Demand Media, the public digital media company that owns domain name and hosting giant eNom (over 13.5 million domain names registered to date) today announced that it has acquired Denver-based domain name registrar Name.com for an undisclosed sum.

Demand Media says the acquisition comes in preparation for the release of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) this year.

eNom has a ‘New TLD Program’ in place for partners and resellers.

Founded in 2003, Name.com customers are said to have registered nearly 1.5 million domains to date.

Richard Rosenblatt, chairman and CEO of Demand Media, said:

“Name.com will provide a direct channel for us to reach consumers and small businesses as they develop and manage their online identities. This becomes even more valuable as over one thousand new domain extensions are expected to become available for registration in the years ahead.”

According to TheDomains, Demand Media applied for 26 new gTLD’s, and is a partner with Donuts in another 100 of its new gTLD applications. In addition, the blog reports, Demand Media is the backend provider for all of the new gTLD registries that Donuts will be awarded.

We’ll update this post when we learn more.

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