Five New Top Level Domains Launch This Week


PRLog (Press Release)Mar. 2, 2014FITCHBURG, Wis. Five new TLDs are scheduled to go to General Availability this week:  .みんな (Japanese for everyone), .careers, .photos, .recipes and .shoes. Domains in the .みんな will become available on Tuesday, March 4th while domains in .careers, .photos, .recipes and .shoes will go to general availability on Wednesday, March 5.

So far this year alone, 28 new TLDs have been launched in an unprecedented expansion of the TLD marketplace. The other TLDs to launch this year were .xn--ngbc5azd, .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles, .ventures, .camera, .equipment, .estate, .gallery, .graphics, .lighting, .photography, .construction, .contractors, .directory, .kitchen, .land, .technology, .today, .sexy, .tattoo, .enterprises, .tips, .voyage and .diamonds.

Prior to 2014, there were just 23 generic TLDs. By the end of 2014 there may be over 700 new TLDs including new generic TLDs like .shop and .web as well as branded TLDs like .BMW and .GAP.

Table 2 below below provides a list of the generic TLDs that existed prior to 2014.
TLD     Launch Date
.aero     2002
.asia     2007
.biz     2001
.cat     2005
.com     1985 – one of the original TLDs
.coop     2001
.edu     1985 – one of the original TLDs
.eus     2013
.gov     1985 – one of the original TLDs
.info     2001
.int     1988
.jobs     2005
.mil     1985 – one of the original TLDs
.mobi     2006
.museum     2001
.name     2002
.net     1985 – one of the original TLDs
.org     1985 – one of the original TLDs
.post     2005
.pro     2004
.tel     2009
.travel     2005
.xxx     2011

This unprecedented expanstion of the TLD marketplace is a result of an application round held in 2012. In 2012, ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – held an application round inviting companies from around the world to apply to create new Top Level Domains. 1,930 applications for new TLDs were applied. Of these, 1,814 applications remain in the active status, while 116 applications have been withdrawn.

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