Finally, .DEV domains will be available for general registration on February 28, 2019 (16:00 UTC). All .DEV pre-orders are submitted automatically on the launch date as soon as the registry opens.
Google is positioning the .DEV top-level domain toward developers and the tech industry, presumably in an effort to repair some of the damage caused by originally aquiring the .DEV tld a few years ago. As with, .APP which launched in 2018, HTTPS security is on by default.
This is straight from the source:
The entire TLD has been added to the HSTS preload list, so most modern browsers will force the domain to have an SSL cert before it will load. It is not necessary to have an SSL cert at the time of registration and it would likely be possible for someone to use the domain for non-http uses without an ssl cert.
As with all pre-orders, a .dev pre-order is simply an expression of interest and does not secure your desired domain name:
- Because others may be seeking the same domain name, we cannot guarantee your pre-order registration.
- All domains ordered by multiple customers will go through an internal lottery once the pre-registration period is over.
- If your order is selected by iwantmyname, it will then be submitted against all other domain registrars who may be after the same domain.
- For some of the more popular requests, it will take a bit of luck, but rest assured, we will do our very best to secure your requested domain for you.
.DEV domain names will cost $34.00 USD/yr
.Dev domain Pre-orders are still open, so if you have dreams of getting that perfect .dev domain, now’s the time.
Good luck! And of course, if you have any questions, just send us a message. We’re always here to help.