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In the old jetset days, you had to be a millionaire to fly to far-off and exotic locales. But, thanks in part to online deal finders, today travel is open to all.

Similarly, when .travel debuted back in 2005, you had to actually be in the travel industry in order to obtain one.

As of now, the jet set age of .travel is over: .travel domains are now open to anyone providing services, products or content of, by or for the travel industry. Especially travel startups and travel writers.

You do still have to become a .travel "member" before you can get a .travel domain, though, and getting a Member Number or UIN is still required. You can get that automatically on the travel.travel website.

Otherwise, once you have a UIN, .travel domains are available for $90.00 per year at A rates*. Happy .travel's!

Register a .travel?



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

Quick quiz for students of the Chinese language:

Q. How do you say "website" in Chinese?
A. .网站 !

As of September 26, TMCH registrants could get theirs in the Sunrise phase for just $150.60 per year*. The Sunrise phase will last until October 26 before .网站 passes into the Landrush phase on November 1, during which domains will be registered for $138.59 per year* until it enters the GoLive phase on November 2 at 3:00 PM PST, when domains will be available for $19.35 per year at A rates*.

Register a .网站?



*Prices in USD. See .网站 for local prices. 

Not to be confused with .shop, .shopping is now entering the GoLive phase, when it will be open to all for $38.35 per year* at A rates.

Nothing is more synonymous with .shopping than buying something. So shopping for your .shopping domain is like meta-shopping.

If that didn't blow your mind too much, search for your .shopping domain below.

Ready to do some .shopping?



* Prices in USD. See .shopping for local prices.

There's finally a TLD for glam rockers, stage actors, TV personalities, mimes, and of course, for any of you wanting just to highlight one or several of your facial features: .makeup is now entering the Sunrise phase.

In this phase, lasting from September 22 until that most makeup-friendly date October 31, .makeup domains will be available for $550.66 per year* to TMCH claims holders.

But that doesn't mean you can't pre-register your .makeup domain in either the Landrush or GoLive phases. The Landrush phase will last from November 1 through November 7. Domains registered in Landrush will sell for $XXX.XX per year* and then on November 8, .makeup enters the GoLive phase, when domains will be sold for $250.61 per year* at A rates.

Make a .makeup domain?


* Prices in USD. See .makeup pricing page for local prices.

If your bank account failed a Strength Check during the Sunrise or Landrush phases of the release of .games, now you can try again in the GoLive phase, starting September 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT. That is to say, .games domains are now open to even the lowest-level orc for just $23.15 per year (at A rates)*.

You don't have to roll a D20 but there is one check you do have to do: see if your .games domain is available.

Check your .games?



*Price in USD. For local rates, please see the .games price page.

As was the case last month, this month, new TLDs delegated to the root by ICANN have been overwhelmingly BrandTLDs. Check out last month's post for more details.

Four new generic TLDs were also introduced in the past month, all of which highlighted aspects of how contentions arise and are resolved in the TLD application process.

.secureAugust 10

It should come as no surprise that there would be some contention around the applications for a domain synonymous with safety, privacy and protection, all special concerns for the Internet age.

There were two applicants for .secure: Artemis Internet and Amazon. The controversy here comes from the CEO of a company called Domain Security Company, who essentially accused Artemis of stealing her idea to create a high-security TLD.

Precluding this controversy, though, is the fact that in the end .secure was delegated to Amazon, not Artemis. Presumably, Artemis's allegedly stolen plans for a .secure TLD will not be implemented.

.hotAugust 10

One lesser-known aspect of ICANN's new gTLD program was the position of Independent Objector.

ICANN selected Alain Pellet from the University of Paris as their legal expert for this role, who had a year to file objections based on his international law expertise.

The role of Independent Objector, or IO for short, was to assess applications and submit objections on Limited Public Interest or Community related grounds. In legalese: "the applied-for gTLD string must be contrary to generally accepted legal norms of morality and public order that are recognized under fundamental principles of international law," or translated into English, the IO can only object to domain applications that might violate international law.

The IO can also object on Community grounds, but .hot doesn't meet the criteria.

Where .hot does come in, though, is in the IO's "controversial strings" comments, which were his first comments in this round of TLD applications. Specifically, he pointed out that .adult, .sex, .porn, .sexy, .hot, .gay, .lgbt, .persiangulf, .vodka and .wtf might run contrary to the public interest. He picked these because they had received the greatest number of comments during the public comment period.

The fact that Mr. Pellet, the first and so far only IO to serve for assessing ICANN's nTLD program, ruled that even though these domains are controversial, ICANN should not consider them "offensive to the public interest," is a good thing.

.diyAugust 25

It was between Google and Lifestyle Domain Holdings for the .diy TLD. The Scripps Network, owners of HGTV, the Travel Channel, the Food Network and, maybe you've guessed by now, the DIY Network. Scripps Network, who own a trademark for its DIY brand, filed an objection with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, which in addition to being a specialized UN agency was also selected by ICANN to act as a legal mediator.

The Scripps Network claim boiled down to the fact that Scripps owns trademarks and copyrights on "DIY". They claimed that Google "aspires
to become an authoritative online resource for content related to do-it-yourself activities," and that consumers might be confused into thinking the material on .diy domains would be coming straight from Scripps.

In another victory for common sense, though, WIPO determined that the acronym DIY is generic enough to reject Scripps's objection.

Ultimately, though, it seems that in the application process, Scripps won out.

.ecoAugust 28

Finally, the tale of .eco is one of the most interesting stories to come out of the new TLD application process, for obvious reasons.

There were five applicants for .eco:

  • Big Room Inc
  • Donuts
  • Dot Eco LLC
  • planet.ECO


  • Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. (aka Minds + Machines)

And while Donuts also submitted a PIC, the real contention came between two competing bids from Big Room Inc., planet.ECO and Dot Eco LLC, both of which threw the weight of their environmentalist backers.

The Economist Intelligence Unit, a unit of ICANN that evaluates community priority, initially scored Big Room Inc.'s application 14/16 points. Big Room Inc. is itself a certified B corporation and is thus required to balance environmental and social interests with financial interests. In 2009 they had already begun the process of consulting stakeholders in the international environmentalist community. They conducted seven consultations on five continents and drafted policies with three public comment periods lasting thirty days each.

The stakeholder-community they assembled consisted of organizations such as WWF International, Greenpeace International, and Green Cross International. All of them collaborated in defining the mission, purpose, and policies for the Community represented by Big Room Inc.'s Community application. The group adopted a charter and conducted meetings in Brussels and Washington.

However, in August 2009, Dot Eco LLC released a paper criticizing Big Room Inc., claiming that Big Room Inc.'s plan is "unworkable," and included "cumbersome registration policies."

The policies in question include a questionnaire about environmental performance, commitments, and actions of domain name registrants and the creation of a public ".eco system" that profiles registrants' ecological commitments. Presumably, this was to avoid criticism that a .eco TLD would allow companies the ability to "greenwash" their brands by purchasing their .eco TLD without making any commitment to ecological causes.

But dig beneath the surface, and you also find that Dot Eco LLC enjoyed the support of climate change advocate and Internet inventor Al Gore, the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Sierra Club and the Surfrider Foundation, while Big Room Inc. was closely associated with the Green Cross International and its founder Mikhail Gorbachev. But by the end fo 2011, Al Gore, had dropped his support.

The next bit of contention came from planet.ECO LLC, a small company that filed a trademark infringement case against Big Room Inc., and Dot Eco LLC. Since Big Room is based in Canada, planet.ECO had no jurisdiction, though, and eventually Planet.ECO also dropped its case against Dot Eco LLC.

Then, after ICANN gave Big Room Inc. the favorable community priority score mentioned above, all but ensuring they would be delegated the extension, Donuts, the other PIC submitter, filed a reconsideration request with ICANN. The reconsideration request was denied, and then ICANN convened an independent review panel last December to review whether they had acted with impartiality. They finally ruled in favor of their initial decision this past March and now, .eco has finally been delegated.

Is it really any surprise that it was that difficult, though? As the controversy and contention around these four TLDs demonstrates, ICANN's new gTLD program sometimes reflects societal fault lines crystal clear.

These TLDs are on the bleeding edge of the new TLD program. We don't know yet how they'll be rolled out to the market, so we can't say for sure whether we'll be offering them at Gandi. We'll try our best, though.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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