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In plain language, a gTLD (short for “generic top-level domain”) is a new domain extension that recently hit the market or that’s less mainstream than web addresses like .com or .net. The longer a domain extension has been around, the more competition there is for something catchy. So while gTLDs might technically be “generic domain names,” they give you the freedom to be anything but.
You’ll discover there are tailor-made gTLDs for all kinds of people, from farmers (.farm) to doctors (.doctor) — and even names so creative it’s up to you how to use them. Once you find a name you love, just complete the registration process to start using your shiny new gTLD.
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Tried-and-true domain extensions might be more recognizable, sure, but they’ve usually been around so long that most of the shorter and catchier ones are taken. If your perfect .com or .net is taken, a gTLD gives you another shot at the perfect domain. Search new domain extensions, find the right fit and make your idea real.
Claim your niche.
Registering a new gTLD domain is a great way to create a descriptive, memorable brand in your niche. Grab one to show off your .photography online. Or let people know you’re a real .guru at what you do.
Protect your brand.
If you already have a domain with a traditional extension, register gTLDs that match it (like Lilys.bike if you already have LilysBikes.com). It’ll protect you from bad actors looking to hijack the reputation you worked so hard to build.
What is a gTLD?The gTLD stands for generic top-level domain and describes 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 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 a website offers. With a gTLD, you get a web address that’s specific to you and easy for visitors to remember.
How much will the new domains cost?Prices vary for gTLDs, but we publish pricing information for the new domain extensions as soon as it’s available. Pricing depends on market conditions, with top domain extensions commanding higher prices. If a domain you like is too expensive, keep looking. The generic top-level domain list already includes more than a thousand names — and it continues to grow. You’re sure to find the perfect domain if you just stay on the lookout.
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Are there domain extensions 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.
Are all the new domain extensions available for anyone to purchase?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.
How do I register a new gTLD?
You can always wait in line like everyone else to get a gTLD, but there are a few alternatives that give you a big advantage in the registration process:
- Pre-registration — For no cost, we submit your registration as soon as a gTLD becomes available from the registry. Pre-registering may give you an advantage over the others wishing to register the exact same domain name. If we can’t get the domain for you, we refund the registration fee. 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.
- Priority pre-registration — You pay a premium to get in line before standard pre-registration applicants and we submit your registration the instant a gTLD becomes available, before those who signed up for pre-registration. If we can’t get it, we refund the registration fee but cannot refund your priority pre-registration fee.
- Trademark owners — If you have a trademarked name, you can get in front of all other pre-registration groups by providing proof of that trademark and paying a fee. If we can’t get you the domain, we’ll refund your registration fee but cannot refund the trademark registration fee. Of course, if you’re the rightful trademark owner, you’d likely be able to claim your domain through other means.
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.
How do I monitor the launch of new gTLDs?With the click of a button, you can follow any gTLDs that have yet to be released. We’ll send you a message as soon as they become available. However, if you’re serious about getting a gTLD, we recommend one of the pre-registration options mentioned above.