Jan 28, 2009 : Pro TLD Grows Five-Fold in Five Months

hostway.com logo!January 28, 2009 - At least partly due to a recent relaxation of eligibility restrictions, the exclusive operator of the .Pro top level domain, RegistryPro (http://www.registrypro.pro), has reported explosive growth in the total number of registrations of .Pro domain names, the first and only domain name extension designated for professionals and professional entities worldwide.

On Tuesday, Hostway Corporation (hostway.com Total Reviews: 19
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) subsidiary RegistryPro announced that the five month period following its relaunch of the .Pro TLD resulted in its quintupling in use. In that time, the TLD was operating under new guidelines that opened up its eligibility requirements to virtually any professional in nearly any country - which did not necessarily damage the exclusivity of the domain, which was at the root of its purpose of being - but rather made it more globally relevant.

In May 2008, ICANN (http://www.icann.org) approved RegistryPro's wishes to expand the "scope and availability" of the TLD beyond its original limitation to accountants, engineers, lawyers and medical professionals, in just a handful of countries. As well, the process of acquiring a .Pro domain, which previously involved the lengthy examination of credentials, was greatly simplified.

"We effectively made .Pro available to tens of millions of professionals and entities worldwide," RegistryPro general manager Catherine Sigmar said in a statement. "And, we have had some excellent partners like Network Solutions join us. Given Network Solutions' position in the top echelon of registrars worldwide, they are in a unique position to maximize the penetration of the .Pro TLD."

RegistryPro made special note of web solutions and domain provider Network Solutions (networksolutions.com Total Reviews: 31
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), which provided a major push in the past five months.

"Network Solutions is dedicated to being the leading registrar for the .Pro domain," said , Network Solutions domain name services product management director Sean Kaine said in a statement. "We've put a lot of effort behind it, and we're delighted to be seeing such great results."

While .Pro registration does require vetting professional credentials, the process has been simplified and many registrars have adjusted their prices accordingly. Network Solutions' current [...]

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