Say you're sitting in your neighborhood coffee shop, the aroma of freshly-ground, deep-roasted coffee beans is heavy in the air, sunlight is filtering in from the window, next to which you are seated, watching the crowd walk by perched atop a comfy armchair as you sip your pour-over Ethiopian peaberry.

As you watch the crowd roll by your picture window, you're thinking about, well, domain names of course (what else?).

A woman on the street corner with an old newsy hat, just on the other side of the glass is selling papers, greeting passersby with a cheery, "Nice day out today!" or the traditional "Extra!" Today, a gTLD perfect for her enters the GoLive phase: .news, available for a one-year registration for $31.15 at A rates.

Your eye lazily (not enough caffeine yet) drifts to the computer screen just in front of you in the outdoor seating. Perched a good two-feet higher, you can't help but sneak a peak of the project being worked on: someone is writing Python! You deftly surmise that this person must be a web developer and remember that today .site also goes live, available for $19.95, also at A rates.

Suddenly, you catch sight of a bicycle courier racing to beat a stoplight, for a moment it seems she is frozen in mid-pedal as you admire her speed and efficiency, bringing to mind .express, which is now available for $41.41. She seems to pause for just one moment to deflect the question back on you.

And how would we answer her? Try a .cafe to sum up this experience, now available in the GoLive phase for $41.41 at A rates.

Today, all of these gTLDs enter the GoLive phase.

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"The best things in life are free," sang Bing Crosby in 1949, but for those that aren't, there's today's category of gTLDs for the release of previously protected domains: Food and Goods.

The EAP prices (at A rates, not including any applicable tax) will vary by day, and will be approximately as follows:

    Day 1 (July 15, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$12,667
    Day 2 (July 16, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$4,222
    Day 3 (July 17, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$1,778
    Day 4 (July 18, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$945
    Days 5-7 (July 19-21, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$189

Because if there's one thing more satisfying than making money, it's spending money. This isn't the moon and stars; this one goes out to all you consumers out there (the normal price for a one-year registration at A rates is on the right):

And next week, the theme is Shopping ...

Here's the full list of categories and their release dates:
    June 10, 2015 : Photography (.camera, .digital, .gallery, .graphics, .media, .pictures, .photography, .photos, .productions)
    June 17, 2015 : Business (.agency, .associates, .careers, .company, .enterprises, .holdings, .industries, .international, .management, .partners, .sarl, .services, .solutions, .ventures)
    June 24, 2015 : Generic & Fun (.cool, .church, .center, .exposed, .fail, .gripe, .guide, .life, .place, .today, .wtf, .zone)
    July 1, 2015 : Technology (.codes, .computer, .directory, .domains, .email, .technology, .systems)
    July 8, 2015 : Education (.academy, .education, .expert, .foundation, .guru, .institute, .schule, .support, .tips, .training, .university)
    July 15 2015 : Foods and Goods (.bike, .cards, .clothing, .coffee, .diamonds, .fish, .furniture, .pizza, .recipes, .restaurant, .shoes, .toys, .watch)
    July 22, 2015 : Shopping (.bargains, .boutique, .cheap, .deals, .direct, .discount, .gifts, .gratis, .tienda)
    July 29, 2015 : Property (.camp, .city, .community, .condos, .estate, .farm, .house, .land, .lease, .maison, .properties, .rentals, .town, .villas)
    August 5, 2015 : Building (.builders, .construction, .contractors, .equipment, .glass, .kitchen, .parts, .repair, .solar, .supply, .supplies, .tools, .work)
    August 12, 2015 : Services (.cab, .catering, .cleaning, .engineering, .florist, .lighting, .limo, .marketing, .plumbing)
    August 19, 2015 : Healthcare (.care, .clinic, .dental, .fitness, .healthcare, .surgery, .vision)
    August 26, 2015 : Financial (.accountants, .capital, .cash, .claims, .credit, .creditcard, .exchange, .finance, .financial, .fund, .insure, .investments, .limited, .loans, .tax)
    September 2, 2015 : Travel (.cruises, .dating, .events, .flights, .holiday, .reisen, .singles, .vacations, .viajes, .voyage)

Just remember the acronym PBG&FTEF&GSPBSHFT, or as we've been pronouncing it: "PubGuffFitTefGaSPBeSHiFT."

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Tiiickkkettttsss! Get your .tickets, right here.

On Monday July 13, the Sunrise phase begins for .tickets, and we feel like hauling out the old "Tickets for Sale" cardboard sign and hitting the streets. Unfortunately, our street vendor license has lapsed, so alas, we are relegated only to the mean streets of the world wide web. Oh well.

These are the box seats, folks, so get 'em while they're hot.

Domains in the .tickets extension, whether for concert tickets, sports tickets, even parking tickets we guess, will go on sale in the Sunrise phase for $405.19 per year (two-year minimum) for registration at A rates. Then from September 20 at 7:00 am PDT until September 21 at 7:00 am PDT, .tickets will be available in Landrush (emphasis on the rush) for $1242.19. Then on September 21 at 7:00 am PDT, .tickets enters GoLive at which point they will be available for just $486.19 per year at A rates.

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.tickets


Alright, alright. Ridiculous promotion for .lol. We're sure you don't think we couldn't possibly be serious, we're just playing off the gTLD to make a dumb joke.

But we are dead serious about this. As .lol enters the GoLive phase on August 11 (at exactly 9:00 am PDT), it will also be for sale for 90% off. Meaning normally a .lol domain that costs $41.41 for a one year at A rates will be available for $4.14 (also at A rates of course). No joke. Get ready!

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.lol



Congratulations! Today is your day.

Not just because you're off to great places (off and away) but because it also marks the first day of a Donuts EAP for another gTLD category of formerly prohibited name collision names. Today's category, Education, has us thinking of Oh, the places you'll go with these domains.

The EAP prices (at A rates, not including any applicable tax) will vary by day, and will be approximately as follows:

    Day 1 (July 1, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$12,667
    Day 2 (July 2, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$4,222
    Day 3 (July 3, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$1,778
    Day 4 (July 4, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$945
    Days 5-7 (June 5-7, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$189

With your feet in your head and your brains in your shoes (we think that's how it goes), here's the list of domains in this category, linked to the name collision terms released and the normal price for a one-year registration at A rates:

Here's the full list of categories and their release dates:
    June 10, 2015 : Photography (.camera, .digital, .gallery, .graphics, .media, .pictures, .photography, .photos, .productions)
    June 17, 2015 : Business (.agency, .associates, .careers, .company, .enterprises, .holdings, .industries, .international, .management, .partners, .sarl, .services, .solutions, .ventures)
    June 24, 2015 : Generic & Fun (.cool, .church, .center, .exposed, .fail, .gripe, .guide, .life, .place, .today, .wtf, .zone)
    July 1, 2015 : Technology (.codes, .computer, .directory, .domains, .email, .technology, .systems)
    July 8, 2015 : Education (.academy, .education, .expert, .foundation, .guru, .institute, .schule, .support, .tips, .training, .university)
    July 15 2015 : Foods and Goods (.bike, .cards, .clothing, .coffee, .diamonds, .fish, .furniture, .pizza, .recipes, .restaurant, .shoes, .toys, .watch)
    July 22, 2015 : Shopping (.bargains, .boutique, .cheap, .deals, .direct, .discount, .gifts, .gratis, .tienda)
    July 29, 2015 : Property (.camp, .city, .community, .condos, .estate, .farm, .house, .land, .lease, .maison, .properties, .rentals, .town, .villas)
    August 5, 2015 : Building (.builders, .construction, .contractors, .equipment, .glass, .kitchen, .parts, .repair, .solar, .supply, .supplies, .tools, .work)
    August 12, 2015 : Services (.cab, .catering, .cleaning, .engineering, .florist, .lighting, .limo, .marketing, .plumbing)
    August 19, 2015 : Healthcare (.care, .clinic, .dental, .fitness, .healthcare, .surgery, .vision)
    August 26, 2015 : Financial (.accountants, .capital, .cash, .claims, .credit, .creditcard, .exchange, .finance, .financial, .fund, .insure, .investments, .limited, .loans, .tax)
    September 2, 2015 : Travel (.cruises, .dating, .events, .flights, .holiday, .reisen, .singles, .vacations, .viajes, .voyage)

Feel free to study or memorize this list to help your future Scattergory performance.

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.tld

"Top" is the pronunciation of the Chinese word for "breakthrough," but of course it's also the English word for the highest point, the apex, the pinnacle of something. Like being at the top of one's game, the top of the market, you know, the kind of position you'll be in after you break through.

Good news for breakthroughs and those already on top, then, because .top domains are on sale until the end of this year for creations and renewals. Though they normally cost $27.37 for one year at A rates, you can register one for just $1.99 (also at A rates). Renewals, normally $27.37 will be available for $9.00 per year.

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.top


It's all about that little bit extra with the domains entering the GoLive phase this Wednesday July 8: .gold, .golf, .plus, and .tours.

First, nothing adds that extra touch like .gold. Plain old shoelaces need a little pep? Throw in some gold chains instead. Need a new paint job on your car? Why not gold chrome? Fiat currency got you down? Invest in some gold bullion OR better yet, make that gold teeth. Now you can improve your domain name portfolio with a little bit of .gold (and a pager).

Another little extra in life is .golf. Like the extra effort to meticulously calculate the effect the strength and direction of the wind will have on your shot, the extra responsibility of following the rules without an umpire or referee calling you out if you don't, and of course the thirteen extra clubs for any circumstance.

In a more explicit interpretation on the theme, .plus is the gTLD that literally adds more. And need we say more?

And for when the extra touch of actually having a guide when visiting a museum, a monument, a city, or other tourist attraction, there's .tours, which itself is a little bit extra of a gTLD, as we feel obliged to mention that it can also stand for the French city of Tours. Tours of tours anyone?

Care to add a little extra domain?

The list of gTLDs and their pricing for a one-year registration at A rates is below:

  • .gold: $125.47
  • .golf: $68.09
  • .plus: $41.41
  • .tours: $57.34

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.tld

After the recent release of .tirol, another new gTLD has entered the Sunrise phase to remind us in the middle of summer to be ready for winter: .ski.

But with its release in the Sunrise phase so close to July 4th, we're more inclined to think of how great this extension would be for honoring Polish-American Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski than snowy mountains (though we would be remiss not to mention waterskiing). And of course, Pulaski isn't the only Polish name ending in .ski, so the field is open for all the Kowalskis, Kaminskis, Wisniewskis, Jankowskis of the world.

Bonus points for any -skis with a ski shop, or chalet.

The .ski extension will be in the Sunrise phase from July 1 until August 30 and a two-year registration at A rates will cost $172.99.

At the same time, an LRP (Limited Registration Period) Landrush reserved for winter sports professionals affiliated with organizations registered with the .ski registry (see here). The price for a two-year registration in this LRP Landrush phase will be $114.19 at A rates.

Finally, .ski enters the GoLive phase on September 8, at which point it will be available for a one-year registration for $48.31 at A rates.

Register a .ski?

.ski


Today a new batch of domains are being released by Donuts as part of their EAP (Early Access Program) for domains that ICANN is releasing from the former list of likely name collision candidates, since they no longer pose a risk. If you're confused about what that means, check out this page.

On the other hand, if you're a fan of that kind of jargon, then today's category release is just for you. Today's Category is: technology.

This category includes the following extensions:

The EAP prices (at A rates, not including any applicable tax) will vary by day, and will be approximately as follows:

    Day 1 (July 1, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$12,667
    Day 2 (July 2, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$4,222
    Day 3 (July 3, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$1,778
    Day 4 (July 4, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$945
    Days 5-7 (June 5-7, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$189

Here's the full list of categories and their release dates:
    June 10, 2015 : Photography (.camera, .digital, .gallery, .graphics, .media, .pictures, .photography, .photos, .productions)
    June 17, 2015 : Business (.agency, .associates, .careers, .company, .enterprises, .holdings, .industries, .international, .management, .partners, .sarl, .services, .solutions, .ventures)
    June 24, 2015 : Generic & Fun (.cool, .church, .center, .exposed, .fail, .gripe, .guide, .life, .place, .today, .wtf, .zone)
    July 1, 2015 : Technology (.codes, .computer, .directory, .domains, .email, .technology, .systems)
    July 8, 2015 : Education (.academy, .education, .expert, .foundation, .guru, .institute, .schule, .support, .tips, .training, .university)
    July 15 2015 : Foods and Goods (.bike, .cards, .clothing, .coffee, .diamonds, .fish, .furniture, .pizza, .recipes, .restaurant, .shoes, .toys, .watch)
    July 22, 2015 : Shopping (.bargains, .boutique, .cheap, .deals, .direct, .discount, .gifts, .gratis, .tienda)
    July 29, 2015 : Property (.camp, .city, .community, .condos, .estate, .farm, .house, .land, .lease, .maison, .properties, .rentals, .town, .villas)
    August 5, 2015 : Building (.builders, .construction, .contractors, .equipment, .glass, .kitchen, .parts, .repair, .solar, .supply, .supplies, .tools, .work)
    August 12, 2015 : Services (.cab, .catering, .cleaning, .engineering, .florist, .lighting, .limo, .marketing, .plumbing)
    August 19, 2015 : Healthcare (.care, .clinic, .dental, .fitness, .healthcare, .surgery, .vision)
    August 26, 2015 : Financial (.accountants, .capital, .cash, .claims, .credit, .creditcard, .exchange, .finance, .financial, .fund, .insure, .investments, .limited, .loans, .tax)
    September 2, 2015 : Travel (.cruises, .dating, .events, .flights, .holiday, .reisen, .singles, .vacations, .viajes, .voyage)

We were really holding out for the "Potent Potables" category, but no luck we guess.

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.tld

Three gTLDs are entering the GoLive phase today and all of the have to do with commitment.

First off, going on a .date involves a lot of commitment: time, maybe some money, blocking off part of your schedule … and if your date can't commit to all of those things that's a great signal that person, well, probably has other problems but call it "commitment."

Next, .faith is often a lifelong commitment, whether faith in an actual organized religion, an abstract system of governance or economics, or just faith in a personal friend, relative, or spouse.

And then there's what we consider the one true sign of commitment: .review. Nothing shows love and devotion like a good old fashioned review. Whether it's a rave review of a film, album, or book, a performance review at work, or an academic review. And every good relationship should occasionally be subject to review. We aren't marital experts, but we tentatively suggest, if you are truly committed to a loved one, putting that person through a lengthy review process. That's the only true way to verify their claims of devotion.

If you're ready for the commitment of buying a domain in one of these extensions for a whole year, check out the prices below (at A rates):

  • .date: $41.37
  • .faith: $41.37
  • .review: $41.37

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