(The Hosting News) – New domain suffixes approved through ICANN’s groundbreaking gTLD expansion are beginning to hit the web. According to a BBC report on Tuesday, nine new TLDs including the likes of .guru, .bike, .singles are all online.
The initial availability is only for companies who registered the domain suffixes during ICANN’s extensive registration process. They will, however, become available to the general public towards the end of January.
Back in October, Akram Atallah, ICANN president for the organization’s Generic Domains Division, called the gTLD expansion the “biggest change to the internet since its inception.”
“In the weeks and months ahead, we will see new domain names coming online from all corners of the world, bringing people, communities and businesses together in ways we never imagined. It’s this type of innovation that will continue to drive our global society,” Atallah went on to say via an ICANN press release at the time.
And while the 9 highlighted in the BBC’s report are indeed here, they mark just several of what’s expected to come. All in all, as many a 1,400 new TLDs could become available through the expansion.
In the past, TLDs have traditionally been limited to the likes of .COM, .NET, .ORG, .GOV, .EDU and just a few others.