After a rather eventful 2014, here's what we expect from 2015.
With more than 400 new gTLDs delegated (bringing the number of TLDs offered by Gandi to over 500), our launch in Asia, the launch of the Gandi CLI, a new status tool, a TLD suggestion engine, the growth of our hosting services to include the HVM platform, the year 2014 was a big one for all our teams. We're also working on a few surprises for you in 2015, including a new website, the rebirth of our hosting offer, a continuous flow of new gTLDs, new supported projects and events, and other things that will make 2015 a big one for us.
Since 2000, we've grown and progressed, thanks to you and your ever-valued guidance. Don't hesitate to contact us with your ideas, hopes and feedback; we love hearing from you.
This year, we hope your projects will be lucrative, your comrades steadfast, and your ideas perfectly timed. May we play as important a role in your success as you do in ours.
Remember, the Sunrise phase is for TMCH-registered trademark holders. Contact our corporate support team if you have a TMCH-registered trademark (or would like help registering your existing trademark at TMCH) in order to register one of these new gTLDs during Sunrise. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.
Earlier this month we started the process of unifying the SFTP service on Simple Hosting across our three data centers by merging their SFTP keys. Over the next few weeks, we're taking the next step towards a more unified infrastructure with migrations of the SFTP endpoints.
While most customers will not notice any disruption in service, we want to keep you informed of our operations so you can avoid any possible issues. Here's a schedule:
Date of migration
December 30, 2014
January 5, 2015
January 6, 2015
What are the possible issues?
Loss of connectivity
It's possible (though unlikely) that a running SFTP connection will lose connectivity during migration. This will happen very rarely, and will not have major consequences. Recovery will consist of simply reconnecting.
DNS / Firewall Issues
Since the IP address of each endpoint will change, DNS propagation problems may arise for some customers.
If you are having trouble connecting to the service immediately following the migration window, this may be the cause. Simply waiting for propagation should resolve it.
Also, if your firewalls or other security systems limit SFTP outbound to specific IP addresses, it will be necessary to adjust the rules on these systems to allow the new addresses (and disallow the old).
The year 2015 is coming and it's bringing a slew of changes with it. One of those changes affects the way VAT tax is applied on "electronic services" (such as a domain name) purchased by European residents.
Simply put: people living within the European Union must pay for these electronic services (i.e. "nonmaterial goods", more info on this is linked to further down on the page) no longer with the TVA of the country where the merchant is located (practically speaking, from where the services were purchased), but rather, the VAT of the country of residence (country where the service was consumed). The territorial rules pertaining to purchases made by European organization which have an intra community VAT number (mainly companies) remain unchanged.
Since Gandi sells electronic services, all of our products (except t-shirts) will be affected by this change.
To give you a concrete example, take the VAT rates of a few EU countries:
If a French customer buys a domain that costs €10 from a company located in Spain, he or she will pay €12 (€10 + 20% French VAT). A Danish customer buying the same domain from the same Spanish company would pay €12.50 (€10 + 25% Danish VAT). And finally, a Spanish customer would pay €11.60 (€10 + 16% Spanish VAT).
Note that this measure only affects so-called "Telecommunications, broadcasting & other online services", as defined by the VAT Directive. Therefore, actual physical goods sold via "distance selling" (clothing, etc) over the Internet are not affected by this change.
Note also that the sale of electronic services to persons who reside in a non-European Union country will not be subject to European VAT (export), even if these countries are geographically European (ex. Switzerland).
If you bought or transferred a domain to Gandi in the past year, you were automatically given a promo code you can use for a discount of 50% off of the purchase of an annual instance of Simple Hosting, our easy and powerful hosting solution.
And that's not all!
Who buys anything sight unseen, even at half-price? Before you commit to Simple Hosting for a whole year, you'll probably want to test it out.
Select the programming language, size and database you want
If it isn't already the default, select the "10 free test days" duration option
Complete the instance creation form and confirm the instance creation
The instance you create will be available for 10 days. If you want to keep it longer, you can use the coupon! Get 50% off for one year, or renew it for the shorter interval option you want (at full price).
Pro tip: if you renew before the end of the 10 day trial, the next time interval still starts at the end of the 10 days. No trimming!
We try to make it simple (otherwise we wouldn't call it Simple Hosting!). Part of that is making it free for 10 days :)