What do you think about .WEB? Could it be the new gTLD Domain Investors have been waiting for?


So there has been a lot of buzz about .WEB, particularly this week as Verisign jumped in the mix. If you haven’t been following the drama surrounding .WEB, I highly recommend giving this article a read on Domain Name Wire.

For the sake of this post, let’s just pretend that we live in a world where .WEB is launching next month. And let’s also suppose that the pricing isn’t astronomically high – I’ll put it at $14.99/month.

Would you add .WEB to your portfolio? If so, would you go big or just dip your toes in the water?

Of course it’s never fair for me to ask a question without answering it myself, so here’s my answer. I would buy .WEB domains, it is one of the very few new gTLDs that I am bullish on. That being said I don’t think I’d go big, I would dip my toes in the water probably buying 10-15 names.

Any .WEB name I buy would have to be one that I could see selling for (or actually did sell for) six-figures if it were a .COM. I’d also probably stick to one-word domains. If in the first year I found that one or two names sold, based on inbound offers, and I was happy with the price I might re-up adding another 5 – 10 names.

Okay – there’s my two cents, now I want to hear from you. Comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Michael Anthony Castello December 18, 2018, 4:25 pm

    Yes, just like all the others. I see no difference.

  • Snoopy December 18, 2018, 4:35 pm

    .Web is a poor man’s .net, not a bad extension but 20 years too late to have any real impact. They should sell a lot (it is the best release by far) but in terms of usage it has the same problems as all the others.

    .net prices have fallen heavily so if people really feel the need to bet on alt tlds that is a better bet because there is some enduser demand.

  • steve brady December 18, 2018, 5:30 pm

    On Day 1 General Availability, I’m registering DARTH.WEB at regular price

  • fizz December 18, 2018, 6:00 pm

    Agree with Michael and Snoopy. Of course there will be a handful of nice outlier sales early in the piece, but in the final wash up it’s just another extension to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.

  • Mark Thorpe December 18, 2018, 6:04 pm

    Like I’ve said before, .Web will become the new .Net eventually.
    Also, .Web will never overtake .Com as #1 either.

    No new domain extension (string) will ever dethrone .Com the King of Domains. Keep dreaming!

    20 years ago .Web would of had a chance against .Com. But .Web is 20 years too late.
    The market has already chosen .Com. End of story!

  • Frank Michlick December 18, 2018, 7:07 pm

    $14.99 a month? I think you meant per year, no?

  • William Llewellyn December 18, 2018, 7:26 pm

    Meh. Most of us stopped calling it the “web” a long time ago. It is called the Internet, and look where .net is today.

    • Snoopy December 19, 2018, 2:24 am

      Agree, it is a dated sounding term. Nobody really asks about the “web” anymore. The term is “Net”.

  • Mark December 18, 2018, 8:21 pm

    .Web – no.

    .Webb – absolutely!

  • Rob December 18, 2018, 11:41 pm

    Investors, and some end users, will initially purchase “.web” domains but I believe that they will eventually end up like most of the other gTLDs.

    I think that “.com” and “ccTLDs” will remain the most popular and the most used TLDs for the foreseeable future.

  • John December 19, 2018, 12:43 am

    If the pricing is high then I think it will probably be almost DOA. In this climate, they may want to try the marketing approach of pricing it high to make people think it’s something desirable. I suspect that would backfire. If they price it more like $14.99 and below then I think it has a chance of at least having some degree of popularity.

    • John December 19, 2018, 12:48 am

      And I will second the last part of Rob’s comment by quoting myself from Monday, lol:

      “It’s simple:

      .com may still be king overall by a thousand miles, but in some cases a top ccTLD domain can rival, match, or sometimes even exceed the throne.”


      • Snoopy December 19, 2018, 2:28 am

        The stuff about cctlds sometimes being better is garbage, they are typically worth very little and not worth investing in. The good sales are more long shots that the norm and even all 300 cctlds added together sell far less that the dot com extension in the aftermarket.

        • John December 19, 2018, 7:52 am

          No Snoopy, you are only spewing one dimensional shortsighted domainer-think and thinking only in terms of what kind of flip you can do, you are not thinking in terms of real and real world end user value. Just like the other day when I had to point out to you that if you don’t understand that much longer domains like freemoney.com and insurancequotes.com are far more valuable than one like files.com you don’t even have any business being in these blogs.

        • John December 19, 2018, 7:55 am

          And get a clue, if I’m talking about “a thousand miles” for .com overall, it should be understood I am therefore only talking about rare isolated cases for a ccTLD domain. And maybe you didn’t even notice I said “ccTLD domain” and not ccTLD. Big difference.

  • Suresh Raghavan December 19, 2018, 5:34 am

    What’s the need or space that its going to fill? Is still the question.

    .com is there for global and country specific cctlds cover the local markets

    So unless you stand for something, there is no need, that I can see. Maybe some niche applications, that’s about it. It takes a decade or so, yep for an extension to establish and convince the marketplace and the brand perception of a TLD .

    It can be an also ran like .net and others

  • Sigma December 19, 2018, 8:45 am

    I’d be interested in buying 3-5 (dot-Web) urls.
    However, I see no reason to believe that any one word, premium generics will be available by the time that hit general availability. Like other releases, the registries will keep all the top 1000 terms for themselves and place retail prices on them.
    But if I can find a handful of PURE one word premium .web, id register a couple…


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