Background of .xxx Domain Names

For sure, it is not required to explain you that a web site with .xxx extension would contain. But still, for people who do not know, it contains adult content that is suitable for people above 21 years of age group. However, .xxx domain names are still in Landrush period so in order to purchase them you will have to start bidding for the desired domain names. Hence, you will have to lose a lot of money in order to buy the desired domain name. If you do not have the budget to avail it right now then you will have to wait till it comes to general availability and pray that the desired domain is still available.

The .xxx domain names were first proposed by ICM Registry in 2000. Unfortunately, ICANN rejected the proposal. But late in 2004, the proposal was resubmitted by them. This time it faced strong opposition from conservative groups and politicians. After strong fight against all the opposition,.xxx extension domain names got preliminary approved by ICANN as Sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLD) just like .aero, .travel etc.

Later in 2009, ICM filed an application for independent review because of which a live hearing was held where both the side submitted all the document evidence and testimony. The ICANN’s Independent Review Panel (IRP) found that the application for .xxx domain name meets all the required criteria and the board needs to reconsider the applications. The board than approved then approved the execution and .xxx as sponsored top level domain names.

The main reason behind approving the application for .xxx domain names is to avoid the adult content from being viewed by minors. This will also make it very easy for parents to block one single extension domain name from viewing rather than blocking many different website. Moreover, companies can even block one specific gTLD to avoid workers from viewing adult content or any other restricted sites.

Avail for an .xxx domain name will not be an easy task for webmasters. They will have to verify themselves whole registering the desired domain name. An automated email will be forwarded on the registered email account with a link that will take him to a page with an application form. He will have to fill in the application with his contact details and submit it back to the registry. Once done, he will receive a call back from the advisors to verify the account and the webmaster will be provided with a PIN. This PIN needs to be updated in the application. The verification process will be done on per email basis and not on every purchase of an .xxx domain.

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.xxx domain names are still in Landrush period so in order to purchase them you will have to start bidding for the desired domain names. The main reason behind approving the application for .xxx domain names is to avoid the adult content from being viewed by minors.