We're celebrating Cyber Monday all this week and into the next with this 80% off sale on appropriately wintery TLD .ski, organic non-GMO TLD .bio and brutalist TLD .archi.

Starting Monday November 28 and going until November 30, 2016 at 3:59 PM PST .ski and  .bio domains will be available for just $10.00 per year* and .archi will be available for just $16.00 per year*.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See .ski, .bio and .archi pages for local prices.

Blogs are so ubiquitous these days, we've started to take them for granted. But when blogs first came out they were a big deal. Blogs made it possible to publish things online without having to write out the HTML (or other code) and upload directly to a server using FTP.

With a blog you can sign in, type right into your web browser, and publish with a single click. It didn't just make the web easier, it opened up a whole world to the technically inexperienced masses.

And that's why it's a big deal that as for today, .blog, the blog-oriented new TLD, is open to the masses too: it has now entered the GoLive phase. You can now get your .blog for just $38.35 per year at A rates*.

Because the blogs make the internet easy, we're making blogging easy with one-click Wordpress installation on our Simple Hosting instances.

You're already entitled to a ten-day free trial on Simple Hosting, and when you register your .blog domain at Gandi, we'll give you a promo code for 50% off a one-year subscription.

Start a .blog?



*Prices in USD. See .blog for local pricing details.

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, 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.

Want this look?

First, start off with the brows. We're using a repeating black and gray textured image.

Next, for our foundation we're using a grey with just a slight hint of yellow in it, with some bright white concealer. No blending.

And then, of course, we do some contouring with a big bright GoLive phase. And now, as of November 8, 2016, top off this look or any other with a .makeup domain. L'Oréal's .makeup TLD is now in the GoLive phase and as such is open to all and available for $250.61 per year at A rates*.

Get this look? Register your .makeup:


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

When we checked in on the new gTLD program in June, we mentioned very briefly a "control mechanism" called DPML which has been, for some time now, implemented by Donuts. In particular, we noted how successful this program has been and speculated that we may see such mechanisms applied across-the-board by ICANN, especially when the next round of new gTLD applications opens.

But for now, Donuts is still fine-tuning this feature and making adjustments and changes as it goes along. That's especially the case when it comes to pricing.

As of January 1, 2017, prices for their DPML service, which Donuts is now calling "Legacy DPML" are doubling. At the same time, for a limited time, they are now offering an enhanced, "upgrade" under the name DPML Plus.

About DPML

We need to back up a little bit, though, to talk about what exactly this feature is. DPML stands for Domains Protected Marks List. Donuts, the registry with the largest new gTLD portfolio out there, since the beginning of 2014 has been letting trademark owners leverage their large portfolio to protect their brand names against cybersquatters on all TLDs for which they are responsible. Donuts TLD portfolio is now at almost 200 TLDs. Instead of having to defensively register terms, which can entail rapidly ballooning costs (there are now over a thousand active new gTLDs), DPML customers pay less and get protection across Donuts's entire portfolio.

To purchase the service, trademark owners first submit a request to Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). Then, using the SMD file received from TMCH, they can request a "block" on a protected term. A blocked domain, then, simply cannot be registered and will not have DNS resolution. In effect, it's the same outcome that most people want with a defensive registration, but with no actual domain name registration involved and hence a lower cost associated.

If you purchase a DPML block, you can protect your trademark or related terms for a period of five to ten years with the option to renew annually after that.

If a trademark holder attempts to register a domain only to find it blocked, if they have the SMD file for an applicable TMCH claim, they can then request a DPML Override.

If you would like to know all the details, Donuts has a complete overview of the service available on their site.


In addition to raising the price on this "legacy" service, from October 1 through December 31, Donuts is offering a special promotion on DPML Plus, the new, enhanced versione. DPML Plus will only be available during the three-month promotion period. In the meantime, they have ceased invoicing override fees.

DPML Plus will include a few tempting new enhancements that are not part of the "legacy" service and will not be available for blocks purchased after the new year. These enhancements include:

  • Domain blocks will start at an initial 10 years
  • Block not only the TMCH-registered term but also three additional terms (such as spelling variations or related terms) across all TLDs managed by Donuts
  • Extended protection over all new gTLDs managed by Donuts whether "classic" or "premium" (the "legacy" service does not include premiums)
  • Unlimited overrides without additional fees
  • Block an override requested by another TMCH holder of an identical term
  • Optional add-on to block three more terms for an added fee

Any current DPML registration is eligible for a discounted upgrade to DPML Plus. Otherwise anyone wishing to renew the "legacy" service before the price increase on January 1st can do so before December 31.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this and especially if you'd like to sign up for the DPML Plus service. We also recommend taking a look at the information published by Donuts on their site.

One common concern about the new gTLD program is the difficulty and expense of protecting intellectual property from domain squatters. With DPML and the new DPML Plus products, Donuts offers one more cost-conscious solution. We'll be interested to watch this service and how ICANN may incorporate some of its features into the new gTLD program as a whole in the coming months and years.

After a flood of Brand TLDs delegated and in September very few TLDs delegated, ICANN is back to adding strings to the root zone at a steady clip with three generic TLDs added this month.

The three generic TLDs delegated this month pose the question: Who is the best steward of a TLD closely associated with real world organizations?

The application process and final delegation results for .radio, .basketball, and .baseball provide an answer to this question. But not without some messy fights between some of the respective applicants.


.radioOctober 12

There were four applicants for .radio, three of which—BRS Media Inc. (registry for .am and .fm), Donuts (who submitted a PIC) and Afilias—submitted a standard application while the fourth, the European Broadcasting Union (or EBU) submitted a Community Priority Application.

If you're familiar with the Eurovision contest, then you're at least passingly familiar with EBU (in fact, they also applied for .eurovision as a Brand TLD). Besides that, they are an international association composed largely of national, government-sponsored or government-run broadcasters. Their application was additionally supported by the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) and the Association Mondiale des Radiodiffuseurs Communautaires (AMARC) as well as a number of other amateur and professional radio organizations.

Because EBU submitted their application for this domain as a Community Priority Application, ICANN considered their application first, before any of the standard applications were considered. For obvious reasons, the companies who had submitted their applications as standard applications opposed EBU's community application. BRS Media attacked EBU with particular vehemence.

Community Priority Applications are evaluated by a panel of ICANN-appointed but independent experts who score applications on numerous criteria with a total possible score of 16. A minimum score of 14 is required to pass, and EBU's application barely cleared this hurdle.

The specific objections to the decision came down to the question of whether EBU should represent the "radio community." BRS Media in particular vocally complained that ICANN's decision would create a narrow definition of the radio community. They also asserted EBU had a conflict of interest for having joined ICANN's GAC (Government Advisory Committee) as an observer. BRS, along with Affilias and other standard applicants, filed a request for independent review of the ICANN board's final decision, which was flatly denied and ultimately withdrawn.

With the delegation of .radio, EBU plans to set up a World .Radio Advisory Board to define policies on accepting domain applicants, with preference being given to broadcast radio stations and then internet radio.

.basketballOctober 19

Next up, .basketball was delegated to FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur), the international basketball organization responsible for, among other things, establishing the rules of the sport, appointing referees and establishing control for international competition such as in the Olympics.

In their application, FIBA partnered with ROAR Domains, a New Zealand based company that also supported the International Rugby Board in its .rugby application.

Among FIBA's competition for .basketball was Donuts, the "portfolio" registry co-founded by current CEO Paul Stahura, also founder of the registrar eNom and winner of the 2012 Domainer of the year award. ROAR attempted to wield this reputation against Donuts, telling Donuts that they would seek Donuts's disqualification not just for .baskteball but as a registry

Donuts, of course, is now the registry for nearly 200 TLDs comprising almost 2 million domains.

However, .basketball is not one of them.

.baseballOctober 30

A final entry in this month's study of who makes the most appropriate steward of a TLD focused on a specific group or topic is .baseball. There were two applicants for this TLD: Donuts (under the guise of Silver Pass LLC), and MLB Advanced Media DH, LLC, which is a partnership of Major League Baseball team owners for the purposes of running MLB-branded internet and "interactive" media, including MLB's website and the websites of each of the individual teams.

This was the least contentious of the three TLDs we're covering this month, but with this we'll point out that .baseball's technical backend will notably not be handled by MLB Advanced Media itself but Neustar, a well-established registry.

Likewise, .basketball's technical backend will be managed by CentralNic, another established registry founded in 1995. The technical backend for .radio, however will be handled by Knipp Medien und Kommunikation GmbH, a small registrar and more recently registry based in Germany.

The point though, is that the question of whether each of these TLDs should be managed by a company or organization close to the existing industry or activity represented by that TLD is largely irrelevant on a technical level. Where it matters is in deciding who should be the one to market the new TLD to the niche market covered by it.

In many cases, ICANN has entrusted so-called portfolio registries to market extensions as they see fit. In these three delegated this month, ICANN has accepted applications, in some cases despite occasionally significant contention, from groups associated with the meaning of the TLD itself.

These examples don't necessarily prove that one model is better than any other, but as .radio, .basketball, and .baseball enter the market, we'll see whether these decisions were good for marketing these TLDs.

Keep an eye on this page as well as ICANN's delegated strings page for updates and remember:

Just because we've featured a TLD in this feature doesn't mean Gandi will be offering it any time soon. 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.

Buy low and sell high. If that's you're mantra, then now is a great time for playing the .markets market or for trading in .trading.

Why? Well, we don't necessarily encourage domain name trading, but the market on .market and .trading is looking good. We're predicting good returns on your investments in both TLDs during Q4 2016 and Q1 2017 because from November 7 through February 12, these two extensions are 75% off for the first year. That means that a .markets domain, normally $82.45 will be $20.62 for the first year (full price after that) and a .trading domain, normally $102.97 will be $25.75 for the first year (full price beyond that).

So now's the time to buy. Especially if you're feeling bullish.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See .markets or .trading for full price listing.

Generally, we like to be able to bring you news about TLD prices going down, at least temporarily, but every so often we have a duty to inform you of price increases on certain TLDs.

This time around it's two German geographic TLDs—.berlin and .hamburg—who are seeing price increases on domain creation, renewal and transfers.

As of November 1, .berlin creations have already increased from $52.18 to $64.18 per year at A rates*. As for .berlin renewals and transfers, these will also go up to $64.18 at A rates from the current $52.18 per year*, but not until March 1, 2017. Since you can register a .berlin domain for a total of 10 years, now's the time to renew it for as long as you can to save money in the long term.

As for .hamburg, on January 1, 2017, it will also see the creation price increase to $64.18 per year at A rates*. Between now and the new year is the time to get that .hamburg domain you always wanted, then.

Renewal and transfers rates on .hamburg will also increase to $64.18 per year at A rates on March 1, 2017, along with .berlin, so renew your .hamburg's for up to 10 years too.

Renew your .berlin or .hamburg domain now:

Register a .hamburg domain before the price increase:


*Prices in USD. See .berlin and .hamburg pricing pages for local prices.

As of November 2 at 8:00 AM PDT, the .doctor is in. And you can schedule your appointment (i.e. your domain name) right away.

Now that .doctor is in the GoLive phase, .doctor domains are available for $116.59 per year* at A rates. That means .doctor is open to all kinds of doctors: medical doctors, doctors of philosophy, love doctors, you name it.

So get your .doctor today. No insurance required.

Register a .doctor?



*Prices in USD. See the .doctor pricing page for local prices.

While both .rest (for restaurants) and .bar (for, well, bars) have been open for business since 2014, today, October 19 the special, exclusive .bar and .rest are opening up too.

We're talking of course about premium domains.

These are the exclusive .rest and .bar's that are in high-demand, with a steeper price of admission to go with it. Here's just a sample menu of available options:

airport.bar (for that pre-flight grog)
exotic.bar (for all the rum drinks you can stomach)
fight.bar (first rule is: don't talk about fight.bar)
american.bar (play this one again, Sam)
cajun.rest (jumbalaya and crawfish pies)
buenosaires.rest (probably a steak house with a good house Malbec. Tuesdays are Tango night)
detroit.rest (for good food and good music, we assume)

As you can see, it's mostly a mix between some nice generic names and more geographic names.

Open that .bar or .rest you always wanted?:


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