If you own a .info domain name, now's the time to renew it and if you've ever wanted a .info domain name, now's the time to get it. The reason is on July 1, 2017 at midnight UTC (which means June 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM PDT), prices on .info will be increasing by approximately 12% for all operations.

That means that, for example, a new .info domain at A rates will increase from the current price of $16.55* to $18.54*, the same for renewals.

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

You are not alone out there! There are plenty of people like you, at least in some way or another. And if you like to get together with some of those like-minded people, you might try joining, or creating a club. And when you have your club, you'll probably want a domain name, which is where this promotion comes in.

From May 1 through May 31, 2017, new .club domains will be just $1.99* for the first year and then $13.43* at A rates after that.

What's your .club?


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


As technology advances the ways we connect with one another and increases the quality of those connections, the planet seems to get smaller and smaller on the one hand, and on the other our knowledge and understanding of even the smallest corners of the globe has become radically deeper.

The extension .global is emblematic of these changes: at once a universal signifier for those whose organizations or lifestyles extend across the globe, while also opening a new space for any one individual to elaborate their own expression of what these new possibilities mean.

For our part, we're happy to announce that this May, from May 1 through May 31, 2017, the first year of a new .global domain is on sale for $12.00 and then $95.34 at A rates after that*.

What does .global mean to you?


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

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).

Booking.com, 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 Booking.com winning.

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