Two new TLDs are entering GoLive this Wednesday, May 6th : .sale and .video and together they remind us of that old-media standby: the video store. Video stores are due for a retro-chic revival. It happened with record stores. In the 90s the failing record store became a cliché but somehow, improbably, with the growth of the internet, vinyl became hip again. The time is ripe for VHS to do the same.
So let's make today Video Store day. Celebrate the kitschy quality of magnetic tape and go out and buy a video and then register a .sale domain for one year for $38.33 and a .video domain for one year for $28.83, all at A rates.
Declared by the United Nations in 1993, World Press Freedom Day takes place Sunday May 3rd. It is a time to reflect on the basic fundamental principles of freedom of the press. It's also a chance to honor journalists in perilous situations across the globe as well as those who have lost their lives performing this critical role.
UNESCO will be holding a conference in Riga May 2 through 4, and this year's theme is "Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age," a topic as important to us as it should be to any world citizen.
Our friends at the Electronic Freedom Foundation will be there, and will participate in a panel titled "Internet Intermediaries’ Roles in Fostering Freedom of Expression," which will talk about the Manila Principles.
In honor of World Press Freedom Day 2015, Gandi is happy to offer .PRESS domains for $15.00 per year (for a one-year domain creation) all month, until midnight Paris time, May 31.
Tuesday May 5 (in addition to being Cinco de Mayo) is a suitably related day, since .NEWS, enters the Sunrise phase, offering yet another opportunity to show your support for journalism.
Tuesday April 28 marks the beginning of the Sunrise phase for .amsterdam, the latest geographic TLD.
Amsterdam, of course, is home to the Nemo museum, the Van Gogh museum, the Rembrandt and Anne Frank Houses, beautiful canals, famous bridges, open-air markets, and surely more, but nothing else Amsterdam is known for really comes to mind … hmm ...
The Sunrise phase for .amsterdam will be FCFS—first-come-first-served—meaning that if two people registering a domain, only the first to do so will get it. The price of a one-year .amsterdam registration during the Sunrise phase will be $654.19 at A-rates.
There will then be a quick priority registration for Amsterdam-based entities between May 29 and May 31 and then Landrush will go from June 1 to August 14. The .amsterdam extension then enters GoLive on September 1.
Maybe it has an appeal for old-timey prospectors or for jewelers or even olympic medalists but something about .gold entering the Sunrise phase on Tuesday April 28 makes us immediately think of the 1970s. We feel the 70s were a great time for gold. We're thinking gold-veined black faux-marble tile lining a hot tub—with gold-trimmed wood paneling and low gold-fabric couches in the next room over—big gold plastic sunglasses, and some kind of shimmery gold disco dance outfit. With a gold tinsel wig.
Related to .gold, if only by proximate spelling, .golf is also entering Sunrise. Plus, more than just an after-thought, .plus is entering Sunrise too.
Finally, we are happy to see .tours enter Sunrise as well. If you have a travel agency specifically focused on the city of Tours in France, now's the time to act quickly to snag tours.tours. Otherwise, .tours is also great for ghost tours, three-hour tours, sightseeing tours and anything else you can think of.
For these TLDs, Sunrise will last until June 27. Then, a three-day landrush period will go from July 5 to July 8 and finally will enter GoLiveJuly 8.
The list is below, accompanied by the corresponding Sunrise prices of a one-year registration, all at A rates:
Remember, the Sunrise phase is for TMCH-registered trademark holders. Contact our corporate support team if you have a TMCH-registered trademark (or would like help registering your existing trademark at TMCH) in order to register one of these new gTLDs during Sunrise. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.
We're very happy today to announce the GoLive just perfect for crunchy granola-eating hippies, yoga instructors, or workplace wellness initiatives. That's right. It's .fit and you can have your very own for one year for just $38.33 at A rates.
On Tuesday April 21 at 9:00 a.m. Vegas time, which is no time to do anything in Vegas except shuffle off to bed after a hard night at the tables, .poker offically enters the GoLive phase. If you're a gambler, you've probably been betting on your .poker domain still being available by the time it enters GoLive but now it's time to ante up, or however that betting metaphor works here;GoLive prices of a one-year registration, at A rates $57.22.
Not only is Spring a great time .flowers, and .wedding, but also, why not update your virtual wardrobe with .fashion or plant the seeds for a bright, new future online with .garden? These last two are enter the GoLive phase on April 15, when either will be available for a one-year registration at A rates for $38.33.
We're not very good at speeches, so we'll try to keep this one short. We've known .WEDDING for a long time. Longer than we'd like to admit ...
Spring has sprung again and with it, of course, comes the obligation to buy plane tickets and household goods from a list of pre-approved gifts at the retailer of your choice … but if you want your wedding to be special, maybe a .WEDDING would do the trick. Luckily, .WEDDING is entering the GoLive phase this Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 AM PDT sharp.
In GoLive, a .WEDDING will only cost you $38.33, so you can save that money to spend on an open bar at your reception.
.TIROL, the geographic TLD for the Austrian region of Tyrol (the spelling of which is Tirol in German), famous of course for its ski resorts, among other things, is now entering the Landrush phase as of Monday, April 13th. But it's not just for skiing. If your company, organization or association has ties to Tyrol, what better way to strengthen your identity than to purchase a .TIROL domain?
During this phase, .TIROL domains will be available for $255.78.
Or maybe you want to take the bunny hill and register when it enters the GoLive phase on June 1, when it will be available for $41.38.
Officially, the new .TOPgTLD is about "breakthrough," since the Chinese word for "breakthrough" is similar in pronounciation to "top" but we foresee a lot of other options for .TOP domains. You could go the spinning children's toy route or you could go with world domination in a particular area. Maybe you like shirts and blouses and things. Or, consider that TLD itself stands for top-level domain. In any case, .TOP has been in Golive since November 17 and now it's finally available from Gandi, for a one-year registration at A rates for $27.37.