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#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.

Groovy.xyz

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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?”

We were truly inspired when we heard Matt Marek’s story behind developing AndreaMaGee.xyz. Matt won 2nd place in the “Best Designed” category of the .xyz Web Design Contest with a site that he created for his friend – who’s also a budding actress and model – Andrea Ma Gee.

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Matt shared with us that he “wanted to create a site that was as professional and unique as she was, and .xyz was a fun and unique way to make the domain stand out.”

Another drawing point to .xyz? The ring that .xyz has with her name. If you say it out loud, you won’t miss that catchy rhyme you hear with AndreaMaGee.xyz. How clever is that!

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 8.39.10 AMWhat started off as a simple project for his web design class, is now an awesome site that Andrea can use to pursue her career in entertainment.

“I really hope that one day the .xyz website I designed lands Andrea a chance at a big role that will push her acting career to stardom. It would be awesome to know I played a part in helping someone achieve their dreams.”

Hats off to you, Matt! Have you ever designed a website to surprise a loved one? Share your web design inspiration stories with us through the usual social media suspects of Twitter @XYZ and Facebook. Until next time, #GenXYZ!

analytics.xyz, graphics.xyz, bargains.xyz, oh my! All with $69 starting bids and no reserve prices – what bargains, don’tcha think?

With our trusty partner, NameJet, we will be auctioning off 500+ premium .xyz domains that are becoming available for the very first time! (Our personal favorite just might be newbie.xyz.) The bidding starts at just $69 and each domain name auction will last for 72 hours.

So how can you get involved with this .xyz domain auction action?

Head on over to NameJet.xyz now and sign up for a free NameJet account so you can bid. Then you can shop around for any domains that catch your eye. Place your bid on the domain name you want, make sure you don’t get outbid, and the .xyz is yours!

The list has some snazzy names that just might be the perfect domain for your next personal project, business idea, a keyword-domain for your startup, or your place to express your hobbies.

Go on…take a gander. You won’t be disappointed.

Get-in on the bidding action and

 

On this fine Wednesday, we have a special update for you, #GenXYZ! As you know, without each and every one of you building eye-catching sites, representing your unique self with a .xyz email address, or even taking advantage of .xyz as a URL shortener, the #GenXYZ community would not be as large, innovative, or diverse as what it’s become today.

To celebrate your amazing creations, we revamped the #GenXYZ page on our website to show a glimpse of what’s out there and what this growing community is all about. A little XYZ show-and-tell window, if you will :)

So hop on over to gen.xyz/genxyz and browse through some of our favorite .xyz sites. With so many to highlight, it’s hard to believe that .xyz domains weren’t even globally available this time last year!

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What do you think, #GenXYZ? Think YOUR .xyz website should be featured on gen.xyz/genxyz? Let us know by following and tweeting us @xyz. We’re excited to hear from you!

We’ve teamed-up with another industry leader, Uniregistry, to join forces and launch .Cars, .Car, and .Auto!

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Hot off of the press, Uniregistry and Team XYZ issued a press release today, announcing the highly coveted trifecta of new domain extensions that will represent the automotive industry. This trifecta was completed when our team successfully acquired .Car from the tech giant themselves – Google!

Just like .xyz, .College, and .Rent, our mission is to give everyone choice when building their online presence. So whether you’re a car enthusiast, a dealership owner, an auctioneer, or part of the automotive supply chain, you now have namespaces to express your passions online.

Check out www.nic.cars for a glimpse into the newest addition to the XYZ family, coming to you in Q4 of this year.

You can also learn more about .Cars, .Car, .Auto, and Cars Registry Limited in this morning’s press release:

 

Does that header up there look a little different to you, #GenXYZ? That’s because we just revamped our website with fresh new features – and look – to introduce a whole new side of us that you’ve never seen before!

Just as that bright green “Register” button hints, you can now register your favorite .xyz domains right here at gen.xyz.

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And it doesn’t stop here! We have a lot more in the pipeline for you, so gen.xyz is a one-stop-shop for everything .xyz. On top of the latest and greatest news on .xyz, you’ll be able to set-up your hosting and indulge in awesome website builder tools to go with your shiny new domains.

Can’t wait ‘til these new features go live? Make sure you’re getting our newsletter to be the first-to-know about .xyz updates!

Now that you know what’s up, it’s time to test things out. Search for the domain name you’ve always wanted:

Who caught the awesomely quirky article on .xyz in the April issue of Wired Magazine? ICYMI, check out the article below, boldly titled “The battle to make .xyz the next .com.”

We can assure you that it’s a great read – and an excellent way to test your acronym knowledge!

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Pandell, Lexi. “The battle to make .xyz the next .com.” Wired Magazine April 2015. 28. Print.