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How many times do you have to repeat something before you can say you’re on a roll? With so many creative sites ending in .xyz, we’re back with another episode of .xyz Websites in the Wild. On another Wednesday. Do I sense a theme here? We’re definitely on a roll.

The entire XYZ Team was excited to find this little gem of a website:

www.ishe.xyz

ishe1a

This handy-dandy site is a free URL shortening tool that not only does the obvious, but it instantaneously generates a QR code. It also gives you cool options like setting an expiration date, view click statistics (privately or publicly), or even customizing your shortened URL for a personalized touch.

Look how long that URL is! Plug it into ishe.xyz and BAM:

ishe1b

And good news for all our #GenXYZ developer friends out there – ishe.xyz offers its powerful API for free.

Test drive this amazing tool (no sign-in required) and share the knowledge (with a tweet)!

Another .xyz user is flexing his developer muscles with:

www.chs.xyz

chs

chs.xyz eliminates the hassle of downloading apps or lugging around your chess set (yes, I’m sure someone out there does). It’s a free multiplayer chess game that you can play straight from your browser!

Make sure to follow @chsxyz on Twitter to find out when a new chess game is about to start. You can even start one yourself :)

It’s so awesome to see sites like this that not only entertain, but also connect users across the vast world of the internet. The Generation XYZ® community truly is growing day by day, and we’re excited to see how it will evolve by the next time we have our #WebsiteWednesday.

If you have any leads on other .xyz websites you recommend (even your own), drop us a line through Twitter @xyz or Facebook. Until next time, #GenXYZ!

Our last post was about .xyz going global and being available through all corners of the world. But are any of you wondering who are all these .xyz users and what are they doing with their spiffy new domain names?!

Day to day, we’re blown away by the number of innovative .xyz websites that are popping up everywhere. Fresh new sites are being developed everyday – everything from personal blogs, informational sites, official band websites, to even a multiplayer chess game.

Right when we think we’ve seen them all, you guys surprise us with exciting new sites. Clearly, #GenXYZ, you are hitting it out of the park with creative ideas.

We have something special in the works for you, but in the mean time, let us proudly highlight two amazing new websites we’ve found.

First up…

Stiletto Me Up
by Egreis Gjergjani
www.stilettomeup.xyz – GoDaddy customer (United States)
(she even picked up stilettos.xyz for fans to find her more easily)

stilettomeup

Widely known as the Shoe Queen, a fashionista, and multitasking entrepreneur, follow Egreis on her glammed up blog as she enters a new phase of her life: being a mom to her newborn, Gio.

“My life has shifted from heels and purses to diapers and baby bottles, and I couldn’t feel any more complete.

I’ll be blogging about mommy, baby, fashion, beauty and my overall lifestyle. I hope you enjoy it and I hope we learn from one another.”

Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram (over 270k followers!) for peeks into what she’s cooking up, wearing, work-out tips, and more – she’s got you covered.

And then there’s…

Ishibe Dance
by Ryuta Ishibe
www.ishibe-dance.xyz – Onamae customer (Japan)

ishibe

Ryuta Ishibe is a 24 year-old, dedicating his .xyz page to one mission: to dribble a soccer ball around the entire world, hoping to make as many people smile along his journey.

Sound impossible? He already completed this feat lengthwise down the country of Japan – and it took him a full year and 2 months.

He’ll embark on his epic journey in March of 2015, kicking-off on .xyz’s home turf of sunny Los Angeles. Keep tabs on him as he trains for his mission and recruits faithful travel buddies through his website and Facebook page (even if you don’t read Japanese, you can’t deny his infectious energy).

There are barrel-loads more of .xyz websites we want to share with you, #GenXYZ, but we’ll save them for future posts.

Can’t wait? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more awesome (and more frequent) .xyz updates!

مرحبا,  Γεια σας, שלום, ສະບາຍດີ,  Алло,  สวัสดี,  こんにちは,  안녕하세요 and hello, #GenXYZ!

We’re a little over a month old and we’ve truly gone global – twice over.

First, we’re excited to announce that we fully support IDNs! What does that even mean? IDN is short for “International Domain Names”. You can now get your perfect .xyz domain names in additional languages and scripts, opening the doors to connect with users in every corner of the world. www.サッカー.xyz? That’s “soccer” in Japanese. Pretty cool huh?

And there’s more. Register .xyz domains in any of these 10 languages and scripts:

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Lao
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Chinese (coming soon)

.xyz has gone global in another big way. If you check out the homepages of major domain name retailers (also known as registrars) like GoDaddy, you’ll find us prominently featured all over the place.

godaddy-hp-7.9.14.xyz on GoDaddy (US)

It’s like a .xyz scavenger hunt. Can you spot us on these websites? We’re highlighted all over the world through these registrars, in locations like the US, UK, Japan, China, Russia, Africa, and even Luxembourg.

nowcn-hp-7.9.14.xyz on now.cn (China)

webnamesru-hp-7.9.14.xyz on webnames.ru (Russia)

123reg-hp-7.9.14.xyz on 123-reg (UK)

onamae-hp-7.9.14.xyz on onamae.com (Japan)

EuroDNS 5.28.14.xyz on EuroDNS (Luxembourg)

Keep looking out for us, #GenXYZ – we promise to work hard and have .xyz domain names available to you all over the world. If you see us out there in the wild, give us a shoutout @xyz on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

As an industry-leading registry operator, .xyz has spent quite a bit of time prepping for anything that might go wrong in a namespace that’s as popular as we’ve become. So even though we’re busy promoting the next big thing, we’ve been just as proactive behind the scenes to monitor and block spam, plus other forms of abuse.

Sure, ICANN requires all registries to do some self-monitoring. But at .xyz, we have taken things waaay further by not only securing partnerships and direct data feeds from some of the world’s most trusted anti-spam and anti-malware providers, but we’ve taken our innovation skills to the max by developing our own in-house abuse technology – all in an effort to protect internet users everywhere.

So what kind of voodoo magic are we doing behind our shiny purple logo? In short, we’re proactively tracking down spam, analyzing it in a heartbeat, then promptly blocking any domain that we confirm is a source of abuse. We can ramble all day about this, but it’s probably just easier to check out our Acceptable Use and Anti-Abuse Policy for more info on what will get someone canned.

We’ve promised to bring innovation to the internet and we’re delivering in a big way. Whether you have a .xyz website or are one of the millions of people who visit one, rest assured that you’ll be safe in our namespace.

Got questions? Want to stay up-to-date on all things XYZ? Follow us on all the usual sites @XYZ.

Hey #GenXYZ!

Just one week into general availability, Daniel Negari and the rest of us on the XYZ team packed up our bags – along with a ton of .xyz t-shirts – to go on an epic GoDaddy road show. And what better way to go on an epic road trip than to rent an epic RV, complete with a bedroom, full bathroom, and extendable kitchen and dining area?

rv

Before we get into the juicy details of our trip, it’s worth mentioning that folding and packing all these goodies was a much more ambitious task than anyone could have ever imagined. It took a dozen highly skilled XYZers, plus some very thoughtful friends, and roughly 23 hours to handle all of the logistics. We’re not kidding – it was all hands on deck this past Saturday from 10 am until we packed the last box into the RV at 1 am. Have a look at what a couple hundred shirts looks like:

shirts

Several cases of Red Bull later, we hit the road in the XYZmobile. In just two days, we met thousands of GoDaddy employees in their Scottsdale HQ, as well as their offices in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona. Each individual’s enthusiasm and passion was immediately evident, and getting to experience the sales reps’ excitement with them after helping their customers register the perfect .xyz domain was priceless. A number of GoDaddy employees registered .xyz names on the spot, even upgrading their .com’s to shorter and more memorable .xyz domains.

GoDaddy and .xyz were fortunate enough to share not one, but two HUGE milestones together this week. Upon first arriving in Scottsdale, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving stopped by with a tip that some big news was about to be released. By now, everyone has heard about the company’s IPO for $100 million. Congrats Blake and the entire GoDaddy team!

godaddy

Channeling the excitement and energy from the big news, the sales team at the Gilbert office was able to help us reach our own .xyz milestone today. Just eight days after our general availability launch, .xyz became the first new domain extension to cross the 100,000 registration mark. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than by blowing the ceremonial horn with the wonderful people at GoDaddy.

The team is now in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the last stop of the GoDaddy road show. We’ll do a full recap upon our return, but in the mean time, check out some of the great photos and footage we’ve posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get all of our entertaining updates while on tour.

.xyz has seen enormous success in just our first week of being live. We have become the #1 new domain extension, and we owe it all to the support from YOU and all of our early adopters. We appreciate and give thanks to YOU, the registrant. We positioned .xyz to be the first affordable and truly generic domain extension, and with your help, we have now successfully created Generation XYZ®. Our goal – to enable entrepreneurship and innovation for the next generation of internet users – is being realized through YOUR ideas and websites.

We have seen literally hundreds of .xyz websites pop up in this first week, and we are in the process of creating a section on gen.xyz to showcase your creations! It is interesting to see registrants from every country and interest now use .xyz as a platform to innovate. Let’s look at some examples below:

Vij.com is transitioning to Vij.xyz (notice that they have put Vij.com up for sale)

Vij is now .xyz!

An SEO Website from Thailand

ThaiSeo.xyz, an SEO website from Thailand.

Chats.xyz – a Forum created by a UK Registrant

Chats - Forum Chat, Discuss Anything!

DBT.xyz – an online store based out of China

Screenshot of dbt.xyz, an online store

Some encouraging words from a believer:
“I purchased close to 50 .xyz names and counting. I truly believe in something really big here. You allowed for great names by everyone to register and I’d like to thank you. When watching your videos it only makes me believe more. You’re an innovator and a true winner!”

These are just a few of the highlights from the past week. There are countless individuals and businesses that are using their shorter, more memorable .xyz domain names to be found online, and we expect thousands more to pop up over the coming weeks.

.xyz is the platform for every internet user to develop or upgrade their online presence with the perfect domain name. It can be used by anyone in the world for any purpose, and the examples above are just a taste of what’s to come. As more .xyz websites come online, we will continue to showcase some of our favorites on our blog, as well as on ceo.xyz.

Do you want your .xyz website featured? Email us at hello@gen.xyz.

.xyz is finally here! We launched yesterday morning at 9 am (PDT) and what a whirlwind it was. #GenXYZ, did you get your favorite .xyz domain names?

Thanks to all of your support and #GenXYZ love, we received over 31,000 registrations for .xyz domain names within the first 24 hours – that number makes our launch one of the most successful in internet history! We heard your flooding registrations crashed some servers – an impressive feat, we must say. But we’re so thankful and excited that everyone hung in there and got their .xyz names.

We had a little bet going on in the office to see who could most accurately guess the first day registration number, The Price is Right style. Check out this clip from our launch day to see the reveal:

Oh, and one more thing. In case you missed our tweet yesterday, check this out. Any guesses on what he could be up to?:

kevinhart

So marks the first day of the world with .xyz. This is just the beginning of the Generation XYZ® movement, so stay tuned by following @xyz on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and hear insights straight from the horse’s mouth at CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s blog. Until next time, #GenXYZ.

Are you ready, #GenXYZ?!

It’s the eve of .xyz’s general availability launch day and we’re all giddy with excitement. We’re resetting the internet at 9 am PDT (4 pm UTC) tomorrow by having .xyz domains becoming available to everyone, in every corner of the world. All you early actors who preregistered your perfect .xyz domain names will also find out if you’re a proud owner of those names (it’s like patiently waiting for your birthday present – your .xyz birthday present).

And it’s still not too late! You still have time to preregister at any of our partnering registrars, giving you the best chance at securing your favorite .xyz domain names.

Hop on over to gen.xyz/now, type in the .xyz domain name you want to call your own, and voila! A list of friendly registrar partners who will register that name for you (and their low prices) will appear in a snap. Click the registrar that catches your eye and with a few clicks of your mouse, you’ve preregistered your soon-to-be, shiny new .xyz name.

If you need a little inspiration, check out this awesome list of premium .xyz names. We hand-picked thousands of cool, catchy (and some blush-worthy), .xyz names for you to easily browse through. It’s basically window shopping from the comfort of your computer, phone, or tablet :)

And so the final countdown begins. At 9 am PDT (4 pm UTC) tomorrow, the .xyz movement officially starts. As the domain name for every website, everywhere – made especially for you, #GenXYZ – we can’t express how excited we are to see the innovations that you will bring to the world through your .xyz domain names.

Last but not least, check out .xyz CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s blog post for an inspiring read before the launch – you won’t regret it. If he can’t hype you up about our launch, no one can.

We have so many awesome announcements in store for you, so be sure to follow us @xyz on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And don’t forget to give us some shout outs and let us know what your new .xyz domain names are!

We’ll see you on the other side, #GenXYZ — the other side where .xyz is the domain extension for the new generation of the internet.

How’s it going, #GenXYZ?

We have a ton of exciting updates for you as we’ve been plugging away here at the XYZ headquarters, gearing up for the June 2 global launch of .xyz. Things are picking up at lightening speeds as the folks at VentureBeat covered our launch, and major brands like Facebook, Google, WordPress, and Chanel all snatched their .xyzs. More brands are following these early adopters, just showing how fast our #GenXYZ community is already growing!

If you’re getting antsy, take advantage of the .xyz Landrush phase.
With only hours left in the brand-exclusive Sunrise period, .xyz will be shifting into the Landrush phase, where brands and individuals can secure premium .xyz domain names before the general public. What kinds of cool .xyz names are up for grabs? Here’s a glimpse of a few of the awesome .xyz domain names that you could be the proud owner of, starting May 20:

-awesome.xyz
-chinese.xyz
-ecommerce.xyz
-entrepreneur.xyz
-exclusive.xyz
-hollywood.xyz
-skiing.xyz
-top10.xyz

Fourth ever .xyz website: dating.xyz
On another note. Is anyone out there dating? Or spy fans? We’re proud to introduce the fourth ever .xyz website – dating.xyz! Why dating.xyz? And spies…? Our UK readers might have already seen the 123-reg TV ads and are in the know. If not, be sure to keep an eye out for some awesome new promos on the tube (if you’re in the UK) – or just jump the gun and watch the clip below – and it will soon all make perfect sense. Don’t forget to have some fun with our spy name generator.

Call dibs on that .xyz domain name you’ve been eyeing.
Back to business. On top of premium Landrush registrations, you can pre-register your favorite .xyz domain names right now (think of it as calling dibs on the .xyz you want at the lowest, ~$10 general availability price) through retailers like GoDaddy, Network Solutions, 123-Reg, and Name.com. Come launch date on June 2, these fine folks will try their best and hardest to secure the .xyz domain name you pre-registered. Fret not – if they happen to let it slip, you will get a full refund (but still might have a little residual summertime sadness from losing that .xyz you were eyeing).

Everyone is invited! Join us in a live webinar.
As many of you know, our CEO Daniel Negari is the youngest registry operator at just 28 years old. Despite his young age, Daniel is a veteran investor who has done over $100 million in domain name transactions. He will be sharing his extensive knowledge of the domain name industry in a webinar this Wednesday, discussing everything from the value and challenges of new domain extensions, to pro tips on how to select a winning new TLD from the crowd.

Ascio presents: New gTLDs: Finding winners amongst the chaos
Featuring .xyz & .College CEO Daniel Negari
Wednesday, May 21 at 15:30 BST
Join the conversation and RSVP now

I think that just about covers (almost) everything we’ve been up to. We still have some exciting things cooking up for you #GenXYZ, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @xyz, Facebook, or Instagram for the most up-to-date .xyz news.

With our global launch just right around the corner, you’ll soon be seeing more .xyz domain names in that navigation bar of yours. What will you do with your .xyz? If you’re willing to share some of your crazy/amazing ideas (we won’t steal them, maybe) be sure to use #GenXYZ and tag us on the social media of your choice. If not, we can’t wait to see them once they’re live!

#GenXYZ, did you hear? .xyz’s main man, Daniel Negari, was featured on National Public Radio this morning. NPR!

NPR’s interview with Daniel aired earlier today on the Morning Edition, reaching over 10 million listeners. Were you one of them?

Now that the cat is really out of the bag, make sure to beat the rush by registering your favorite .xyz domain names now with some of our registrar partners like Name.comRegister.com, and Internet X. .xyz is currently accepting Sunrise registrations from trademark holders until May 20 and priority pre-registrations until we reach general availability on June 2.

Hear Daniel’s clip below, and be sure to check out the whole story at NPR. With news this big, there have already been a few follow up pieces written by the people over at DomainNameWire and TheDomains.

Things are happening, and they’re happening fast. Stay up-to-date by following us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram @xyz.