Chicago, Illinois ( Hostway Corporation, the global Web solutions leader, announced it is now taking reservations for the .Pro TLD through August 31, 2008.

Hostway’s wholly owned subsidiary, RegistryPro, is the exclusive Internet registry for .Pro, a TLD for licensed professionals and entities. RegistryPro’s mandate has long been to enable professionals to distinguish themselves on the Internet by using the .Pro extension. Originally .Pro registration was restricted to a limited group of professionals in specific countries. Under ICANN’s new guidelines, the TLD is effectively available to all professionals, all over the world.

"When RegistryPro announced in May that ICANN had dramatically expanded the scope of the .Pro TLD – and relaxed the limitations surrounding its use – Hostway was eager to be among the first to promote the relaunch," stated Lyza Latham, director of marketing for Hostway. ".Pro is now a must-have TLD for any professional individual or organization seeking to reinforce their image and legitimacy."

"Because the registration process was previously so strictly controlled, there are literally millions of .Pro names currently available," continued Latham. "While professionals will still be required to self-certify their credentials, the process is significantly streamlined." For more information about certification, refer to Hostway’s .Pro FAQs.

Through August 31, The .Pro Red Carpet VIP Affair will allow customers to reserve their .Pro domain in advance of the relaunch for the price of $49.95 per year. On September 8, Hostway will officially open registration and all reserved names will become active.

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