ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has been opening the playing field recently, allowing for more top-level domain names. The days of the simple .com, .net. info and the rest are becoming a thing of the past. Replacing, well complimenting, then is a whole new breed that opens the floodgates to your wildest imagination.
At the forefront of this new wave is GoDaddy who today announced “today begins a new chapter in the expansion of the Internet, with the introduction of new Internet domain names. GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, is the first registrar to sell pre-registrations on the new, ICANN-approved domain name extensions, as part of a new program designed to expand the inventory of Internet website addresses”.
What’s included in this big update? According to the company, customers can now get “ .UNO, .MENU, .BUILD and .LUXURY, and more than 700 additional domain names are expected to launch over the next 24 months”.
There are some things to be considered before jumping feet first into this fire — “Each of the new domain extensions launching today for pre-registration have unique attributes. .UNO is a place online dedicated to Spanish speakers. .MENU gives restaurants a relevant name for their businesses. Contractors, designers, builders and more can use .BUILD. Those looking to appeal to a more affluent clientele, .LUXURY is available”.
Prices and exact rollout plans were not announced as part of this news,
While this may or may not have anything to do with the earlier Facebook-Zynga news, the company has quietly bought up several new domains. A major internet company buying up domain names may not be normally news, but when it’s Facebook and it comes on the heels of other major news surrounding the company, it becomes magnified.
On November 30th (yesterday) Facebook registered the domain names FacebookLiveStaging.com (WHOIS), FacebookLiveStaging.net (WHOIS) and FacebookLiveStaging.org (WHOIS). The domains were all registered though the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor.
At the moment none of these domains lead to any site or even a place marker. So what does the social media giant have in mind for these URL’s? Only time will tell and there is really no point in speculating at this time. Does anyone have any ideas? Let us know in the comments below.
I wanted to give everyone a heads up. GoDaddy has made some changes to its shopping cart, (see below) where you would enter Promo and Source codes. I know that my audiences saves a ton of money every month using my GoDaddy promo codes so I wanted to make sure you were aware of the changes.
Also as a reminder the price of .com domains increased to $7.67 versus $7.49 this past July 1st due to an increase in the base price GoDaddy had to pay to ICANN for .com domains.
As a disclaimer of course GoDaddy is a sponsor here at GNC. You can save a lot or money by using one of my Promo Codes so make sure that you check them out and when you get ready to checkout, make sure you use the one that will save you the most money.