Good news for infomaniacs! The .info extension is on sale!

Infomania is a compulsion to constantly verify and collect information often using the Internet. While sure, it must have existed in past centuries and millennia, infomania strikes us as a uniquely modern obsession to which we all sometimes succumb.

Quick: what's your best friend from elementary school's Facebook status? Who was Philip Barton Key? What's the phone number of the nearest Mexican restaurant? How long would it take to drive to Yosemite from your house? If you can't help but look these things up, then you too might have infomania.

For all things info, there's .info, available until the end of the year, December 31, 2015, for 40% off: that's $9.93 for a one-year registration instead of $16.55 at A rates.

Register a .info?

.info



Today's batch of new gTLDs entering the Sunrise phase until August 15 have us feeling patriotic (not for France but the good ol' US of A) because we feel these gTLDs are some of what we do best: soccer (our own version of "football"), movies and coupons.

Soccer fans outside of North America may be quickly buying up .football (which just entered GoLive this month). For those of us who know football is played with your hands, .soccer is now entering the Sunrise phase.

While we confess there's some great cinema from outside of the US (hat tip to French cinema in particular), it's a material fact that the US film industry has made the most money year after year for almost a century than any national cinema in the world (number 1! number 1!...), so we're excited to announce that .movie is also entering the Sunrise phase.

Finally, it's also a material fact that consumer spending in the US constitutes one of the highest percentages of GDP in the entire world as well (we won't speculate if that has anything to do with movies). When it comes to consumption, the US reigns supreme, and we couldn't have done it without our trusted coupon books. We remember fondly cutting coupons out of newspapers and buying only the on-sale items each week at the grocery store. Not surprisingly, coupons have been making the leap to the online world and now .coupons is entering the Sunrise phase as well (but we'll understand if you just have to wait until it's on sale).

These extensions will be in Sunrise until August 15 and will then be in the Landrush phase from August 23 to August 26 before finally entering the GoLive phase on August 26.

The list is below, accompanied by the corresponding Sunrise, Landrush and GoLive prices of a one-year registration, all at A rates:

  • .soccer: $154.63 | $176.23 | $27.05
  • .movie: $356.59 | $378.19 | $270.19
  • .coupons$176.23 | $197.83 | $68.09

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch has the unusual distinction of being the longest place name in the world and it's also located in the charming country of Wales. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but as Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch clearly evidences, in Wales it still doesn't account for anything. Good thing domain names aren't charged by the letter because .wales and its Welsh language counterpart .cymru are now available for a one-year registration at A rates for $21.00.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

A promotion on .cat domains, the TLD for Catalonia*, also has us excited for other reasons too.

When studies revealed that rodents infected with Toxoplasmosis gondii (n.b. that's gondii not Gandi), a parasite which may be spread by cats, may be attracted to cat odors rather than repelled as was the case with uninfected control subjects, the media was quick to suppose the parasite could have the same effect in humans and invented "Crazy cat lady syndrome," to explain why some of us just can't help but love cats.

Of course, there's no such syndrome. It turns out that cats infect us with love without resorting to parasitical proxies. And you don't need to look far on the Internet to see why. Normally expressing your cat love with a .cat domain for one year is $13.00 at A rates but from June 8 until September 1 (recently extended!), you can get one for half-price: $6.50.

 

* A very important caveat regarding .cat domains is that you need to put at least some content on your .cat domain in Catalan. Here's a hint: gat is Catalan for "cat."

Register a .cat?

.cat


Sometimes we forget to remove our faces from a screen of one kind or another: the computer screens at work and at home or the smartphone screens in between. We tend not to unplug and enjoy things which we have just learned exist outside of the digital world. The gTLDs entering the Sunrise phase today are all things we thought the tech age had eliminated: .taxi, .theater, .dog, .run, .hockey.

These are the things we thought were disappearing but it turns out some people who have this "balance" thing in their lives still enjoy them! Who knew?

For example, we recently found out about these yellow cars that you can flag down with your hand if your phone runs out of batteries. It turns out, they've been around for years! They're called "taxis" and you can help keep this tradition alive by registering your very own .taxi domain.

Also, sometimes actors don't perform for an empty set with a green screen. Believe it or not, they traditionally work in something called the "theater," which is an old Greek invention (like the guys in 300). If you knew that already, smartypants, you're just the type who would be interested in this new .theater gTLD.

Then, the nice thing about Sparky, our first robo dog, was that she had an off switch. When we got tired of playing we could just switch her off and she would sleep for months on end sometimes (sadly, she had to be put down when we tried to give her a bath). It turns out that the kind that slobber and chew bones and give kisses and beg for treats with those sad, sad, eyes are still the preferred variety. If you're one of those lovers of living, breathing, canines, a .dog domain could be right for you.

We've been trying to figure out for minutes now how to hack this workout app because apparently some people enjoy the feeling of running until their legs feel like jelly. But since all our friends have been posting their runs on social media, we didn't want to be left out. Anyway, if you're one of the crazy aerobic addicts, .run is for you.

Finally, we recently found out from a friend that back home in the Great White North, her compatriots invented this game called "hockey" and kids actually go outside during the winter in below-zero temperatures and slide around on ice to do it. We're not sure if your hair has to be feathered to participate, but if this kind of thing sounds like fun to you, then a .hockey domain might do the trick. Buy three and call it a hat trick.

See the list below of prices for these domains for a one-year registration, all at A rates:

  • .taxi: $176.23 | $197.83 | $68.09
  • .theater: $176.23 | $197.83 | $68.09
  • .dog: $162.19 | $183.79 | $41.41
  • .run: $154.63 | $176.23 | $27.05
  • .hockey: $176.23 | $197.83 | $68.09

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Following the launch of Gandi's Asia office in July 2014, Gandi.net is now expanding into the Asian market. 

We have hired and trained a local Taiwan customer service team, who immediately got to work and translated the entire Gandi.net web site to Traditional and Simplified Chinese. This team is multi-lingual, and offers support for all our customers, worldwide, from the Taiwan time zone, extending our support hours to 24x6+.

Gandi now has direct timely support and services for our customers in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Anyone needing localized support services for domain name portfolios from the Asian zone can use Gandi, and pay for the services in New Taiwan Dollars (TWD), in Taiwan and Chinese Yuan (CNY) in China.

We are also expanding our technical footprint, with a mini-pop (a network Point-of-Presence) installed in Tokyo since February of this year. Using anycast technology, this enhancement keeps DNS traffic in Asia, and boosts performance of DNS queries by 30% in the region.

We are adding domains to the new organization too. The TLDs .TW and .CN, which Gandi was only able to offer via an intermediary, are now offered direct to all our customers, thanks to our presence in Asia and our direct accreditation. 

If you happen to be in the region, get in touch with our team! We are regulars at the Taipei Hackerspace meetups , and at conferences such as Pycon APAC, held from the 5th to 8th June.

You can also find Gandi Asia on Twitter: 

 

As usual, the customer care team is available to your questions, comments and suggestions. You can reach us at feedback@gandi.net

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To  celebrate its first anniversary, Nominet is having a lovely promotion :  50% off new 1-year registrations from June 10th to July 31st (that's only £2).


During this period, Nominet will also be having weekly prize draws on newly-registered domains with prizes valued up to £1,000.
If you're among the 55% of small businesses in UK that does not have a web presence, this is the right time to start and get your .UK!

 

Register a .UK? :

.UK

Like we say here at Gandi: It's Thursday! (aka No-pants Thursday :))

 

So, this Thursday, June 4, starting at 9:00am PST, these extensions for "grownups" will be in  GoLive phase. Now, by “grownups”, we mean that the .ADULT and .PORN extensions are geared towards those that are, umm, well, mature or “of age” (some would say). :D

 

Without a doubt, however, this “grownup” corner of the internet has played a significant part in it’s growth, which is why, during the GoLive phase, you’ll get spanked with a $116.16/yr registration price. And you can bet that there’s a nice list of “premium” domains (where a particular interest in association with a domain name will be much more expensive). Obviously, we will not give any examples here but if you are a company or public figure of any kind, you might want to get some protection.

 

 

Search for a domain with these TLDs:


Today, five thrilling new gTLDs are entering the Sunrise phase.

For the feeling of the wind in your hair as you drive down the track, for the romance of the open road, for the thrill of roaring across the finish line, .racing and .win both enter the Sunrise phase.

And for the feeling of the wind in your knuckle hair as you race to fill a spreadsheet and for the romance of completing your repayment plan after years of hard work and savings, .accountant and .loan are entering the Sunrise phase as well.

And finally, for the rush of watching the progress bar race across the screen—5%, 20%, 75%, 100%—and the clock count down: 10 seconds, 5 seconds, 4, 3, 2 …, .download is also entering the Sunrise phase.

All of these will enter Sunrise starting Thursday June 4 at 8:00 AM PDT, at a price of $324.19 for a one-year registration at A rates/ The Sunrise phase will last until Monday August 3. There will be no Landrush phase for any of these extensions and the GoLive phase will begin Wednesday August 5 at 8:00 AM PDT. The price in the GoLive phase will be $41.37 for a one-year domain name registration at A rates.

Remember, the Sunrise phase is for TMCH-registered trademark holders. Contact our corporate support team if you have a TMCH-registered trademark (or would like help registering your existing trademark at TMCH) in order to register one of these new gTLDs during Sunrise. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the GoLive phase. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

This Wednesday June 3rd, three new TLDs will be available for registration, and these are some healthy, potentially profitable, and educational choices.

Despite the association of .CASINO with .FOOTBALL in terms of release dates, and despite what you may have read in the headlines about the non-American version of the sport, there is really no connection. Honest. Unless you are in Las Vegas, no one really gambles on football, right? Also, schools may have football teams but online you will probably want to keep your school web site separate from the team web site. And now you can!

If you are impatient, as of this writing you still have a few hours (until 9am Pacific time June 3rd) to register your domain in the Landrush phase.

Here's the price breakdown, with Landrush and GoLive, at A rates, and without taxes:

 

Look for a domain under these TLDS?


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