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700 new web address names are coming: here's what you need to know

Jim Martin | Sept. 4, 2013
Can't get the .com URL you wanted? Fear not as 700 new top-level domains are on the way from .shop and .ltd to .dentist and .florist. Here's what you need to know about pre-registering these great new domain names.

We spoke to Neal McPherson, Product Manager of Domains at 1&1 who said that there was no specific timescale for when you'll be able to buy the new TLDs, but some of the earliest would be .investments, .career, .menu and .camera and these should be available before the end of the year.

New TLDs: more confusing for customers?
One of the many issues with the new TLDs is that people are used to the .com and other geographical domain names. While the Trademark Clearing House should stop Joe Public from registering, the new system is bound to be used and abused by criminals looking to set up phishing sites.

In theory, new rules should mean fraudulent sites are taken down within weeks rather than months, but it's still worth being careful before entering your details once the new domain names are in use.

What do you think of the new names? Are they a good idea or not? Let us know by commenting below.


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