Google had first introduced its .dev top-level domain in November 2018
As part of its Early Access Program, Google has made its .dev top-level domain available to developers. Dedicated to developers, the domain aims to allow developers to build communities apart from teaching newer technologies and showcasing projects.
In a blog post, Ben Fried, Vice President of Google’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), and Chief Domains Enthusiast, said that the .dev domain will be available for a base annual price from February 28.
“Till February 28, .dev domains are available to register as part of our Early Access Program, where you can secure your desired domains for an additional fee. Beginning on February 28, .dev domains will be available at a base annual price through your registrar of choice,” Fried’s blog said.
Taking a cue from companies like Mozilla and Netflix, Google too has started using the new domain for its projects like web.dev and opensource.dev.
Similar to the recently launched domains of Google .app and .page, the new domain will be made secure by default in order to protect users from ad malware, tracking injection by Internet Service Providers and open Wi-fi threats.
“The new domain will be secure by default because it requires HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) to connect to all .dev websites. With every .dev website that’s launched, you help move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future,” the blog post added.
Google had first introduced its .dev top-level domain in November 2018 and it was also made available to select partners from January 16 earlier this year.
Google’s Early Access Program has now opened this domain for all at a cost of $11,500 + $12 per year. However, it is being speculated that the price will drop after February 28.
Among the other registrars who offer the .dev domain are GoDaddy, Name.com and Network Solutions.