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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.


Every school kid knows it's almost the end of spring which means only one thing: summer is back, along with those hot out-of-school summer days of freedom and unrestrained, unconfined fun.

And with .fun entering the GoLive phase on April 5, now's the time to lock down some of that fleeting .fun in the summertime with a .fun domain. If you order your .fun domain from now until June 5, 2017 you can have your .fun for just $12.99* for the first year (and $28.87* per year after that).

Looking for some .fun?

.fun

 

*Prices in USD. See .fun page for local prices.


Originally delegated as the country-code TLD for the Isle of Man, if it hasn't necessarily had a tremendous market on its home island, .im has been keen to capitalize on its position as an especially useful couple of letters.

Besides the large number of words ending in im, IM also means "instant messenger" for those who remember the internet circa 2005. Not only that .im is the perfect TLD for when you do you. Nothing says, "I am what I am," like .im.

And this April, .im is on sale, from April 1 through April 30, for $6.00 for the first year and the usual $20.00 after that*.

Register a .im?

.im

 

*Prices in USD. See .im 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. 


We don't have to tell you that healthcare is a hot button issue these days. We will happily sidestep that issue to tell you about something that isn't all over the headlines — on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT, .hospital will be available for all (no insurance required. Or accepted, really) in the GoLive phase.

Domains in the .hospital extension will be available for $63.11 per year at A rates* starting 9:00 AM Wednesday, so now's your last chance to get your .hospital GoLive registration in beforehand. Then .hospital domains are available for this price thereafter.

Buy a .hospital?

.hospital

 

*Prices in USD. See .hospital page for local prices.


The market for four TLDs is looking pretty good. As of March 6, 2017, four finance-related TLDs have been looking bearish (though that's no indicator of poor health in general). Which is good if you're thinking of investing in one of these TLDs.

Boston Ivy, the registry for all four, has lowered prices permanently, and by significant amounts. Here's a look at the price change per year:

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. Click the links in the list above to see local pricing.


We're never excited to bring you this kind of news, but in this case the change is so significant that we feel a special sense of urgency to get you this information as soon as possible.

Beginning August 21, 2017 at midnight UTC (keep in mind: that's 5:00 PM PDT on August 20), prices on sixteen TLDs managed by Uniregistry will be increasing, in some cases by very significant amounts.

We do not have the final pricing yet but we do know the rough percentage increases on each TLD:

These increase will apply to all operations on these domains, so if you've always wanted one of these domains, now is the time to get it. If you have one already and it's not renewed up to the maximum registration period (10 years on all of these), now is the time to top it off. And if you have your domain registered elsewhere and want to consolidate your portfolio at Gandi, now's the time to transfer it. As you can see from the list above, the savings could be significant.

Create a domain
Renew a domain
Transfer a domain


We have good news for companies of all kinds! .com.tw domains are on sale for just NT$95 the first year!
The .com.tw extension is the most popular extension for businesses in Taiwan.

Your business gets (with each domain at Gandi):

  • Five free email mailboxes
  • 1000 free forwarding addresses
  • A one-page website
  • Half-off on Simple Hosting (your first instance will be free for 10 days!)
  • Private domain registration
  • One-year free SSL certificate to secure your site
  • Benefit from webmail, an address book and calendar using our new SOGo (Open Source Groupware)


Register a .com.tw?

.com.tw

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