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On this fine #WebsiteWednesday, we’re showing off some great domains that our team thinks are awesome names.

Your Name Domain

Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Whether it’s your initials, first name, last name, or a combo of both, your name domain is a great way to kickstart your online presence. Take a note from David Andrews:

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Then, of course, is how to represent your business online. What’s the name of your venture? This Canadian based restaurant just opened its doors on Backhouse.xyz:

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There are many other things you can think about when coming up with your great domain name – just make sure that you keep conciseness, memorability, and identifiability in the back of your mind and you’ll be good to go.

Get creative and have fun with it! And don’t forget to:

We truly mean it when we say that .xyz is for every website, everywhere. That’s why we’ve been working behind-the-scenes to make sure that internet users in every corner of the world have access to the domain names they want.

One of the biggest supporters of .xyz is China. But because China has strict requirements for a domain extension to become officially recognized, our supporters can’t build websites on their .xyz domains…yet!

In a letter to our supporters in China, we want to let you know that we’ve been making huge strides and you will soon be able to use your .xyz domains for your website!

We can’t wait to be one of the few official domains in China AND see what amazing websites will come out once the gates are lifted.

The domain for real estate professionals and small businesses is here! .Rent domains will start rolling out in less than a month, beginning with the trademark holder exclusive Sunrise registration period on August 3.

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We’re sure many of the #GenXYZ members are pretty well-versed in the registration periods for new domains at this point. .Rent will be similar – but different – in how it will become available to everyone.

What’s unique about the .Rent launch?

As the new authoritative domain for real estate, we will be running a “Real Estate Landrush,” where professionals and businesses in the industry are specially invited to register .Rent domains before they become available to all.

Phase Open (UTC) Close (UTC) Suggested
Retail Price
Sunrise
Trademark holder exclusive
August 3, 14:00 September 3, 10:00 Varies
Landrush
Real estate industry specific
September 3, 14:00 September 17, 13:59 Varies
Early Access
Public priority registration
September 17, 14:00 September 24, 13:59 Varies
General Availability September 24, 14:00 $60

Who is .Rent for?

.Rent is for property owners, agents, and businesses who want to grow their marketplace by attracting new clients with a clear, rental-focused domain. With a definitive domain that also doubles up as a call-to-action, real estate professionals can boost their online marketing efforts with domains like:

  • NewCondos.rent
  • OfficeSpace.rent
  • SantaMonicaApartments.rent

Going beyond the real estate industry, .Rent domains can even be used to market your other assets:

  • DJEquipment.rent
  • WeddingGowns.rent
  • NorthShoreCars.rent
  • BiologyTextbooks.rent
  • ChickenCoops.rent (yup, chicken coop rentals is a business!)
  • BirthdayPartyClowns.rent

The gist? To get your hands on your .Rent, mark your calendars for:

  • August 3, if you’re a trademark holder
  • September 3, if you’re in the real estate industry
  • September 17, for anyone who wants priority access to secure their .Rent names, at a tiered premium pricing structure
  • September 24, for any individual, real estate professional, small business, corporation, or general enthusiast. This is the day .Rent becomes globally available

To learn more about .Rent, check out the first-ever website on a .Rent domain

#GenXYZ, it’s official. We hit the MILLIONTH* .xyz domain mark! As a team, we had to do something big to celebrate this milestone. And what better way to go really BIG, than jumping out of a plane that’s soaring 13,000 feet above the ground?

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We know that 1 million is a massive number, but it’s actually pretty difficult to know exactly how big. To help us visualize the magnitude of 1 million, we found this nifty site, aptly titled “A million dots on one page”. All we can say is…wow.

We know, we know, we haven’t revealed what that magic .xyz registration was. Any guesses, #GenXYZ? The official domain name that helped us reach 1 million was (of course, with the help of the 999,999 .xyz domains that came before):

gogel.xyz

Is that a typo for Google? Nope. It’s the last name of the proud of owner of this domain name. Have you locked down your LastName.xyz yet? It just might be still available (and you can make sure by searching for it at www.gen.xyz).

We can’t thank you all enough for your support, and we look forward to hitting the 2 million, 10 million, and 100 million mark with you, #GenXYZ!

*total domains under management in the database

Talk about an exciting week!

Following .Security and .Protection is now the final act. To round out this week’s whirlwind of new domain announcements, we’re ready to bring to stage the last member of the XYZ family.

Think you figured it out, #GenXYZ? Coming soon to a retailer near you, is .Theatre!

The theatre and performing arts have been a beloved tradition for over 10,000 years – who doesn’t like to be entertained?! And think about all the show venues and movie theatres in your own town or big cities. Theatres are everywhere.

Why the British spelling of “theatre,” you ask?

Aside from being the traditional way of spelling out the word, a large portion of performance venues and movies theatres in the United States also spell it the British way with an -re. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, AMC Theatre, and even US-based schools with theatre departments will spell it out with an -re.

We challenge you to a “theatre” vs. “theater” word hunt through the US. Which is more prevalent? Our bet is on the Brits.

As the artsiest and most creative member of our domain family, .Theatre will give everyone who has a passion for theatre a special namespace of their own. Since it is the artsiest, we’re putting some extra elbow-grease into creating a fitting logo, suited for the creative type!

.Theatre Logo A

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 .Theatre Logo B

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We’ve narrowed it down to these two directions. Which is your favorite, #GenXYZ? Be sure to make your opinion count by tweeting us your preference @xyz!

So whether you’re a fan of the performing arts, run a production or ticketing company, manage a movie theatre, or a high school student itching to become the next Broadway star, .Theatre will give you a place online to express exactly what you do.

Can’t wait to get your hands on .Theatre, .Security, and .Protection? Make sure you’re on the gen.xyz mailing list to get the latest news straight to your inbox!

What common word is used in business that’s synonymous with “security”? Any guesses, #GenXYZ?

It’s .Protection! And you guessed right. On top of our big .Security announcement yesterday, we’re adding on its close sibling, .Protection to the XYZ roster.

This formidable duo will now jointly offer security-related entities flexible naming options to represent their business and get found by their customers. .Protection and .Security cover the bases for security-related individuals and businesses.

Because the words are so closely related, many security companies incorporate “protection” in their names and taglines. In addition to the range of ways to use a .Security domain, .Protection opens even more doors with uses that are relevant to brand protection, or fire, crop, environment, and intrusion protection.

What are the different ways an individual or small business can advantageously use .Protection domains? You’ll see that all types of industries can utilize these domains, for different purposes, all while maintaining the authoritative presence of proactively keeping a person, place, or thing out of harms way.

Personal defense

  • MartialArts.Protection
  • TravelAbroad.Protection

Web protection

  • CyberCrime.Protection
  • OnlineIdentity.Protection

Property protection

  • TornadoDamage.Protection
  • Homeowners.Protection

Like we mentioned yesterday, we’re also exploring ways to offer SaaS (software as a service) with each .Security and .Protection domain name. We have a few ideas up our sleeves, but we want you to guess what they might be!

Tweet @xyz or fill our Facebook inbox with your guesses. Who knows, the person with the most innovative guess just might get a little surprise :)

#GenXYZ, we’re excited to announce to you first that .Security will be joining the XYZ family! Coming to you in late-2015, .Security will be the domain for security-related entities, professionals, and all companies that would like a secure and authoritative online presence.

.Security for small businesses

It’s human nature to want to protect yourself, your family, and your business. That’s why the business of security is everywhere. From private security to building security, every city is teeming with these companies. Each employee is a security professional, and every office is its own business. With .Security, each of these SMBs will have the opportunity to start or grow their online presence with an industry-specific domain name!

But .Security isn’t limited to just people. With all of the new services coming online, there is a growing need for internet security. .Security also serves as a reputable designation for the businesses that are keeping us safe on the web.

Regardless of what type of security your business offers, you can take advantage of keyword or location-based .Security domains. For example:

  • Private.Security
  • DowntownLosAngeles.Security
  • ComputerSoftware.Security
  • HomeSurveillance.Security

Innovative use cases

Just the way the other domains in the XYZ family are unrestricted, so is .Security. That means any end user has the opportunity to register a .Security and use it in an innovative way.

What creative ways would you use a .Security domain name, #GenXYZ? Off the top of our heads, we’re thinking how you can:

  • Provide and ensure your customers a secure web experience
    • OnlineShopping.Security
    • TaxReturns.Security
  • Publish informational sites on your product or company’s security efforts
    • FraudAlerts.Security
    • IdentityMonitoring.Security
  • Represent your business’s offerings with a descriptive domain
    • JiuJitsuStudio.Security
    • MusicFestivals.Security
  • Foster investor relations with your ticker symbol
    • GDDY.Security
    • NAME.Security

Now with .Security, our XYZ family is looking more and more complete. With .College as the knowledge-driven domain, .Rent for property rentals, and .xyz – our flagship product and staple for every website, everywhere – individuals and businesses have a choice when growing their online presence.

More information about .Security to come, including the possibility of offering an innovative software as a service (SaaS) with each domain. What are your thoughts on welcoming .Security to our mix? Let us know with a tweet, Facebook message, or a good ol’ email at hello [at] gen.xyz!

Last week was our 1 year anniversary, meaning this week is the 1 year mark since our epic GoDaddy road show. This time last year, we personally folded and packed thousands of .xyz shirts and drove across to Arizona in our trusty RV. Do you remember this scene?

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One thing that we didn’t have back then, were the hundreds of thousands of live .xyz websites we could’ve browsed through while we were on the road. It was especially rare to find .xyz sites that had an equally amazing mobile version of their website.

Have you ever noticed how a website looks different on your laptop compared to your tablet or cell phone? Your phone isn’t just automatically shrinking the original website, but actually, savvy web developers and designers magically code it so you can experience the same site in its best form – no matter what device you’re accessing it from. This is what they call “responsive web design” in the industry.

It’s pretty awesome to compare the different versions. Check out these .xyz websites and see how the full desktop browser version compares to its mobile counterpart.

Hooli.xyz (United States)

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StudioNora.xyz

It’s all about the details. Check out StudioNora.xyz and the attention they put into adjusting the newsletter form from your desktop browser to your phone.

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Pretty cool, huh? With so many internet users on the go, it’s important to keep in mind how your website looks for the wide range of devices we use now-a-days. Do you have any web design advice you’d like to share? Drop us a line @XYZ on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Until next time, #GenXYZ. Ciao!

Happy birthday, #GenXYZ!

1 year ago to the dot, the new domain for every website, everywhere, became globally available. Remember this?


It seems like just yesterday that we reset the internet and crashed several servers along the way. In true .xyz record-breaking fashion, we also recently crushed through another milestone.

Did you know that CentralNic – our trusty partner who handles the technical magic of .xyz – generates reports on how many times .xyz domains are accessed each month (also known as DNS queries)?

Well, with hundreds of thousands of active .xyz sites, a lot of people are accessing .xyz domains. And just how many? So many that we broke CentralNic’s reporting, which only counted up to 32-bit integers. That means, .xyz domains were accessed more than 2.1 BILLION times in January, causing a snafu in CentralNic’s reporting!

If this sounds familiar to anyone, that’s because the same thing happened to YouTube’s counter with the Gangnam Style music video. YouTube didn’t see Gangnam Style coming, the same way that the internet wasn’t prepared for .xyz’s rapid growth.

So how did .xyz grow so fast? In a special post on our 1 year anniversary, read CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s blog on “From 0 to 1 Million: The Ins and Outs of Building the Largest New Domain.” You won’t regret it.

Happy Friday, #GenXYZ. Hope you’re having a great morning so far! Over here at the XYZ HQ, we’re walking around with an extra pep in our step because XYZ’s head honcho, CEO Daniel Negari, was featured on the front page of Yahoo Small Business!

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In “His Business Is on Top of New Top-Level Domains,” Daniel sat down with YSB to give everyone an insider look into the world of new domain extensions and how .xyz has grown to become the world’s largest new domain.

Be sure to check out the article to get answers to questions like “how did a 29-year-old come to be the operator of Internet domains?” or “why register a business website with .xyz instead of .com?”