Yesterday at 14:00 UTC (aka 2 pm London time), over 18,000 never-been-released .xyz domain names were made available – all at our regular standard price. How can this be, you ask?
Until now, these names were blocked from registering because of ICANN’s Name Collision issue. Simply put, these .xyz names were being used by internal servers in the pre-XYZ era, so ICANN blocked these names to prevent any potential conflicts between these and .xyz’s launch as a namespace open to the public.
Now that everything is cleared up behind-the-scenes, over 18,000 new, much-anticipated .xyz domain names were finally released yesterday! Did you snatch any great names from this list, #GenXYZ?
Things got pretty heated when the names dropped. Here are some stats so far:
Great keyword domains are going fast, but don’t fret! There’s still time to find thousands of hidden gems in the full release list. Need inspiration? Stay connected through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for our #domainspiration updates!
Here are a few of our favorites to get your creative juices flowing for awesome .xyz domains to register (and still available as of 12/3 8 AM PST):
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.
How’s it going, #GenXYZ?
We’re doing fantastic, by the way. We just made history by launching the first ever .xyz website to ever hit the internet. See for yourself at nic.xyz. The new-and-improved site has the same familiar look you all love, but we’ve added some awesome new design elements to make browsing more fun and interactive. Our highly-anticipated launch dates are now front and center on the homepage, and we’ve made it even easier to learn all about .xyz, read our featured press, and access our most important files.
In case you’re wondering how this is all possible, it’s because ICANN delegated .xyz to us on February 19th. Pretty cool, huh? And this is just the beginning. On March 20th, we will be launching our sunrise phase – an exclusive 60-day period that allows brands to get first dibs on their trademarks. Next comes the landrush. Between May 20th-31st, anyone can participate in priority registration to land the .xyz domain name of their dreams. And then…drumroll please…general availability starts on June 1st! That’s right, everyone all over the world will finally be able to register that short, flexible, and memorable .xyz domain they’ve been eyeing at an uber-competitive price.
When you register a .xyz, you’re getting more than just a domain name – you’re joining Generation XYZ®. No matter when you were born, where you live, or what you do on the internet, you are connected with every other #GenXYZer in our global community. We are creating choice, accessibility, and innovation online, and we can’t wait to see all of the amazing new sites that emerge from the next generation of internet users.
We’ve got a ton more exciting news to come, including a bobsled update from our fearless leader, Daniel Negari. Be the first to know by following us on Twitter @XYZ, and don’t forget to tag #GenXYZ on your social media platform of choice.
In an interview with BBC News about the acquisition of new, generic Top Level Domains (more widely known as Domain Extensions), CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford name-dropped our very own .xyz! While explaining ICANN’s Big Reveal and the domain extension application process, the UK-based mogul highlighted .xyz as one of the leading trailblazers in the new extension space.
To find out how else we’re staying at the top of our game, take a peek at the full video.
With their first report on ICANN’s new Domain Extension Big Reveal the BBC featured .xyz first among the new generic domain extensions to be interviewed. The room was filled with excitement about the beginning of an Internet revolution, and .xyz was there at the top of the featurette. That’s because we’re at the forefront of expanding the namespace.