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.
If you're reading this, you're by definition an interested party in the impending decision to be made by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding Net Neutrality. If you're an American citizen, it's up to you to influence what the FCC eventually does by sending your comments about the new rules it has proposed. We are sending ours in, contributing as founding members of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition's extensive submission, but your voice is also needed to move from weak Net Neutrality protections to the stronger Open Internet rules that the telecom companies can't get struck down in court.
It's July, and as part of our war on sunburns, we feel it's our duty
to give you some reasons to spend some time indoors. Remember that the
soft glow of your computer monitor won't cause any forms of cancer we're
aware of, whereas the sun is totally trying to kill you. A little
climate control never hurt anybody! Statistically, you're 78% less
likely to be eaten by a carcajou if you stay inside, preferably near a
device that would allow you to register domain names (should you be so
inclined). And that's a fact. We commissioned a study.
Gandi is expanding to Asia with a new office in Taiwan! Celebrate with us and get a discount!
A new Simple Hosting instance is entering beta!
Who assumes their online data is private? No one should, because it isn't.
It has been eight years since we started selling t-shirts to benefit Gandi's supported projects, and we're betting on
our customers' inexhaustible love of Gandi apparel once again. Today, we're announcing a brand new, special-edition series of shirts: it's two of your favorite logos in
Protect your Gandi account with these security tips.
Last month, we reached a new milestone: 1.5 million domain names
registered at Gandi. Can you imagine? If you wrote each domain name on
an elephant and stacked the elephants on top of each other, you could
reach the moon!*
That number has been on the rise for 14 years
straight, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon,
especially with all the new gTLDs coming out. Below, you'll find a
calendar of this month's new extensions.
The .CO registry has a great deal during April and May, and new .CO registrations are 75% this week only.
It has been a very busy last few weeks in terms of security. You'll find the details below.
Finally, we'll summarize the current promotions available at Gandi.
Much has been made lately about stealthy hackers stealing domains, websites, Twitter handles, and even Gandi accounts (or trying to).
In this series, we want to share a story or two, and let you know what we think about how to keep your account secure, what we do for your security, and what you can do for your security at Gandi.net.
14 years after Gandi's humble beginning in a cramped Parisian apartment, we have just registered our 1,500,000th domain.
Wondering what we do with the money we'd otherwise be spending on ads?
Achievement unlocked: 50,000 websites are powered by Simple Hosting!
Continuing our ongoing tradition of digital advocacy, Gandi participated this week in the Internet Education Day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, hosted by the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (www.i2coalition.com), of which Gandi is a founding member.
Since the start of 2012, when the SOPA legislation was defeated by a grassroots opposition movement led by large Internet companies, political power over the information resources that Internet represents has shifted. Ordinary people and the companies they use have become a force for change, or at least to oppose restrictions on individual rights. This week we have a chance to make a real difference again, in the critical area of reforming the law governing mass surveillance.
The Donuts registry, one of the most important in the world of new gTLDs, has put in place a somewhat unique Landrush system which we have decrypted in this post for your reading pleasure.
In the a pile of changes rolling in with the new year, this one is extremely important to understand, because you are probably affected:
there is a new, mandatory contact verification procedure for all new ICANN-dependent domain names registered from 2014 on.
Are you lost in the jungle of new TLDs? This post will show you the way, and lay out what you can expect
in the near future and in the long term.
As the new extensions start to take off, new rules are coming into play, like the URS procedure. Also,
a recent survey by the Afilias registry highlights issues around the launch of these new gTLDs. The ".brand" aspect will forever change the use of social networks by companies looking to promote their brands.
UPDATED Nov 6: We've been talking about it for months:
November 5 (or the week after, if it's still quirky) November 29th marks the beginning of a new era in the world of domain names.
Note: there is an update to this now-outdated post here.
Following a beta test period
announced earlier this year, Gandi is pleased to be able to offer private VLAN functionality to all of our IaaS customer base.
You can now secure your Gandi login with a deeper level of authentication, keeping your domains and web content more secure from theft and defacement. Given the recent reports of registrar hacking, DNS hijacking, and the targeting of news web sites and domains, this is a timely feature.
Most of you probably have heard of our simple website creation tool, Gandi Site? Well, we are updating it to allow lots more functionality, including the ability to create a mobile version of your site! Yes, that's right, you can now use Gandi Site to make a website for your smartphone. Welcome to the mobile age!
Gandi is continuing to enhance its services to international customers with a new office in Europe.
There are a lot of things to think about when you are starting a business. What should you use for a source of initial funds? Should you borrow money? Ask your mother? Get seed capital? What about marketing your service or product? Do you want to advertise? Where? Who do you network with? Oh, and a web site… you need one, right?
One of the first things entrepreneurs do when starting a business is to come up with a great business name. After a late night or two of brainstorming with friends and colleagues, you might think you have captured the essence of your idea in a word you made up or translated into Greek or Latin. The name of a business is important, and conveys, in a word, the soul of what you do. What about the domain name? Drat! It’s taken!