.xxx Domain Name Finally Debuts


xxx .xxx Domain Name Finally Debuts



Whether you love it or hate it, are aroused by it or repulsed by it, there’s no denying it – porn helped make the Internet what it is today. The ’90s porn boom helped bring the Internet to the forefront, making it a staple in our lives.

Today marks the start of what could be a new era in online pornography. Or, it could mark nothing at all.

After years of debating and planning, .xxx domain names are now for sale and ready to go live, costing $60 per domain name. Already, it’s proved to be a sticky situation, with people both for and against the new domain names up in arms. So, why all the fuss?

Unsurprisingly, like many arguments, this one comes down largely to money, though there are other considerations. Some conservative-minded people are averse to the idea of giving porn a special place on the Internet – an online red light district of sorts, legitimizing Internet pornography in the process. On the other hand, many feel this is a better way to deal with the perceived problem of Internet pornography, making porn sites more transparent and thus decreasing the chances of children stumbling onto one by accident. Which would be all well and good if porn sites were required to go by .xxx handles. They aren’t, and given that current web traffic statistics and page rankings will not carry over to new .xxx domains, it’s unlikely that very many porn sites will be eager to jump over and plunk down any amount of money on an .xxx domain for the purpose of moving their site. That means all of those porn sites on .coms likely won’t be going anywhere as a result of .xxx domains coming into being.

The money really comes into play when you take into account the ever-growing practice of cybersquatting – purchasing search engine friendly web domains and selling them at a higher price to people who actually want to use them for a real website. This has two effects – driving up the cost of a domain name for would be pornographers, and forcing businesses to buy up domains to prevent a porn site with their name from coming into existence (e.g. apple.xxx, KFC.xxx, walmart.xxx – you get the idea) before cybersquatters get to them first, driving up the price dramatically in the process.

Concerns about making pornography easier to regulate or censor down the road are understandable, but as long as porn sites are not forced to convert to .xxx domains, those concerns seem to be unfounded. From the looks of things as they are now, it’s very likely that the .xxx domain will devolve into a cybersquatting market with relatively low interest from the porn producing community at large. But, as with all things, only time will tell.