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.GUIDE Top-Level Domain General Availability

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

.GUIDE - general information

The .GUIDE gTLD can be a meaningful platform for all those websites offering guidance, information or assistance, be it on products, services, travel destinations, how-to instructions, software, apps and other offerings. The introduction of the .GUIDE extension will provide those sites with a more meaningful and easily identifiable Internet presence. This new name-place should attract organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals and any other entities identifying with the meanings of .GUIDE.

.GUIDE is a new generic Top-Level Domain (Travel & Leisure 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 .GUIDE domain extension is divided into three phases: Pre-registration, Sunrise and Landrush. After Landrush period, the .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE when registration becomes available.
Sunrise
(approx duration 30-60 days)
Time at the launch of the .GUIDE domain before public domain registration for the .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE. 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 .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE. 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 .GUIDE. 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 .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE will be available until General availability.

Why .GUIDE?

Any businesses and blogs offering guides of any kind – for product usage, enhancing services, or completing projects, improving skills, etc. – should take advantage this meaningful and easy to remember domain. With .GUIDE extension, both providers and Internet users will find navigation easier and more effective than ever before. Thanks to guide, connecting to online manuals and how-to instructions, tour guides and informational sites should soon be greatly enhanced.

Frequently Asked Questions for .GUIDE domain names and Travel & Leisure
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 .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE extension your website is likely to turn up in more searches and generate more online traffic.
When will .GUIDE be available?
The dates of each phase depend on the Registry managing the new gTLDs. In the case of .GUIDE, 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: 17 Sep 2014
Why should I pre-register .GUIDE now?
We will keep you updated on any developments related to your pre-registered .GUIDE domain, including information about pricing and regulations, once these have been announced by the registry responsible for .GUIDE.
Does it cost anything to pre-register .GUIDE?
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 .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE.
Are there any limitations on .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE.
Are trademarks usable in .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE. 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 .GUIDE I pre-registered?
Pre-registration of .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE name and pre-registering it, you can be assured of our assistance in keeping you up to date on any developments regarding .GUIDE.
Why would I want to pre-register .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE 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 .GUIDE domain name?
Web Solutions' services include hosting and email service for .GUIDE. 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 .GUIDE domain names may be hosted on your own name servers. If you specify no name servers, we will provide DNS for your .GUIDE domains free of charge.
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Need more information?

If you would like more information about the .GUIDE domain ending, have other questions about the Travel & Leisure 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