The All New gTLDs

TLD Launch Schedule

As you might imagine, the registries deploying these new gTLDs have a lot to do to launch them effectively, especially when given the charter of helping ensure that legitimate copyright holders and other such entities can acquire their domains before cyberquatters swoop in. Combine these concerns with the sheer scope of the gTLD effort, and it is easy to see why each gTLD is being rolled out in phases.

Sunrise

The initial phase of any gTLD rollout is called the Sunrise period, and usually runs for 30-60 days. Generally speaking, applying for names during the Sunrise period is restricted to applicants that maintain a registered trademark on the name for which they applied, e.g. dominos.pizza. If the name is trademarked internationally, that further strengthens their claim to a particular name. To help ensure that copyright holders can protect their trademarks through early access, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has created a Trademark Clearinghouse, through which all Sunrise requests must be checked.

Sunrise registrations typically cost more than general availability registrations. Even so, many businesses consider Sunrise to be the ideal time to acquire valuable domain names. since the costs are low compared to other ways of protecting one's trademarks from cyberquatters.

During the latter part of Sunrise, registries may allow owners of strings under an alternate TLD to apply for the same string in the gTLD they manage. For example, an accounting firm that owns ThomasonandSmith.com might be eligible tp acquire ThompsonandSmith.cpa during the Sunrise period. So far, however, most registries are not offering this service, or are restricting it to "not for profit" organizations who maintain a .ORG account. At least for now, registries are requiring that such companies acquire their name during the second phase, called Landrush.

Landrush

The Sunrise period is followed by Landrush, a roughly month-long period during which domain names become available unencumbered by trademark issues. The cost of Landrush domains is significantly less than during Sunrise, and, on average, perhaps 50-100% more costly than during General Availability. While Epik is currently offering pre-orders for all phases, we expect the vast majority will be filled during the initial moments of each gTLD's respective Landrush period.

General Availability

After about 30-40 days, the Landrush period will be replaced by General Availability, the final period. All special restrictions aimed at helping organizations protect their trademarks, brands, etc. have been lifted. Moreover, the higher fees for earlier access to choice names have been removed; standard retail and wholesale prices are being charged to customers and regisrars, respectively. After this point, purchasing a domain name under a new gTLD should be no different than buying a .COM or .NET name.

It should be noted that the several thousand gTLDs are being offered by dozen of companies, many of whom have set each gTLD with a different price; not all gTLDs will be priced the same, even those coming from the same company. That said, the lowest price for such names will always be during the General Availability phase.

Remember: the complete rollout of gTLDs will take more than two years, but the Sunrise period for the first dozen or so names will commence in December 2013, with a new wave launching every month or so thereafter. The launch of so many gTLDs will have a major effect on the Internet, so now it is the best time to educate yorself and decide when and how to act.

Not all the new TLDs will be available at once. They will be become live on the internet over the next year.

This table lists the Donuts TLDs as they are scheduled to come out.  All launches start at 16:00 UTC.

TLD

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Early Access

.VENTURES November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014 Pre-Order
.SINGLES November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014 Pre-Order
.BIKE November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014 Pre-Order
.HOLDINGS November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014 Pre-Order
.PLUMBING November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014 Pre-Order
.GURU November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014 Pre-Order
.CLOTHING November 26, 2013 January 25, 2014 January 29, 2014 Pre-Order
.CAMERA December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.EQUIPMENT December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.ESTATE December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.GALLERY December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.GRAPHICS December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.LIGHTING December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.PHOTOGRAPHY December 3, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.CONTRACTORS December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.LAND December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.TECHNOLOGY December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.CONSTRUCTION December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.DIRECTORY December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.KITCHEN December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.TODAY December 10, 2013 February 8, 2014 February 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.DIAMONDS December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.ENTERPRISES December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.TIPS December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.VOYAGE December 17, 2013 February 15, 2014 February 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.SHOES December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.CAREERS December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.PHOTOS December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.RECIPES December 24, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.LIMO December 31, 2013 March 1, 2014 March 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.DOMAINS December 31, 2013 March 1, 2014 March 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.CAB December 31, 2013 March 1, 2014 March 5, 2014 Pre-Order
.COMPANY December 31, 2013 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.COMPUTER January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.CENTER January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.SYSTEMS January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.ACADEMY January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.MANAGEMENT January 7, 2014 March 8, 2014 March 12, 2014 Pre-Order
.TRAINING January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.SOLUTIONS January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.SUPPORT January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.BUILDERS January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.EMAIL January 14, 2014 March 15, 2014 March 19, 2014 Pre-Order
.EDUCATION January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.INSTITUTE January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.REPAIR January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.CAMP January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.GLASS January 21, 2014 March 22, 2014 March 26, 2014 Pre-Order
.SOLAR January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014 Pre-Order
.COFFEE January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014 Pre-Order
.INTERNATIONAL January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014 Pre-Order
.HOUSE January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014 Pre-Order
.FLORIST January 28, 2014 March 29, 2014 April 2, 2014 Pre-Order
.HOLIDAY February 4, 2014 April 5, 2014 April 9, 2014 Pre-Order
.MARKETING February 4, 2014 April 5, 2014 April 9, 2014 Pre-Order
.VIAJES February 11, 2014 April 12, 2014 April 16, 2014 Pre-Order
.FARM February 11, 2014 April 12, 2014 April 16, 2014 Pre-Order
.CODES February 11, 2014 April 12, 2014 April 16, 2014 Pre-Order
.CHEAP February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014 Pre-Order
.ZONE February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014 Pre-Order
.AGENCY February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014 Pre-Order
.BARGAINS February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014 Pre-Order
.BOUTIQUE February 18, 2014 April 19, 2014 April 23, 2014 Pre-Order
.TIENDA February 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 April 30, 2014 Pre-Order
.WATCH February 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 April 30, 2014 Pre-Order
.WORKS February 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 April 30, 2014 Pre-Order
.COOL February 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 April 30, 2014 Pre-Order
.EXPERT February 25, 2014 April 26, 2014 April 30, 2014 Pre-Order
 

Law & Legal Related gTLDs Are Available Now!

Did you know that just over 50% of lawyers are in private practice? The remainder are spread throughout government, industry, judicial clerkships, and academia.

.Lawyer.Associates .Attorney .Law .Legal.Partners

New gTLD Updates - Get Yours Today

.VENTURES Register Now

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.BIKE Register Now

.HOLDINGS Register Now

.PLUMBING Register Now

.GURU Register Now

.CLOTHING Register Now

.CAMERA Register Now

.EQUIPMENT Register Now

.ESTATE Register Now

.GALLERYRegister Now

.GRAPHICSRegister Now

.LIGHTING Register Now

.PHOTOGRAPHYRegister Now

.CONTRACTORS Register Now

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