What is the .inc generic Top Level Domain Extension?
While the arrival of the .inc domain has not yet been determined, the ability to create a name that stands out among millions of other domains on the Internet is a great strategy for businesses. While this news is good for large businesses, this is even better for small businesses. A domain under the new .inc extension can create an added level of professionalism and it brings a certain level of confidence with your name.
.inc domains are going to be great for small businesses because of how people associate it with large companies. As a small business, having a .inc domain name can bring a certain panache to your business and gain consumer confidence and support.
So, how can you use this extension? One way to use a .inc domain is for rebranding purposes. Instead of your .com or .ca, register a .inc domain and use that name from now on.
If you still prefer your .com or .ca domain, a .inc domain name can help your current website. Simply use the .inc domain to re-direct your customers to your main website and save them the trouble of having to look for your main website.
Register a domain name that tells people exactly who you are, before they even get to your website. When you register a .inc domain name you can show that your business is incorporated, trustworthy and professional. The .inc domain extension was created for you and your business and is a great alternative to .com, .ca, .biz or any other domains. If you're a business looking for that "special something" for your domain name, then .inc might be right for you.
.inc gTLD Requirements
The new gTLD applications for the applicants, C.V. TLDcare, Charleston Road Registry Inc., Baxter Sunset, LLC, NU DOT CO LLC, GTLD Limited, CNI Registry, LLC, Uniregistry, Corp., Afilias Limited, Dot Registry LLC, GMO Registry, Inc., and Top Level Domain Holdings Limited, are still being reviewed but you can expect to see some extensions, like .inc become available in 2013 when they are released by ICANN.
Highly Regulated Domain
.inc is a "Highly Regulated Domain" which is subject to additional requirements mandated by ICANN.
- Legal Compliance: Registrants must comply with all applicable laws, including laws relating to privacy, data collection, consumer protection (including in relation to misleading and deceptive conduct) and applicable consumer laws in respect of fair lending, debt collection, organic farming (if applicable), disclosure of data and financial regulations;
- Health and Financial Information: Registrants must acknowledge and agree that those who collect and maintain sensitive health and financial data must implement reasonable and appropriate security measures commensurate with the offering of those services, as defined by applicable law;
- Abuse Contact Information: Registrants must provide administrative contact information, which must be kept up-to-date, for the notification of complaints or reports of registration abuse, as well as the contact details of the relevant regulatory, or industry self-regulatory, bodies in your main place of business;
- Possession of Necessary Credentials: Registrants must represent that he/she possesses any necessary authorizations, charters, licenses and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with such Highly Regulated TLD; and
- Report Material Changes to Credentials: Registrants must report any material changes to the validity of the Registrant’s authorizations, charters licenses and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with the Highly Regulated TLD to ensure the Registrant continues to conform to the appropriate regulations and licensing requirements and generally conduct activities in the interests of the consumer served.
Frequently Asked Questions
A domain name – also known as a URL – is your web address online. Without it, customers and visitors won’t be able to find your website.
Finding a domain name for your website is as easy as typing it in on the search bar above. If a domain name is available, simply register it. If it isn’t available, our Domain Search tool provides you with alternative options to meet your needs.
What are all these new domain extensions?
The new domain extensions like .ATTORNEY, .CONSULTING, .LAWYER, .NINJA and .TECH are called new gTLDs. These stand for new generic Top Level Domains and they add new options online.
They work in the same way as a .CA or a .COM, but with the added benefit of being able to create shorter and more specific domain names for your website.
For example, instead of using JohnSmithAccountant.Com or PizzaShop.Ca, you’ll be able to register JohnSmith.Accountant or Pizza.Shop for your website.
Do the new domain extensions work like a .CA or a .COM?
Yes – the new domain extensions work exactly the same way as a .CA or a .COM. Once you find a domain extension that you’d like to use, you’ll be able to add a web hosting plan or a custom business email address to it.
The new domain extensions sound great! How do I get one for myself?
To register a domain name under the new extensions, just type in the name that you want on the search bar at the top. Our Domain Search tool will check to see if the domain name that you want is available and if it isn’t, it will provide alternatives that might be a good fit for your business.
If you want to narrow down the results even further, our Domain Search filters lets you filter the results by category, price and availability.
Some of the domain results don’t have a price associated. What does this mean?
The majority of new domain extensions such as .LAW and .GLOBAL are now available while others will become available in the next few years. While we do our best to make sure you have all the information you need, some extensions haven’t launched or been assigned to a registry operator yet. As a result, we don’t have pricing information available.
To find out when the domain extension that you want becomes available, simply search for a domain name and add it to your pre-registration list for free. Once it becomes available, we’ll send you an email with information on the domain extension’s price and launch date once we have more information for you.
How much will the new domain extensions cost?
New domain extensions like .club, .xyz and .ninja can cost as low as USD $14.99 while others including .attorney, .law and .consulting can be priced a little bit higher. The varying prices are affected by the domain registry or domain operator of the extension.
For new domain extensions that don’t have any pricing information included, this simply means that the domain has not been assigned to an operator or the domain operator has not released information about it yet. When the domain becomes available and as we receive more information about it, we will update the domain’s pricing and inform you about it.
What is a Pre-Order and a Pre-Registration?
The new domain extensions have begun introducing hundreds of new extensions that include .attorney, .consulting, .ninja and .xyz. As the internet’s real estate continues to grow, we’ve created two new options to secure the domain name that you want; Pre-Order and Pre-Registration.
Pre-Order allows you to express your interest for a domain name just before it becomes available. When each domain launches, it undergoes a series of phases before it becomes available to the general public. By placing a Pre-Order, Webnames.ca places your domain name to our submission list. Once the domain becomes available, your domain name is submitted to the registry for registration. Pre-Ordering is free and you will only be charged if your domain name is successfully registered for you.
Pre-Registration on the other hand, allows you to add a domain extension to your watchlist. Pre-Registration will be available for domains that haven’t been delegated to a registry or if a domain’s launch phases hasn’t been announced yet.
What is the advantage of using one of the new domain extensions over a .CA or .COM domain name?
The new domain extensions (gTLDs) create new opportunities to name a website online. With extensions such as .LAWYER, .CLUB, .BAND, .MARKETING and more, the new gTLDs make it clear what your website is all about. The new gTLDs also provide a new opportunity to create shorter and more memorable domain names. Instead of creating a domain like MyNewWebsite.Com, use the new gTLDs to create a domain name like MyNew.Website.