Lately it seems like there's a lot driving us apart but today two extensions that bring people together, .group and .salon, are entering the Sunrise phase. For now, that means that those with a TMCH registration can purchase a domain in one of these extensions for $144.33 per year for .group and $164.49 per year for .salon.

Then, on June 5 and lasting until June 8, these extensions will be in the Landrush phase, when it will be available to anyone for $164.49 for a .group and $184.65 for a .salon.

Finally, on June 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM PDT, both of these extensions will enter the GoLive phase when they will be open to all and available for $25.24 per year at A rates for a .group and $63.55 per year at A rates for a .salon.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

March is Women’s History Month in the US and before it ends, we’d just like to get a few words in about women in technology.

From phrases like “Linux beards” to the steaming piles of praise heaped on visionary men in tech like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, to studies showing a pay gap in tech jobs or at least that higher-paying tech positions are more commonly held by men than by women, it can often seem like gender bias is baked into the tech world.

We disagree.

Sexism is real, and claiming that none exists in the field of technology and on the internet is a deliberately blind-folded way of looking at things. 

“Computer,” used to be a job title. Back in the days of “analog” computers, women arranged the switches and circuits required to make the complex calculations used for ballistics in World War II. It’s not a stretch to note that these were some of the first computer programmers and they were all women.

Among them were women such as Betty Holberton, who helped develop the landmark C-10 instructions for BINAC. With her collaborator Grace Hopper, she worked on the earlstandard of COBOL and FORTRAN. Hopper herself was essential in the creation of the FLOW-MATIC language for UNIVAC I and II. She also invented the concept of “debugging” when she removed a moth from inside a computer. And once she said, “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to get permission.”

Radia Perlman is considered the “mother of the Internet” and developed key protocols like spanning-tree protocol and TRILL.

Last month we posted about IANA and Jon Postel’s work on Internet architecture but we couldn’t touch the subject without mentioning both his collaborator at USC/ISI Joyce Reynolds or Elizabeth Feinler at SRI-NIC (who deserves a post in her own right).

But enough nostalgia. The past is a reminder to the future not to compromise this legacy. We value the contributions that women are making today to the tech community in formal and informal roles. And not only do we support women in traditional tech roles but we encourage you to look into groups like Girls Who Code and HackerMoms who are creating new options for women and girls.

After talking about Betty Holberton, we would be remiss not to mention our friends at Holberton School as well, who are, in part, aiming to bring more women, among others, into tech.

Information technology is capable of transforming society into a better place. We insist that that means a better place for women too. Happy Women’s History Month!


“This domain name is categorized as ‘Premium’ at the registry.”

Maybe you’ve seen something like this message before at Gandi or another registrar. If you have, you may also have wondered what makes these domains special and why they cost extra.

The concept of a “Premium” domain applies primarily to the field of new gTLDs. Within the space of a little over a year, around 900 new extensions have been added to the once relatively narrow band of “classic” TLDs (you know, like .com, .net, .org …). The result has been a steady multiplication of the number of available domain names.

One consequence of this flourishing domain name market has been that it is now possible to replicate the same name across hundreds of extensions (think of how many Google must own). It’s now also possible to choose an extension that matches a special area of interest or a particular commercial market. Take .beer or .archi, which primarily focus on beer and architecture (all you need in life, really).

It’s important to note, however, that each extension is not created equal. They are each managed by a different registry. Some large registries like Donuts manage hundreds of extensions. Other registries like dotStrategy were created specifically to manage a single extension. In this case .buzz.

Not every domain name is equal either. Some domain names have a much higher probability of being popular (or have a higher market value if you prefer). Kind of like search engine keywords.

Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) keeps a database of registered trademarks. Obviously, terms stored there are likely to generate higher demand. In general, though, we are talking about easily-recognizable and memorizable domain names. Or ones that have optimum SEO.

Some are generic. Others, like englishmuffins.cooking, teahupoo.surf (it’s a famous Tahitian wave), or royals.london are especially valuable only in conjunction with particular extensions. The domain name romance.bets isn’t terribly attractive, but romance.online is quite the catch.

The registries of these new extensions, then, have a set of unique challenges. How can they ensure an orderly roll-out of these high-value domain names? This doesn’t just mean managing competing purchases (generally domains are registered on a first-come-first-served basis). It also includes keeping out domain squatters, especially on domains corresponding to brand names.

Most of these registries are also commercial entities. They’re also motivated to take advantage of the high demand in these domain names.

One solution to the problem is to auction off domains to the highest bidder during the Landrush phase or Early Access Period.

The other option is to make certain domains “Premium” . But it’s not actually a uniform solution. Some registries make all their Premium domains open to all (again, generally first-come-first-served). Others have eligibility requirements. These can range from a statement of motivation and the registrant’s “good faith" to a complete business plan.

There are also several ways of pricing Premium domains. Some registries have complicated hierarchies of Premium domains. Afilias ( .blue, .vote, .rich, and .porn among others), for example, has eight categories of Premium domains.

Approaches to pricing can vary too. Large registries often prefer a finely tuned machine that hones in on that sweet spot on the supply-and-demand curve that gives optimal ROI. Small registries might release their extensions in the GoLive phase without designating any domains as Premium. Then, when they have the budget to do some research on the topic, they add domains to their premium list.

Likewise, compiling lists of Premium domains varies widely as well. To determine what domains are likely to be popular, registries sometimes monitor social media (like in the case of United TLD, the registry for .ninja domains). They might use search-engine history and traffic or even sales history of the classic TLDs like .com. One thing that’s relatively consistent, though, is that the secret sauce and the list itself is rarely made public.

So, what it all means is sometimes when you’re looking for a domain, you might find that it’s Premium. But “Premium” doesn’t always mean “prohibitively expensive.” For example, sql.agency and pop.solutions are two premium domains under $50.

And, it’s important to note, your domain might not be Premium at all. If you’re a small business and your company name isn’t super generic and isn’t another brand name, it probably isn't.

Or maybe, if you find out you can’t register a particular domain, your domain is actually “reserved.” It’s important to make the distinction.

A Premium domain would likely be at the top of the list of domains a registry would like to see registered. A registry’s list of reserved domains however are the ones they don’t want to open up to the public.

This can be for moral and political reasons to potential liability or even vanity. The domain rob.sucks, for example, is a reserved domain because the CEO of the .sucks registry is Rob Hall.

So be sure to note whether the domain you want is actually “reserved,” or if it’s “Premium.”

Which brings us back to:

“This domain name is categorized as ‘Premium’ at the registry.”

What should you do with this message? If you can register it online, then you should see the Premium price right next to. But sometimes you’ll need to contact our Customer care team to find out what the Premium price is. You may also want to ask if the extension has particular eligibility requirements. If you don’t want to pay the Premium price, try a different iteration of your domain name. If a domain name sounds like it’s Premium, it probably is.


South Africa is one country where city TLDs have really caught on. In fact, three of South Africa’s major cities—Durban, Capetown and Johannesburg—have embraced the future and gotten their own TLDs: .durban, .capetown and .joburg.

Now, for one day only (22 March 12:00 AM UTC to 11:59 PM UTC), all three TLDs will be on sale for €3.00, USD$3.00, £2.50, or TWD$110 (depending on your preferred currency). That's upwards of 80% off.

Get one now while you have the chance to take advantage of such a great deal.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

If you are the owner of a domain name, there's a good chance you've already been exposed to this slamming campaign: an email exhorting you to quickly renew your domain or update your banking information while threatening the loss of your domain due to an imminent expiration.

Here is an example of one of these deceptive emails, which can be safely disregarded:

 

Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

Domain Name: EXAMPLE.COM

Complete and return by fax to: 1-716-650-4815

ATT: JOHN DOE, ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT

G23475397CF426333A39B8A1BF5BD226A-1234567@CONTACT.GANDI.NET

GANDI 63-65 BOULEVARD MASSENA - - (GANDI) PARIS - - - (GANDI) 75013

WWW.EXAMPLE.COM

Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above

PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION

As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your

business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that

it's time to send in your registration and save. Failure to complete your Domain name

search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this

offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web. Privatization

allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes

domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts

stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice

it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your

customers can locate you on the web.

This Notice for: WWW.EXAMPLE.COM will expire on FEBRUARY 26,2015 Act today!

Select Term:

[ ] 1 year 02/26/2015 - 02/26/2016 $75.00

[ ] 2 year 02/26/2015 - 02/26/2017 $119.00

[ ] 5 year 02/26/2015 - 02/26/2020 $199.05

[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 02/26/2015 - 02/26/2025 $295.00

[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer - Best value! Lifetime $499.00


Payment by Credit Card: Select the term above, then return by fax: 1-716-650-4815


By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part.

Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no

obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer.

The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally

privileged information from the notification processing department

of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA,

This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named

above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain

mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a

continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine

submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your

website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site.

If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with

Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are

hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of

any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.

 

How to tell if an email is really from Gandi

Sender email address

Before clicking any links or even opening the email, check the address of the sender. This is no guarantee that the email is legitimate, because it's easy to spoof emails to

look like they come from another address.

For most TLDs, we warn you 60, 30, 15 and 1 day before the expiration date from the email address support-renew[@]gandi.net.

 

Recipient email address

If you have our anti-spam protection activated on your account, another thing to check is the receiver email address.  We only send email directly to the address you have on file with us, so if you see the receive email address is the "obfuscated" forwarding address visible in the whois (e.g. G23475397CF426333A39B8A1BF5BD226A-1234567@CONTACT.GANDI.NET, as in the example above), you can know that the email didn't come from Gandi.

 

Check messages and domains in your account

You can find copies of all the reminders we send you in the Messages folder in your account, and you can verify the expiration date of your domain from your list of domains. 

By the way, if you are concerned about missing an expiration date, you should know that you can always activate automatic renewal.

 

Activate or refresh anti-spam

Remember that you can replace your real email address in the whois with an obfuscated forwarding address (see how). Every time you submit your contact information (whether you make any actual changes or not), the "scrambled" forwarding address is regenerated and the old one stops working. If you're getting multiple emails to the obfuscated whois address, just resubmit your handle's contact info.

If you have any questions, you can always contact our Customer Care team or ask @gandibar on Twitter.


As the snow recedes from the mountains and the snow machines can’t quite keep up, here’s one more chance to get in some time at the virtual slopes of .ski : from March 21 until March 31, .ski domains will be 50% off. That means they’ll be available for just $24.16 for first-year registration(versus $48.31 usually).

And with that receding snow, it’s time for gardeners and farmers alike to start planting vegetables. For bio-friendly food producers, that makes now no better a time to plant the seeds of a .bio domain, also 50% off from March 21 to March 31, 2016 (at midnight UTC). The means .bio domains, normally $63.96 per year at A rates will be available for just $31.98 for first-year registration.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

We are already halfway through the 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup finals in St. Moritz Switzerland, with just the Giant Slalom and Slalom events to go, and so there’s no better time to get in the spirit and run an excellent promo on .ski domains.

You can be a part of the excitement and you don’t even have to clear any gates.

From today until March 20, 2016 at midnight Swiss time, .ski domains will be available for $8.00 per year (normally $48.31 per year at A rates).

Do you like to .ski?

.ski


This Saturday March 19 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm (in whatever timezone you're in) is Earth Hour. Earth Hour, for those who are not familiar, is a movement organized by our friends at WWF (along with other volunteer organizations), with the goal of bringing everyone together for one hour a year to make a statement about protecting our planet.

For just this one hour, we encourage everyone—individuals, families, communities, businesses, roommates—to turn off all non-essential lights; we'll be keeping our non-essential lights off.

And it got us thinking about other ways we can support the environment. For one, in our San Francisco office, we’re working towards a zero-waste office space, composting as much as possible, and recycling as much as we can’t compost. You can find out some of the things you can do for Earth Hour on this page. And we wanted to do something for you to be more bio-friendly as well.

So in honor of Earth Hour, from March 18-20, we’ll be offering .bio domains, the premier TLD for organic food and farming, for just $8.00 per year (normally $63.96 per year at A rates). Get one and spread the word about Earth Hour. Like the larger fight against climate change, this only works if we all pitch in.

Register a .bio?

.bio


Today, the registry StartingDot is opening up registration of two-character domains on it’s three TLDs .archi, .bio and .ski.

Not sure what two-character domain you want?

With two characters you can just strip away all those extra, useless characters and focus on the relationship between the dialogue between just those two. What’s their history? What interesting conflicts or harmonies arise between them? With .archi, .bio and .ski domains now you decide.

Even though the rules are loosening for domains in these TLDs by allowing two-character domains, keep in mind that there are still some extra rules for .archi. Be sure to check them out.

Register a dynamic duo domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and home of Antoni Gaudí and one of the most famous soccer teams in the world, Barcelona is as much (if not more) a vibrant city as ever.

Today, .barcelona entered the GoLive phase, so now whatever your Barcelona project may be—whether it’s a cathedral hundreds of years in the making or a nightclub that closes at 6:00 am—it can have a home online befitting it’s home on the coast of Catalyuna.

Now that it’s in the GoLive phase, domains in the .barcelona extension will now be available for $85.46 per year (at A rates).

Register a .barcelona?

.barcelona


 


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