If you are concerned about the effect the new French surveillance law will have on your privacy, we have some updates for you.
It's been a busy month. We wrapped up our celebration of everything Gandi with a celebration at our office in San Francisco; the French legislature rushed through a new law on surveillance that has us pretty riled up and we've been zipping around to conferences like PyCon and the International Trademark Association Meeting; at the very end of the month we announced the availability of the Debian 8 image on our public IaaS platform; and we just saw a video of a bear walking on its hind legs (it's weird. Look it up).
What's in store for May? Well, some great promotions on some TLDs for one; we'll be at another conference, World Hosting Days; and videos of who knows what terrifying beast walking preposterously like a human (here's hoping it's not a moose).
What can one company do in the face of government surveillance?
In France, in an atmosphere charged by terrorist threats and attacks, an intelligence bill that opens the door to massive and widespread surveillance of individuals and businesses is being passed by the National Assembly on April 13, 2015. It can become effective as soon as the end of this year, possibly before the end.
Summary: At a glance
- Happy Birthday Gandi!
- Gandi at PyCon
- April new gTLD release calendar
- Promo roundup
It was an exciting month for us here at Gandi. It's not often you celebrate 15 years, so we made the best we could out of it. It was like our bar mitzvah, our quinceañera (except we didn't ever convince Stephan to wear the dress, the best we got was the skateboard picture) and our Sweet 16 all rolled into one. That is to say, not only did we enjoy distributing party favors to all our favorite parties, but it feels like we've come of age now. We're teenaged (Yikes). Don't expect door slamming, loud music and "You don't own me, Mom!" petulance, though. If the last couple of years have been any indication, we've been having quite the growth spurt. We just hope the next few years are as great as the last fifteen, and that we continue to grow and mature into a nice, young company. The kind you take home to your parents on a first date.
Seriously, though, thank you, all of you. We couldn't have gotten here without you.
1. Happy Birthday Gandi!
We were quite happy that so many of you were able to snatch up the truckloads of promo codes we threw out like candy from a piñata this past month. We hope that for you it was all Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Rolls and Smarties and not so many Bit O' Honeys (we're not promoting any brand names here, just saying, those are the good ones when it comes to piñata candy).
Here's a summary of all the goodies we gave away:
- 530 t-shirts
- 66,653 domain names
- 16,861 months of Simple Hosting (or, if you prefer, 1405 years)
- 1.5 billion hosting credits
And that's not counting the price reductions.
So thank you all for your beautiful expressions of love and kindness and your fanatical devotion to winning prizes, really, we're already starting to plan for the 20 year anniversary five years from now.
A quick reminder, though, for those of you who have won, your coupons are valid only until April 30th, that they can only be used for domain creations (and not renewals or transfers) and that if you have no idea of how to use them, share the wealth with your family, friends, pets, colleagues, dentists, baseball coaches and bank tellers!
2. Gandi at PyCon
PyCon 2015, the largest annual convention for Python developers, is currently underway in the lovely city of Montréal and of course, we are there with you. So far we have been having a marvelous time. Such nice people, such tasty poutine ...
We'll keep you posted on how it goes and of course, if you're there this week, come find us!
3. April new gTLD release calendar
Here's our calendar of expected domain releases this month. As usual, things can change, but right now this is how it looks from here:
Monday, April 13:
Wednesday, April 15:
.fashion (GoLive) .garden (GoLive)
Monday, April 20:
Tuesday, April 21:
.poker (GoLive) .gold (Sunrise) .golf (Sunrise) .mobie (Sunrise) .plus (Sunrise) .tours (Sunrise)
Tuesday, April 28 :
.amsterdam (Sunrise) .cafe (Sunrise) .express (Sunrise)
Wednesday, April 29 :
4. Promo roundup
April showers got you down? Try out one of the following promotions available this month:
.XYZ is on sale for all one-year domain creations for the teeny tiny adorable little price of $5.00 at A rates instead of the usual $13.63 (no offense regular-rate, you're beautiful just the way you are) until June 30th: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-17/3064-.xyz_for_5.00_its_official/
.WEBSITE is on sale for all one-year domain creations for $4.13 rather than the usual $30.31 but only until April 15th: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-03-06/3116-massive_promo_.website_at_80_off/
The sale on .SCIENCE has been extended! It will now go until May 24th, so you have a bit more time to empirically weigh the best way to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a one-year domain creation at A rates for just $3.60: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-23/3420-golivepromo_.science/
.ASIA and .IN are 50% off until July 1 ($12.50 and $7.75 respectively): https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/3000-promo_.asia_and_.in_at_half_price/
.ME one-year creations are 40% off ($14.40 instead of $24) until the end of March: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-01/2964-promo_.me_at_40_off/
.CLUB is $10.74 instead of $13.43 all year: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/2996-promo_.club_at_20_off/
The registry RightSide is offering a reduction of 25% off the price of a one-year creation on TLDs in the following list: .ACTOR, .AUCTION, .CONSULTING, .DANCE, .HAUS, .IMMOBILIEN, .KAUFEN, .MODA, .PUB, .REVIEWS, .SOCIAL until the end of June: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-04/3255-promo_.auction_.immobilien_.dance_.reviews_.kaufen_.social_.actor_.consulting_.haus_.pub_.moda/
.CO.COM is 60% off through June 30! A mere $16.14, instead of the usual $40.34 (excluding taxes). https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3764-promo_on_.co.com/
Six extensions on one promo: .GIFT, .HIPHOP, .HOSTING, .LINK, .PICS, .PROPERTY all at reduced prices until the end of June: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3758-6_promos_including_.link/
.CAT is available for $6, through the end of April: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3761-promotion_on_.cat/
And one promotion that snuck up on us in the dead of the night is the one currently underway for .NINJA, which you can get for $2.00 instead of the usual $19.61: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-01/3668-promo_.ninja_for_2/
That's it for this month. Send your postcards, care packages and perfumed love letters to us at email@example.com.
Love, The Gandi Team https://www.gandi.net
Hundreds of miles of cables, thousands of gallons of coffee, 1.7 million active domains
1000 birthday presents an hour, don't miss our 15th anniversary game!
TL;DR: It's March, and spring has officially sprung, as they say. We're warming up for 2015 with (mostly) good news: we have an update on our Gandi Server pricing to share; we have a bunch more new gTLDs this month, bringing the running total to approximately eleventy billion; we have promos on .ME, .SOCIAL, .CLUB, .DANCE, .MX and a whole bunch more. And we'll see you in Austin for South by Southwest! In other news, registries are raising prices on .INFO, .ORG and .WS. For details, read on!
Don't be fooled by a new wave of attempts to trick Gandi customers with fraudulent renewal notices.
It's the dead of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and many of you are suffering through cold and snows, looking for something to brighten your days. Actually, to be honest, we wouldn't know anything about that, since we're penning these lines in the heart of 73-degree San Francisco, where the constant jackhammering outside our office has driven us to the brink of giving it all up for a cabin in the woods.
Fortunately for you, we're afraid of bears, and so we shall press on to tell you about the latest happenings at Gandi, including the grand opening of our IRC channel, our new private VLAN tools, and no less than 19 promotions on domain names.
We've also lowered prices on .IO domains, rolled out privacy protection on .XYZ, released dozens of new TLDs, and are simply jackhammeringly feverish with excitement about next month!
Gandi would like to wish all of you a happy new year, with best wishes and many thanks to all of you for being our customer. 2014 was a phenomenal year for us, and we finished it off by sending the donations from our December campaign with .xyz to Creative Commons, FreeBSD and Fight for the Future.
In 2015, we will be here to help you in your online endeavors, whether it's growing your online business, updating your blog, renewing your domains or deploying your web app. And to help you navigate the seas of new gTLDs, we are rolling out a new TLD suggestion engine--see below for details. You will also find our provisional January gTLD release calandar, advice on the price of .NET, and our promos for the year (there are some great ones!
... and why it's usually necessary to open a ticket for us to handle your request.
It is a distinctly European week in domains, this first week of December, with launches for .PARIS, .BZH (for the Brittany region, and also pretty fun to say out loud), and next week .IMMO (how you abbreviate real restate in French). Later this month are some very cool general openings as well, like .SOFTWARE and .PIZZA (Dec 10). Since these TLDs go together so naturally, it should be an interesting day, indeed. If you are wondering what else is happening in domains this month, check out our release calendar at the end of this newsletter.
The Gandi US team was all over the country in November; you can read about our escapades in this post!
It was an interesting month, with a .XYZ promo for only $4, and a .CLUB promo for $6.50. While the .CLUB domain is back up to normal for the moment, don't count them out! We are cooking up some interesting things for that TLD. And .XYZ, who will not hesitate to dress in purple and dance to get you to dream up a great domain with their extension, have gone and created a very Gandi-like promo for you: they will donate $0.50 for each domain sold in the month of November to the EFF. And nobody puts Gandi in the corner, so we're matching.
Our friends at Uniregistry are getting promos set up for .BLACKFRIDAY. Keep your eyes open for this one, all you e-commerce people. We'll send smoke signals when it's ready (and maybe also post on our news feed).
This month, Simple hosting instances will be upgraded to PHP 5.4, and we are making changes to the Gandi CLI approximately every 5 minutes. Thanks to those of you who have contributed so far!
Can securing your website with SSL boost your search ranking?
Gandi people have been taking to the road this year. Here where we've been and where we're going.
Check out the October 2014 newsletter for updates to the launch schedules of new gTLDs, and loads of promos and updates!
Python 3.2 is available in beta on Gandi Simple Hosting instances.
We're so happy to open source our new favorite tool for management of domains, SSL certificates and hosting, the way it was meant to be: on the command line.
Gandi is pleased to contribute to #hack4good 0.6: The planet's biggest ever global hack against climate change!
Today, Gandi wants you to know about the Internet Slowdown, which is a part of the Battle for the Net. This action today is to call attention to the fact that the FCC is considering rules that will make it easier for big cable services like Verizon and Comcast to charge content providers for "fast lanes." It's a fast lane for those who pay up, and everyone else goes slow.
We will also be at #hack4good this weekend in San Francisco, making a difference for climate change.
The month of September is a busy one for new Top-Level domains in Europe, with the GoLive of .LONDON, .PARIS, .BZH, .BRUSSELS, .VLAADEREN, .COLOGNE, .KOELN and more. The US will have its share of fun, with some Western-style domains like .VEGAS, .RODEO, .HORSE, and .FISHING all going live, and of course that's not all...
A new promotion on .MX is also available this month - don't miss out on huge savings there.
We have enhanced our US operations to give you better support in western time zones, and to smooth out billing for US and Canadian customers.
This is also the last month you can take advantage of an incredible 50% off on .US!
Simple Hosting gets more useful this month, with an updated version of the WordPress installation tutorial to celebrate the release of WordPress 4.0! As you have come to expect, at the end of this newsletter you will find a roundup of current promotions available on Gandi.net.
A lot of people are aware that the FCC has proposed new rules that eviscerate what was known as Net Neutrality. Were you aware that if enacted, these rules will slow the internet down for almost everyone in the USA? We have a chance to do something about it on September 10!
WordPress 4.0 was just released. To celebrate, we're offering a free month of Simple Hosting!
Gandi is adding the ability to process payments from US customers in the US. We are also expanding our US support team.
Note: We apologize in advance for the atrocio.us attempts at wordplay to come in the following paragraphs. There are six categories of humor we don't do, and patriotic humor is one of them. You have been warned. -Ed.
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