Since we finally signed the 2013 contract with ICANN our technical team has been beavering away on integrating with the new TLD registries. So far we’ve launched 7 new top level domains and we’ll be adding a LOT more (watch this space for updates!)
We’re really looking forward to seeing what kind of cool things people will do with their new domains. Are they going to use them for new businesses? For personal projects? For existing stuff or to launch something new?
Here’s our release from earlier today:
Blacknight Now Offers New TLDs
Seven new domain extensions are now available
Blacknight proudly announces the addition of New TLDs to the list of domains available for registration. Ireland’s leading domain registrar has recently added .Wiki, .Ink, .Bar, .Rest, .Buzz, .Uno and .Club.
New TLDs have been releasing into the Internet ecosystem throughout 2014 and by the end of 2015, there will be hundreds of new TLDs (top level domains – the bit on the right of the dot) available for registration.
The addition of hundreds of very specific TLDs, which are open to the general public allow customers to register highly relevant and specific domains. For instance restaurant owners may register a .Rest domain and tattoo enthusiasts may register a .Ink domain. Internet users no longer have to register a nonsense .COM name because all of the relevant domain names are already taken or exorbitantly expensive.
What this ultimately means is that the Internet is evolving and more intuitive to use. New TLDs are helping to further index the web and allow users to identify more accurately online. Small business owners are now far more likely to be able to register a domain name that is immediately recognizable making it easier to be found by customers. Individuals may now register domains that speak directly to their interests such as .Wiki or .Club.
Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon states: “We are very excited to offer new TLDs to our customers. This is the next step in the evolution of the Domain Name System and is a game changer for individuals and businesses who need a good, specific domain name. We are eager to help customers explore all the ways that new TLDs can enhance their online experience.“
Previously, Blacknight was not able to offer new TLDs due to a conflict in the data retention requirements of the 2013 ICANN registrar accreditation agreement. Although ICANN’s data retention requirements are in violation of European law, Blacknight was granted a waiver to remain locally compliant.
Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon states: “New TLDs have been a long time coming and it was very frustrating to not be able to offer them to our customers as soon as they were released. However, now that we have reached an agreement with ICANN, we are pleased to be able to provide our customers with this next step in the evolution of the Internet.”
Blacknight has been steadily adding new TLDs to their suite of services and will continue to add more throughout the coming year.
To register a .Wiki, .Ink, .Bar, .Rest, .Buzz, .Uno and .Club domain, please visit http://www.blacknight.com
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