Google Registry has launched the .dev top-level domain (TLD) for developers and other tech geeks associated with development.
The .dev was announced last month but it was available only for Early Access registrations with an additional fee. Now it is available at a base annual price through most of the registrars.
“We hope .dev will be a new home for you to build your communities, learn the latest tech and showcase your projects—all with a perfect domain name,” wrote Google in a blog post.
“We envision .dev as a home for developers. From tools to programming languages to blogs, .dev is the best place for all the amazing things that you build.”
Like the previously launched .APP and .PAGE domain name extensions, the .dev TLD too will have HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) by default. What this means is that the new TLD will come with built-in security. This will enable protection against ad malware and tracking injection by ISPs, as well as safeguard against spying on open Wi-Fi networks.
Google itself has launched its own developer websites on .dev domain. These sites include web.dev, opensource.dev, flutter.dev, tfhub.dev, perfetto.dev, v8.dev, and pptr.dev.
Other than Google, many other companies and individuals also have registered the .dev domain. For instance, reach Women Who Code at women.dev, software solutions for developers by JetBrains at jetbrains.dev, learn development skills at Codeacademy.dev, learn app development on Salesforce at crm.dev, etc.
The standard price of .dev domain name is between $12 to $15. The price varies depending on the registrar.
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