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.MEDIA Top-Level Domain General Availability

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

.MEDIA - general information

The new .MEDIA Top Level Domain will be an online home for all websites that relate to traditional, print, digital, virtual or social media. Newspapers or magazines, social networking or online edition of a magazine, graphic design or podcasts – all of them will be happily embraced by the new .MEDIA extension. Highly recognisable, the new gTLD will provide a clear and relevant platform for all media-oriented websites.

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

Why .MEDIA?

Today's media offer a variety of ways to stay up to date, keep connected, go live, share or broadcast. Whether on the mainstream or social level, the new .MEDIA domain will meet your needs. Print editions as well as online newspapers and magazines will find the new domain useful in clearly stating their mission. So will websites offering social networking and interaction both local ly and globally.

Establishing relevant presence on the Internet has never been easier – with the .MEDIA address website visitors will clearly know what content they can expect. Media outlets will be able to offer their services in a more efficient and relevant way using the .MEDIA domain while generating more online traffic and maximising search results at the same time. Adopting all platforms such as mobile, web or print, media establishments are moving forward with the times we live in. Publishers, owners, media companies or entrepreneurs will all be able to enhance their online image thanks to the .MEDIA domain.

Frequently Asked Questions for .MEDIA domain names and News / Media
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 .MEDIA 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 .MEDIA extension your website is likely to turn up in more searches and generate more online traffic.
When will .MEDIA be available?
The dates of each phase depend on the Registry managing the new gTLDs. In the case of .MEDIA, 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: 01 Mar 2016
Why should I pre-register .MEDIA now?
We will keep you updated on any developments related to your pre-registered .MEDIA domain, including information about pricing and regulations, once these have been announced by the registry responsible for .MEDIA.
Does it cost anything to pre-register .MEDIA?
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 .MEDIA 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 .MEDIA.
Are there any limitations on .MEDIA 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 .MEDIA.
Are trademarks usable in .MEDIA 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 .MEDIA. 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 .MEDIA I pre-registered?
Pre-registration of .MEDIA 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 .MEDIA name and pre-registering it, you can be assured of our assistance in keeping you up to date on any developments regarding .MEDIA.
Why would I want to pre-register .MEDIA 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) 208 133 3994.
Can anyone register a .MEDIA 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 .MEDIA domain name?
Web Solutions' services include hosting and email service for .MEDIA. 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) 208 133 3994.
Do I have to configure my DNS?
All the .MEDIA domain names may be hosted on your own name servers. If you specify no name servers, we will provide DNS for your .MEDIA domains free of charge.
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Need more information?

If you would like more information about the .MEDIA domain ending, have other questions about the News / Media domains or our pre-registration service, please don't hesitate to contact us at relations@web-solutions.eu or via phone: +44 (0) 208 133 3994