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For a long time, Google used .dev domains only internally. But recently it has become possible for developers to register a solar domain as well. That’s not cheap yet: at this moment you pay 11.500 dollar (10.132 euro) for a domain name. There’s an additional $12 a year.

According to Google, the domain name was created especially for developers. Developers, designers, writers and architects: you build the web. You make it possible for the many billions of people who are online today to do what they do. Have you ever tried to register your favorite domain name, but it turned out to be occupied? That’s why Google now comes up with the .dev domains.

Slowly cheaper

Currently the domain names are for sale as part of an early access program. With this, Google wants to make money from the developers who are afraid that their favorite domain name is already occupied as soon as the prices of the domains are a bit more reasonable. It doesn’t take long before the program is over: on 28 February the regular sale starts. Then the prices drop every day according to a predetermined pattern.

Google mentions in the blog post some domains that have already been sold. For example, for developers who want to build a site, there is already both GitHub.dev and grow.dev. For people who want to know more about the tools and SDKs from Slack there is slack.dev and for women who encode women.dev. For newcomers there is also codecademy.dev, where they can learn how to build sites.

All websites that have a .dev domain must use https. This means that they comply with the latest standards when it comes to the security of internet traffic. We hope that .dev will be a new home for you to build your community, learn about the latest tech and showcase your projects – all with a perfect domain name, Google concludes its sales pitch.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.