It’ll cost you $15. But think of how cool it will be like to have a .boston at the end of your website name.
General registration opens today for the .boston Internet domain.
The domain is one of hundreds of new Internet place names created by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, in 2012. Several other US cities have their own domains, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas, while other groups and businesses got the rights to domains such as .law and .wedding.
Anyone can sign up at apply.boston. Nonprofits, such as churches and community organizations, were able to register earlier for a reduced fee. Businesses and individuals were also able to preregister for an extra fee.
The .boston domain was initially awarded to the city of Boston and the Boston Globe in 2012, but the media company sold off nearly all its interest in the venture to Minds + Machines Group Limited, a company specializing in the operation of Internet domains. The Globe retains a small ownership percentage in the new domain and will receive some revenue from the sale of .boston addresses.Hiawatha Bray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeTechLab.