Names are an essential part of our lives. Now, with .name, your name can be central to your life online too. As your .name can be registered for up to 10 years and ownership is renewable, your .name really can be yours for life.
Email for life
It makes life simpler. The only thing anyone needs to remember to get in touch is your name.
It's incredibly accessible. Wherever you are in the world, however often you change jobs or ISPs, you'll be able to receive your email through your .name address.
It could be your universal address. Very soon, you'll be able to use it as your contact address on an array of different devices, including your cellular phone.
Web address for life
It's personal. Whether you use it to show off your holiday photos or as an online portfolio, your .name domain is an easy way to express yourself online.
It's global. It will be a new global standard for personal Web addresses - in exactly the same way as .com is for business, so you'll be part of a worldwide family of users.
It's non-commercial. No companies or third parties are mentioned in your domain.
It will develop into a unified 'digital identity'. Soon it could be a secure repository for personal information and a way of shopping online without giving out your financial details.
Domains (gTLDs) are designed to radically increase the availability of personal domains through our ï®two dot systemï‾.
Uniquely for a gTLD, .name domains are only issued at the third level and therefore have two dots. This extra dot enables you to share your family name with thousands of others, vastly increasing your chance of using your full name as your web address.
A .name domain can follow either of these formats:
firstname.lastname.name or lastname.firstname.name
You can also use your initials or nicknames instead of your first names, or use numbers to create your unique identity.
If you register your .name domain, your .name email address of the same name will be put on hold for as long as you own the registration on your domain. If you then decide to buy, you must do so through the Official Provider that sold you your domain. But remember you'll get your .name domain and email more inexpensively if you register them together.
What is the difference between .NAME and the other TLDs?
.NAME was started to give personal domain name access to a much larger amount of people. Since no one can register just a last name, your chances of having your firstname.lastname.name combination is much greater.
The biggest and most obvious difference is that you need to register the second level and third level of a domain name (i.e. thirdlevel.secondlevel.toplevel is the structure of a domain name). So in short, you need to check and register two pieces of a domain instead of one.
Another difference is that the .NAME registry also offers (at a fee) an email address used only to forward email built around this structure: email@example.com (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org for the john.smith.name registrant).