10 Most Popular New Top-Level Domains

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-09-02

At the beginning of the Internet era, there were just three primary generic top-level domains: .com, .net and .org. Over the years, new ones became operational, bringing the total number of TLDs in 2011 to 22. In June 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a proposal to overhaul the TLD system, introducing the potential for hundreds of new domains to be deployed within several years. According to VeriSign's July 2014 Domain Name Information Brief (DNIB), at the end of this year's first quarter, 198 new generic TLDs were available for registration. Across the 198 new TLDs, there were 405,091 individual domains registered. The way the TLD system works is that a domain registry is responsible for the overall TLD's operation, and domain registrars sell the individual domains to consumers and businesses. Donuts Inc. has emerged as a key player in the registry business and manages 140 new TLDs. Some TLDs are more popular than others. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the top 10 new TLDs at the end of the first quarter as ranked by VeriSign's DNIB and ICANN's Centralized Zone Data Service.


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