.info domain name proves popular

Fourteen months after .info domain names became available on the Internet, the millionth .info Web site was signed up last week,...

Fourteen months after .info domain names became available on the Internet, the millionth .info Web site was signed up last week, making it now the sixth largest domain online.

Afilias, which maintains the registry for .info names under a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will announce that the millionth .info Web site name is registered to www.los-angeles-real-estate-search.info by registrar Go Daddy Software.

Roland LaPlante, chief marketing officer at Afilias, said the registrations have grown steadily since the company began accepting applications in September.

The .info domain is used by a wide range of organisations and businesses that had been locked out of many desired domain names in the already crowded .com domain, he said.

"If you try to get your business name in a .com name, it's really difficult," LaPlante said. "This is the global home of information on the Internet. It's not just about selling stuff. That's why it's had such broad appeal."

About 265,000 of the one million registered .info sites are now online and available to Web visitors, he said, compared with about 35% of .com names in active use, according to Afilias.

The .info names trail only .com, .net, .org, .de and .uk domains in the number of registered Web sites.

.info was one of seven top-level domain names announced in May 2001 by ICANN to relieve congestion in the domain name space. By last December, .info had about 675,000 name registrations.

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