We talk a lot about the benefits of new generic TLDs on this blog—their value as branding tools, their availability versus legacy domain extensions, their ability to stick in people’s minds—but no matter how much information we could publish, we’re really just scratching the surface of what the wider gTLD community and domain industry are putting out. To give you a glimpse of the number of online resources available to individuals, companies and brands, we’ve put together a short list of helpful sites.
Inspiration, insight, and general TLD news
The Enom Blog – Of course, no list could be complete without mentioning this very blog. Here you’ll find not only information about new TLDs, but also how-to’s and promotions that affect you directly as one of our customers or partners.
Rightside.NEWS – Rightside Registry’s blog keeps up with trends in the domain industry, highlights examples of new TLDs being used all over the world, and offers insight into investing in gTLD domains.
Name.KITCHEN – Domain registry Donuts operates the uniquely titled Name.KITCHEN. Fittingly enough, the blog focuses on the power of names and brands for individuals and small businesses that want to express themselves and stand out online.
Examples of new TLDs “in the wild”
InTheWild.DOMAINS – The Domain Name Association runs Domains in the Wild, an evolvingexhibit of domains (using both legacy and new domain extensions) that have been registered and built out by brands all over the world.
Showcase.NINJA – Rightside adds use cases from several gTLDs (like .LIVE, .ROCKS, .SOCIAL, and .FAMILY) to demonstrate that anyone can register their “Name.TLD” to express themselves online the way they want to the audience they want.
Gen.XYZ – As the most-registered gTLD in the world, .XYZ certainly has many examples to draw on. They display .XYZ domains exactly as you would experience them yourself: on the screen of a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.
Research and statistics
nTLDStats – If numbers are your thing, then nTLDStats might be your new favorite site. Every day, registration statistics for every gTLD in existence is tracked and charted, giving the public a better understanding of the “health” of various domain extensions.
CSC gTLD Utilization Report – Brand registrar CSC compiles a regular report on the growth and usage of .brand TLDs. They also devote a few pages each month to generic TLDs, using Alexa rankings as a stand-in for popularity and usage.
YourStory.LIVE – Each Tuesday, YourStory.LIVE points to a live chat on Blab talking about new TLDs and talking to the people that use them. When offline, YourStory.LIVE redirects to the most recently recorded episode.
Domain Name Wire podcast – Andrew Alleman interviews some of the biggest names in the domain industry, from investors, to registry/registrar operators, to the people putting domains to use. A must-listen for anyone interested in working with domains.
Domain industry news
ICANN blog – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is the closest thing we have to an “official” administrator of the Internet. They run the new gTLD program, so the decisions they make (and announce here on their blog) have repercussions for the entire industry.
Circle ID – News and commentary about the domain industry (indeed, the overall Internet infrastructure industry) finds a home at Circle ID. Articles here can be policy heavy and/or technically complex, but offer a glimpse into the many stakeholders and issues that interact in today’s online ecosystem.
Domain investing news
DomainSherpa – Michael Cyger runs DomainSherpa, a source of news for domain investors hunting for data and trends that could benefit their portfolios. Michael also hosts a podcast interviewing domainers and operators.
DomainIncite – Since 2010, DomainIncite editor Kevin Murphy has posted news and commentary on the latest events, sales, and policies affecting domain names.
Domaining.com – A great one-stop shop for domain investing news, domaining.com aggregates headlines from around the industry into a single feed.