Just like every year this time of year, right now a bunch of cool new tech is out. We might take a moment to walk you through our top picks for the season, but we know you've probably had your eye on some things for awhile now so we'll save you the indignity of watching us drool over the latest gadgets and limit ourselves to just one suggestion: a .tech domain.

From December 5, 2016 through January 31, 2017 is the perfect time to get a .tech domain, when you can get some real savings by buying your .tech domain for the long-term.

That's because if you buy a .tech domain name for between 5-9 years, it will only cost you $16.70 per year*. With .tech domains normally $60.79 per year at A rates*, that's just $150.30 for the full 9 years instead of $547.11*.

Or, if you're going to get a .tech for 9 years, you might as well make it a full 10 years. Registrations of new .tech domains for 10 years this December and January will be just $11.50 per year*, meaning a ten-year .tech registration would come to just $115.00 instead of $607.90*.

So get yourself a .tech domain for a few years now and save yourself enough to get some great tech later.

Register a .tech?


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


Lottery tickets are a staple for last-minute gift givers during the holiday season, but as a gift, it can be more than just a literal gamble.

We have a suggestion for that high-stakes enthusiast in your life with better odds: get them a .bet domain.

To make it more of a sure bet, starting December 2, the first year of a new .bet domain is on sale for just $7.00, $20.79* after that.

And don't worry if you forget to make your .bet before the holidays. This deal extends all the way until January 31, 2017 (at 3:59 PM PST to be precise).

Care to place a .bet?

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

Still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for the skiing enthusiast, the organic agriculturalist or the architect in your life?

Starting November 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM PST and ending December 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM PDT, .ski, .bio, and .archi are 50% off. That means .ski domains will be available for $24.00 per year, .bio domains for $26.00 per year, and .archi domains for $40.00 per year*.

If you missed our Cyber Monday sale on these TLDs, look no further!

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


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

All December—from December 1 until December 31, 2016 at 3:59 PM PST.club  will be in the half-price club.

That means instead of the usual $13.43 per year at A rates*, .club domain registrations will be possible for just $6.72 per year*.

Join the half-price .club club?



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

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.

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.

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