A post published today in Dreamcommerce.com about new gTLD’s and the article is more of a nightmare than a “Dream”
The post’s problems start with the title “Most wanted new gTLD in 2017” citing .China as “most wanted” new gTLD’s
The problem is China like all countries are not allowed to be a TLD. You could not apply for a country as a new gTLD according to the ICANN Guidebook which was published well before the application period opened for new gTLD’s and years before the 1st new gTLD went live almost 3 years ago.
However the post in Dreamcommerce.com starts out by saying:
“About 6 million new websites were registered last year and about 9% of them are the new, original gTLD’s. The most trending ending – .china – has reached an increase of over 10% registrations.”
Ok so I don’t know what ” new, original gTLD’s” even means.
The post then goes on to say that “while popular .xyz (who they incorrectly says is owned by CentralNic) has decreased – 11%”
I don’t know what chart they are looking at but .xyz started 2016 with just under 1.8 million registrations and started 2017 with 6.7 million registrations according to ntldstats.com. So basically there are 3.5X more .xyz registrations in 2017 than 2016 not sure how they get an 11% decrease out of that.
The post then goes on to once again falsely claim that .win is owned by Neustar which it is not.
The author of the post obviously does not understand the difference between the owner of an extension and the backend provider that is responsible for making the extension work on a technical basis.
The post then goes on to say “Branded gTLD’s have become popular too. ICANN has allowed to register endings like .phillips, .bayern or .audi.”
The author of the post appears to think that .web has launched already saying “gTLD .web is trending and users have been lacking an intuitive & available domains, that redirect them to their pages.”
Finally the post goes back to the idea of a country new gTLD (as opposed to ccTLD’s) classifying them as “Countries, Cities & Places”
“Last year there were over 20 new gTLD’s with cities like .barcelona or .vegas registered. These are popular also for countries, as businesses want to be more and more localised”
Sorry guys no countries and no “places” just cities.
The article ends with
“A perfect gTLD can be a description of a service – whether it’s produced in a eco-friendly way (.organic, .eco, .bio)” well those are some of the least registered new gTLD’s and .eco hasn’t even launched (scheduled for general availability in April 2017).
There are other incorrect statements throughout the post.
If you want to check out the entire post you can here