It really feels like more than a coincidence that the official opening of our Gandi Asia offices in Taipei corresponds with the release of the new gTLD .taipei. Maybe the gTLD spirits are smiling on us. We're not superstitious, but we think it means things will go well for us in Taipei.

And if things are already going well for you in Taipei, .taipei is currently in Sunrise, though it's not the traditional Sunrise we're used to seeing for most gTLDs.

Here's how it will go:

June 16 through July 6: Individuals and registered companies located in the city of Taipei (or New Taipei) who own a trademark registered with the government of Taiwan can register that trademark for a .taipei.

July 7 through July 17: The same qualifications as above, but your trademark doesn't necessarily have to be registered specifically with the government of Taiwan, but any trademark protection institution.

As a result of the peculiar way this Sunrise phase is rolling out, if you're interested in taking advantage of this phase, you'll need to contact our Customer Care team so we can check with the registry. As long as everything checks out, you would be invoiced for $69.00 (or 2100TWD).

You will also need to credit your prepaid account the amount due for our Customer Care team to process the order.

Here's to new beginnings in Taipei!

Register a .taipei?

.taipei



Entering the Donuts EAP for previously protected name collision domains are domains in a gTLD category that has a familiar ring to it : Fun & Generic. We had to wrack our brains to think of where we'd heard that one before but then we remembered! That's how we described ourselves on our online dating profile.

Anyway, here's the list of the extensions that qualify as Fun & Generic, many of which we may consider for the next revision of the dating profile.

The pricing for this is a little tricky, but here's how it goes:

Day 1 (6/24/2015 at 16:00 UTC) : +$12,667; approximately
Day 2 (6/25/2015 at 16:00 UTC) :   +$4,222; approximately
Day 3 (6/26/2015 at 16:00 UTC) :   +$1,778; approximately
Day 4 (6/27/2015 at 16:00 UTC) :      +$945; approximately
Days 5 through 7 (from 6/28 at 16:00 UTC until 6/30 at 16:00 UTC) : +189; approximately

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Today, the  .irish extension enters the GoLive phase, and it has us dreaming of the Emerald Isle, its people, and its poetry.

In the poem "Dublin", Louis MacNeice wrote:

This never was my town,
I was not born or bred
Nor schooled here and she will not
Have me alive or dead
But yet she holds my mind
With her seedy elegance,
With her gentle veils of rain
And all her ghosts that walk
And all that hide behind
Her Georgian facades –
The catcalls and the pain,
The glamour of her squalor,
The bravado of her talk.

Ireland never was our country either, but yet she holds our mind …

If she's on your mind too, now you can buy a .irish domain for one-year for $47.82 at A rates.

 

Edited 6/24. Our banner for this announcement originally contained something that, we confess, was a distasteful attempt at humor on our part.

Do you wish to register a .irish?

.irish


With .gal, the geographic gTLD for Galicia (in Spain) and .scot, for Scotland (in the UK), now available, .irish entering the GoLive phase, and having just celebrated the summer solstice, its an auspicious time for historic Celtic communities.

Break out the bagpipes (or gaita as they say in Galicia). To paraphrase a great Celt: they can take away your home, they can take away your lives, but they can never take away your gTLD. Get in on the good luck with a one-year registration of a .gal domain for $114.19 or a .scot for $55.48 at A rates.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Radix, the registry for .website, .space, .host, and  .press is in a party mood and the good news is: you're invited.

This is a three-day only celebration and all you have to do is take advantage of one of the following promotions:

The extensions .website and .space are available to register for one-year for just $1.00, which we have to say, is an awesome deal. A bag of balloons costs more than that.

And if that weren't good enough, .host and .press are both available for $10.00 for a one-year registration. You might find a cake for that cheap but we doubt it will be as sweet a deal.

But remember: this will only last for three-days, from Monday June 22 at 5:00 pm PDT (just in time for Monday happy hour) until Thursday June 25 at 5:00 pm PDT. So act fast.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Now announcing a new gTLD just for the tech community : .tech. You know who you are: inventive, experimental, risk-taking and open to try anything.  With a .tech domain you can underscore your love and passion for all things tech.

Here's how it will happen:

First, there will be a Sunrise phase, which will begin next Monday, May 25 at 9:00 AM PDT and will last until July 24. During this phase, a one-year registration of a .tech at A rates will cost $307.99.

Next, comes the Landrush phase, which will fall between August 2 and August 5, during which time a .tech will run you $199.99.

Finally, on Wednesday August 5 at 9:00 AM PDT, we will enter a new era as .tech enters the GoLive phase and, here's the most startling prediction of all: when it enters GoLive, .tech will be available at more than 60% off, so will only be $19.99 for the first year at A rates (versus $60.79 normally) until October 5.*

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 Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

 

* Updated June 22. Originally, we were only able to secure 50% off; now we're happy to have secured 60%+ off for this extension!

Register a .tech?

.tech


Another New gTLD Is entering the Golive.sucks.

This extension is special. It's for everything that sucks. Of course, plenty of things fit into this category. For example, waiting in line at the DMV sucks, people getting so close to you they are literally breathing on your neck on public transit sucks, putting your hand under a table top and touching someone's used gum sucks, and getting a paper cut sucks. Now you and like-minded people can express their frustration about these kinds of things with a .sucks domain for only $253.10 per year at A-rates.

On the other hand, if you are the DMV, a chronic neck-breather, a tabletop gum depositor or a paper manufacturer specializing in Grade A meat-slicing paper, you might want to register your .sucks domain just to keep someone else from doing so, or to give those people for whom your product... sucks... a place to let you know about it so you can make it suck less.

Register a .sucks?

.sucks

With ICANN's recent announcement of the release of the infamous blocked "Name Collision" domain names, we're forecasting a flurry of registrations and so we want to clarify how we expect the Name Collision domains to roll out so as to keep the frenzy as orderly as possible.

First off, here's what we mean by name collisions, in domain name jargon:

"Name Collisions" are terms which, in conjunction with certain top-level domains, can cause problems in resolving a name to the right address. Specifically, these problems are related to the boundaries between private name spaces and the public DNS system. All the potentially dangerous or otherwise problematic terms (in terms of security and privacy) had previously been pre-emptively disallowed by ICANN.

Name collision happens when a resource on an internal network has the same name as a domain name. Most people don't give things on internal networks names like example.com, for example, because it was likely that naming it anything ending in .com would naturally result in name collision. But with the release of new gTLDs, extensions that many never expected would be used in the public DNS system are now being made available for registration.

The list of domains ICANN blocked from being registered, then, corresponds to what they considered were names most likely to be used on internal networks.

Now that ICANN believes that the risk for some of these domains has been effectively mitigated, they are allowing these "safe" domains, previously off-limits, to be registered.

EAP (Early Access Program) is Donuts' version of the Landrush phase (the one between the Sunrise and GoLive phase). The EAP lasts 7 days, and was originally conceived of as a way to offer domains which had not been registered during Sunrise at a higher price, which then progressively diminishes each day, until bottoming out three days before the GoLive phase. (For details on how EAP works, see our blog post.)

In the case of former "Name Collisions", these terms will be offered to the public using the same rollout scheme as EAP (progressively diminishing price over a seven-day period) even though the gTLDs in question are already in the GoLive phase.

Donuts, with a portfolio containing hundreds of gTLDs, has chosen to sell domains associated with their gTLDs by theme.

The second theme released, which has been in progress since Wednesday June 17, is the "BUSINESS" theme. This includes the following extensions:

The list of name collisions under each TLD is available at the links above (in CSV format). Many prime domains are available, such as ftp.services, internet.solutions, and web.agency, thought we can't make any promises about their availability by the time the price drops low enough to fit your budget ;)

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

  • Day 1 (June 17, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$12,667
  • Day 2 (June 18, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$4,222
  • Day 3 (June 19, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$1,778
  • Day 4 (June 20, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$945
  • Days 5-7 (June 21-24, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$189 

Note: The prices above do not include the base price of the TLD itself, which may itself be considered "premium" by the Registry. Also, the EAP prices are only payable when creating a domain. On renewal, you would pay the normal price for that extension (or the premium price if the domain is considered as such).

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Everyone likes something, some people love something, and others live their lives immersed in the fictional universe they love. The new gTLD that entered  the Sunrise phase on Tuesday June 16, .fans, is all about the latter: this is the extension that celebrates fandom.

And we feel really great about this one because Gandi loves fans. Our fanbase is pretty devoted, and we flatter ourselves that we might someday inspire Gandi fan art. Maybe a steampunk Gandi logo? A Victorian Gandi logo? Our logo is practically begging for a monocle. A Gandi/Batman crossover? (Gandi vs. Batman?) Hipster Gandi logo? And what about Gandi fanfic … ?

And maybe you want to inspire your own fan art? How better to stoke the creative fires than with your own .fans domain, available for $378.19 for a one-year registration at A rates. Or, if you are a fan, if you can wait for Wednesday September 2, you can register one for $102.97 when .fans enters the GoLive phase.

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 Landrush or GoLive phases. 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 .fans?

.fans


 


We probably don't need to tell you that we feel the one place chock-full of raw potential, new thoughts, and continuous invention is the online world, and .online aims to create a space on the web for those looking to set up their presence in this exciting space. That goes for you whether you are a high-powered financier, an awkward adolescent, a huge multi-national corporation, or a tiny country school, from creators to searchers to educators and everyone else.

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 Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

Domains in the .online extension will be available in Sunrise for $216.19, in Landrush for XXX, and in GoLive for $51.67, all for a one-year registration at A rates.

Register a .online?

.online


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