The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a global internet body has voted to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes, the biggest change for the online world in years! ICANN plans to dramatically increase the number of domain endings from the current 22.
Internet address names will be able to end with almost any word, and be in any language. Icann will begin taking applications for the new domain names next year.
"Icann has opened the Internet's addressing system to the limitless possibilities of the human imagination," said Rod Beckstrom, president and chief executive officer for Icann.
The organisation opens the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new website suffixes, including ones in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. That could usher in the most sweeping transformation of the Domain Name System since its creation in the 1980s. The bulk of the suffixes available now include country-code domains, such as ".uk" for Britain, ".de" for Germany and “.in” for India.
Hundreds or even thousands more suffixes could be created, categorised by everything from industry to geography to ethnicity.
But businesses worry that they'll have to grab their brand names before others do. New suffixes could also create confusion as consumers navigate a Web with unfamiliar labels. It's also possible that the new names won't make much difference because many people these days rely on search engines and mobile applications to find what they are looking for online.