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.BID Top-Level Domain General Availability

The .BID extension has entered the General Availability phase, therefore now it is possible to order/apply for domain names within the: .BID extension/suffix. Please contact our support via e-mail or use the contact form in order to buy .BID domains.

.BID - general information

Auctioning has been around for a long time but it is a relatively recent addition to the range of online operations. The .BID domain opens the door to a new platform of online bidding. Whether you sell real estate, vehicles, antiques, domain names or household appliances, .BID provides a recognisable and targeted market space for the auctioning community. Buyers, sellers, reviewers, assessors, and any other entity, individual, organization or business, involved in auction-based services can benefit from the new .BID domain. .BID can be registered by anyone without restrictions and it can be a great alternative to traditional .com or .net. 

.BID is a new generic Top-Level Domain (E-commerce & Consumer Niche gTLD) announced by ICANN, the Internet domain authority. The New gTLD Program`s goal is to enhance competition, innovation, and consumer choice. You can see it as your opportunity to get that perfect domain which has been taken by someone else. The introduction of .BID domain extension is divided into three phases: Pre-registration, Sunrise and Landrush. After Landrush period, the .BID domain will become public and registrations will be available to everyone (General availability).

Pre-registration
(active for non-trademark holders till General availability)
A free and non-binding way to get a head start securing the new domain name. Indication of an interest in a given domain and eventually registering name(s) in .BID when registration becomes available.
Sunrise
(approx duration 30-60 days)
Time at the launch of the .BID domain before public domain registration for the .BID begins, allowing brand/trademark owners to register, or block related domain names. See our Managed TMCH Submission service.
Landrush
(approx duration 30 days)
The initial launch phase for broad general distribution when anyone (usually companies) can submit a request for a domain name under the .BID. Landrush registrations are typically NOT first-come, first-served. Duplicate requests are auctioned between the parties desiring an identical name.
General availability
(perpetual after Landrush)
Finally, domain names under the .BID will be available to the general public, at normal retail prices on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants may attempt to register previously pre-registered domains within .BID. When a domain is registered, it is officially reserved and registered in real time.

If you are not a brand owner, before General availability you are allowed to take part only in the first phase and pre-register your desired domain names within .BID. The use of our gTLD pre-registration module is free of charge and without any obligation to buy later on. We will keep you updated on future developments related to your preregistered domains, including information about pricing and regulations, once these have been announced by the registry responsible for a given gTLD. Please note that pre-registration of .BID is not a queue. Although we will try our best, we cannot provide any kind of guarantee that pre-registration will eventually lead to successful registration of your chosen domain within the .BID extension.
If you wish to secure your rights to a specific domain name, please choose our Managed TMCH Submission service which offers trademark owners a simple yet efficient way to monitor and protect their brands. It is also the only way by which trademark owners can participate in designated Sunrise periods.
For non-trademark holders Pre-registration of .BID will be available until General availability.

Why .BID?

With a .BID domain name, auctioning can only get easier. The new definitive extension meets the demand for a secure and reliable auction marketplace online. The .BID extension can help you create your unique domain name that will instantly appeal to online shoppers and boost your Internet presence. With online purchases on the rise, .BID may be beneficial in setting your website apart from the competition and attracting more valuable traffic. 

Frequently Asked Questions for .BID domain names and E-commerce & Consumer Niche
What are new gTLD's?
A gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) is the set of characters following the dot at the end of a website address. Hundreds of new domain extensions (new gTLDs), such as .SPORT, .ART, or .WEB, are being introduced to the Internet as an alternative to web addresses where .COM or .NET would normally be.
Why should I register .BID domain name?
You are free to choose from hundreds of domain extensions tailored to your website's needs to give it a unique virtual identity. Furthermore, with .BID extension your website is likely to turn up in more searches and generate more online traffic.
When will .BID be available?
The dates of each phase depend on the Registry managing the new gTLDs. In the case of .BID, the specific dates will be published as soon as they are available to the public. At the moment, the following information is available:
General Availability/Go Live: 09 Jun 2014
Why should I pre-register .BID now?
We will keep you updated on any developments related to your pre-registered .BID domain, including information about pricing and regulations, once these have been announced by the registry responsible for .BID.
Does it cost anything to pre-register .BID?
The use of our gTLD pre-registration module is free of charge and without any obligation to a future purchase. Please note that pre-registration of .BID is not a queue. Although we will try our best, we cannot provide any kind of guarantee that pre-registration will actually lead to the successful registration of your chosen domain within .BID.
Are there any limitations on .BID pre-registrations?
No, with Web Solutions you are free to pre-register as many [new gTLDs] as you wish free of charge. However, although we will try our best, we cannot provide any kind of guarantee that pre-registration will lead to the successful registration of your chosen domain within .BID.
Are trademarks usable in .BID domain registration?
If you are a brand owner, it is important that you register your trademark(s) with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) prior to the release of .BID. Brands are protected by the TMCH in two ways: with a Sunrise Service and a Trademark Claims Service. Web Solutions further offer a Managed TMCH Submissions service. Click here to read more.
Am I obligated to register a .BID I pre-registered?
Pre-registration of .BID names with Web Solutions is free of charge and with no obligation to buy the domain name later on. By expressing your interest in a .BID name and pre-registering it, you can be assured of our assistance in keeping you up to date on any developments regarding .BID.
Why would I want to pre-register .BID with Web Solutions?
Founded in 1998, Web Solutions is an established domain registrar and an accredited agent of the Trademark Clearinghouse with a solid track record and a large number of satisfied customers. Should you need more information regarding the pre-registration process, please do not hesitate to contact our Support Team at support@web-solutions.eu or by calling on +44 (0) 20 4571 1971.
Can anyone register a .BID domain name?
The registration requirements may differ for each new extension depending on the category they belong to and the registry offering them.
How do I host my .BID domain name?
Web Solutions' services include hosting and email service for .BID. To order hosting, email service and SSL certificates, click here or contact our Support Team at support@web-solutions.eu or via phone on +44 (0) 20 4571 1971.
Do I have to configure my DNS?
All the .BID domain names may be hosted on your own name servers. If you specify no name servers, we will provide DNS for your .BID domains free of charge.
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Need more information?

If you would like more information about the .BID domain ending, have other questions about the E-commerce & Consumer Niche domains or our pre-registration service, please don't hesitate to contact us at relations@web-solutions.eu or via phone: +44 (0) 20 4571 1971