With winter approaching, it's the time of year when our fuzzy little rodent friends the squirrels start to gather nuts. Then, each type of squirrels will .store their nuts differently. Grey squirrels bury their nuts all over the place to hide them from their competitors. Red squirrels put theirs in one big pile.

Kind of like domain names. Some of you like to spread your domain names out and .store them in a bunch of different registrars. Others .store them all in one place.

In honor of the squirrels and the squirrel-like among you, .store (perfect for storage or for buying and selling, of course) is on sale at Gandi for just $7.99 per year at A rates* from August 25 until December 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST.

Will you store your .store with us?

*Price in USD. See the .store price page for local prices.

Do you have the following symptoms:

  • restlessness
  • tachycardia
  • racing thoughts
  • anticipation
  • irrepressible enthusiasm

While your typical online diagnostic tool would probably diagnose you with "certain death", we bet you're really just excited that .doctor is entering the Sunrise phase.

Okay, seriously though, we're not real doctors. Don't take our word for it on medical conditions. See a medical expert. If you are a medical expert, though, we prescribe a healthy dose of .doctor.

The Sunrise phase, for those with trademarks registered with TMCH, lasts from August 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT until October 22, 2016. Domains registered in this phase cost $196.60 per year*.

But if you're eager to get ahead of the game, now's a great time. If your .doctor is highly-sought after, we prescribe a Landrush registration, if you're willing to pay the $216.61 per year price tag*. The Landrush phase will begin October 30 at 8:00 AM PST and end November 2, 2016.

Otherwise, you can always make an appointment with your .doctor for the GoLive phase, starting November 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM PST, when .doctor domains will be available for just $116.59 per year at A rates*.

Call the .doctor?

* Prices in USD. See .doctor price page for local prices.


1. Recently-delegated TLDs

2. Gandi Events: Peru (virtually)

3. In-depth: What's a premium domain and checking on new TLDs

4. Visualizations: Domain lifecycle, domain uses and transfer quest

5. Tech Fundamentals: Cryptography and IANA

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

We know that August, being at that sweet spot in the business cycle, the scholastic calendar and the seasonal pattern is often a slower month for some and that many opt to take a break and head to the beach, the woods or the lake (or all three?).

So this month, we’re taking a look back at some of the information we’ve shared in 2016, with a view towards more news to come (no spoilers, though).

We’ll be looking back at two pertinent in-depth topics we covered this year: What’s a premium domain and Checking in on new TLDs.

This year we started a series of visualizations. We’ll look back at three of them: domain lifecycle, how to choose hosting and Transfer Quest.

And we also delved into some internet history this year with two Tech Fundamentals on IANA and on Public-key cryptography.

But first: we’ll look at recently-delegated TLDs over the past month, and check in on recent Events we’ve been involved in.

Rounding things off this month as always, we’ll look at the new TLD release calendar and check out August promos in our Promo Roundup.

Recently-Delegated TLDs

This month there were just three truly generic TLDs delegated to the root by ICANN and close to a hundred Brand TLDs. So we took the opportunity to look at those Brand TLDs.

TLDs such as .latino, .doctor, and .beauty were added this month

Read about the Brand TLDs and more | Back to top

Gandi Events

Through the magic of the interwebs (and some help from shipping services), Gandi is popping up in Peru this month.

Gandi Events

Earlier this month, we gave a virtual presentation to an audience at UbuConLA (i.e. Ubuntu Conference Latin America)  where we talked about the new extensions, ccTLDs, new gTLDs including .tv, .guru and .ninja through a video conference to interested attendees.

While we would have liked to have gone out for beers (or Pisco Sours?) with our Latin American fans ourselves, we’re happy to have been able to participate at least remotely.

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In-depth: What's a premium domain and Checking in on new TLDs

We’ve covered a number of topics in depth so far this year, but we wanted to highlight two for your summer reading needs. First, this spring we gave a run-down on Premium domains.

For those who want to know

Next, it was only at the beginning of the summer we checked in on the new gTLD program, but we’re looking back at them again this month while the information is still fresh. It’s a landmark program and we’re only at the halfway point.

Read about Premium domains | Check in on the nTLD program | Back to top

Visualizations: Domain lifecycle, Choosing hosting and Transfer Quest

Some concepts are better explained with visuals. That’s why we started a series of visualizations focusing on our areas of expertise.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s the equivalent of three thousand, then:

The Lifecycle of a Domain:

.com and .net lifecycle

How to choose a hosting option

Find the option that meets your technical knowledge and the level of control you need

Transfer Quest

Domain name transfer procedure

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Tech fundamentals: IANA and Public-key cryptography

With our Tech fundamentals series, we’ve been getting back to basics and seeing the stories of the people who built those basics. In March, we remembered IANA nd in May, we traced the history of public-key cryptography.

Public Key Encryption

If you’ve liked our two entries so far in this series, also check out the series of talks we put on this year with our friends at CloudFlare, we called the Root Zone.

Remember IANA | Trace the history of public-key cryptography | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

And now here's a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of August 2016:


Thursday August 18:

.blog (Sunrise)

Tuesday August 30:

.닷컴 Korean for .com, punycode .xn--mk1bu44c (GoLive)

.닷넷 Korean for .net, punycode .xn--t60b56a (GoLive)

August 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat



.닷컴 & .닷넷

Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month's releases.

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Promo Roundup

There are plenty of opportunities this month to plant the seeds to be reaped later by taking advantage of new and ongoing promos:

Promos this month

Don't miss these promos ending in August:

.je, .gg 50%-off new creations, 25%-off renewals until August 28

 .cat $5.00 per year through August 31

.online, .tech $1.50 until August 31

.college, .rent $9.00 until August 31

Ongoing promotions:

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive

.me $14.40 through December 31

.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31

.live, .studio, .video 50% off through December 31

.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31

.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31

 .xyz $3.99 per year through December 31

.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)

.gdn $1.50 until until December 31

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That about wraps up our review of featured articles so far this year. Of course, not only have we been working on content to share with you each month, but also on our products and services. Stay tuned, we have exciting projects in the works.

Maybe we missed something, though? Let us know.: tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/




Yes! Blogosphere rejoice! It’s here! Starting August 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM PDT, .blog, the most blogorrific TLD enters the Sunrise phase.

This means if you have a TMCH claim, you can order your .blog domain at Sunrise prices and get it immediately. In the Sunrise phase, .blog domains cost $200.60* per year at A rates. The Sunrise phase will close on October 17 at 7:58 AM PDT.

But you can also join the blogorama and order your .blog either in the Landrush or the GoLive phase. What’s the difference? The Landrush phase starts November 2 at 7:00 AM PDT and goes until November 9 at 6:58 AM PDT and domains will cost $200.60 per year at A rates. So while they’re pricier, the Landrush phase is earlier. If you’re concerned about the availability of your blogtastic .blog and you can front the extra cash, get it in Landrush.

Otherwise, GoLive starts November 21 at 8:00 AM PDT for $38.35 per year at A rates.

While .blog is still in Sunrise, you can place your order in either Landrush or GoLive and we’ll place the order automatically once the appropriate phase officially starts.

Register your .blog?


* Prices in USD. Please see the .blog price page for local prices.

When you love the sandwich shop by your work, you join the sandwich club and get a punch card. Or maybe you get coffee every morning at the café on the corner. Join the coffee club, get a club card.

If you own a .club, now there’s sort of a way to join the .club club. Well. At least, from August 15 to August 30, if you renew your .club, you get it at a fifth-hole-punch rate of $9.38 per year for one-year renewal (at A rates)*.

So there's no better time than now to renew your .club domain and put another punch on the card. Or two. Or three.

Remember: you can renew your domain at any time. As long as you don't exceed the maximum registration period of 10 years. You don't have to wait until your domain expires.

* Price in USD. For local prices, see the .club pricing page

Edit August 19: Clarified that the promo applies only to a single year renewal.

Since we last checked in, only three new truly generic TLDs have been delegated in ICANN’s new TLD program, and we’ll get to those.

Also in that timeframe, around a hundred new Brand TLDs have been delegated. Since they’re outside the scope of what we’ll be able to offer (Brand TLDs are “single registrant TLDs”, i.e. no registrar necessary), since so many are being delegated right now, we thought it was as good a time as any to address this trend head on.

But first, our three (truly) generic TLDs added this past month:

.beautyJuly 15

Overall, there were just three applications for this domain, including Top Level Domain Holdings (aka Minds + Machines) and Donuts, both of whom submitted PIC (we detailed PIC back in April).

But it was L’Oréal’s application that ultimately prevailed. It looks as though L’Oréal will open up registrations to everyone, but .beauty may in fact be yet another brand TLD of the many delegated this month.

.doctorJuly 21

There were also three applications for .doctor as well, two of which were a couple of usual suspects: Radix and Donuts whose application joined The Medical Registry Limited’s application. However, Donuts was the only applicant to submit a PIC and it may well be for this reason that their application prevailed.

.latinoAugust 4

There were only two applicants for .latino, Dish DBS Corporation (i.e. Dish Network) and Top Level Domain Holdings (i.e. Minds + Machines). After a private auction in the fall of 2014, TLDH withdrew their application and this month .latino was delegated to Dish DBS Corporation.

This is the only “community”-oriented application that Dish submitted, catering to the global Latino community, though interestingly only TLDH’s application contained a PIC.

The Brand TLDs

In 2013 when the first round of new TLDs was announced, it was estimated that around 680 of applied-for TLDs were so-called “Brand TLDs” or .brands. This amounts to more than a third of all TLD applications in the initial round of the new TLD program.

As of yet, though, Brand TLDs are not a separate category of gTLDs as is the case with GeoTLDs and Community TLDs and the reasons companies might have applied for one are varied.

Some companies, most notably Canon, had specific marketing in mind, while others applied defensively for their .brand. Others applied not totally certain of how they would use their .brands when they were delegated.

As such, some .brands may eventually be available on the public market and while the fact that many brands have outsourced the registry backend management to companies with experience in this area (i.e. companies that operate registries that do offer domains for sale on the public market), doing so undercuts many of the main advantages of a Brand TLD.

It’s not hard to see how having a public, proprietary namespace might be beneficial to a company, even if used for purely internal purposes and some Brand TLDs may never be used for the web. But those that do will benefit from stronger branding (no generic “.com” required) and better assurance of reputation. After all, a domain name can cost less than a dollar while a TLD is much more expensive and much harder to get, which in turn insures a certain level of security in itself.

Most Brand TLDs fall under the category of single-registrant, a category created by ICANN for the new TLD program. This suggests that more than a few of the companies who have been delegated these TLDs intend to use them to more directly manage their brands online, especially on the web.

To give you an idea of just how many Brand TLDs are currently being delegated, we’ve put a list of the ones this past month. To give you an idea of what kinds of companies are interested in these, we’ve broken them down by category:

Sports and Entertainment:

  • .comcast
  • .xfinity
  • .abc
  • .nba
  • .blockbuster
  • .showtime
  • .cbs

Retail and Apparel:

  • .loft
  • .gap
  • .oldnavy
  • .bananarepublic
  • .calvinklein
  • .target
  • .staples
  • .marshalls
  • .lancome
  • .tjmaxx
  • .nike
  • .macys
  • .athleta
  • .bestbuy


  • .allstate
  • .goodhands
  • .nationwide
  • .onyourside
  • .esurance
  • .americanfamily
  • .prudential


  • .off
  • .duck
  • .scjohnson
  • .pfizer
  • .afamilycompany


  • .booking
  • .hyatt

Automotive, Electronics, Manufacturing:

  • .dodge
  • .maserati
  • .ferrari
  • .fiat
  • .intel
  • .jeep
  • .honeywell
  • .chrysler
  • .zippo

Finance and Commerce:

  • .visa
  • .citi
  • .duns
  • .fidelity
  • .ladbrokers
  • .lplfinancial


As more of these Brand TLDs are delegated, expect to see more companies using these proprietary namespaces in the wild.

And remember: these are new TLDs on the cutting edge of having been added by ICANN. As such, any discussion of one of these TLDs should not be interpreted as meaning any of these extensions will be imminently available on Gandi (though we, of course, try to offer all the extensions we possibly can). That especially applies to Brand TLDs.

Gandi is happy to introduce .商标 (.xn--czr694b in punycode), which is now available at Gandi for US$249.49 per year at A rates*.

Even though .商标 (which is Chinese for “trademark”) entered the GoLive phase in January 2015, in a way, it’s a TLD that’s forever in Sunrise.

Despite being open to the public independent of Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), .商标 is only available to individuals, companies or organizations with valid trademark registrations. In order to register a .商标 domain, you must be able to prove your registration of the trademark with a recognized intellectual property organization.

It’s like printing a little so if you want to register a .商标 domain name you have to be able to prove you’re entitled to it.

For the full details, see the .商标 rules page.

Register a .商标 domain?



* For local prices, see the .商标 price page

Need a place to keep some things online for awhile? Well we have got the perfect (name)space for you. Today, July 5, 2016, .storage is entering the Sunrise phase, meaning that if you have some stuff you want stored on the Internet for awhile and have a TMCH claim, you can register your .storage domain for $200.60* per year.

Of course, you can always pre-register a spot in one of the next two phases, even while the Sunrise phase is still going on.

The Landrush phase for .storage starts September 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT and ends January 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM PST. Registering in this phase gives you an exclusive shot at getting a possibly higher-demand .storage spot for $150.60*.

Then, on January 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM PST, .storage is open to everyone in the GoLive phase. Register (or pre-register) your .storage in this phase for $95.36* per year at A rates.

Register a .storage?


* Prices in USD. See the .storage price page for local prices.

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