Nine more new top level domain names enter general availability this week, including one that is going to have a miserable launch.
The week is already off with a bang thanks to the two most successful first day new TLD launches so far. TLD Registry released Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) this morning.
Tomorrow .build launches with a suggested retail price of $99.
On Wednesday five of Donuts’ domain names go into regularly-priced general availability: .agency, .bargains, .boutique, .cheap and .zone. None of these jump out at me as home runs, but should be pretty solid singles or doubles.
Three more Donuts TLDs enter the Early Access Program (EAP) phase on Wednesday: .watch, .cool, and .works. Sorry, Apple fans: i.watch is currently unavailable because it’s on ICANN’s name collision list.
On Thursday .kiwi will hit general availability. I’ve seen prices ranging from $35/$55 per year for the domain.
.Wed will also hit general availability on Thursday. .Wed is an example of an applicant enforcing idealistic principles on domain registration while having complete disregard for the registrar channel.
As far as I can tell only 101domains.com (not to be confused with 101domain.com) is the only registrar offering the domain. Encirca was offering it but its .wed page no longer resolved. Domains are a steep $70/year for the first two years, and then you’ll basically be forced to give it up after that because renewals cost $30,000+.
Yep, .wed is going to be a big flop.