- Feb. 25, 2014
-- A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, the .com TLD is the most popular TLD today. Prior to 2014, there were just 22 generic TLDs - like .Com and .Biz - to choose from when buying a domain name. However, 2014 marked the beginning of an unprecedented expansion in the TLD space. This year, hundreds of new TLDs are expected to begin selling domains to the general public. So far this year alone, 22 new generic TLDs have launched, including new TLDs like .Guru, .Ventures and .Holdings.
This week's featured TLD is the .Shoes TLD. Binky Galley, LLC (a Donuts company) applied with ICANN to create the .Shoes TLD in 2012. The Binky Galley, LLC application for the .Shoes TLD was quickly approved, and Binky Galley, LLC signed a contract with ICANN to operate the .Shoes TLD on October 2, 2014.
"The .SHOES gTLD is appealing to a very lucrative and worldwide footwear market. Everything from athletic, fashion, functional, and specialty shoes will find a place in this specific and relevant gTLD. Everyone that needs footwear, and that is every human being worldwide, can now more easily find the consumer information that meets their specific needs." - Mason Cole, VP Communications & Industry Relations for Donuts, Inc.
.Shoes domains are expected to go to General Availability on March 5, 2014. Learn more at http://www.dotanything.co/