JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Web.com Group,
Inc. (Nasdaq:WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online
marketing solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses, has applied
to be the exclusive registry for the new ".WEB" generic top level
domain (gTLD), which is part of the first wave of the newly-expanded
universe of domain names being considered by ICANN (Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
"The .WEB domain opens up an exciting new dimension in domain-name
extension inventory, giving businesses and consumers significant new
opportunities to get the domain name they need," said David Brown,
chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com. "As the parent company
of two leading domain registrars, Network Solutions and Register.com,
Web.com is uniquely poised to usher in this new era of domain name
potential and deliver a best-in-class registry experience for
prospective .WEB customers."
The .WEB domain is widely believed to be the most important extension
since .COM, as its designation is intuitively understood to be part of
the internet and not constrained by narrower definitions, such as .INFO
or .ORG. Virtually any entity that aspires to be on the internet would
be a prospective applicant for a .WEB domain name, and it is expected
to be particularly attractive to those who were not able to obtain a
.COM extension for their use.
"We believe we possess the natural platform from which to successfully
market the new .WEB top level domain since we are the sole owner of the
Web.com trademark as issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office,"
Brown continued. "With the resources of a nearly $500 million company
and the inherent marketing advantage of the Web.com name, we believe we
have the best opportunity to initiate and accelerate .WEB's adoption as
a universally understood and accepted top level domain."
As outlined in the application, Web.com proposes to be the exclusive
registry for the .WEB gTLD and has already selected a third party
operator to assist with managing the Domain Name System (DNS)
Web.com currently offers pre-registration for the .WEB gTLD on its
website and remains committed to promoting the .WEB gTLD as a new and
valuable top level domain.
Web.com Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:WWWW) is a leading provider of online
marketing for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Web.com meets
the needs of SMBs anywhere along their lifecycle by offering a full
range of online services and support, including domain name
registration services, website design, logo design, search engine
optimization, search engine marketing and local sales leads, email
marketing, general contractor leads, franchise and homeowner
association websites, shopping cart software, eCommerce website design
and call center services. For more information on the company, please
Note to Editors: Web.com is a registered trademark of Web.com Group,
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