General availability launched today for three top-level domains: .WEBSITE, .PRESS and .HOST. These TLDs entered General Availability with 80+ registrars onboard, including industry leaders like GoDaddy, eNom, OpenSRS, 1Api, 1&1, DomainMonster and Name.com.
.WEBSITE surpassed 6500 domains in the first 4 hours. I expect it to be at a bit under 7,500 at the end of the day. I assume that the .host and .press numbers are lower than .website as expected.
“We have been confident about .website right from the start and these numbers just reinforce the potential the TLD holds.” said Sandeep Ramchandani, Radix business head.
Radix’s second TLD .PRESS has had a great start with a versatile list of Pioneers. MuckRack.com, a global portal for journalists, is amongst the first few to acquire the extension as a Pioneer. The highly credible Online News Association (ONA) has also signed on as a Pioneer, in line with its belief to lead the fast-changing world of digital journalism. Finally, the Ireland-based ICANN Accredited Registrar, BlackNight Solutions got BlackNight.press.
“We’ve always believed in going the extra mile for our TLDs, be it our efforts in marketing or in developing partnerships.” said Ramchandani. “We have received a highly encouraging response so far and are confident that these extensions will feature amongst the most popular new gTLDs over the coming months.”, he adds.
Radix is aiming for an early ’15 GA for its 4th new TLD .space. It is also in the running for several more high-profile TLDs like .shop, .web, .online and .blog.