|Introduced||February 19, 2014|
June 2, 2014
|TLD type||Generic top-level domain (gTLD)|
|Documents||ICANN Registry Agreement|
.xyz is a top-level domain name. It was proposed in ICANN's New generic top-level domain (gTLD) Program, and became available to the general public on June 2, 2014. The domain name came about both because the three letters are the last in the Latin-script alphabet, and to refer to people from Generations X, Y, and Z. XYZ.com and CentralNic are the registries for the domain.
In November 2015, .xyz reached 1.5 million domain name registrations, possibly boosted in part by Google's decision to use abc.xyz for its corporate (Alphabet Inc.) website, one of the first major corporations to use the domain. However, domain name registry VeriSign and others have claimed that domain name registrar Network Solutions gave away possibly hundreds of thousands of these names by placing them into customer accounts on an opt-out basis.
As of January 2016, .xyz was the sixth most registered domain name on the Internet. As of June 2016, .xyz was the fourth most registered global top-level domain (gTLD) name on the Internet, after .com, .net, and .org.
On June 1, 2017, .XYZ launched the 1.111B class .xyz domains which are cheap domains priced at $0.99 per year and renewed at the same price. They are 6-digit, 7-digit, 8-digit, and 9-digit numeric combinations between 000000.xyz – 999999999.xyz. Daniel Negari, CEO of .XYZ said that it is for bringing competition, choice, and innovation to the market.
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- Gibbs, Mark (August 4, 2015). "NetSol's new con; renewing unwanted .xyz domains". Network World. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
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- "1.111 Billion .XYZ Domain Names". Archived from the original on August 5, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2019.