The things we do for other people ...

It's a little too easy to find fault with the narcissism of the new internet celebrities, whether they're spending hours to achieve the perfect selfie then filtering it to death or obsessively Periscoping every minute of their lives.

The thing is, even the measliest web presence means having an audience. The downside is the supposed narcissism of the "me" generation. The upside is how it creates communities around common interests, sometimes ones shared by millions, other times small and niche. And offers unprecedented interaction. Like a Reddit AMA on the grand scale or comments on your vacation photos on social media on the other end. Your presence online isn't so different from a small-scale stage, now, a space in which you interact with your audience.

From October 1 through December 31 at 4:00 PM PST, three TLDs that can help you shape your online space are on sale at half parice: .live, .studio and  .video. Meaning that instead of the the usual $15.57, or $14.41 for .video, per year at A rates*, .live and .studio will be just $7.79 per year and .video will be $7.21 per year*.

So make your online .studio and broadcast your .video. You only .live once. But don't do it for us. Or your audience. This one's for you.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See the .live, .studio and  .video price pages for local prices.

Fall is a time for bold new colors, a time for fresh, stiff breezes to stir through the trees and produce a thousand permutations of color and shape in the leaves as they strain in the wind and twirl to the ground.

All that changes can get you to see the world around you in a fresh, new way, just like an original design. Fall is a great time to design something new.

And this fall in particular is the perfect time to .design something, whatever it might be, because from October 1 through November 30 at 4:00 PM PST, .design domains will be on sale for just $10 per year (normally these domains are $62.36 at A rates)*.

Or if you're stumped for ideas and in the neighborhood, come drop by the Taipei World Design Capital exhibition at the Songshan Cultural Park in Taipei between October 13 and 30. If the change in season doesn't have you rethinking things, this is a world-class exhibition with free admission (open between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM local time) and Gandi will be there, so come find us to talk about web design, designing a web presence or .design ideas in general.

Whether or not the change in sesaons has you feeling particularly creative, if you're design-minded, you won't want to miss out. But still, give it some thought, come up with just the right .design for just the right purpose.

Get your .design started?



*Prices in USD. Check the .design price page for your local prices.

Quick quiz for students of the Chinese language:

Q. How do you say "website" in Chinese?
A. .网站 !

As of September 26, TMCH registrants could get theirs in the Sunrise phase for just $150.60 per year*. The Sunrise phase will last until October 26 before .网站 passes into the Landrush phase on November 1, during which domains will be registered for $138.59 per year* until it enters the GoLive phase on November 2 at 3:00 PM PST, when domains will be available for $19.35 per year at A rates*.

Register a .网站?



*Prices in USD. See .网站 for local prices. 

Not to be confused with .shop, .shopping is now entering the GoLive phase, when it will be open to all for $38.35 per year* at A rates.

Nothing is more synonymous with .shopping than buying something. So shopping for your .shopping domain is like meta-shopping.

If that didn't blow your mind too much, search for your .shopping domain below.

Ready to do some .shopping?



* Prices in USD. See .shopping for local prices.

There's finally a TLD for glam rockers, stage actors, TV personalities, mimes, and of course, for any of you wanting just to highlight one or several of your facial features: .makeup is now entering the Sunrise phase.

In this phase, lasting from September 22 until that most makeup-friendly date October 31, .makeup domains will be available for $550.66 per year* to TMCH claims holders.

But that doesn't mean you can't pre-register your .makeup domain in either the Landrush or GoLive phases. The Landrush phase will last from November 1 through November 7. Domains registered in Landrush will sell for $XXX.XX per year* and then on November 8, .makeup enters the GoLive phase, when domains will be sold for $250.61 per year* at A rates.

Make a .makeup domain?


* Prices in USD. See .makeup pricing page for local prices.

If your bank account failed a Strength Check during the Sunrise or Landrush phases of the release of .games, now you can try again in the GoLive phase, starting September 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT. That is to say, .games domains are now open to even the lowest-level orc for just $23.15 per year (at A rates)*.

You don't have to roll a D20 but there is one check you do have to do: see if your .games domain is available.

Check your .games?



*Price in USD. For local rates, please see the .games price page.


1. Update: Price and rule change for .fi

2. Wizishop: .shop's ambassador to France

3. Recently-delegated TLDs

4. Gandi Events

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

This September is all about reaching out, giving back, helping out, and opening up for us.

This month, the floodgates are opening for .fi as the rules change to allow non-Finnish registrants. And we've got a promotion on .fi domains to help all you non-Finns out there get your feet in the door. Gandi's also helping .shop build a bridge to France by sponsoring Wizishop's participation in the registry's Pioneer Program, we partner with Kernel Recipes to give back to the Linux community and we're hosting a meetup based around user-experience testing in our San Francisco offices. And as always, we look at the TLD releases this month and a whole slew of great promos, many of which lasting only until the end of the month.

Update: Price and rule change for .fi

Historically, .fi domains have only been open to Finnish residents and companies, but as of 3:00 AM PDT on September 5, .fi will bust wide open for anyone and everyone. The .fi TLD has a lot of good options, too ...

To lighten the load on anyone who wants to give a .fi domain a shot and to celebrate the new found .fi-dom, we're also running a promotion on new .fi domains.

Find out all the details | Back to top

Wizishop: .shop's ambassador to France

The release of the new TLD .shop is a little bit more special than the typical nTLD release. That's because one of our long-time partners and resellers, Wizishop, who run an e-commerce platform, have been selected to participate in .shop's Pioneer Program.

Gandi supported their application and we're proud they were selected to .shop's "ambassador to France." We even did a press release to make the announcement that much more official.

Read the full press release | Back to top

Recently-Delegated TLDs

As for the bleeding edge of the new TLD program, there are still a lot of Brand TLDs being delegated right now, but we also found four somewhat controversial TLDs that were quietly delegated this past month, and one in particular that took a rocky road to get there.

Follow the drama in full | Back to top

Gandi Events

We won't be in Peru this month, but we will be here in our San Francisco offices hosting the UX speed dating meetup group. Of course, this is a great opportunity to get feedback on your latest dev work, if you've never been, or the latest patches, updates or more if you have been.

On the other side of the pond, we are a proud partner once again this year of Kernel Recipes, happening this month in Paris from September 28 through 30. It's already full but you can still follow the live tweet and see presentations online on the event site.

Get more information about the UX meetup | Learn about Kernel Recipes | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

It's a quiet month for TLD releases, once again, but that doesn't mean it's any less exciting. Here are this month's new TLD releases (and the phase they'll be entering):


Thursday September 1:

.shop (Landrush)

Wednesday September 14:

.games (Landrush)

Wednesday September 21:

.games (GoLive)

Thursday September 22:

.makeup (Sunrise)

Monday September 26:

.shop (GoLive)

Wednesday September 28:

.shopping (GoLive)


September 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


15 16


.shop (GoLive)
.shopping (GoLive)
29 30

Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month's releases.

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Promo Roundup

And not to bury the lede too much, but if September is anything this year it's promo month. We've wrassled up the best of them and brought them straight to you, still kicking, including the elusive only in September promos, running exclusively September 1 through 30:

Promos this month

Only in September:

.uk one dollar off multi-year registrations and renewals
.mx $16.00
.global $20.00
.club $6.72 (50% off)

Also ending September 30:

.fi $13.50 (see the article above)

Starting September 1:

Premium .online, .press, .store, .tech, .website on sale
.barcelona $25.00 through October 31
.link $4.50 through November 30
.photo $5.00 through November 30
.brussels,.vlaanderen $5.00 through October 31
.audio, .hiphop, .guitars $9.03, $12.84 , and $16.22 through November 30

Ongoing promotions:

.store $7.99 per year in GoLive through December 31
.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive
.me $14.40 through December 31
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31
.live, .studio, .video 50% off through December 31
.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31
.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31
 .xyz $3.99 per year through December 31
.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)
.gdn $1.50 until until December 31

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So that's our month of reaching out, sponsoring, partnering and helping. But maybe you want to reach out to us? Or maybe we can help you in some other way? Either way, let us know. Drop us a line. Tweet us @gandibar, email us at, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/



Call it what you want, but the fact is that .XYZ  is now the most used new TLD, with 6 millions domains registered! 

What ever you want to promote online, .XYZ will be amazing at the end of your domain, just like it is at the end of the alphabet.

So don't miss out, as .XYZ registry is offering an amazing promotion on .XYZ domain names for $3.99 until the December 31, 2016

Find your perfect .XYZ domain:


As was the case last month, this month, new TLDs delegated to ICANN have been overwhelmingly BrandTLDs. Check out last month's post for more details.

Four new generic TLDs were also introduced in the past month, all of which highlighted aspects of how contentions arise and are resolved in the TLD application process.

.secureAugust 10

It should come as no surprise that there would be some contention around the applications for a domain synonymous with safety, privacy and protection, all special concerns for the Internet age.

There were two applicants for .secure: Artemis Internet and Amazon. The controversy here comes from the CEO of a company called Domain Security Company, who essentially accused Artemis of stealing her idea to create a high-security TLD.

Precluding this controversy, though, is the fact that in the end .secure was delegated to Amazon, not Artemis. Presumably, Artemis's allegedly stolen plans for a .secure TLD will not be implemented.

.hotAugust 10

One lesser-known aspect of ICANN's new gTLD program was the position of Independent Objector.

ICANN selected Alain Pellet from the University of Paris as their legal expert for this role, who had a year to file objections based on his international law expertise.

The role of Independent Objector, or IO for short, was to assess applications and submit objections on Limited Public Interest or Community related grounds. In legalese: "the applied-for gTLD string must be contrary to generally accepted legal norms of morality and public order that are recognized under fundamental principles of international law," or translated into English, the IO can only object to domain applications that might violate international law.

The IO can also object on Community grounds, but .hot doesn't meet the criteria.

Where .hot does come in, though, is in the IO's "controversial strings" comments, which were his first comments in this round of TLD applications. Specifically, he pointed out that .adult, .sex, .porn, .sexy, .hot, .gay, .lgbt, .persiangulf, .vodka and .wtf might run contrary to the public interest. He picked these because they had received the greatest number of comments during the public comment period.

The fact that Mr. Pellet, the first and so far only IO to serve for assessing ICANN's nTLD program, ruled that even though these domains are controversial, ICANN should not consider them "offensive to the public interest," is a good thing.

.diyAugust 25

It was between Google and Lifestyle Domain Holdings for the .diy TLD. The Scripps Network, owners of HGTV, the Travel Channel, the Food Network and, maybe you've guessed by now, the DIY Network. Scripps Network, who own a trademark for its DIY brand, filed an objection with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, which in addition to being a specialized UN agency was also selected by ICANN to act as a legal mediator.

The Scripps Network claim boiled down to the fact that Scripps owns trademarks and copyrights on "DIY". They claimed that Google "aspires
to become an authoritative online resource for content related to do-it-yourself activities," and that consumers might be confused into thinking the material on .diy domains would be coming straight from Scripps.

In another victory for common sense, though, WIPO determined that the acronym DIY is generic enough to reject Scripps's objection.

Ultimately, though, it seems that in the application process, Scripps won out.

.ecoAugust 28

Finally, the tale of .eco is one of the most interesting stories to come out of the new TLD application process, for obvious reasons.

There were five applicants for .eco:

  • Big Room Inc
  • Donuts
  • Dot Eco LLC
  • planet.ECO


  • Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. (aka Minds + Machines)

And while Donuts also submitted a PIC, the real contention came between two competing bids from Big Room Inc., planet.ECO and Dot Eco LLC, both of which threw the weight of their environmentalist backers.

The Economist Intelligence Unit, a unit of ICANN that evaluates community priority, initially scored Big Room Inc.'s application 14/16 points. Big Room Inc. is itself a certified B corporation and is thus required to balance environmental and social interests with financial interests. In 2009 they had already begun the process of consulting stakeholders in the international environmentalist community. They conducted seven consultations on five continents and drafted policies with three public comment periods lasting thirty days each.

The stakeholder-community they assembled consisted of organizations such as WWF International, Greenpeace International, and Green Cross International. All of them collaborated in defining the mission, purpose, and policies for the Community represented by Big Room Inc.'s Community application. The group adopted a charter and conducted meetings in Brussels and Washington.

However, in August 2009, Dot Eco LLC released a paper criticizing Big Room Inc., claiming that Big Room Inc.'s plan is "unworkable," and included "cumbersome registration policies."

The policies in question include a questionnaire about environmental performance, commitments, and actions of domain name registrants and the creation of a public ".eco system" that profiles registrants' ecological commitments. Presumably, this was to avoid criticism that a .eco TLD would allow companies the ability to "greenwash" their brands by purchasing their .eco TLD without making any commitment to ecological causes.

But dig beneath the surface, and you also find that Dot Eco LLC enjoyed the support of climate change advocate and Internet inventor Al Gore, the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Sierra Club and the Surfrider Foundation, while Big Room Inc. was closely associated with the Green Cross International and its founder Mikhail Gorbachev. But by the end fo 2011, Al Gore, had dropped his support.

The next bit of contention came from planet.ECO LLC, a small company that filed a trademark infringement case against Big Room Inc., and Dot Eco LLC. Since Big Room is based in Canada, planet.ECO had no jurisdiction, though, and eventually Planet.ECO also dropped its case against Dot Eco LLC.

Then, after ICANN gave Big Room Inc. the favorable community priority score mentioned above, all but ensuring they would be delegated the extension, Donuts, the other PIC submitter, filed a reconsideration request with ICANN. The reconsideration request was denied, and then ICANN convened an independent review panel last December to review whether they had acted with impartiality. They finally ruled in favor of their initial decision this past March and now, .eco has finally been delegated.

Is it really any surprise that it was that difficult, though? As the controversy and contention around these four TLDs demonstrates, ICANN's new gTLD program sometimes reflects societal fault lines crystal clear.

These TLDs are on the bleeding edge of the new TLD program. We don't know yet how they'll be rolled out to the market, so we can't say for sure whether we'll be offering them at Gandi. We'll try our best, though.

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