This is indeed a great day in the history of the internet. Don’t worry, I will keep everything simple and straightforward, so you don’t need to be a tech geek to understand this post.
You have most probably clicked on my link somewhere and you landed here, isn’t it? As you can see in the address bar, the text written is : http://www.yashvinblogs.com/any-suffix-you-want/
The .com part is known as the TLD, top level domain, just as .net, .org, .info, .edu etc etc. There exists a total of 22 TLD that can be used on the internet.
However, the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) announced that in a very near future, generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) can be anything that you can imagine.
Some examples :
or let’s be more fun :
As you have probably noticed, that’s an infinite number of possibilities, and money too.
How much does it costs?
$185,000 (~Rs5.5million) to apply for a suffix or TLD .
The ICANN has set high standards to prevent any abuse of the new system. This will prevent anyone from coming up with a new suffix and also preventing people from using registered brand names as suffixes. [Official site]
For comparison purposes, the existing gTLDs (.com, .net, .org ) cost around $10-$12 annually while Country Code Top Level Domains (like .mu) cost around Rs1500-Rs2000 annually.
Don’t worry, yashvinblogs.com will always remain the same. Simply because I don’t have the cash…
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