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1 more day for you to enter to win $1,000!

Have you taken The Challenge, yet, #GenXYZ?

There’s still time for you to register the best .COM or best .XYZ domain (or both)! By Monday afternoon, there will be two proud winners who can claim their title as The Challenge winners and have $1,000 each to take home.

So who will determine the winning domains, you ask?

We knew that a contest to pick out the absolute best .COM and .XYZ domains would have to be left to the expertise of a seasoned industry veteran. Someone who truly knows domains and carefully follows the trends.

The Challenge and Team XYZ are very excited to announce that the one and only Konstantinos Zournas of the Online Domain as the official contest judge! With over 10 years of experience in the domain industry and a background in computer engineering and computer science, this Greek native is an industry celebrity.

Konstantinos (OnlineDomain) and Shayan (XYZ) at NamesCon 2015

Konstantinos blogs almost daily, so be sure to add him to your reading list of domains blogs for the latest news.

#GenXYZ, .Rent is now live for trademark holders!

Did you know that real estate contributes to 18% of America’s GDP? Covering such a massive industry, .Rent is the new way to generate leads and close deals in an ever-booming sector.

Now that we’re officially in .Rent’s Sunrise Period, trademark holders can register their exact marks in .Rent. Just like other new domain launches, trademark holders are required to submit a valid SMD file in order to participate.

.Rent is the perfect opportunity for individuals and businesses to list their properties, assets, and services. And it’s not just limited to the real estate industry. If you think about it, you can rent, lease, charter, or hire, just about anything that you own for your business!

I know your entrepreneurial juices are flowing now, #GenXYZ. Trademark holder or not, learn how YOU can register the .Rent domains for your assets at

It’s official! With the launch of .Rent right around the corner (August 3, to be exact), we are excited to announce that is now live! is the official site for all things .Rent, where you can get the most up-to-date news about the new domain for real estate, including timelines, pricing, and FAQs.

How can I use .Rent domains for my assets?

Think about your properties, assets, and services. How are you getting the word out now? Are you paying to list them on a third-party provider? With .Rent, you can directly market each listing on a website that you own. Your .Rent domain is your listing on the internet – the biggest and most universal marketing tool!

Why .Rent domains over traditional listings?

Control the look and name of your listings, collect leads and send newsletters, track visitors and performance, or link to other properties for referral fees. With .Rent, the flexibility is yours so you can tailor your site to meet your business goals.

Just think. Market your assets on domains like:


Where can you register .Rent domains?

If you work with brand agencies such as CSC or MarkMonitor, contact your representative and they’ll set you right up. You can also ask your current domain registrar on how you can secure your .Rent domains.

So now’s the time to expand your marketplace:

#GenXYZ, have you taken yet? If you think you can register the best domain name – either in .com or .xyz – then enter your domain into The Challenge!

Why? Because the winner for each domain gets $1,000. These “best” domains will be determined by an industry expert based on the criteria of conciseness, memorability, and identifiability. You can check-out the full details on The Challenge website.

But 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

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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:


Think you can register the best .COM or .XYZ domain name? And win $1,000 while you’re at it? Then take The Challenge!

Go hand-register the best domains you can find and submit your entries on the official contest site at

Submit your entry, along with a short survey, and you’ll enter your chance to win $1,000!

Since there is one .XYZ and one .COM domain winner for each entry period, your chances of winning are the same, regardless of which domain extension you pick.

What’s considered a “good” domain?

A lot goes into finding a good domain. For The Challenge, a domain industry expert will select the person who’s most skilled at finding that great, available domain. So what is the expert judge looking for in your domain? Here’s exactly what:

Size matters. A concise, one or two word domain almost always beats out a five or six word domain.

Your domain is your online brand. Can you say the domain to a stranger and they’ll remember it?

Does your domain identify what you’re using it for? Does your domain include dictionary words without any typos? Will it pass the radio test?

The judging criteria are described further in the Official Contest Rules.

When will the winners be announced?

On August 10th and September 7th, will announce one winner for the best .XYZ and one winner for the best .COM domain submitted during the applicable entry periods.

You can even enter more than one .XYZ and/or .COM domain. Just submit each one individually.

Are you ready for The Challenge, #GenXYZ? Get your creative domain juices flowing and let’s see what you got!


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.


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
Trademark holder exclusive
August 3, 14:00 September 3, 10:00 Varies
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:


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

  • (yup, chicken coop rentals is a business!)

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?


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):

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 yet? It just might be still available (and you can make sure by searching for it at

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 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 :)