The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN” announced that over 500 new generic top-level domains (aka, “gTLDs”- like .org, .net and .com) were recently “delegated.” With respect to a gTLD, “delegated” means that the new name, or “string”, has passed through most of the ICANN hurdles and has been introduced into the Internet’s authoritative database, known as the Root Zone.
According to ICANN, new gTLD’s are being released at an average of one per day. Delegation happens on a rolling basis, and as information becomes available, ICANN updates its list of new gTLD’s, which you can find here. If you’re interested in learning the status of an individual gTLD application, you can check the link, here.
Some of our favorite recent gTLD releases include,
- .MONEY; .
- . SCIENCE;
- .BEER; and
Have you registered one of the new gTLD’s? If so, we’d love to hear your story about choosing a particular gTLD and how the new gTLD relates to your domain name and website.