Pope Francis and the Vatican are at the helm of an internet name revolution as the industry opens the doors to tens of thousands of personalised websites
The Pope is at the helm of an internet revolution as the Vatican becomes the first organisation to launch a new domain name under revamped rules. It has bagged “.Catholic” in four languages, as the industry opens the doors to tens of thousands of personalised websites as existing ones become full.
According to official body the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), addresses including .com, .net and .co.uk are overloaded with users and new top level domains are now being rolled out.
By the end of the year 1,400 new domains will be added to the existing 22 with plans for a huge expansion running to around 100,000 over the next five years. ICANN authorises applications and has been working for eight years on the biggest change to hit the internet since dotcom was launched. It means companies, groups and communities can have a unique site that will be easier to find amongst the millions of similar sites currently available.
And the Vatican is ahead of the game registering .Catholic in English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian which will all go live this month.
Other religious names that are available include .Bible, . Islam, .Faith and .Christmas. Read more