There's nothing better thanˇ to start off the new year (or, really in the case of these TLDs, end last year) with a group of strings recently delegated to the root zone by ICANN which contain some expected outcomes and some surprises.

Recently-delegated TLDs

.hairDecember 2

While two .hair applications were received, ultimately ICANN allowed the delegation of .hair to L'Oréal despite objections by the GAC.


.hospitalDecember 9

The .hospital TLD sheds light on one of the more controversial categories of applied-for strings, namely, those pertaining to the medical field. Along with other medical-related strings, ICANN's appointed Independent Objector filed an objection for the .hospital string, especially given the potential for abuse.

For its part, the applicant, Donuts, maintained that .hospital is general enough that it has a legitimate commercial use outside of the realm of actual hospitals, and that no such confusion would occur.

While the American Hospital Association filed a community complaint (and it would be hard to object to the categorization of the AHA as a legitimate representative of the community covered), no such community organization stepped forward with enough capital to cover the application costs.

It should also be considered that the higher than average likelihood of denial of an application for such a string puts the risk of investing in such an application by a third-party. This would seem to almost guarantee that a large portfolio registry would be more likely to apply than a smaller registry and Donuts was indeed the sole applicant.


.dataDecember 20

It's also not surprising that multiple registries would apply for a string like .data, which you'd be hard-pressed to find a community with a clear claim over (much to our chagrin).

It's somewhat surprising that there were only three applicants, given the evident potential of a .data TLD: Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd., Donuts, and Dish DBS Corporation (i.e. Dish Network).

And despite a warning from the GAC, who worried about monopolization concerns, .data was delegated to Dish DBS.


.phone, .mobile December 20

Similarly, it's surprising that .phone and .mobile only received two applications each (Amazon dropped their .mobile application) one from Donuts, the other from Dish. In this case, just as with .data, the GAC objected to Dish's applications for the same reasons, however Dish was in the end delegated this TLD with the back end provided by Afilias for each.


.fun December 21

While .fun would have been a, well, fun generic TLD, Oriental Trading Company, who were ultimately awarded with the delegation of this string planned to use it as a brand TLD or a "closed TLD." As it turns out, though, the fun twist ending to the story is that Oriental Trading Company wound up auctioning off the rights to .fun to Radix Registry in October, just in time for it to be delegated last month.


Well, though it may not have been gripping, edge-of-your-seat drama, there were some twists and turns this month. Come back next month to see what surprises await ...

Remember, though, that while we try to gain accreditation for as many TLDs as possible, just because you see these on our list here doesn't mean we'll be able to offer any of these soon (though in some cases we can and will be).

A hospital is a kind of sacred place. It's where people go to get better. And now, with a .hospital domain, whether you're helping people or animals or anything for which good health is a priority, you can create the online space for them to get better too.

The .hospital TLD is entering the Sunrise phase today, January 10, meaning it can now be purchased at Sunrise pricing for TMCH holders at $162.79*. If you want to take advantage of this period, you have until March 11, 2017 to do so.

Or, if you don't have a trademark registered with TMCH, you can still register now for the Landrush phase for priority registration, which launches March 13, 2017. During this phase, .hospital domains will be available for $182.81*. You have until March 15, 2017 to take advantage of this phase.

Finally, on March 22, 2017, .hospital opens its doors to the general public when it enters the GoLive phase. You can register for this phase, which is the final release phase, now.  Domains will be available for $63.11 per year* at A rates in the GoLive phase.

Register your .hospital?



*Prices in USD. See  .hospital for local prices

Red is the color of love, good fortune, and joy. And in Chinese culture in particular, it's found everywhere during New Years, weddings, new shop/business openings and many other occasions.

Why not identify and promote your website with this vitality .red and get inspired by anything and everything red?

From January 1, 2017 until June 30, .red domains will be just half price. That means they'll be available for just US$8.15 per year* at A rates.


Register a .red?:



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

Afilias, the registry whose portfolio contains such colorful TLDs as .black, .blue, .pink and .red among others, is offering a six-month promo of 50% off on thirteen of their TLDs. The TLDs (with corresponding prices indicated*) include:

  • .archi: $39.67 (regular price $63.65)
  • .black: $28.62 (regular price $57.25)
  • .blue: $8.15  (regular price $16.31)
  • .info: $8.27 (regular price $16.55)
  • .kim: $8.15 (regular price $16.31)
  • .lgbt: $28.62 (regular price $57.25)
  • .mobi: $9.00 (regular price $18.00)
  • .pet: $10.40 (regular price $19.27)
  • .pink: $8.15 (regular price $16.31)
  • .poker: $28.61 (regular price $57.22)
  • .promo: $9.70 (regular price $19.40)
  • .red: $8.15 (regular price $16.31)
  • .ski: $56.61 (regular price $56.61)

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices listed in USD. See individual price pages (linked in the list above) for local prices.

Mōkarimakka? That's "How's business?" in Osaka-ben, the Kansai dialect of Osaka. The traditional response, bochi bochi denna, means "so-so." Take that as you will.

In any case, you probably know Tokyo as the economic and cultural center of Japan, but with having given birth to companies like Panasonic, Sharp, Sanyo, and Minolta Osaka is a kind of capital in their own right.

And what better to feed that innovation than a cup of ramen? Osaka is also the birth place of world-famous instant ramen company Konami.

Even if business is really just so-so, now's a good time to snatch up a .osaka while you can. From January 1 through February 28, .osaka domains are half-price for the first year. That means a new .osaka domain will be US$23.91 for the first year and the regular US$47.82 after that*.

Register a .osaka?



*For local prices, see .osaka price list.

A cynical analyst might negatively judge that sweet sweet high you get from seeing all those beautiful thumbs-up likes, but there's nothing wrong with indulging in a bit of narcissism.

That's where .me comes in. All year, you can love yourself with a .me domain at just $12.00 per year.*

Register a .me?



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

From 1 January until midnight 31 December 2017 (UTC time), .eu domain name creations will be only €6.00, half-price, rather than €12.00 normally.

As a reminder, this promotion only applies to creations of new domains and isn't valid for other operations such as transfers and renewals, which will be invoiced at the normal price.

Register a .eu?



One of the hottest TLD portfolios in the new gTLD space belongs to none other than Radix Registry, who offer highly desirable new gTLDs like .tech, .online, and .store, and to start off the new year right, Radix is offering great deals on nine extensions:

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See individual price pages (links above) for local pricing.

From January 1 through March 31 at 3:59 PM PST, we have a deal that's all about the power of social media.

Social media helps propagate news. Okay some of it is fake, but still, Pew research recently showed that 62 percent of US adults get their news from social media. And this winter .news domains will be just $14.44 for the first year*.

Social media also helps consumers exchange product information. Feedback takes the form of publicly-viewable reviews whether you're looking for a highly-rated Bluetooth speaker, a ride-share driver you can trust, or you just want a comment-field shaped hole to spew your undying hatred for lemon wedges in glasses of water, reviews are now an integral part of the service industry thanks to social media. And .reviews domains are on sale for $12.22 for the first year, too*.

And finally, what would social media be if it didn't make us more social? Feel the warmth and kindness (and envy) of all your friends with a .social domain, just $16.25 for the first year*.

All of these deals are only available January 1 through March 31 at 3:59 PM PST, so get one and get on social media and tell your friends.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See and .social pages for local prices.

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