X-Rated .xxx Domain Names Hitting the Shelves!
By admin On 14 Aug, 2011 At 06:52 PM | Categorized As Our Latest Posts | With 0 Comments

This week the domaining crowd is all excited about the news that they will definitely be welcoming a new family member, the .xxx range of domains!

If you’ve been keeping up to date then you’ll undoubtedly know that this move has been a long time in the coming. In fact, it was first proposed over a decade ago back in the year 2000 and then resubmitted again in 2004.

So what took it so long to become a reality?

To cut a long story short, it has been a very, very involved process with countless debates raging across the real world and in cyberspace. Many have (and still do) oppose the .xxx range of domain names, while many others are all for it.

All the questions of the past such as why it is being opposed, why it is being included, what the negative and positive implications are – these are no longer relevant for the time being as we slowly but surely inch closer to the day when this much-discussed extension finally goes live.

What Happens Now?

In the initial stage of this domain series rollout you can expect that trademark owners will be getting their business sorted out. Some will be buying over the domains that their trademarks entitle them to, others will be blocking certain trademarked names (if you were hoping to get Microsoft.xxx or Google.xxx – think again!).

After that ‘sunrise’ period is done and over with, the more general availability stage will begin – and that’s when regular users can expect to start to get their own .xxx domains!

But wait – before you can actually register a .xxx domain name you need to first register and show that you’re entitled to it!

Who is Eligible for .xxx Domains?

According to the information that has been released thus far, individuals, companies, businesses, entities, and organizations that provide online, sexually-oriented adult entertainment intended for consenting adults or other community members may apply to register .xxx domain names.

To do so though, there is a registration process that is supposedly a little different from the standard registration. Primarily, this is to ensure that the .xxx family of domains is consistently used by the adult industry.

It is worth noting that defensive registrations (i.e. blocking certain trademarked domains from becoming .xxx domains) do not have to go through the registration process and the fees vary too.

Right now, GoDaddy plans to charge $99.99 for the first year of domain registration (with every subsequent renewal being $99.99 as well) once these domains are generally available.

So what do you think? Do you have any interest in a .xxx domain or do you feel it doesn’t pertain to you one way or the other?

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