Nothing says, "I love you," like .flowers and as of January 26 this new gTLD has officially entered the Sunrise phase. Whether you're hankering for Spring or looking to surprise a loved one for Valentine's day, .flowers will be available in Sunriseuntil March 27, 2015. It will then skip the Landrush phase and come into full bloom April 7 when it enters GoLive.
While in Sunrise .flowers domains will be priced at $321.74. When this gTLD enters GoLive, they will be available for just $33.90.
We're pumped that another new gTLD, .tires, rolled into the Sunrise phase on January 20 and these domain names are now available through Gandi in Sunrise untilMarch 21 when this extension enters the Landrush phase, which will last from March 29 until the early hours of April 1. By 9:00 AM PST on that same day, .tires will enter GoLive.
The list is below, accompanied by the corresponding Sunrise, Landrush and GoLive prices of a one-year registration, all at A rates:
This new gTLD makes us wish we had a barker on the boardwalk shouting "Domains For Sale!" If you feel the same, then step right up because .forsale will be for sale in the GoLive phase as of Wednesday January 21 at 9:00 AM PST.
These domains will be offered at $38.34 per year at A rates.
The first written reference to the Easter Bunny was in Georg Fanck von Franckenau's 1682 De vois paschalibus referring to an Alsatian legend of a hare delivering eggs for Easter and perhaps it was a domain bunny who dropped .alsace into our basket.
As with most geographic gTLDs, .alsace has its own registration requirements, most notably when it comes to the owner of the domain, though for .alsace these requirements are not as strict as for others.
To register a .alsace, you need to either live in Alsace (Haut-Rhin or Bas-Rhin departments) OR participate in some personal, professional, commercial or cultural activity in Alsace OR have a direct or indirect link to Alsace (economic, social, historical or other).
Unlike most new gTLDs, .alsace has 5 distinct phases instead of just three, and with the exception of the Golive phase, all of them run concurrently from January 19 until March 20, 2015.
Here are the phases in order of priority:
Sunrise: reserved for those who have a trademark registered with TMCH (and a corresponding SMD file). Price: $405.01.
Landrush Priority 1 (LRP1): reserved for those who have an INPI, an OHMI or a WIPO trademark. Price: $132.03.
Landrush Priority 2 (LRP2): reserved for companies with their primary or secondary offices located in the Haut-Rhin or Bas-Rhin departments. Price: $132.03.
Landrush: reserved for anyone who can satisfy the eligibility criteria or who qualifies for any of the three above phases. Price: $132.03.
Our system doesn't distinguish between LRP1 and LRP2 or just a Landrush. Since these are all rolling out at the same time and will be invoiced for the same price, you should select Landrush for any of the three Landrush phases. You will nonetheless be asked to provide verification of your elibility and upon receipt of this verification you will be assigned to the appropriate phase.
The .alsace extension becomes generally available, for all who meet the requirements, on April 7 at 6:00 AM PST at a price of $66.16.
Following the deregulation of the Swiss Franc (CHF) by the Swiss Central Bank, the exchange rate with other currencies has experienced a major and highly-criticized change (+20%!).
This decision is not without consequences for companies purchasing products from Switzerland. In our case, this effects the extensions operated by the Swiss registry SWITCH which manages the .CH and .LI extensions.
This is why, in accordance with our contract, we are forced to apply an increase of €1.50 excl. VAT per year for .CH domains, as well as an increase of €2 excl. VAT per year for .LI domains in all price rates.
This increase takes effect immediately.
We will be monitoring the exchange rate over the next few weeks, and if it turns out that the currency returns to a more "normal" value, we will adapt our price accordingly.
Additionally, please note that for the first quarter of the year, we are going to be working on the integration of our catalogue into Swiss Francs, so that our Swiss customers are not penalized.