Getting Started



Welcome to Futura Domains! We’re glad you’re here. Futura Domains is your place to buy and sell domain names, and make a few friends while you’re at it. We’ll help you learn how to get started, and how to get help when you need it.

1. Register

It all starts with registration:

Enter your information

You’ll be asked to enter a Username name and email address, a phone number, a Paypal or other Bank Account e-mail address (for how we contact and/or pay you) and to choose a password.


When you click Submit, you’re agreeing that you’ve accepted the Terms and Conditions for the website.

Review your confirmation

You’ll see a confirmation message with your email address and your username. If you would like to change or correct any of your information, you can do so through the My Account/Dashboard page.

My Account/Dashboard

Here you can review all of your activities on Futura Domains, as well as your User information. Additionally, we ask you to confirm your Payment Option e-mail address … the default is Paypal, but you can use a different method to receive payments – please contact us before listing a domain name to sell if you wish to use a payment system other than Paypal to receive payments from us.

Register Now.

2. Find a domain name to buy

You can browse and search for domain names in a number of ways:
• Browse when you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, or when you just want to poke around in a particular category. To browse, click on a category on the left side of the Futura Domains home page or right side of most other pages.
• Search when you’re looking for something in particular. Futura Domains is keyword-enabled. Just enter a few keywords to describe the item in the Search box, which is on the right side of most Futura Domains pages.

3. Understand the buying format

There are a couple of ways to buy on Futura Domains. You’ll find auction-style listings where you bid against other members, or can choose to use a Buy It Now (BIN) price to the domain name right away at a set price, which ends the auction. Some domain names are also listed as a “Classified” listing, where Buy It Now is the only choice.

4. Only bid if you want to buy

If you make a bid that’s equal to or more than the Reserve Price on a property at auction, you’re legally obliged to pay if you win the auction.

You can’t retract a bid or offer once it’s been placed. So don’t participate in Futura Domains auctions or sales if you don’t want to buy. Your account will be suspended if you bid on a domain name with no intention of paying.

5. Create a listing if you want to sell a domain name

When you list an item, please provide all information as requested.

Start by describing your item in clear, simple terms. Choose the correct domain name category for your listing (see below).

At a minimum, your listing must include the domain name, where the domain name is registered, and the expiration date of your domain name registration. You should also include any restrictions regarding transferring or pushing the domain name.

Before listing an item, you might want to compare it with active and completed listings for similar items, to get an idea of recent selling prices. You should also have a square graphic image to upload with your domain name on it. It can include a logo or whatever you want, as long as it also includes the domain name you are listing. We recommend a size of 500px X 500px in jpg or png format.

Make your Reserve Price the lowest price you’ll sell for

When selling a domain name in auction, the Reserve Price on your listing should reflect the lowest price you’re happy to sell your property for. Your Reserve Price cannot be changed once an auction begins. Once bidding meets your Reserve Price, you’ll be obligated to sell the property for the highest bid, so your Reserve Price matters. It can be as low as $1, or as high as you want. Just remember that if you set a high Reserve Price and the price is not met, the auction will end with no winner. You can then re-list your domain name for a new auction at a reduced price if you want.

Set a Buy It Now (BIN) price for a fixed price you will accept

When selling a domain name in auction, the Buy It Now (BIN) price on your listing should reflect a fixed price you want to advertise to potential buyers which would immediately end the auction. A BIN price can be changed during an auction.

6. Choose a category for your listing

– must match the domain extension for the domain name you are selling.

Domain Name Categories:

.com (commercial) – though originally intended for use by for-profit business entities, for a number of reasons .com became the “main” TLD for domain names and is currently used by all types of entities including nonprofits, schools and private individuals.

.info (information) – one of the most popular gTLD domain name extensions.

.io (British Indian Ocean Territory) – one of the most popular ccTLD domain name extensions, popular with startups and techies.

.net (network) – this is an open TLD; any person or entity is permitted to register – originally intended for use by domains pointing to a distributed network of computers, or “umbrella” sites that act as the portal to a set of smaller websites – now considered the second most popular extension after .com.

.org (organization) – this is an open TLD; any person or entity is permitted to register – originally intended for use by non-profit organizations, and still primarily used by many.

ccTLD (country code Top Level Domains) – there are over 250 Country top-level domain name extensions, such as .au (Australia), .ca (Canada), .cn (China), .co (Columbia), .de (Germany), .fr (France), .in (India), .jp (Japan), .mx (Mexico), .ru (Russia), .uk (United Kingdom), .us (United States of America). Some try and create words with partial letters followed by the country code, such as ch.ai (now a website all about tea) using the .ai Anguilla country code. These are known as domain hacks.

new_gTLD (generic Top Level Domains) – there are over 1,000 “new” gTLDs, such as .club, .design, .free, .hotel, .live, .news, .online, .phone, .sale, .shop, .site, .top, .web, .xyz. There are many domain hacks used for new gTLDs, such as sha.red. Geographic new Top Level Domains are also becoming popular, such as .boston for the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

IDN (Internationalized Domain Names)- these are domain names which make labels, or symbols, using a “punycode” for its DNS name, which is spelled out as xn--cccc(cc…) (where the c’s are characters, either letters, numbers, or hyphens, which in their combination make the symbols or letters in other languages besides English). An example is the character ☮ which is xn--v4h.com. When listing domain names for auction on Futura Domains in the IDN category, you must include both the character(s) and the punycode in the listing description.

Other Domain Name Extensions (which are not able to be auctioned on Futura Domains):

.edu (education) – The .edu TLD is limited to specific higher educational institutions in the U.S. and is not to be bought, sold or traded.

.gov (U.S. national and state government agencies) – the .gov TLD is limited to United States governmental entities and agencies as well as qualifying state, county and local municipal government agencies, and is not to be bought, sold or traded.

.mil (U.S. military) – the .mil TLD is limited to use by the United States military, and is not to be bought, sold or traded.

There are gTLD domain name extensions that have restrictions on ownership – it is up to you as the domain name owner to understand any and all restrictions on your domain names and whether you have the right to sell such domain names. If you are able to sell the domain name but there are restrictions involved, you need to list any and all restrictions in your domain name Listing.

7. Manage your listing

When you have your listing up and running, you can check to see if anyone’s bid on or bought it by going to your My Profile/Dashboard section on Futura Domains. You can also revise your listing.

It’s good customer service to respond to comments you receive from potential buyers about your domain name. Communicating with them establishes trust and rapport.

8. Wrap up the sale with Futura Domains

How you handle the final sale goes a long way toward satisfying your customer and getting great Feedback.
• Communicate with Futura Domains: With Futura Domains Checkout, we notify you by email when the Buyer has completed payment to us.
• Push or transfer the domain name: Per any restrictions you placed in your domain name listing, push or transfer the domain name to the Buyer. Futura Domains will assist with all necessary information between Buyer and Seller.
• Communicate transfer: Send Futura Domains an e-mail stating the domain name was pushed or transferred.
• Leave your Buyer or Seller Feedback: Your Feedback about your Buyer or Seller is important for other users.


The following documents are incorporated by reference:

Auction Agreement
Terms and Conditions
Auction Rules
Privacy
Security