.top

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.top
.top domain.svg
Introduced November 18, 2014
(General Availability)
TLD type Generic top-level domain
(gTLD)
Status Active
Registry .top registry
Registry Website www.nic.top

.top is a generic top-level domain, officially delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program on August 4, 2014. The extension is managed and operated by the .top registry,[1] and can be registered by anyone since November 18, 2014.

Development[edit]

  • June 20, 2011, ICANN officially announced that the application for new gTLDs was to open in 2012.
  • April 11, 2012, the application was submitted online. On June 9, 2012, it appeared on the ICANN public list.
  • March 20, 2013, it passed initial evaluation.
  • March 20, 2014, the registry signed a contract with ICANN.
  • August 5, 2014, the domain entered the root zone of ICANN new gTLD.
  • October 15, 2014, it entered its sunrise period.
  • November 18, 2014, .top domains could be registered openly. Registration volume exceeded 10,000 on the first day.
  • April 24, 2015, .top was put on record with Chinese national government department MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology).[2][3]
  • September 2015, .top domains obtained 250,000 new registrations within one week, making its registration volume surge to 530,000.
  • December 2015, .top registration reached around 1,000,000.
  • January 2016, .top released its IDN domains, supporting Arabic, Chinese (traditional + simplified), French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish - the availability can be checked by .top whois.[4]
  • December 2016, .top registration broke 4,500,000.
  • June 2017, .top registrations had gone down to about 3,000,000.[5]
  • October 2017, .top registrations had gone down to about 1,900,000.[6]
  • January 2018 .top registrations had gone down to about 1,300,000.[7]
  • March 2018, .top registrations had gone up to about 2,100,000.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nic.top/en
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  3. ^ Why is .top domain one of the only FOUR new gTLDs approved to be built website with in China? - 新闻中心
  4. ^ http://www.nic.top/en/whois.asp
  5. ^ https://domainpunch.com/tlds/deleted.php
  6. ^ https://domainpunch.com/tlds/deleted.php
  7. ^ https://domainpunch.com/tlds/deleted.php
  8. ^ ".TOP - New gTLD - Top Level Domain Statistics". NameStat. Retrieved 2018-04-29.