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Back when the nTLD program was just starting, the cool way to promote them was to awkwardly mash the TLDs into a paragraph or story. We have so many TLDs in this transfer promo, we thought we'd do a little throwback to the old days with this post.

When you transfer a domain name, it's like it goes on a little trip. Earlier this year, we called it a quest. Since September is widely considered the best month to travel, we thought we'd compare transfers for our transfer promo starting this month to a world tour. Let us be your .guide.

As with any trip, you should really start by calling your bank. You don't want to mess up your .credit. Get your .creditcard cleared for Europe and East Asia. Any .place (the exact .country will be a surprise).

Okay. Now load up your phone with your preferred .audio for the flight. May we suggest some weepy guitar music to help you sleep, or, if you prefer staying awake, some high-energy .hiphop or dance music? We leave that up to you.

Alright, got your .tickets? Here we go.

We'll start off with a good old-fashioned trip to .vegas for some .juegos, as they say. And maybe a .rodeo? Do they have those in Vegas? Probably with showgirls and/or tigers.

Alright, next, we'll hop across the Pacific to .taipei to check out Taipei 101 at night and of course visit the Shilin Night Market.

Next we'll catch a flight up to .yokohama. As a major seaport, Yokohama is of course a .fishing center. We'll definitely want to cook up some fresh catches while we're there.

Then it's a .direct flight to .london. Obviously, we'll have to do the double-decker bus thing (it's a must). It's more fun to just wander around the city, though. There's always something .cooking (like haggis if you want to  feel like a .scot, which is really quite nice, despite .claims to the contrary. We'd rather get a curry, though).

Then we'll head to the .country to stay in an old BnB. We'll hit the .courses, play a few rounds of golf or .rent a .horse and feel like a real English gentleman, surveying the manor, if we .insure* that's alright with our .host. We don't want to .press anyone's hospitality too much.

Then it's off to .amsterdam for that great Dutch quality of .life: bicycles, bridges, canals, tulips even.

Next, .beer .fans will rejoice in a jaunt through Germany, taking us to .koeln, (aka .cologne, guess there's a nice .church there) and finally .bayern (Bavaria, that is) just in time for Oktoberfest. Too bad it's not the right time of year to .ski. We'll be right in the Alps. Oh well. We can just .surf the Eisbach in Munich instead. If .beer's not enough liquid courage, we'll bring a bottle of  .vodka just in case, though that wouldn't be very Ger.men of us ...

Finally, .fyi, if you can't .finance that much travel, before you talk to any .accountants or take out any .loans, it's okay to join us just here, in the .digital realm, totally .gratis.

We hoped you liked our little  .global TLD tour, even if it was all just through our .website. There were just two we couldn't fit in: .republican and  .mba (no, that's not meant as a political statement). Transfers of any of the above TLDs are currently on sale at Gandi. Click the links above for pricing. If you have a domain in any of the above TLDs, it's a great time for them to take a little trip as well. Happy travels to you and your domains!

*Yeah, we know. But there's no .ensure.

It's not often, but when it happens, we want you to be aware. As of August 29, 2016, prices on .hk domains have increased. New .hk domains and .hk domain renewals are now $55.67* per year at A rates. Transfers are now $47.16* and owner changes are $167.01* and, overall a 30% increase at all rates.

Please note that these changes reflect pricing changes instituted at the .hk registry.

We apologize for the suddenness of this change. Please feel free to contact our Customer care team if you have any questions.

*Prices in USD. Please see .hk for full price details.

Followers of this page may know we cover a lot of new gTLD releases. Of course, the nTLD program is great, it opens up a lot of creative possibilities for domain names that simply wouldn't exist otherwise.

But every so often, there's that rare moment when you get something really special: a TLD that exists already, usually a ccTLD, which previously restricted its registrations in some way, opens the doors to the general public.

Such is the case with .fi, the ccTLD for Finland. Historically, .fi domains have only been open to Finnish residents and companies, but as of 3:00 AM PDT on September 5, .fi will bust wide open for anyone and everyone. The .fi TLD has lot of good options, too.

Of course, some of the good ones are already taken : wi.fi (and why.fi), hi.fi (even high.fi), and lo.fi are registered already. But as of this writing there are still a lot of great .fi domains out there: no.fi, exampli.fi com.fi even knights-who-say.fi.

So to lighten the load on anyone who wants to give a .fi domain a shot and to celebrate the new found .fi-dom, starting today, August 29, until September 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM PDT, .fi domain creations will be just $13.50 (compare to the normal $19.50 at A rates)*.

That means even while the local presence requirements are still in place you can get a .fi domain for this price. But if you can meet the requirements and you do want to get your .fi domain before it opens to everyone, do it before September 2.

That's because September 2 the .fi domain service will be closing and domain registration will not be active until the new service opens up September 5.

Register a fly .fi?



*Prices in USD. For local prices see the .fi price page.

**Update 9/13:

After a bumpy start, .fi registrations are now truly open to all (two-character domains were additionally restricted until September 12). One final note: non-Finnish residents will still need to click the "Modify" link at the Contacts step in the domain registration process in order to indicate that they are not Finnish. This is due to the fact that Finnish registration numbers are still required for Finnish residents to register .fi domains.

Of course, if you run into any additional difficulties or have other questions, feel free to contact our Customer care team and they can help you through the process.

With the highest per capita internet connectivity in the world, it's time for Korea to get its own .com and .net. On August 30 at 5:00 PM PDT (or August 31 at 9:00 AM in Seoul), .닷컴 (punycode .xn--mk1bu44c) and .닷넷 (punycode .xn--t60b56a), the Korean forms of .com and .net respectively, enter the GoLive phase and become available for all to register for just $15.54 per year* (at A rates).

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Price in USD. See the .닷컴 and .닷넷 price pages for local prices.

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.

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