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Early Access Program (EAP)

An Early Access Program, or EAP for short, typically replaces the traditional Landrush period for Top-Level-Domain introductions. Like the Landrush period, the EAP makes available domain names to all entities that may not own a trademark for the name they wish to register or for high value domain names that the respective registry reserves.

Early Access Programs
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Name Early Access Programs
Acronym EAP
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Overview

How Does EAP Service Work

The EAP process was first pioneered by Donuts and is now used by a number of other registries like Rightside. The program involves a number of consecutive days, typically seven (7), in which there is a set price for a domain name on each of the days. The price drops on each consecutive day until the 5th, 6th and 7th day, where the price remains the same. The set price for each day depends on the domain name and typically a grouping determined by the registry. Here is an example:

  • EAP1 (Day 1) 10,000 USD
  • EAP2 (Day 2) 5,000 USD
  • EAP3 (Day 3) 1,500 USD
  • EAP4 (Day 4) 500 USD
  • EAP5 (Day 5) 100 USD
  • EAP6 (Day 6) 100 USD
  • EAP7 (Day 7) 100 USD

Purchase of a domain during the EAP phase is First-Come, First-Served. The premium price paid by a registrant is typically only one-time and the domain name is renewed at regular standard prices. This one-time pricing model may change at anytime and may depend on the registry running the EAP program.

HEXONET EAP SERVICE

  • Resellers can submit Pre-registration EAP applications through HEXONET via API or Control Panel. Also, resellers can also submit a live registration request during any EAP period if the domain name is available on its respective EAP date.
  • RegistrarOC clients can submit Pre-registration EAP applications through HEXONET API or submit a live registration request during any EAP period if the domain name is available on its respective EAP date.
  • Individual clients can submit Pre-registration EAP applications through HEXONET or submit a live registration request during any EAP period if the domain name is available on its respective EAP date.

Benefits of Pre-registering EAP

  • Plan and target desired domain names well in advance of any EAP date.
  • HEXONET system automatically attempts to register pre-registred domains within a second of the respective EAP phase opening.
  • Successful EAP registration costs are automatically deducted from the user's reserved funds balance.
  • Failed EAP registrations are automatically refunded to the user's account balance

General FAQs

How can I submit a Pre-registration for an domain for an EAP phase?

At least 72 hours prior to a domain's EAP phase release date, using the Control Panel or API, a submission for the respective domain can be made. Please ensure that your account has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the registration, otherwise, the HEXONET system will not process the pre-registration request.

What if I have a Pre-registration for EAP4 (Day 4) but someone else registers the domain on EAP1 or EAP2 or EAP3?

All domain registrations during the EAP period are first-come, first-served. Once a domain is registered, all subsequent EAP dates are no longer valid. Refunds will automatically be processed.

What happens if no one registers a domain during the EAP period?

If a domain remains open and is not registered by anyone during the EAP period, the domain will be made available during General Availability, which immediately follows EAP.

Are all EAP periods for seven days?

Some registries have longer EAP periods. Some also have more than five price levels. Both the EAP periods and prices are dependent on the respective registry operating the EAP.

API Documentation

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