ICANN approve new web domain extensions
ICANN announced earlier today that a vote has successfully been passed that, in theory, allows almost anyone to create their own domain extension. Currently there are 22 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that include .com, .net, .org and .biz.
So you want your own domain extension? How about .designaweb? Well, it’s not going to come cheap. ICANN’s application fee alone is $185,000 (£114,000) and you will need to prove you have a legitimate claim to the extension. Furthermore ICANN then charge owners of the new extensions $25,000 per annum. The application form alone is said to have 50 questions, requiring 2-3 pages per question. When you add all the time involved, the legal fees, the application fee as well as the staff required to maintain such a service it’s going to rule out the majority of people having their own extension.
If you are still interested in an extension you can apply for one next year from 12th January.