar of their web browsers to get to find you online.

Thanks to these new domains, your domain suffix can now describe who you are or what you do. For example, .photography, .build and .attorney all tell visitors something about what you offer. With a gTLD, you get a web address that’s specific to you and easy to remember so you can find more customers online.

Why are there new TLDs?

The short answer is to increase your options for grabbing the perfect domain name. Turns out, there’s a bit of history involved with the full story of new domain extensions.

With .com passing its 30th birthday, many of the best and most valuable domain names have already been registered. This has long been a frustration for business owners, forcing them to make up names for their businesses just to find an available domain name.

With the introduction of gTLDs, you have a fresh chance to get the domain name you really want. Because many of the custom domain extensions are specific to particular industries, interests or cities, your web address can now tell people exactly what you do (or where you do it). This makes the new domains easy to remember and you easier to find online.

Will there be domains in languages other than English?

Oui! Thanks to the new gTLDs, speakers of nearly three dozen languages – including Arabic, Chinese, and languages based on the Cyrillic alphabet – will have their own available domain names. This will be a big win for companies that promote their products in countries where these languages are spoken.

How much will the new domains cost?

Prices vary for the new gTLDs, but we publish pricing information for the new domain extensions as soon as it’s available. For many of them, pricing can vary depending on market conditions. Visit this page often for the most up-to-date pricing.

Will all the new domains be available to me?

No. While there will be over 700 new domains that will be available to you, there will be another 600 or so that are trademarked names – like .ford, .gucci or .dupont – and, although the owners could open them to the general public, they’ll most likely reserve these custom domains for internal use.

Will the new domains change how the Internet works?

No, but they may change the way people find information on the web. And they may also impact how businesses build their online presence. For example, if you’re new on the block and looking to name your business, the best place to start is with a domain name search. That’ll ensure you have a web address that matches your business name.

It’s also important to keep in mind that gTLDs carry the same weight with search engines. That means websites with custom domain extensions can achieve a high ranking on search engine results pages — you aren’t locked into, say, a .com or .net if you’re concerned about search engine optimization (SEO).

How is ICANN involved?

ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a non-profit group responsible for the coordination and oversight of the global internet system. It was ICANN that approved the new domain extensions now available. While ICANN doesn’t create these web addresses (that would be businesses called registries) it does act like an online ledger, the official record of who’s registered website extensions.

What’s the difference between the various registration phases?

All new domain extensions follow the same release phases. The first registration period is always reserved for trademark owners. During the second phase – Priority Pre-registration – anyone may increase their chances of getting a non-trademarked web address for a fee. Pre-registration comes next and allows you to get a jump on those who will try to register available domain names during General Availability, which is open to the public. During this final phase, names are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

What are the benefits of pre-registering a domain name?

Competition for some of the new domain extensions is likely to be fierce. Pre-registering a name with a specific domain suffix may give you an advantage over the others wishing to register the exact same domain name. Much like standing in line for tickets, the earlier you get there, the more likely you are to get one you want.

If more than one person pre-registers the same domain at GoDaddy, all applicants will be invited to a private auction to decide who gets it.

Does pre-registering a domain guarantee I’ll get it?

No. Pre-registering a new gTLD domain reserves your place in our queue for that web address. The instant the registration phase opens, we’ll submit your registration electronically using our industry-leading technology to give you an edge.

If we can’t get the name for you, we’ll refund your registration cost. Application fees collected during the Priority Pre-Registration or Trademark phases are non-refundable. If we secure the name and more than one person or company has pre-registered it, all parties will be invited to a private auction to decide who gets it.

If I pre-register a gTLD do I have to buy it?

No. You can cancel your pre-registration request and we’ll happily refund the fee for registering a domain. Please keep in mind, though, that application fees are not refundable.

What’s the difference between Pre-registration and Priority Pre-registration?

A Priority Pre-registration is submitted before a regular Pre-registration, which means the priority option improves your chances of getting the gTLD you want when it becomes available. Pricing and renewal fees may be higher for Priority Pre-registration and there may also be non-refundable application fees.

If I apply for a Priority Pre-registration should I also apply during regular Pre-registration?

No. Priority Pre-registration gives you the best possible chance of getting new domain extensions, as all Priority Pre-registrations are submitted before regular Pre-registrations. If there are multiple applications for the same gTLD, the registry will hold a private auction, with the name awarded to the highest bidder.

What if multiple applicants from multiple registrars want the same exact domain name?

For multiple applications submitted during Priority Pre-Registration, the company that owns and regulates the gTLD will hold a private auction to determine the owner. If we secure a web address with multiple applicants during regular Pre-registration, we’ll hold a private auction to determine ownership.

Is there any reason to register more than one domain name?

Yes. Businesses often register different domains to expand their digital footprint. So for example, if you own LilysBikes.com you might also want to register LilysBikes.shop and even Lilys.bikes. You can forward the new domain names to your existing website or use them to create new ones. This increases the odds that new customers will find you online.

How can I protect a domain with my trademark in it?

ICANN protects trademark owners by letting them reserve their trademarked names first before anyone else is allowed to submit registrations for a particular gTLD.

To be sure you don’t miss this registration period, Follow any custom domain extensions you’re considering. We’ll let you know when they’re open to trademark holders.