.Anythingyoulike Domain Suffixes Now Open for Registration

By Gary Cutlack on at

ICANN, the big boss of internet naming, has opened up the registration process for its new range of generic domain addresses. From next year, new top-level domains like .web, .google and .whateverelse will be available.

Although applying for and launching an entirely bespoke TLD is not as simple a task as just thinking up a good name and registering it. Applicants must pay up £120,000 and somehow prove they have the ability and dedication to run and manage their own domain registry before being allowed to bid. This is not a casual thing.

The application process will run for the next three months, with the sales possibly becoming auctions if several companies try to bag the most popular suffixes. [ICANN]