This morning, Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM PDT (14:00 UTC), .eco entered the GoLive phase. Domains in this TLD are now available for $95.44 per year* at A rates.

If Earth Day this weekend got you riled up to support the environment and ecological causes in general, we have good news for you. The new TLD .eco is now launching in the GoLive phase. The registry, the .eco Organization, is a non-profit representing a coalition of ecological partners including WWF and Greenpeace. They are partnering with Big Room, a certified B corporation, to bring .eco domains to the ecological community.

Since .eco is a TLD primarily for this community, the .eco label is reserved primarily for companies, institutions, and individuals dedicated to protecting the environment. As such, while anyone can register a .eco domain, it won't be activated by the registry until a profile has been created on the resgitry's website.

This process will entail three steps:

  1. When you register a .eco domain, you will receive an email (at the email address on your Gandi account) inviting you to create a .eco user account.
  2. Once your user account has been created, you will receive another email requesting that you complete your profile on the registry's website.
  3. When your profile is complete, a final email will confirm the activation of your domain name.

In between, should there be any delay in creating an account or completing your profile, for both steps one and two above, you will receive reminders three, seven, fourteen, and thirty days after creating your domain or creating your user account. You won't be able to use your domain until your account is created and your profile is completed.

Otherwise, if you don't want to or can't activate your domain immediately, you will be able to do so at any moment up to a year after the initial registration of your .eco domain name.

Register a .eco?


*Price in USD. See .eco page for local pricing.

Two TLDs — .realty and .observer — for two different professions where independents are up against big-time players are now entering the GoLive phase.

There's no better way for an evening to devolve into bitter resentment like playing a simulated property-trading board game. And if you thought competing to buy and develop property was fun in your living room, the stakes are higher and the defeats more stinging in real life. It's a tough game, but now that .realty is the GoLive phase, it's a little easier for small realtors to fight the Uncle Pennybags of the world: domains in this TLD are now $15.56 per year at A rates*.

Of course, no monopoly is complete without absolute control over the local media market, but .observer, a TLD to help news organizations stand out, can help break down those barriers to entry, too. Now that it's in the GoLive phase, domains in the .observer TLD are also available for $15.56 per year at A rates*.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See .realty and .observer price pages for local prices.

It's been a while since our last update on recently-delegated TLDs. And that's because, since the end of 2016, TLD delegation has been reduced to the slightest trickle. Since January 1, only three TLDs have been delegated to the root zone. With two of them at the beginning of April, we thought we'd bring you the latest now, and the stories behind them.

Starting off back in February, .africa was delegated and in April both .rugby and .hotel were also delegated. As had been the pattern the last time we checked in on recently-delegated TLDs, it seems as though ICANN is now in a phase of delegating some of the TLDs that have histories of a bit more contention, which makes looking into the stories behind these delegations all the more revelatory about the new gTLD process in practice.

.africaFebruary 15

Representing the second-largest continent in terms of landmass and second-largest in terms of population, .africa is, understandably, a desirable TLD, and .africa was originally applied for as early as the 2000 "proof of concept" round of new gTLD applications, though the application was ultimately denied.

Applications came in during the 2012 application window from two applicants: South Africa-based UniForum, who had the backing of the African Union and several African governments, and Mauritius-based DotConnectAfrica.

While neither applied for a Community application, UniForum's support from the African Union and African countries and the fact that the string is a geographic domain name heavily favors their bid in ICANN's process. DotConnectAfrica's bid, on the other hand, was one of only two applications to receive unanimous opposition from ICANN's GAC.

Nonetheless, DotConnectAfrica fought fiercely and exhaustively on behalf of their application, culminating in litigation against ICANN.

Even so, ICANN delegated the .africa domain to UniForum (aka Registry.Africa) on February 15.

.rugbyApril 7

Competition was also fierce for .rugby. Things got heated between New Zealand-based ROAR Domains and Donuts when ROAR lobbied to get Donuts disqualified from the entire gTLD program outright for failing a background check.

ROAR's bid enjoyed the backing of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and as such IRB filed an objection with ICANN to Donuts's application on the grounds that ROAR was the sole applicant with backing from the Rugby community.

Both Donuts and Famous Four Media (the other applicant for .rugby) received GAC Early Warnings from the United Kingdom. The warnings were evidently obtained by ROAR.

Donuts, for its part, lobbied the UK GAC representative to reconsider the benefits of a "neutral" administrator for .rugby, rather than one representing the interests of one group within the community (namely, IRB).

Ultimately, it was ROAR's application that prevailed.

.hotels - April 7

The case of .hotels sheds some light on an unusual mechanism within the new TLD delegation process. ICANN received applications both for .hotels and for .hoteis. In February 2013, however, the String Similarity Panel (SSP) issued a ruling deeming .hotels and .hoteis too similar. The String Similarity Panel evaluates the strings during the Initial Evaluation. These two TLDs were only two of the four TLDs flagged by the SSP (the other two being .unicom and .unicorn)., the only applicant for .hotels, filed a claim with ICANN's Independent Review Panel (IRP) following this ruling, not because they took issue with the decision itself, but because they took issue with the SSP process as unfair and lacking transparency, so much as to be a violation of ICANN's own bylaws. While the IRP agreed on that point, it nonetheless held that ICANN didn't break its own rules, instead stating that ICANN should correct the issues with the SSP process.

Nonetheless, the similarity between .hotels and .hoteis is clear. .hotels and .hoteIs are virtually indistinguishable in virtually all browser address bars.

In the end, these two TLDs went to auction, with winning.

Domaining, the practice of registering domain names as a financial investment to be sold later for profit, is still a little-known and understood practice pursued primarily by investors specialized in the field.

However, this past month the online domain name marketplace SEDO participated in the 7th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai, which provided a venue for the German company to attract more interested parties to its marketplace, which already contains more than 18 million domain names, and this public presentation represented the possibility that domain names could become a commodity the general public could invest in as well.

With this sizable marketplace, has unquestionably become the most recognized site for domaining, the practice of registering domain names as a financial investment to be sold later for profit. And while for those already in the know about domaining, SEDO is definitely the top name out there, the practice is still little known or understood by the general public.

While sometimes controversial, domaining is in and of itself legitimate. However, the entry of domaining into the public eye raises the specter of cybersquatting, the practice of intentionally registering a domain name corresponding to a registered trademark. Cybersquatting is problematic and is specifically prohibited by article 4.2 of Sedo's Terms of Use: "You acknowledge and agree that you may not use the Site or the Services to ... violate the rights of any third parties, including, but not limited to, trademark, copyright, naming or publicity rights." As such, SEDO itself cannot be held liable for any such activity, and with the arrival of new domainers into the marketplace from the pool of investors present in Dubai, there is some fear of an increase in cybersquatting activity.

And while the secondary domain name market is certainly growing (on sites such as Afternic, Domainmarket, HugeDomains, etc.), most domain name owners haven't yet plugged into it, and there are real benefits to be had.

The simplest example could involve anyone with a domain they intend to let expire, especially a generic domain name, could stand to make some money off of it by reselling it on a secondary domain name marketplace like the ones listed above.

While we do not support the practice of cybersquatting, we do support your right to participate in the secondary domain name market and assisting customers interested in listing domains on or buying domains from the secondary domain name market is one of the services offered by Gandi Corporate. Feel free to contact our Corporate Services team for more information.

Gandi Asia will be participating in the 2017 Future Commerce event, in Taipei, Taiwan from April 27th to 29th, 2017.

2017 Future Commerce, organized by the pioneer media group BNext, is in it's third year in 2017 and is one of the leading technology/startup exhibitions in Taiwan. The exhibition brings together cutting edge designs, innovations and solutions from companies around the world, and is segmented into four zones including Future Business, Future Technology, Future Experience and Future Connection. Around 50000 visitors are expected for this year's 3-day event.

Come visit Gandi's booth (booth no. A1-14) in the Future Business zone during the Future Commerce event and find out more information about domains and hosting service, and of course to get our special domain promotions.

Event Overview:

Okay. It's true. The cat is outta the bag. We're super happy to announce: We're having a .BABY!!

At first, we didn't know who was going to be the lucky registry but it turns out Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. is a solid breadwinner so, what the heck!? 

Now, we know what you're going to say: "A baby is so expensive! Are you sure?" Well, we looked it up, and yes it can be around twelve hundred dollars a year (on average) in expenses to bring a baby into the real world. But don't worry, bringing a .BABY into the virtual world only costs $95.44 during the general opening and you can have one too starting 12 April at 11:00am.  

If for whatever reason you are in a hurry to have this .BABY, you can order one prematurely between 11 and 12 April (before 11am) for only $199.83 during the Lundrush phase.

Like the old Chinese saying goes: Honey is sweet. A little .BABY is sweeter. Ok maybe we tweaked that a bit but you get the idea.


Wanna have a .BABY with us? :


Ever wish there was a domain that could do everything? One that could do x, y, and z but cost you less? Well, then this will come as good news: if you want a new .xyz domain, you can get one from now until December 31, 2017 for just $0.99 for the first year (normally $13.63 at A rates)*. Or get one for two years at $7.31 per year*.

Register a .xyz?



*Prices in USD. See .xyz for local pricing.

The .AFRICA tld enters the Sunrise phase starting today April 4 at 9:00 AM PDT.

Domains registered in this phase require a TMCH registration. However, you can still register now for any of the other two phases. Domains in the Sunrise phase will cost $199.83* (at A rates) from today until June 4, 2017. Our corporate team is at your service to help you register this tld. 

Following that, there will be four release phases, at which point you'll need to contact our support team to put in your order at the following prices: 


  • June 5 to 9, $5980.00
  • June 12 to 16, $2390.00
  • June 16 to 23, $1260.00
  • June 26 to 30, $695.00


The Landrush phase begins July 4 at 9:00 AM PDT and goes until July 31, 2017, at 9:00 AM PDT. In the Landrush phase, .Africa domains are $199.83*. This phase is for those without a TMCH registration who are nonetheless willing to pay a premium to reserve a desirable domain.

And finally, .AFRICA will enter the GoLive phase on Wednesday, August 2 at 9:00 AM PDT. Domains purchased in the GoLive phase, the final release phase, will cost $199.83* per year at A rates.

Register a .AFRICA?



*Prices in USD. See .africa page for local pricing.

It doesn't matter if they're buying sneakers or smart phones or if they're doing it online or in person. Even people who eschew all technology in favor of a face-to-face, personal shopping experience have shifted their expectations. While in the old days, shoppers wanted to make their transactions and get out, now increasingly in the age of internet commerce, customers are looking for an interaction. That is, shopping is now a relationship.

And we have good news for anyone looking to set up .shop online and start that relationship. Starting November 8, 2016 until January 31, 2017 June 30, 2017, create your .shop domain for just $9.99 per year (normally $45.95 per year at A rates)*.

Get your .shop?


*Prices in USD. Please visit the .shop pricing page to shop in your local currency.

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