.ME is fun, personal and ABOUT YOU! Whether it is about launching a business or a personal website, word combinations with .ME domains make your brand or online identity truly unique. Launched in 2008, .ME is globally available, and its multiplicity of meaning and the fact that Google allows geo-targeting make this extension truly worldwide. So far, a number of high profile companies and startups including Facebook (fb.me), WordpPress (wp.me and jetpack.me), Time (ti.me), LogMein (join.me) are using .ME domains to personalize their online presence. The current number of .ME domains in the Registry is close to 630 000 domains and growing.
The domain.ME registry will begin accepting .ME applications on the 6th May, for the start of the General Sunrise Period, a time when only trademark owners can apply.
The .ME Landrush is targeted to begin in early June, with Open Registration commencing on a first-come, first-served basis in mid-July.
.ME is expected to be utilized as both a personalized Web address and as a catchy business marketing tool around the world.
EuroDNS .ME sales prices are as follows:
Sunrise: 175 Euros/year (minimum 5 years)
Landrush: 48 Euros/year (mininmum 2 years)
GoLive: 24 Euros/year (minimum 2 years)
The complete .ME roll-out schedule:
May 6 to May 20: General Sunrise Period. During this time, anyone with a trademark is eligible to apply for a .ME domain.
May 20 to June 6: Quiet Period. The registry will be closed to registrars. Sunrise auctions will begin for names that received multiple applications. .ME domain names that receive only one application will be awarded.
June 6 to June 26: Landrush. This is the first opportunity for the public at large to apply. Anyone who doesn’t have a trademark, but is interested in a specific .ME domain, can apply during this period. This is also when Sunrise challenges begin.
June 26 to July 15: Quiet Period. During this time, the registry is closed to registrars. Names for which there was only one application during the Landrush Period are allocated. Landrush auctions will begin for names that received multiple applications.
July 17: Open Registration. Domain names are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
2009: .ME offers premium domains for development. See the lists below:
Any changes, updates or transfers to a .ME domain will not be possible until the 7th of July.
Multiple parties will be allowed to submit applications for the same domain name. Domain names that receive more than one application will go to an auction process. However, EuroDNS will not be driving the auctions. You would need to check here:
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