‘.com,’ which is more than address, turns 30 today!


Exactly 30 years ago .com domain was born.


If it wasn’t for Symbolics, a computer company from Massachusetts, that registered the first .com domain on March 15, 1985, we wouldn’t have websites like Facebook.com, YouTube.com or nydailynews.com. The .com is the most recognized web suffix in the world with over 115 million dot-com domains registered worldwide. The dot-com domain consists of 42% of all web addresses.

US Department of Defense was the first to originally launch dot-com and at the time it was looked at as internet designation for commercial entities. Popularity did not pick it up instantly as not many companies showed interest in registering the domain initially. Only technology companies like Intel and Siemens through the mid-to-late 1980s, showed interest in registering a domain.

But now, dot-com website took a huge leap and a greatly popular as they are are accesses by trillions of times each day. “Dot-com is more than just an address. It is a globally recognized and respected brand itself that nearly every major global brand, including 100% of the Fortune 500, has entrusted with their online presence,” said Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and CEO at Verisign, the authoritative registry operator at dot-com.

But now, as over 115 million dot-com domains are already taken by existing websites or investors, consumers and businesses are set to face challenge to get the dot-com domain of their choice.

Responding to the ever-growing demand, the internet industry regulator ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is in the process of reorganizing the internet by introducing more than a thousand new web address ending, known as Top-Level Domains (TLDs).