The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to ban the use of dotless domain names.
In a resolution issued earlier this week, the non-profit organization defined dotless domains to mean "consist of a single label and require the inclusion of, for example, an A, AAAA, or MX, record in the apex of a TLD zone in the DNS."
In plainer terms, this means Internet users won't be seeing Web addresses that look like, "http://insert name here." The basic URL protocol and format remains the same.
ICANN has been revisiting Web address formats for some time now.
, the group declared that companies would be able to register almost any word as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).
But things have been murkier lately.
, ICANN admitted that it wasn't sure if gTLDs would make the internet easier to use or just more confusing.
Perhaps the moral of the story here will end up being the tried-and-true, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mantra.