How do you keep track of what new generic top-level domains (newgTLDs) are now available? Particularly when there seem to be new ones being announced weekly? Because I've written about newgTLDs here previously, someone recently asked me those questions, and my response was simply that I look at ICANN's web page of delegated strings:
Now, these are the newgTLDs that have been delegated by ICANN, meaning that they now appear in the "root zone" of DNS. This does NOT mean that you can go right now and register a domain underneath one of these new TLDs — but it means that the TLD is on the path toward you being able to do so. When a TLD is delegated, the technical infrastructure is now in place so that the TLD could start to be used. Next up the newgTLD will go through a "Sunrise" period where trademark owners have an early period to register a domain in the newgTLD before it enters at some point into "general availability" where people can register domains under the newgTLD. Note that the dates and length for this Sunrise period are set by the operator of the newgTLD and so can vary a good bit. ICANN maintains a page showing the dates for the Sunrise period for newgTLDs to help with this.
The "general availability" date of the newgTLDs is also controlled by the operator although I suspect that the answer for many is "as soon as we possibly can ”. Some newgTLDs also have restrictions on who can register domains under the new TLD - there are a lot of variations given the 1,900+ applications for newgTLDs.
If you look at that URL above and don't see a newgTLD you thought would be there, you can also look at ICANN's "application status" page to find out where in the process a given newgTLD is at the moment.
I'll be honest, too, and say that while I use the link above to track what newgTLDs are now delegated, I am often alerted to the delegation of newgTLDs by tweets or other social network messages from people who operate DNS services and notice the delegations in the root zone. I also monitor sites on DNSSEC statistics (such as this one) because all newgTLDs have to be signed with DNSSEC.
What about you all? Any other sites or services you use to learn what newgTLDs are now available? Please leave a comment and let us know.
By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society. Dan is employed as a Senior Content Strategist with the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are entirely his own. Visit the blog maintained by Dan York here.
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