Why .CHURCH domain names matter: Episode 91

New domain names ending in .CHURCH are part of the new Internet name space expansion beyond the currently popular .COM, .NET, and .ORG domain names. With an estimated 1,000+ new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) being launched this year and next year, the web addresses and URLs will look very different in 10 years or sooner.

Social Media Church podcast host DJ Chuang explains why .CHURCH domain names matter, how they are a huge window of opportunity and innovation for churches in the 21st century, and praying that the good guys prevail. This episode unpacks what you need to know: when, how much, why, and where to register.

Show Notes

Will Your Church Domain Name Be at Risk? (@ leadnet.org/blog) with 5 reasons why your church should consider how to use .CHURCH domain names

When can .CHURCH domain names be registered? (@ .BIBLE blog)

The fastest way to register a new gTLD domain name like .CHURCH (@ .BIBLE blog) – describes the 2 qualifications and overview of the “sunrise period” for trademark holders to have first priority to register .CHURCH domain names

Important Dates

  • July 8 to September 6, 2014 = 60-day “sunrise period” for qualifying trademark holders to register .CHURCH domain names, the first of two windows of opportunities for priority access.
  • September 10-16, 2014 = Early Access Program (EAP) is the other window of opportunity for earlier registration before the free-for-all, with prices starting around $12,000 on day 1, and dropping daily for this week
  • September 17th, 2014 at 9:00am Pacific Time (16:00 UTC) = the public launch for anyone to register .CHURCH domain names, first-come first-serve

Where to register .CHURCH domain names – list of known registrars with sunrise period:

How to get the new gTLD domain names you really want (@ djchuang.com)

#audio Everything You Need to Know About .church [Podcast] (@ churchm.ag)

#video DJ Chuang: All About the New .church Domain [Video] (@ churchm.ag)

#episode about .BIBLE domain names = The Coming Internet Expansion: Episode 61 (@ SocialMediaChurch.net)

The Coming Internet Expansion: Episode 61

The Internet as we know it will be history and exciting changes are coming in the next 2 years. An estimated 700+ top-level domains (TLD) will be launching, like .SHOP, .WEB, .HOTEL, .MENU, and many many more.

One TLD of particular interest is .BIBLE, and when that launches, people could get domain names like PREACHING.BIBLE, STUDY.BIBLE or SOCIALMEDIA.BIBLE. Full disclosure: I, DJ Chuang, work with American Bible Society and the .BIBLE Registry.

Scott Wennermark

On this episode of Social Media Church, I’ve invited 2 key members of the .BIBLE Registry launch team from the American Bible Society, John Mark Mitchell (Director of Digital Innovation) and Scott Wennermark (Director, Strategic Advancement) to share the back story of how this came about, how the Internet will be changed forever, answer commonly-asked questions, and how you can participate in this opportunity to shape the future of the Internet. (Note: John Mark Mitchell had a new title change soon after post-production.)

Show Notes

Pre-register .BIBLE domain names for free and with no obligation at BibleTLD.org

Sign-up for the free email newsletter to stay informed about the .BIBLE launch

Like the Facebook page for Bible TLD at facebook.com/bibletld

#video What is .BIBLE? (explained in 2 minutes)

#article Washington Post on New gTLD’s: Com Was The Training Wheels For The Internet: Move aside .com

#article Newly OK’d domains make .com look so 1999

whatdomain.org – website explaining how 100s of new domains are about to transform the web – the future of Internet – the Web’s New Neighborhoods

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) – the organization that coordinates the infrastructure that runs the worldwide Internet