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?

.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?:

.tld

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


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, sedo.com 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.


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?

.africa

 

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


On March 22, 2017, the four Chinese TLDs .商店, meaning shop/store, .游戏, meaning games, .娱乐, meaning entertainment and .企业, meaning enterprise are entering the GoLive phase.

This means domains in these four TLDs are now open to all and are available at the following prices (per year at A rates)*:

  • .商店: $116.59
  • .游戏: $116.59
  • .娱乐: $63.05
  • .企业: $63.05

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See .商店, .游戏, .娱乐 and .企业 price pages for local prices. 


We don't have to tell you that healthcare is a hot button issue these days. We will happily sidestep that issue to tell you about something that isn't all over the headlines — on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT, .hospital will be available for all (no insurance required. Or accepted, really) in the GoLive phase.

Domains in the .hospital extension will be available for $63.11 per year at A rates* starting 9:00 AM Wednesday, so now's your last chance to get your .hospital GoLive registration in beforehand. Then .hospital domains are available for this price thereafter.

Buy a .hospital?

.hospital

 

*Prices in USD. See .hospital page for local prices.


Two TLDs are entering the Sunrise phase, one of them is an online haven for free and open journalism, the other is a home online for those selling homes in real life.

The Sunrise phase for .observer and .realty, beginning February 16 and running until April 17, 2017, is the time for those with TMCH registrations to register their trademark for $2059.69* before these TLDs open to the general public.

If you don't own a trademark or at least aren't registered with TMCH, you can still get your .observer or .realty domain in priority during the Landrush period between April 23 and April 24 for $107.74*.

Otherwise, both .observer and .realty will enter the GoLive phase on April 24 at 7:00 AM PDT, when anyone can register one for $15.56 per year at A rates*. Remember: you can register a domain in Landrush or GoLive before these TLDs enter those phases and we will submit the order as soon as that phase opens.

So whether it's to create a safe home for journalism or provide safe homes for people, now is the time to get your .observer and .realty domains.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

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


Due to a price adjustment decided on by the registry, starting March 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM PST, prices on .biz domains will be increasing by $1.50 on all price grids (or €1.50, £1.30, or 50TWD).

That means that instead of $17.28 per year at A rates*, .biz domains will be $18.78 at A rates*.

That also means if you have a .biz domain, you should think about renewing now. Remember: you can renew for a maximum registration of up to 10 years, so if your domain expires this year, you could save up to $13.50.

*See .biz for local pricing.


It's a kind of magic that what art does when it takes something with apparently little to no value — a plain field of hay in the south of France, a portrait of Elvis, or — and articulates its hidden value for the world to see.

It's in that spirit that .art enters the gTLD marketplace.

Naturally .art should be available to artists, art institutions and organizations, first and foremost, and so before it's opened up to everyone, it will first go through a Preferred Access Period, which it is in now. During this period, a token must be obtained from the .art registry's website. The form to obtain a token is open to all, and the registry may verify your eligibility.

To register in the Preferred Access Period, once you have your token, launch your order in the Landrush phase from Gandi's website (or use the form below). Then, you will then need to provide the token to our customer care team so that we can use it to validate your order with the registry, who will then process the registrations on a first come, first served basis.

Domains in this Preferred Access or Landrush period will be available for $199.65.* You have until May 9, 2017 to register in this phase. Otherwise, .art opens up to everyone on May 17, 2017 when it enters the GoLive phase. Prices in this phase will be $17.44 at A rates.*

What will you use your .art to do?

.art

 

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


Ever notice the difference in quality and flavor between sustainably-grown, organic food and run-of-the-mill factory-farm dross? It's the extra crunch in organic lettuce (and the dirt still on the leaves), the supple freshness of an heirloom potato (and, again, its dirt).

If you don't know what we're talking about, then, well, this TLD isn't for you.

But if you do, we have great news. The new .organic TLD is now in the GoLive phase. That means it's available to everyone for $95.44 per year at A rates.*

Be healthy and buy .organic:

.org

 

*Prices in USD. See .organic price page for local pricing.


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