ICM adds another .xxx registrar

Kevin Murphy, April 28, 2011, 18:36:00 (UTC), Domain Registrars

DomainMonster has become the latest registrar, the first in the UK, to announce support for ICM Registry’s upcoming .xxx porn-only top-level domain.

The company said it has been accredited by ICM, and that it will start taking pre-orders for the domains on its Domainbox reseller platform soon.

Others registrars to have announced that they plan to carry .xxx domains over the last few months include Network Solutions, Blacknight, EnCirca, RRPProxy.net and United Domains.

I’m not sure if any have been officially accredited yet — no .xxx registrars show up on ICANN’s offical list.

DomainMonster CEO Matt Mansell said: “We anticipate the .XXX launch to be the biggest we’ve seen in recent years. The demand our support teams are seeing already far outstrips anything that’s gone before.”

ICM has previously projected somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000 registrations after launch. It took around 600,000 pre-reservations in the few years before it was approved by ICANN.

Getting .xxx accrediation is said to be quite a lengthy process. Registrars have to answer 14 detailed questions, including agreeing to abide by ICM’s policies and detailing how they plan to promote the domains.

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Comments (4)

  1. theo says:

    The lenghty process is not the actual accrediation.
    And is not that lenghty, 60 minutes tops (least that is how long it took me).

    What you basically sign is that you are allowed to use the .XXX promotional kit (banners, buttons).

    The real deal for Registrars willbe announced next month i guess.

    This is a TLD that has the intrest of end users for sure. You can agree or not agree with .XXX the demand is there.

  2. Mike says:

    They should have been more picky about who they took on. Since the .xxx domain registration is NOT in real time. What would happen if the registrar was not honest and perhaps gave that domain for a buddy to register rather than the one with the idea trying to register it? I guess a litte research and time will tell…

  3. DannyZ says:

    [quote]What you basically sign is that you are allowed to use the .XXX promotional kit (banners, buttons).[/quote]

    I’d be interested to see what this promotional kit includes, and if it’s more the same ‘fear mongering’ campaign telling domain owners they have to buy .xxx to ‘protect their trademarks.’

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