Shorter, sim­pler do­main names com­ing soon

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From 1pm, 30 Septem­ber 2014, the sec­ond level do­mains you're so used to see­ing – like the ‘.co' in ‘.co.nz' and the ‘.org' in ‘.org.nz' – will be­come op­tional and you could reg­is­ter names with them, with­out them, or both.

For ex­am­ple, if your business's do­main name is ‘any­name. co.nz' you may also be able to get ‘any­name.nz'.

This is a big change. Th­ese new types of .nz name shorter and sim­pler, and cre­ate an ex­cit­ing new reg­is­tra­tion choice. If you don't al­ready have a .nz do­main name and the change has got you cu­ri­ous, this is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for you to ex­plore rep­re­sent­ing your­self on­line with .nz.

But, most im­por­tantly, if you or your business al­ready has a web­site or email ad­dress that ends in .nz there are some very im­por­tant things you need to know about. So, please, read on.

CHECK THE STA­TUS OF YOUR NAME

First of all, you need to talk to your do­main name provider or visit the Do­main Name Com­mis­sion's any­name.nz web­site to check the sta­tus of your ex­ist­ing .nz name. This is be­cause, de­pend­ing on when you orig­i­nally regis­tered your name, you'll find there's dif­fer­ent op­tions avail­able to you.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR OP­TIONS

After you've checked your sta­tus you may find you're el­i­gi­ble to reg­is­ter the shorter ver­sion of your .nz name be­fore any­one else. Or, you may be able to re­serve it for free for up to two years. If you're el­i­gi­ble for ei­ther of th­ese op­tions you'll be able to do so from 1pm, 30 Septem­ber 2014.

Al­ter­na­tively, you could find that your .nz name is listed as ‘con­flicted'. This means, for ex­am­ple, that you've got any­name. co.nz and oth­ers have got any­name.org.nz and any­name.net. nz. If this is the case, you'll be able to have your say on who you'd like to get the shorter ver­sion from 1pm, 30 Septem­ber 2014.

The Do­main Name Com­mis­sion doesn't want you to miss out on any of the op­tions avail­able to you. So, it's im­por­tant that you talk to your do­main name provider or visit the any­name. nz web­site now.

If you're not in­ter­ested in this change, that's fine. You should know that your .nz name will con­tinue to work as it al­ways has and you'll al­ways be able to reg­is­ter and use names un­der ex­ist­ing end­ings like ‘.co.nz' and ‘.org.nz'.

Re­mem­ber, for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact your do­main name provider or visit the any­name.nz web­site.

Once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion changes don’t of­ten oc­cur, but that’s ex­actly what’s about to hap­pen in the .nz do­main name space.

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