The first written reference to the Easter Bunny was in Georg Fanck von Franckenau's 1682 De vois paschalibus referring to an Alsatian legend of a hare delivering eggs for Easter and perhaps it was a domain bunny who dropped .alsace into our basket.
As with most geographic gTLDs, .alsace has its own registration requirements, most notably when it comes to the owner of the domain, though for .alsace these requirements are not as strict as for others.
To register a .alsace, you need to either live in Alsace (Haut-Rhin or Bas-Rhin departments) OR participate in some personal, professional, commercial or cultural activity in Alsace OR have a direct or indirect link to Alsace (economic, social, historical or other).
Unlike most new gTLDs, .alsace has 5 distinct phases instead of just three, and with the exception of the Golive phase, all of them run concurrently from January 19 until March 20, 2015.
Here are the phases in order of priority:
Sunrise: reserved for those who have a trademark registered with TMCH (and a corresponding SMD file). Price: $405.01.
Landrush Priority 1 (LRP1): reserved for those who have an INPI, an OHMI or a WIPO trademark. Price: $132.03.
Landrush Priority 2 (LRP2): reserved for companies with their primary or secondary offices located in the Haut-Rhin or Bas-Rhin departments. Price: $132.03.
Landrush: reserved for anyone who can satisfy the eligibility criteria or who qualifies for any of the three above phases. Price: $132.03.
Our system doesn't distinguish between LRP1 and LRP2 or just a Landrush. Since these are all rolling out at the same time and will be invoiced for the same price, you should select Landrush for any of the three Landrush phases. You will nonetheless be asked to provide verification of your elibility and upon receipt of this verification you will be assigned to the appropriate phase.
The .alsace extension becomes generally available, for all who meet the requirements, on April 7 at 6:00 AM PST at a price of $66.16.
Following the deregulation of the Swiss Franc (CHF) by the Swiss Central Bank, the exchange rate with other currencies has experienced a major and highly-criticized change (+20%!).
This decision is not without consequences for companies purchasing products from Switzerland. In our case, this effects the extensions operated by the Swiss registry SWITCH which manages the .CH and .LI extensions.
This is why, in accordance with our contract, we are forced to apply an increase of €1.50 excl. VAT per year for .CH domains, as well as an increase of €2 excl. VAT per year for .LI domains in all price rates.
This increase takes effect immediately.
We will be monitoring the exchange rate over the next few weeks, and if it turns out that the currency returns to a more "normal" value, we will adapt our price accordingly.
Additionally, please note that for the first quarter of the year, we are going to be working on the integration of our catalogue into Swiss Francs, so that our Swiss customers are not penalized.
The two new Belgian gTLDs have entered the GoLive phase. Beginning January 20 at 1:00 AM PST, domains that have been pre-registered under these extensions during the Sunrise and Landrush phases have been submitted to the Registry, and all new registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The list is below, accompanied by the corresponding GoLive prices of a one-year registration, all at A rates:
It's the end of the alphabet, so it should be the end of the domain name too, right?
We are happy to have this domain to offer you, and courtesy of our friends at gen.xyz, we can do so for the totally reasonable price of $5.00.
We're talking less than a no-fat grande latte, here. Lasts longer, too.
Pick one up now - it's a great investment. Gandi and .XYZ will collaborate again to donate $1 for each domain registered in January to OpenHatch, a non-profit dedicated to matching new open source contributors with communities, tools and education.
We had some delay getting into .SPACE, so Gandi mission control is offering you this status update.
The Sunrise is over, and we are in the Landrushphase starting Monday, January 19th at 16:00 UTC, for a full week. The GoLive date is January 28 16h00 UTC.
Every so often, the registries allow us to do something special and offer this kind of special promo during Landrush. It's a great deal, so take advantage of it now!
The .SPACE TLD is priced at $169.83 during Sunrise (excluding tax). It will be $9.60 (for all price levels) during the Landrush, and will return to$12.97 per year at GoLive.
Note! We accidentally sent an email about this to a few more people than we intended. If you are one of those people, we do apologise for doing so. We hope you don't mind knowing about the promo all the same.
Register your .SPACE? :
Update Tuesday, January 20, 2:30 p.m. PST (2015-01-20 22:30 UTC):
There were some difficulties yesterday registering .space domains during Landrush (operations were failing with "2201 : Trademark Claims Period for .space is not open"). This issue has been resolved. For details, see status.gandi.net.
After a rather eventful 2014, here's what we expect from 2015.
With more than 400 new gTLDs delegated (bringing the number of TLDs offered by Gandi to over 500), our launch in Asia, the launch of the Gandi CLI, a new status tool, a TLD suggestion engine, the growth of our hosting services to include the HVM platform, the year 2014 was a big one for all our teams. We're also working on a few surprises for you in 2015, including a new website, the rebirth of our hosting offer, a continuous flow of new gTLDs, new supported projects and events, and other things that will make 2015 a big one for us.
Since 2000, we've grown and progressed, thanks to you and your ever-valued guidance. Don't hesitate to contact us with your ideas, hopes and feedback; we love hearing from you.
This year, we hope your projects will be lucrative, your comrades steadfast, and your ideas perfectly timed. May we play as important a role in your success as you do in ours.