Punto 2012 enters the race, a city TLD launches, and Rightside tries to be fashionable.
The weekly deluge of new top level domain names hitting the market continues this week. This week is notable because a new entrant is finally launching two of its domain names.
Punto 2012 launched .bar and .rest today. The company’s nic.bar and nic.rest sites don’t have much information, but the domains appears to have broad registrar adoption.
The domains aren’t cheap. Expect to pay about $75-$100 for .bar domain names and $35-50 for .rest, which is targeted to restaurants.
I like .bar but the price is rather steep, which could limit adoption. .Rest is an interesting one. I think .restaurant is too long (and people misspell it), but I’m not sure a shorter .rest is better (even though it’s the start of the word “restaurant” translated in many languages). I personally prefer .food or .eat for restaurants.
Punto 2012, based in Mexico City, is also in the running for the .cafe domain name.
.Wien (the German word for Vienna) launches with solid registrar coverage in Europe. Pricing ranges from $35-60 at the registrars I checked.
Rightside launches .moda (Spanish for Fashion) on Wednesday. Pricing is around $30-$40.
Donuts releases its usual crop as well.
.Capital, .engineering, .exchange and .gripe finishing EAP and release at normal prices.
.Associates, .lease, .media, .pictures enter the more expensive Early Access Phase.