RegistryPro Opens 'Second-Level' .Pro Domain Name Registrations

Simplified Names Deliver Greater Ease of Use to Professionals

Aug 02, 2004, 01:00 ET from Hostway Corp.

    CHICAGO, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualified professionals and their
 organizations may now register "second-level" .Pro Internet domain names that
 provide simpler, more direct Internet addresses for doctors, lawyers and
 accountants.  RegistryPro, the .Pro registry operator, today said it has
 received approval of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
 (ICANN) to begin offering second-level .Pro domain names immediately.
     The newly available second-level domain names enable professionals to use
 the simple "" domain name format.  When the .Pro Top-Level Domain
 (TLD) launched earlier this year, registrants could only sign up for so-called
 "third-level" domain names -- for example, for lawyers, for doctors or for public accountants.
     "Availability of second-level domain names increases the demand for .Pro
 names," said Michael Delciello, general manager of RegistryPro.  "This
 simplified naming format helps professionals market their .Pro domains, and
 makes it easier for their clients, patients and other Internet users to find
 and use the .Pro Web sites."
     An organization providing multiple professional services and meeting two
 or more eligibility requirements may claim a second-level .Pro name that
 resolves directly to its Web site and email system.  Organizations who only
 qualify for a single third-level domain name may register second-level names
 that automatically redirect online traffic to Web sites or email systems using
 their third-level names.  In either case, the second-level name provides an
 easier online path to the desired destination.
     Second-Level Resolving Names and Second-Level Redirecting Names both are
 available from any participating .Pro Internet registrar.  Prospective
 registrants may visit for links to participating
 registrars and for more information on registering .Pro domain names.
     .Pro domain names are only available to licensed MDs, lawyers and CPAs in
 the United States.  Additionally, each new .Pro domain includes security
 safeguards for protecting confidential client and patient information
 communicated via Web site transactions and email messages.
     The .Pro TLD is owned and operated by RegistryPro, a subsidiary of
 Chicago-based Hostway Corp., a global leader in Web-hosting and other managed
     The .Pro domain offers qualified professionals several important benefits,
 including both a distinctive and secure Internet presence for their Web site,
 email traffic and confidential transactions.  Each .Pro domain registration
 includes a digital certificate for authenticating email communications or Web
 site-based transactions.
     RegistryPro offers .Pro domain names within the United States, and expects
 to expand globally.  It also may consider expanding the number of professions
 qualified to register .Pro domain names.  Delciello characterized the market
 for .Pro domain names as "substantial, expanding and sustainable".
     About RegistryPro
     RegistryPro operates the .Pro top-level domain (TLD), an Internet registry
 exclusively for professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and
 undergo a verification process.  All .Pro names are issued with a digital
 certificate, an online passport that facilitates secure communications and
 transactions.  RegistryPro provides a new way for professionals to distinguish
 themselves on the Internet by using the .Pro extension.  Initially offered to
 doctors, lawyers and CPAs, the .Pro domain name provides a solution for
 professionals who require heightened confidentiality and security in their
 online communications.  RegistryPro is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hostway
 Corp., a global leader in Web-hosting and other managed services.
      Mark Smith, Slack Barshinger, 312-970-5867,
      Drew Mitchell, Hostway, 312-238-0125, ext. 1526,

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