ICANN (www.icann.org), International internet regulation group, announced on Monday the launch of new “micro-site” as the online home for information about the New Generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLDs) Program. The site can be accessed through this URL http://newgtlds.icann.org/ or from a button on the home page of ICANN.ORG
The microsite offers information about the program in the form of the ICAAN-approved Applicant Guidebook, and access to the TLD Application System. The Applicant Guidebook provides a comprehensive resource for anyone who is seriously looking to apply for a gTLD, as the document contains thorough detail how to apply for a new domain, and links directly to the online application system.As part of the Applicant Support Program, it seeks to facilitate partnerships with those seeking assistance in launching a new gTLD with those in the community that are able to provide assistance.
The gTLD program will greatly expand the current number of 22 TLD’s to include almost any word or name.
Explaining the various tabs of the new site, ICANN said one can find basic material about ICANN and domain names in the About tab. The Applicants tab will provide helpful information for applying to operate a new gTLD.
ICANN stated that the new site is not solely for English speakers. Many new gTLD-related resources are available in other languages, including Fact Sheets and presentations, with many more translations coming. All important program materials will continue to be posted in six UN languages.
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The ICANN community has created a sustainable approach to providing support to applicants, particularly those from developing economies as they apply for and operate new gTLDs. The Applicant Support Program will provide financial and non-financial support to qualified applicants registered or residing in developing countries, and potentially to others.