to offer US.COM and EU.COM domain names

San Francisco, August 7, 2000 - today announced that it has been approved as an official registrar of the, and Internet domain names. The names have been developed by British company, CentralNic Ltd., in order to offer clients a new way to register their domain name of choice, while still maintaining the coveted .com extension.

"We are very excited about being able to offer these new domain extensions to our North American and European customers," says president Richard Lau. "This is a great opportunity for companies and individuals to obtain a strong U.S. or European identification right in their domain name. For U.S. companies in particular, this is a great chance to reserve the domain name they want, but that may no longer be available as a .com extension."

The domain name is expected to appeal to both American and international companies that do business in the United States, while is expected to appeal to companies seeking a single European umbrella domain name, rather than having to rely on a number of Country Code Top Level Domain names, such as .uk, .de and .fr. Companies in countries with excessively restrictive domain regulations are also likely customers.

The two new domain name options will be available through and its partner sites for $99 for two years. All Customers will also receive free of charge's valuable package of services, including: free email forwarding, free domain (URL) forwarding, free U.S. trademark searches and free web-based email (with no advertising or message tags).

A spokesperson for CentralNic said "CentralNic is delighted that NamesDirect is one of the first major registrars in North America to become an accredited CentralNic registrar. Given NamesDirect's pedigree and obvious success in the domain naming industry, the organization is proving yet again, that by providing users with further choice in the domain name space, it is determined to stay an industry leader,".

About Ltd. is an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assignment of Names and Numbers) accredited Registrar of .com, .net, and .org domain names. Since 1998, it has registered over quarter million domain names through its popular and affiliated websites.