There were only three of the largest domain names on the web in the early days of domain names. The three most frequently used domain names are.com,.net, and.org. However, as the number of domain name companies continues to grow and the number of domain name consumers continues to grow, many new domain names have been added and others are still being formulated. Perhaps a few years from now, we will undoubtedly see an increase in the number of new domain names on the web, as those proposed new domain names today are said to have future functionality.
In general, there are a large number of newly registered domain names. As a result of the cumulative effect and the emergence of new domain names, the picture became increasingly complicated. From the conventional domain names like the .com, .net, and .org, which are known as the Big 3, here came the Country-level top domains as one of the new domain names ever developed.
The Country-level top domains are generally under government control, with the aim of adding level of toughness and stability that a third party might find difficult to match. Then there are the country-level top domains that masquerade as something else. They are only international by agreement, and as such, many have noted that they are only present by contract.
Following the introduction of these new domain names, the following are alternative top-level domain names:.aero,.biz,.coop,.info,.museum,.name, and.pro. These seven new international domain names were created by the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. The creation of these seven new domain names is almost certainly intended to assist individuals in locating the best domain names for them.
Despite the addition of these new domain names, the domain name industry remains unsatisfied with the result. So just recently, it is reported that ten organizations have applied to the net’s ruling body and they proposed for nine new domain names under the net domain name. The report further mentioned that if the proposal will be approved, the new domain names will be the first added to the net since the year 2000 when seven novel domain names as it is mentioned above were set up.
For particular emphasis, the new domain names proposed by ten organizations include .asia, .cat, .jobs, .mail, .mobi, .post, .tel, .travel, and .xxx. It is considered that the last three of these new domain names were so called sponsored domain names that are created with the intention for a particular sector of the industry or administered by a trade body or other representative groups. And all of those new domain names proposed to ICANN will also be sponsored.
Recently, those proposed new domain names are scrutinized by independent experts and if it approved, those new domain names should then be active by early 2005. And lastly, each organization paid $45,000 to submit their application for a new domain.