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NameCheap Mysteriously Stop Support for XYZ Domains - Why is this?
So I found out last night when I tried to register a new domain a .xyz with NameCheap. It just wasn't showing up on their site to be selected so you could purchase it. Which was really strange as .xyz is a popular TLD. One of their biggest ever selling TLD's (next to .com). Even more so since Google moved its Alphabet holding company to abc.xyz
NameCheap may have sold over a million .xyz domains, but apparently it will sell no more than that. The registrar confirmed this evening that it is no longer taking .xyz registrations. It declined to explain why. It has also stopped selling .college and .rent domains — two other gTLDs owned by XYZ.com. Other new gTLDs are not affected.
I did open a Live Chat with NameCheap last night to see if they could shed some light on this for me. But they kept stalling and saying they was looking into it. Although that might have just been one of the support guys who was yet to catch up himself.
I've done a bit of digging around since and seeing various articles popping up here and there about it in the domaining world.
Interestingly, at that last link, there is a transcript of a conversation a NameCheap user has had with NameCheap where he's asking them why it's happened. The last question posed on that article is "Do you think Namecheap and other domain registrars will stop supporting other new domain extensions? Could this be the beginning of the end for new domains?
And that's a good question! Could the new TLD industry be coming to a halt? Will other new TLD's follow suit and also become obsolete and never able to register them again?
What are your thoughts about Namecheap ending support for .XYZ registrations and transfers? Do you think this is a good move for Namecheap? Bad news for the .XYZ registry and new top level domains?
Do you know any more info about why they have actually done this?