GMO Internet’s Onamae.com starts granting .app domain name registrations

Maria Nikolova

The .app domain name, suitable for app developers, requires HTTPS encryption security.

As the number of application developers rises, so does the need for businesses to have dedicated websites. The .app domain aims to respond to this need, and Onamae.com, an ICANN-accredited domain registrar which is a part of GMO Internet Inc. (TYO:9449), has earlier today announced the start of offering of such names.

The .app domains are suitable for app developers, as well as for companies that market and promote such solutions. In addition to alphanumeric characters, one can register character strings of kanji, hiragana and katakana.

Let’s note that any .app domain requires HTTPS encryption security. Therefore, by running a website with “.app”, the owner can protect users from risks such as leakage of personal information and phishing scams, and can claim that it is a site that visitors can use with confidence.

The registration will be done on a “first-come, first-served” basis. However, the .app domains are less populated than conventional ones like “.com” and “.net”.

Let’s recall that, in July this year, Onamae.com announced the start of handling registration applications for .io domain names.

In computer science, for instance, “IO” is interpreted as an abbreviation for input/output, which makes the .io domain useful for entities whose activities are associated with technology. .io domains are often used for open source projects, application programming interfaces, and startup companies. Companies whose activities involve virtual currencies and/or blockchain also tend to use this domain name.

In May this year, the company started accepting registration applications for .ai domain names. This move, as one may expect, is targeted at companies whose activities involve artificial intelligence (AI), as well as at media that focus on content about AI.

About a month before that, Onamae.com started offering domain protection services to its clients. The owner of the website gets to set additional protections for a range of parameters – any change concerning these parameters will require an approval by the owner. The list of such parameters includes domain management, server name management, “whois” information management, automated updates management, etc.

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