Domain names without Dot

Started by mishraviplav7877, Oct 03, 2022, 12:02 AM

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London-based software engineer James Williams ventured beyond commonly known domains like and
However, it's worth noting that not all internet domains abide by the standard TLDs separated by one or more dots.
In theory, internet regulators could handle top-level domains (TLDs) like "com" and establish a valid DNS record on the server. If this were the case, users visiting https://net/ would be directed to the relevant web page.


I believe that eliminating dots would undermine the core principle of a decentralized DNS database.
For example, if you owned the domain .net and delegated me, I could then delegate my own subdomains.
The naming structure from the root node (designated by the dot) to the end machine was formerly simple and elegant, but what would happen to this structure without dots?

Removing dots from internet domains would introduce major disruptions to the existing website architecture, leading potentially to confusion and inconsistencies in the naming of websites. It's fascinating to consider how such changes in the foundation of the internet could have profound effects on its functionality and design.


To maintain compatibility with old internet protocols, one could create a technical name such as smtp.example rather than the standard domain format. Alternatively, one could double up on the domain name for clarity, like example.example, with the first-level domain in use.

This workaround might function smoothly if the internet connection was always reliable. However, currently, users may encounter difficulties such as not understanding where to find a site's signature at the bottom of the page, or forgetting to include "www" in front of a domain. In some cases, this can lead to confusion and frustration, leading to the need for greater digital literacy across the web.


As for me, domain dots are more suitable for perception. Most likely it`s a matter of habit, but even slashes look cumbersome :-\  And the opportunity to short the site name through a dot cannot but rejoice ;)


ICANN's Security and Stability Committee holds the view that "dotless" domains should be prohibited due to their identification as a trusted host on local networks by many programs.
Furthermore, implementing domains without dots will pose challenges for newer browsers, such as Google Chrome, which integrate the search bar into the address bar. This could lead to confusion in situations where a user types "loreal" - it would be unclear whether this referred to the brand or the .GOOGLE domain.

The controversy surrounding "dotless" domains highlights the ongoing debate over how best to manage internet domains in order to ensure that they remain safe and easy to navigate. As technology continues to advance, internet governance bodies like ICANN will need to adapt to new threats and challenges posed by emerging domains and naming conventions.