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Donuts Rolls Out Seven New gTLDs to Public

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Donuts has launched the general availability for seven new gTLDs, including .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES, and .VENTURES, which means anyone can register these names from accredited registrars starting on Wednesday.

The Sunrise period for these seven new gTLDs kicked off in November, giving trademark holders some time to protect their names prior to the general availability on Jan. 29.

Donuts is one of the biggest spenders, applying for more than a hundred new gTLDs, and forging partnerships with GoDaddy, 1&1 Internet, Web.com, Tucows, Host Europe Group, Key Systems, CSC Digital Brand Services, MarkMonitor, NetNames, Gandi, united-domains AG, Melbourne IT, and 101 Domain.

According to the announcement, Donuts signed its 105th new gTLD contract with ICANN, the most of any other registry operator.

“We have ambitious goals as part of our commitment to leading the development and innovation of the new gTLD marketplace,” Donuts co-founder and Executive Vice President Jonathon Nevett said. “Reaching 105 gTLDs under contract is a good landmark, but we won’t be satisfied until all of our remaining contracts are completed and all our gTLDs are fully available to the public.”

Donuts will quickly follow-up the initial launch with the general availability of a set of seven more new gTLDs, .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING, and .PHOTOGRAPHY. These new gTLDs will become widely available as of Feb. 5.

“Starting this week, new, relevant and specific Internet naming options will be available on a scale never before seen,” Donuts co-founder and CEO Paul Stahura said. “This is a unique opportunity for businesses, brands, organizations, and individuals to find an online identity that speaks precisely to their products, services and interests.”

Last week, ICANN announced that more than 100 new gTLDs have been delegated into the DNS root zone.

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  1. I feel that there are way too many gTLDs, time to tone down a bit so that we would not be flooded by waves after waves of new gTLDs.

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