Finally, new gTLDs are real!

The majority of my time over the last few years has been spent trying to keep up with the new gTLDs (generic top level domains) that are about to start hitting the internet (hence the lack of blogging).

For those that don’t have a clue what i’m writing about… you’re in for a shock!

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) approved and are on the cusp of the release of over 1,000 new domain name extensions, it’s going to be chaos….

Yesterday, 23rd October 2013 the first 4 new GTLDs were put live in the root zone by Verisign. Granted you can’t register any domain names in them yet and they are IDNs (Internationalized domain names….. characters not found in the English language), but after years of living and breathing this whole process, to actually see them in IANA is truly a satisfying moment.

For those that care, the first four strings delegated were:

  • شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for “web/network”
    Registry: International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
  • онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”
    Registry: CORE Association
  • сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”
    Registry: CORE Association
  • 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)”
    Registry: Spring Fields, LLC

Race is on for the first one to start accepting registrations…..


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