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Service makes it easy to get first in line for some new TLDs, although premium pricing does apply.
Top Level Domain Holdings has released a system for pre-registering new top level domain names, called Priority Registration.
The service is enabled through the company’s Online Priority Enhanced Names database (“OPEN”) at the company’s own domain name registrar, Minds + Machines. It is also open for other domain registrars and registries to link into.
It’s a first come, first served system that all but guarantees customers will get the domain they want if it’s available to pre-register. Participating registries will place you at the front of the line when the TLD goes live. The key exception is if the domain name is claimed during the sunrise period.
The first five domain options in the system are Peoplebrowsr’s .ceo and .best, and TLDH’s .casa, .cooking, and .horse.
Pricing for .ceo and .best start at €119.95, and TLDH’s own domain names start at €29.95.
But don’t expect the best domains to be available for these prices. I typed in Fiesta.casa, only to find the domain name would set me back €3,859.95. When I searched for mi.casa, the system suggested alternative domains: Renaissance.casa for €3,099.95, Alisa.casa €239.95, and for some reason WhiteTerror.casa, which was thankfully just €29.95. (I found the suggested alternatives for everything I typed to be way off base.)
California.horse will set you back €1,339.95. Thoroughbred.horse is only €89.95.
I like the idea behind OPEN and Priority Registration. However, before paying to register, customers should review the renewal pricing information as well as the ability for the registry to increase the initial price. It’s all in the Terms and Conditions.
Deal with Donuts bolsters Q3 earnings.
Shares of Tucows (NYSE AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) shot up 15% to $3.00 in after hours trading after the company announced third quarter earnings.
The company got a big cash boost from its deal with Donuts to withdraw its applications for the .marketing and .media top level domain name applications.
Although the exact dollar figure of the deal was not disclosed in the earnings release, there’s a huge jump in the company’s “portfolio” line item. Last quarter the company pulled in $4.167 million in portfolio revenue, which includes the revenue from the Donuts deal. In Q2 this line item was just $1.079 million, and in Q1 it was $1.134 million.
It’s entirely possible that Tucows received about $3 million to settle the contention sets, as this would be in line with the results from private auctions.
ICANN weighs in on pre-registrations for new top level domain names.
Cyrus Namazi, Vice President of DNS Industry Engagement for ICANN, published a blog post today titled “Pre-Reserve a Domain Name, or Not? ICANN Answers the Question.”
Namazi warns against services that “guarantee” they’ll get the domain name for you:
As responsible Registrars are advising, successful pre-registration of a domain cannot be guaranteed. ICANN seconds that advice, cautioning that registrants should be wary of anyone who claims to be able to guarantee a domain registration on a new gTLD. There are several situations that can impact the availability of a domain name and some domain names may never be available for purchase.
Namazi points out that competition between registrars for a single domain, domains claimed in sunrise, reserved domains, premium domains, and name collision domains make it impossible to guarantee. He also notes that some TLDs may not even end up being delegated.
I haven’t personally seen any offers that guarantee you’ll get a domain you pre-register, although the language and disclaimers are probably unclear to the average internet user.
Top ten domain registrar 1&1 is now accepting pre-registrations on a first come basis, and the various pre-registration offerings are rather confusing.
Last week I wrote about how GoDaddy was beginning to accept paid pre-registrations for a handful of top level domain names that will be coming soon.
Other registrars are also offering some version of paid offering now, and more will begin to do so as the domains are actually delegated.
1&1, which has been running TV ads promoting pre-reservations, has now moved on to pre-registrations for four Donuts domains: .bike, .singles, .holdings, and .clothing. 1&1 will only allow one customer to pre-register each domain, and then the registrar will try to grab the domain during general availability. The price is $49.99, but you don’t actually pay now. You only pay if the registrar successfully gets the domain.
Another registrar, 101Domain, is also taking pre-registrations. (It actually started taking them before GoDaddy.) For 101Domain, you pay upfront and get your money back if they can’t secure the domain.
Most registrars are basically offering a drop-catch style pre-registration system. GoDaddy’s is a bit different, as you’ll notice they have an option in which your domains are submitted to the registry before general availability. This “priority” pre-registration includes a non-refundable fee.
My guess is this is going to be very confusing for the typical end user customer, and there will be many frustrated people who didn’t understand exactly what they were ordering.
Pre-registrations now accepted for fees of up to $1,200 per domain.
Overnight GoDaddy started accepting paid pre-registrations for four new top level domain names: .uno, .menu, .build, .luxury.
While many registrars have offered some sort of pre-reservation or pre-registration service that did not require any firm commitment by the customer, GoDaddy is the first major registrar I’m aware of to actually charge an upfront fee.
And the fees are steep.
Prices to pre-register each domain vary widely by top level domain. Each domain offers “pre-registration” and “priority pre-registration”. More than one person can make either type of pre-registration, and if that’s the case then the domain will go to auction.
It seems that paying the higher price for priority pre-registration will give you priority over people who opt for just pre-registration. But if multiple people select the priority option, you’re still headed to auction. Priority appears to be like a mini-landrush, as domains will be submitted to the registry ahead of general availability. A portion of the priority fee is a non-refundable application fee. The good news is that prices are so high that it’s unlikely there will be much competition for each domain.
It’s also not clear if you get a leg up by pre-registering at GoDaddy versus another registrar.
Here’s the pricing, with TLD / regular pre-registration / priority pre-registration (priority non-refundable amount):
.Build / $99.99 / $189.99 ($40)
.Luxury / $799.99 / $1.199.99 ($400)
.Menu / $49.99 / $349.99 ($150)
.Uno / $39.99 / $299.99 ($0)
I find it interesting that .build has the second highest pre-registration cost of the four, but the lowest priority cost. I also assume there’s some correlation between the lower number and the general availability registration fee, which suggests that .luxury will indeed be a luxury domain.
Other than the priority application fee (in parentheses above), fees are refundable if you don’t get the domain.