GoDaddy have announced they have signed on to sell .club domain names. The launch will see registrants being able to launch “yourname.club” domains. The gTLD is being aimed at retailers, loyalty groups, organisations and clubs all over the world.
According to those launching .club, it has consistently ranked among the Top 10 of most popular new extensions to be applied for, making it possibly the first gTLD to come to market that has mainstream appeal.
One of the issues for new gTLDs that will be open for general availability is getting registrars on board to retail their domains, and deals such as this by .CLUB Domains will be a major help. General availability is scheduled to commence on 1 May.
More information is available in the news release below:
GoDaddy Signs Registry-Registrar Agreement with .CLUB
Listed in “Top 10” of New Web Domain Pre-Registration Interest, .CLUB Appeals to Organisations, Affinity & Loyalty Groups of all Kinds
.CLUB Domains, LLC, the company formed to own and operate the new “.CLUB” generic top-level domain name (gTLD), announced today (10 January) that GoDaddy will be offering “yourname.club” Web addresses to clubs, membership organisations, affinity and loyalty groups, and anyone sharing a common interest or passion. Of those registrars who have been taking pre-registrations over the past several months, the .CLUB extension has consistently ranked among the Top 10 of most popular new extensions to be applied for, making it the first top level domain to come to market that has mainstream appeal.
“The new domain name options give businesses and Internet users an easy way to establish a memorable and credible online presence,” said GoDaddy Vice President Domains Mike McLaughlin. “Domain names are essentially 21st century real estate, it’s the online address where businesses are found. Having a strong Internet identity is vital for any businesses, and .CLUB will add true context to a Web address.”
“This is an exciting and important milestone for all of us at .CLUB as well as for the marketplace in general,” said .CLUB Domains CEO and Founder Colin Campbell. “GoDaddy has great recognition and will make it easy and affordable for anyone to make a new mark on the Web. A great domain extension should be short, meaningful, recognisable and memorable, and .CLUB offers all of that to marketers, consumers, organisations and clubs of all sizes.”
Pre-registrations for .CLUB websites, blogs and email addresses are scheduled to begin on GoDaddy.com in February. The Trademark Sunrise period is expected to launch mid-January 2014, Land Rush in March and General Availability for .CLUB on May 1, 2014.
Formed in 2012 and backed by $8.2 million from 26 private investors, .CLUB will enable clubs, membership organisations or others sharing a common interest to establish memorable Web addresses and online destinations. Every day, people form communities and groups around every imaginable interest, and .CLUB makes it easier than ever for them to acquire a Web address that is convenient, holds meaning and has marketing value.
About .Club Domains, LLC
Led by Internet entrepreneur Colin Campbell, whose prior successes include Tucows Interactive and Hostopia.com, .Club Domains, LLC was formed for the purpose of becoming the .CLUB gTLD registry. Fully understanding the inherent marketing value of a .CLUB domain for any membership organisation, .CLUB is also building a comprehensive social platform for club management. .CLUB is a one-stop shop for clubs of all sizes to secure a great domain, grow club membership, improve member engagement and reduce management costs. By combining an easy to use web services platform with a top level domain based on a globally recognised term, .CLUB is “the easiest way to find, join or start a club.” More information and pre-registration of .CLUB is available now at www.dotclub.com.