Design is a plan. It’s a way of thinking critical about form and function. It can be beautiful or utilitarian or in rare cases, like the seminal designs of Dieter Rams for Braun, both. His sparse designs were aesthetically unmatched and functionally intuitive.

And in imitation, here is a sparse, functional price to match Rams’s design: from May 1 through June 15, .design domains will be on sale for 50% off: that’s $31.18 per year. 

 

What do you .design?

.design

 


Tech is an industry, a news beat and a means to an end.

But it’s also a diverse community, an ongoing process and a social revolution. It’s a word that’s become synonymous with a certain type of person: the kind of person who likes to tinker and play, who likes trial and error, taking risks, and trying new things.

If that sounds like you, you might be interested to know that .tech domains are now on sale at Gandi from May 1 through May 31 for $4.99 per year (normally $60.79 at A rates).

We’ll provide the domain but we trust you to know what to do with it.

Register a .tech?

.tech


Today in Internet meditations, we ask you to imagine you are walking along a path in a forest at Sunrise full of tall, majestic trees, like the ones in the Amazon. Birds twitter playfully between the branches. An apple tumblrs from a nearby branch and falls at your feet.

Through a clearing, you come across a .stream. How wide is it? What is it streaming? That’s for you to decide now that .stream has entered the Sunrise phase from 7:00 AM PDT today until June 27, 2016 at 7:00 AM PDT.

Buy one today in the Sunrise phase for $300.62 per year if you have a TMCH registration. Otherwise, submit your application to register your .stream in the GoLive phase, which starts on June 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM PDT. Better yet, .stream will be on sale for just $2.00 per year (the normal price will be $38.31 at A rates).

Now, to finish our meditation, to get home, you must cross this .stream. See you on the other side.

Register your .stream?

.stream


Starting today, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM PDT, .tube becomes available at Gandi in the Sunrise phase. Domains in this extension will be available for $160.60 per year for companies registered with TMCH.

Obviously, this is a good TLD for video services, but consider buying two, three or more. You could have a whole series of .tubes to fill up, presumably with the proverbial "enormous amounts of material."

There won’t be a Landrush phase for this TLD, so if you don’t have a TMCH registration you’ll have to wait until July 7 at 7:00 AM PDT at the earliest for your registration in the GoLive phase to be submitted. Registrations in the GLlive phase will go for $38.35 per year at A rates.

Register a .tube?

.tube


What if we told you you could have a .cat for just $6.50 per year on one condition: since .cat is officially for the Spanish region of Catalonia, you have to publish a site on it in Catalan within six months of registering it. How could you say no?

It’s the Internet’s favorite pet in TLD form, and with a domain at Gandi, you can create a one-page site for free. Just throw some of your favorite lolcatz into the online translator of your choice and voila, requirement met.

Think of it like grooming your .cat.

But act quickly, this promo only lasts from April 18, 2016 until May 2, 2016 at 4:59 PM PDT.

Do you hear that? Your .cat is purring already.

Get a .cat?

.cat


If you have any doubts that we like having promos, just check out our Promos tag in our newsfeed. And if you love promos as much as we do, now’s your chance to snag a .promo domain name. We’re accepting registrations for all phases, but as .promo is still in the Sunrise phase on a first-come-first-served basis, from now until May 16, 2016 at $151.33 per year.

You can also pre-register in the Landrush phase, which will go from May 20 at 9:00 AM PDT until May 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM PDT. Domains purchased in the Landrush phase will go for $302.58 per year.

Finally, on May 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT, .promo will enter the GoLive phase. Registrations during this phase (or pre-registrations for this phase beforehand) will be at $19.40 per year at A rates (and that's not even a promo price).

Register a .promo?

.promo


Are you a web professional or a professional on the web? Well, this promotion isn’t for amateurs. From April 15, 2016 until May 14, 2016 (at 23:59 UTC), .pw — the TLD for the Professional Web — goes on sale for just $0.99 per domain per year. Compare that to $10.00 at A rates and you don’t have to be a pro to realize that’s an awesome deal.

Register a .pw?

.pw

 


Every year since 1970, April 22 has been Earth Day. This year, the landmark Paris Agreement will be signed by the United States, China and other countries.

Earth Day by itself is worth celebrating. But signing this agreement, countries are committing to hold the increase in global temperature below 2°C, committing signatory nations to ambitious progressive contributions to the effort through greenhouse gas reduction and mitigation actions.

It’s not a perfect solution to the problem, but it’s a good start and a historic move and we think that’s worth celebrating doubly this Earth Day. In that spirit, from April 15 through May 31 (at 23:59 UTC or 4:59 PM PDT), .earth domains will be available at half-price: that’s $15.56 instead of $31.15 per year at A rates.

Save your .earth?

.earth


This past month, we created a visual of things you can do with a domain name covering not only what you might want to do with a domain name being under-utilized but also reasons why you might want to buy a domain in the first place.

Of course, one reason you might want to get a domain name is for your business. Even if you’re not doing any actual sales online, having a site for your business makes it official.

And starting today, you can make it official with a .ltd or .gmbh (GmbH is the German equivalent of "Ltd") domain name. These extensions are entering the Sunrise phase, which will last until June 11, 2016.

During this phase, .ltd and .gmbh domains will be available to those registered with TMCH for $144.33 per year for a .ltd and $151.38 per year for a .gmbh. This phase is especially important for these TLDs since each is geared towards companies.

There will also be a Landrush phase from June 19 through June 22, 2016 in which .ltd domains will be available for $164.49 per year while .gmbh will be available for $171.54 per year.

Finally on June 22 at 9:00 AM PDT these two extensions will enter the GoLive phase when they will be available under the registration conditions for these TLDs to anyone regardless of TMCH registration status for $25.24 per year at A rates for a .ltd and $38.65 for a .gmbh.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

The miracle of domain name registration is a magical and sometimes obscure process, but according to our research, the registration and management of a domain name has been found to adhere to a few very precise rules which may seem complicated for some.

Last month we dove into the life and death cycle of a domain name. This month we’re looking into the purpose of that life. Every domain follows its own unique path in life.

These are the things you can do with a domain name.

Things you can do with a Domain Name

We’ve broken it up into four categories: Websites, Email, Forwarding, and Revenue-generating.

Each domain blinks into existence with the dream of becoming a Fully Actualized Domain Name—a mythical beast uniting all these uses—but many, of course, settle happily into their roles as addresses for company websites, URL shorteners, custom emails, or rental properties.

Out of hundreds of millions of domain names in existence and hundreds of millions yet to be born, each domain is special, each can be used in its own unique way. What will you do with yours?


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