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This morning, Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM PDT (14:00 UTC), .eco entered the GoLive phase. Domains in this TLD are now available for $95.44 per year* at A rates.

If Earth Day this weekend got you riled up to support the environment and ecological causes in general, we have good news for you. The new TLD .eco is now launching in the GoLive phase. The registry, the .eco Organization, is a non-profit representing a coalition of ecological partners including WWF and Greenpeace. They are partnering with Big Room, a certified B corporation, to bring .eco domains to the ecological community.

Since .eco is a TLD primarily for this community, the .eco label is reserved primarily for companies, institutions, and individuals dedicated to protecting the environment. As such, while anyone can register a .eco domain, it won't be activated by the registry until a profile has been created on the resgitry's website.

This process will entail three steps:

  1. When you register a .eco domain, you will receive an email (at the email address on your Gandi account) inviting you to create a .eco user account.
  2. Once your user account has been created, you will receive another email requesting that you complete your profile on the registry's website.
  3. When your profile is complete, a final email will confirm the activation of your domain name.

In between, should there be any delay in creating an account or completing your profile, for both steps one and two above, you will receive reminders three, seven, fourteen, and thirty days after creating your domain or creating your user account. You won't be able to use your domain until your account is created and your profile is completed.

Otherwise, if you don't want to or can't activate your domain immediately, you will be able to do so at any moment up to a year after the initial registration of your .eco domain name.

Register a .eco?

.eco

*Price in USD. See .eco page for local pricing.


Two TLDs — .realty and .observer — for two different professions where independents are up against big-time players are now entering the GoLive phase.

There's no better way for an evening to devolve into bitter resentment like playing a simulated property-trading board game. And if you thought competing to buy and develop property was fun in your living room, the stakes are higher and the defeats more stinging in real life. It's a tough game, but now that .realty is the GoLive phase, it's a little easier for small realtors to fight the Uncle Pennybags of the world: domains in this TLD are now $15.56 per year at A rates*.

Of course, no monopoly is complete without absolute control over the local media market, but .observer, a TLD to help news organizations stand out, can help break down those barriers to entry, too. Now that it's in the GoLive phase, domains in the .observer TLD are also available for $15.56 per year at A rates*.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See .realty and .observer price pages for local prices.


Domaining, the practice of registering domain names as a financial investment to be sold later for profit, is still a little-known and understood practice pursued primarily by investors specialized in the field.

However, this past month the online domain name marketplace SEDO participated in the 7th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai, which provided a venue for the German company to attract more interested parties to its marketplace, which already contains more than 18 million domain names, and this public presentation represented the possibility that domain names could become a commodity the general public could invest in as well.

With this sizable marketplace, sedo.com has unquestionably become the most recognized site for domaining, the practice of registering domain names as a financial investment to be sold later for profit. And while for those already in the know about domaining, SEDO is definitely the top name out there, the practice is still little known or understood by the general public.

While sometimes controversial, domaining is in and of itself legitimate. However, the entry of domaining into the public eye raises the specter of cybersquatting, the practice of intentionally registering a domain name corresponding to a registered trademark. Cybersquatting is problematic and is specifically prohibited by article 4.2 of Sedo's Terms of Use: "You acknowledge and agree that you may not use the Site or the Services to ... violate the rights of any third parties, including, but not limited to, trademark, copyright, naming or publicity rights." As such, SEDO itself cannot be held liable for any such activity, and with the arrival of new domainers into the marketplace from the pool of investors present in Dubai, there is some fear of an increase in cybersquatting activity.

And while the secondary domain name market is certainly growing (on sites such as Afternic, Domainmarket, HugeDomains, etc.), most domain name owners haven't yet plugged into it, and there are real benefits to be had.

The simplest example could involve anyone with a domain they intend to let expire, especially a generic domain name, could stand to make some money off of it by reselling it on a secondary domain name marketplace like the ones listed above.

While we do not support the practice of cybersquatting, we do support your right to participate in the secondary domain name market and assisting customers interested in listing domains on or buying domains from the secondary domain name market is one of the services offered by Gandi Corporate. Feel free to contact our Corporate Services team for more information.


The .AFRICA tld enters the Sunrise phase starting today April 4 at 9:00 AM PDT.

Domains registered in this phase require a TMCH registration. However, you can still register now for any of the other two phases. Domains in the Sunrise phase will cost $199.83* (at A rates) from today until June 4, 2017. Our corporate team is at your service to help you register this tld. 

Following that, there will be four release phases, at which point you'll need to contact our support team to put in your order at the following prices: 

 

  • June 5 to 9, $5980.00
  • June 12 to 16, $2390.00
  • June 16 to 23, $1260.00
  • June 26 to 30, $695.00

 

The Landrush phase begins July 4 at 9:00 AM PDT and goes until July 31, 2017, at 9:00 AM PDT. In the Landrush phase, .Africa domains are $199.83*. This phase is for those without a TMCH registration who are nonetheless willing to pay a premium to reserve a desirable domain.

And finally, .AFRICA will enter the GoLive phase on Wednesday, August 2 at 9:00 AM PDT. Domains purchased in the GoLive phase, the final release phase, will cost $199.83* per year at A rates.

Register a .AFRICA?

.africa

 

*Prices in USD. See .africa page for local pricing.


On March 22, 2017, the four Chinese TLDs .商店, meaning shop/store, .游戏, meaning games, .娱乐, meaning entertainment and .企业, meaning enterprise are entering the GoLive phase.

This means domains in these four TLDs are now open to all and are available at the following prices (per year at A rates)*:

  • .商店: $116.59
  • .游戏: $116.59
  • .娱乐: $63.05
  • .企业: $63.05

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See .商店, .游戏, .娱乐 and .企业 price pages for local prices. 


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