SPOTLIGHT:

Launch of .INC Postponed

The registry for .inc rescheduled their launch originally slated for January 16, 2019. The Sunrise phase for .inc will now begin on March 27, 2019, and run through April 30, 2019. General Availability immediately follows, starting on April 30. The first seven days of General Availability comprise the Early Access Program (EAP). All other launch requirements remain the same. All phases are first come, first serve. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

XYZ Registry Announces 2 New TLDs

Two existing TLDs found a new home with XYZ Registry. The registry announced plans for .baby and .monster, which were both recently acquired.

The .baby TLD is already available for registration, but the registry plans to eliminate registration restrictions and release hundreds of previously reserved names. Changes for .baby are scheduled for April 1, 2019.

XYZ also acquired .monster, which was previously a .brand and closed to general registrations. An official Sunrise phase for .monster begins on February 18, 2019, and runs through March 20, 2019.  General Availability immediately follows, starting on March 21. The first seven days of General Availability comprise the Early Access Program (EAP).

More launch details will be communicated as information becomes available. If you have any questions or interest in either TLD, please contact your Client Service Partner.

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Google TLDs Continue to Develop

Google Registry plans to launch .dev on January 16, 2019. The launch will follow the same guidelines as their recent launches of .app and .page. Google added .dev to the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list, which means that secure connections (SSL certificates) will be required for live sites. The use of HSTS requires registrants to take steps to configure HTTPS for their domains in order for them to work in all major browsers. With the exception of these security requirements, the TLD will be a regular, open TLD that is open to all interested applicants. The launch begins with a Sunrise Phase on January 16 16, 2019, which will run through February 19, 2019. Domains will enter General Availability on February 28, 2018, with a 9 day Early Access Program to start. Please note, this EAP phase runs 2 days longer than previous Google launches. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.

.UK

.basketball

.bot

.rugby

.mt

Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
 Sunrise
.dev 16-Jan-2018 15-Feb-2018 Yes Google Registry

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide January 14, 2019