Oh, they grow up so fast!
It’s been an exciting few years working to get .design domains out to the public, and today marks the second year since .design entered general availability. In its brief two years, .design has grown to +63,000 registrations. We’ve come a long way from our first steps (and first registrations), with amazing and innovative use cases, including corporate design hubs, creative studios, portfolio websites, and passion projects of all kinds. As .design begins its “terrible twos,” Top Level Design hopes to see continued healthy growth and expansion into new markets.
Let’s take a look at a few of the .design milestones we’re celebrating:
- It seems every month we discover new corporate use cases. These household names are using .design for a blog, or to create a new content stream and audience, or to bolster their design recruiting efforts, among other reasons. Our current list of corporate usage is truly humbling and exciting:
- The creativity of design entrepreneurs is inspiring. We have come across sites and projects like picnic.design, lists.design, sharpen.design and so many others organically. Since designers are such active content producers and consumers, they are constantly sharing sites, collaborating and giving feedback to their peers. This energy is finding a home more and more on .design!
- After a full year of paid renewals, industry leading registrars have incredible renewal rates for .design, one of our biggest partners has a renewal rate of 66% while a major European brand has an astounding 92% renewal rate.
- .design has 18% of its premium names registered, from common surnames to cities to single character domains, the .design premium names have been sought after and successful.
Here’s to another year of .design reaching new designers and creatives! Cheers to them, the only thing more exciting than launching .design is getting to see what is built on it!
Going once!–This week Las Vegas played host to NamesCon, the largest and arguably most influential annual conference for domain name investors. A major highlight of the much-anticipated conference was Right of the Dot’s live domain name auction, which included a mix of legacy and new TLDs. Top Level Design did not hold back, auctioning off valuable names such as Food.wiki, Casino.wiki, Celebrity.wiki, Red.ink, and Wholesale.ink.
Going twice!–Both .wiki and .ink names made a strong showing at the auction with 4 .ink names and 6 .wiki names purchased. Highlights include Food.wiki and RealEstate.wiki, which sold for $3,100 and $3,000, respectively, and Miami.ink, which sold for $1,600.
SOLD!–A full list of .wiki and .ink auction results:
Continue reading .wiki & .ink Success at NamesCon Live Auction
The following is a statement from The Wikimedia Foundation’s Yana Welinder, which was read at the public forum at ICANN51 in Los Angeles in an effort to expedite the release of 2-character .wiki names. Wikimedia plans to use the names as URL shorteners for Wikipedia.
“The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and 12 other freely licensed sites with content that is collaboratively created by Internet users around the world. Wikimedia’s mission is to empower people to develop freely licensed educational content and to globally disseminate that content. Providing URL shorteners based on two-character domains will help us reach new heights in globally disseminating the free content on Wikipedia.
The non-profit Wikimedia Foundation is asking for a select number of two-character .wiki domains to create URL shorteners for Wikipedia. We currently support 287 language editions of Wikipedia. The URL shorteners would, for example, allow someone looking for information about the dengue fever in Spanish to type in es.wiki/Dengue to get directed to the Spanish Wikipedia article about the dengue fever (es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue). It will also allow people to share short links to Wikipedia articles and other Wikimedia sites on various social media and invite more people to edit Wikipedia. We hope that this will improve user access across the globe.
Continue reading Wikimedia’s Yana Welinder Makes Statement in Support of Releasing Two-Character Domains