If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you have an interest in new domain extensions. Maybe you’re looking to rebrand your blog, or get your business’ website off on the right foot with a meaningful, memorable name. Maybe you’re a domain investor looking to diversify your portfolio. Whatever interests you about new gTLDs, it helps to be prepared for your domain’s arrival, and United Domains wants to help you do just that.
United Domains offers three distinct phases of domain ordering: free pre-registration for domains with extensions to be released in the next three to twelve months, binding pre-order for domain extensions launching in the next few weeks, and live registration for extensions available right now.
Knowing the difference between the three stages can make all the difference between scoring the domain you want and missing out. But just what are those differences, and what do you need to know to make the most of your pre-registration? We’ll explain.
Free Pre-Registration (For Domain Extensions Being Released in 3-12 Months)
New extensions are launching every week, but most are still months away from their release. Domain extensions in this category do not have an official price or release date. If you’re interested in a domain that’s still a ways off, you can pre-register it for free with United Domains.
Pre-registering a domain is free and completely non-binding, which means you pay nothing and have no obligation to register the domain. Pre-registering enters your domain into United Domains’ database. As long as the domain is pre-registered to you, no other United Domains customer can pre-register it for themselves.
Binding Pre-Order (For Domain Extensions Being Released In The Upcoming Weeks)
Once a domain extension’s price and go-live date are revealed, you can confirm domains with that extension for binding pre-order. Pre-ordering a domain means you agree to pay its registration fee in the event of a successful registration, and we agree to submit that domain for registration on its go-live date for you.
If a domain you have pre-registered becomes available for pre-order, you will receive an email from us letting you know that the time has come to confirm your pre-order if you wish. You will then be able to confirm your pre-registration as a binding pre-order. If you take no action to confirm a pre-registration as a binding pre-order, that pre-registration will be deleted from your account automatically before its extension’s go-live date.
If you don’t have a domain pre-registered in your account already, you can still submit a binding pre-order. Simply search the domain you’re interested in the search bar found at www.uniteddomains.com.
Live Registration (For Domain Extensions Available Now)
This category is pretty self-explanatory. You can register these domains now!
Premium Domains: Why The Higher Cost?
You may have noticed that certain domains available for pre-order or live registration have a higher price than other domains with that extension. This is because the registry for those domains has classified them as premium domains. These domains tend to command be shorter, more easily memorable, and made up of simple keywords and search terms. For that reason, they often command a higher value in the domain aftermarket and are highly sought after. A premium domain can make a terrific addition to your portfolio.
Because premium domains are classified and priced by their respective registries, United Domains must price and classify them in turn. The premium price for registering a premium domain is the same from year to year, so it will cost the same amount to renew a premium domains registration as it did to register.