March 18, 2019

Google has now opened .dev domain for early registration

Google has now opened .dev domain for early registration

 

Google on Tuesday announced that you can now register .dev domain names. Google acquired the .dev top-level domain when ICANN opened up the web to new generic top-level domains (gTLD) a few years ago. At the time, Google acquired gTLD’s like .app, .page and .dev (for some reason, Google also owns .soy).

Right now, the .dev domains are still in an early access program, though. That means you’ll have to pay an additional fee that decreases every day until February 28 — and that early access fee isn’t cheap.

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Registering a new domain on GoDaddy,  which is one of the many resellers that offer the new domain names, will set you back over $12,500 in extra fees today, Tuesday. That’s a pretty steep sum in Naira. Tomorrow, that price drops to just over $3,100. Come February 28, you can register any available domain and it’ll just cost you about $20 per year. The idea here, of course, is to manage demand (and to extract a few extra dollars from the companies that really need to have a given domain name). of course, you get the best picks of names to register for that pretty penny.

Some of the companies and organizations that are already using the new gTLD are Google itself, as well as the likes of GitHubWomen Who CodeJetBrainsCodecademy and Salesforce. And because this is 2019, there’s also Kubernetes.dev.

Like its .app domains, .dev domains will require HTTPS connections to protect users from ad malware, tracking injections and Wi-Fi snooping.

‘We hope .dev will be a new home for you to build your communities, learn the latest tech and showcase your projects—all with a perfect domain name,’  Google explains in today’s announcement.

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