SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
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1. The New Gandi Flex
2. A new limited edition t-shirt
3. Spotlight on .ME domains
4. The .CO on sale and then some
5. A new ICANN contract: big changes
6. Current promotions

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This month we will remind you of a nice way to save money on your IaaS
Cloud server at Gandi, with the newly refactored Gandi Flex service. In
case you missed it, we will introduce the latest Gandi t-shirt (limited
edition!), and discuss the .ME and .CO domain extensions.

Of particular interest to privacy advocates will be the new ICANN
contract. In some ways we are all privacy advocates these days, since we
seem to have less and less of it every time we turn around, or look in
the news. The new contract will means some big changes, though. To round
out our newsletter this time, we will once again give you the latest on
the promotions we are running.


1. The New Gandi Flex
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Gandi Flex has been around for a while, but our recent changes make it
all but unrecognizable. It's a way to set the power of your server to
whatever level you need it to be, on a recurring schedule. The resources
(CPU, RAM, and network) are adjustable hour-by-hour, at any level you
want.

The best part is the excellent web interface our engineers came up with
for setting up the patterns of resources. With our new billing method,
it's sure to save you money on your Gandi cloud IaaS servers.
http://www.gandibar.net/post/2013/06/16/The-New-Gandi-Flex


2. A new limited edition t-shirt
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Our designer, Steven, has flashed out his 8-bit rendering skills and
come up with our latest design: the Gandi invaders shirt! It features
our proud logo zapping BS-tagged aliens, representing of course those
pesky pop-up offers and upsells you seem to get every few minutes when
using online services (other than Gandi, of course).
If you want one, let us know! Supplies are limited, and this one is sure
to be a classic among t-shirts.
http://www.gandibar.net/post/2013/06/26/Gandi-has-a-New-T-Shirt%3A-Gandi-Invaders%21


3. Spotlight on .ME domains
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Take advantage of the current promotion on .ME, which will last throughout
the summer, and get your Montenegrin extension at half price, or €8.00 ($12.00 / £7.00)
excl VAT
per year at A rates.

This promotion is valid only on creations of a domain
for a year and is not limited on the number of domains.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-06-26/1034-.me_at_50_off/


4. The .CO on sale and then some
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The this extension is, according to Google, the latest gTLD. The
previous promotion of 50% was valid until July 4th, but today it is
extended until the end July. But that's not all! During the week of July
8 to 15
, it will be 75% off! If you time it right, there will be a great
.CO for you at a really great price.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-06-04/1016-.co_at_half_price/


5. A new ICANN contract: big changes
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As you probably know, thousands of new domains will soon appear in the
Internet landscape. With over 300,000 pre-registrations, it's clear our
customers are interested. This has not escaped the attention of ICANN,
the supreme ruler of domain names, which has "proposed" a new version of
the basic registrar contract. As you might imagine, this contract is the
subject of controversy for all global registrars, and the verbal jousts
are in full force in forums and mailing lists. We are already planning
to implement some of the provisions before the end of the year. For
example, we will now have an obligation to check the contact data you
enter when you register a domain and ensure that the domain contacts are
reachable. We will let you know the details as they become more certain,
but you can already get a glimpse of what it will be like in this post
from back in April:
http://www.gandibar.net/post/2013/05/11/A-new-ICANN-registrar-agreement-is-on-the-way-What-does-it-mean-for-Gandi-customers


6. Current promotions
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Here's a little reminder of the juicy promotions we are currently
running on domain names:

- The .IN (for India) is in special promotion mode until the end of the
year: 50% discount for any domain creation of ​1 to 5 years, regardless
of your fee schedule:
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-04-04/959-special_promotion_for_.in_domains/

- The .ME is 50% off all price levels until the end of September. Create
your .ME now for €8.00 ($12.00 / £7.00) excl VAT per year at A rates.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-06-26/1034-.me_at_50_off/

- .CO is 50% off for new domain registrations for a year. See the
special section above for the way to get %75 off!
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-06-04/1016-.co_at_half_price/

If you like what we do, and want to tell us about how we can do better,
we always want to hear from you. Please, send your thoughts,
suggestions, missives, and compliments to newsletter-en@gandi.net

Sincerely,

Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director
http://www.gandi.net

PS: If you would like to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, you can do so by enabling the feature from your account (see how here).


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. Pre-reserve a new gTLD domain at Gandi
2. Trademark protection with the new gTLDs
3. Big promotion on .PW
4. New Simple Hosting instance: node.js / PgSQL
5. Recap of current promotions
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Spring is springing in the Northern Hemisphere, and while our
Australian customers prepare for Fall, the US and Europe are
getting ready to enjoy a return to sunshine and warm weather.
As the natural clouds thin and dissipate, Gandi's cloud computing
is rushing in to fill the gap. We are launching a new cloud instance
in beta test mode, a node.js/PgSQL Simple Hosting family! Combine
this with the recently announced Git support, and you have a
super-easy way to deploy dynamic web applications on reliable,
fast, and predictable infrastructure.


There is action on the domain name side too, with 2013 set to be the
year that ICANN fulfills the promise of the new gTLD releases.
Gandi is offering you the chance to get your request in line for the
domains you want to register with these new extensions, with our
pre-reservation system. There are over 40,000 already reserved! Now
we are also offering trademark protection for these extensions through
TradeMark Clearinghouse.


If you want to get a new domain on a new extension, you don't
need to wait! The .PW extension is live now, and we are making
it super easy with a promotional price of just $4 (€3, or £2.75) excl. VAT per .PW domain.


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1. Pre-book a new gTLD domain at Gandi

Now you can pre-book the domains you want to register with the
upcoming batch of Top-Level Domain names. We have a registration
system online
.


We have listed 576 extensions that have so far not been blocked or
otherwise prevented from getting released.
We left out Internationalized special-character extensions
(IDN gTLDs) as these are of interest only to small numbers of
localized registrants. We included all of those we considered
to be popular in some way, to make sure we meet the most possible
demand. All pre-bookings you make are free, and will guarantee you
a chance at registering when the TLDs concerned open.
This is also a good way to keep abreast of developments in the
market, since we will be notifying you about any domains you pre-book.
For more information about how this works on our site, see here.


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2. Trademark protection with the new gTLDs

With any new extension comes concerns about trademarks, brands, and
intellectual property. ICANN anticipated this, of course, and so for
the new gTLDs, there is a system in place to centralize the
management of these concerns. This aptly named "TradeMark Clearinghouse"
will be in charge of managing documentation related to
trademarks, and making them available for anyone involved in the
registration of new extensions. This will result in significant
simplification of the process, and help to reduce the costs associated
with verification, especially for those who wish to register domains
with several extensions. It will also provide a monitoring system, to
alert you when someone else registers your domain name with a different
extension.
Obviously, this service comes with a fee. Our corporate team has
developed an interesting offer for you to take advantage of, if you need
it. See here for more information.


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3. Big promotion on .PW

Opening for registration at the end of last month .PW is now being
offered for a stunningly low price of just $4 (€3, or £2.75) excl. VAT for new, one-year
registrations.
This domain is quite popular, and its use to denote "password" or
"pro-web" is catching on. If you want to join the fun, you have until
early June (or about the same time as winter ends in Europe this year!).
See here for more on this.


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4. New Simple Hosting instance: node.js / PgSQL

A new kind of instance is now available (in beta for the moment).
This time we are making an instance dedicated to developers using
node.js. We are offering this with the PostegreSQL database to start
with, but will later add support for MongoDB, for those 10gen fans out
there. In the meantime, if you want to test it out and give us feedback,
you are welcome to! Our wiki page on this new instance family can be
found here.


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5. Recap of current promotions

Here's a quick recap of promotions currently underway on Domain names at
Gandi:

- The .ASIA extension is available for $10.00 (€8, or £7.50) excl. VAT for creation of new
domains for a year. This promotion is valid until April 30 2013. More on this promo here.

- The .IN extension is on special until the end of the year: 50% off
for any new registration for from 1 to 5 years, regardless
of your pricing level. More on this page.

- The .MX extension offers the same class of special promotion, ie 50%
off on new registrations for from 1 to 5 years, but only in the month of
April. Learn more here.

So dear reader, as always we want to hear from you. Send us your
suggestions, comments, praise, criticism, and witticism. We read what
you send to newsletter-en@gandi.net with interest.

Sincerely,

Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director
http://www.gandi.net

PS: To subscribe or unsubscribe from this newsletter, just change the Newsletter
setting in your Gandi account (see how).


SUMMARY: A GLANCE
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1. git now available in Beta on Gandi Simple Hosting
2. A new version of BaseKit is ready to roll
3. Launch of the .PW extension
4. New gTLD extensions: what you need to know
5. Rate increase at the Registries
6. A reminder of our current promotions
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It's almost spring, though winter is visiting Europe once again for a last hurrah. Gandi has some updates for you to get you through the remaining dark days...
The git tool is now available on Gandi Simple Hosting, making the beta testers happy and rubbing their hands with anticipation of super easy code and content management. If that doesn't warm your heart, how about a new version of Basekit? Lots of cool things there, and we are also launching a new extension, .PW. For your viewing pleasure, we are making a nice preview of some gTLDs (a whole lot of them are on the way), and even letting you pre-select the ones you want. For a cold, hard reality that is not yet upon us, there is a price increase on the way for some popular extensions (though thankfully not for .COM).


1. git available on Beta Hosting Simple
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git is a code and file management tool well known to many web developers. This tool allows you to do version management on your code, revert easily to prior versions, merge code, fork, and collaborate. It's available right now, in beta test in the Paris data center. Anyone can start an instance there, so no reason to wait! To learn more about using git on your instances, click here.


2. A new version of BaseKit is ready to roll
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We are rolling out a new Gandi Basekit version this week, with new and improved templates, easier upgrades and better management screens. If you had been wanting to try Basekit, check it out now!  Here are some features we have added


3. Launch of the .PW extension

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.PW is the official extension of Palau, in Micronesia, with a little more
20,000 inhabitants. Most geeks (like us) think of "password" when we see the .PW at the end of a domain, but you could also think "Pro-Web", as in a professional working online. So if you are a Web marketing professional from Palau, or a geek sporting a beard, or both, you need to know that the official opening of this extension is on March 25th, and everyone is welcome to register. If you want to pre-registrer your .PW domains at Gandi,  just log in to your Gandi account, and register now! Prices for a .PW start at $15.00 (read more).



4. New extensions: you need to know
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Did you know that 2000 new extensions will be created over the next two years by ICANN? From .PARIS to .FOO (not to mention .FUN), registrations will multiply and domain names abound! Although many extensions will soon be forgotten after 15 minutes of fame, many will be imprinted permanently in the Internet landscape.

 

As always with this sort of thing, excluding the protection afforded to brand names, it is the law of first come, first served. Currently, estimates of the availability dates for the first extensions are leaning towards September. However, the registries do not yet know the conditions, nor the rates, for granting registrations.

 

That's why, starting at the end of the month, Gandi is offering pre-registration! This will allow you to choose among the extensions you are interested in and place free reservation orders. You'll be kept up to date regarding the selected extensions and can, if you wish, turn them into final orders when the time comes to decide.


5. Rate increase at the Registries
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Price increase? Yes, as we had announced last year, several major gTLDs ( namely .NET .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ and .NAME) will increase in price this summer. Interestingly, .COM will not increase, because the U.S. government did not authorize a price hike. We are, unfortuneatly, going to have to pass on this increase to our customers, and so these domains will end up more expensive by $0.51 to $0.78. For full details, dates and prices, see here.



6. Reminder of our current promotions
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Here's a little reminder of the promotions we are currently running on domain names:
- The .ASIA extension is available for $10.00 for creation of new domains for a year. This promotion is valid until April 30 2013 (read more).

- The .ME (for Montenegro) extension is 25% off, for creation of new domains at all price levels. Valid until the end of March. See here for more.


So dear reader, as always we want to hear from you. Send us your suggestions, comments, praise, criticism, and witticism. We read what you send to newsletter-en@gandi.net with interest.

Sincerely,
Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director
gandi.net

PS: To subscribe from this newsletter, just change the Newsletter setting in your Gandi account.



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SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
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1. Gandi's new Private VLANs
2. The Web Accelerator - a load balancer for web traffic
3. New extensions: .CM, .FI and .HU.NET
4. A special promotion for US customers
5. Other promotions in progress
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The new year is starting to heat up. Gandi is coming out of the winter cold with a blast of hot new products, and a huge giveaway for US customers that should help you shake off that chill and get ready for spring.


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1. Gandi's new Private VLANs
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All of you who have been wondering what new innovative product we were going to come out with next can stop guessing and start cheering. We are adding the ability to add private networking to our Gandi Cloud VPS instances. It's so simple to set up and use that you might miss how revolutionary the technology we came up with to do it actually is. When we release it as open source, it will rock the cloud computing world, blowing the doors off networking limitations that we and other cloud providers have been bumping up against.
Best of all, it's free to users of Gandi Cloud VPS systems.
http://www.gandibar.net/post/2013/02/05/Is-16-Million-VLANs-enough-for-you



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2. The Web Accelerator - a load balancer for web traffic
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Making web hosting faster is our passion, and we have done some really great things with caching in the last year or so, mostly by optimizing Varnish on Gandi Simple Hosting. We are leveraging that work to make a web load balancing and acceleration solution available this week in beta test.
This feature will let you add web caching and load balancing speed and redundancy features to your Gandi Cloud VPS web servers. This easy-to-use, yet powerful feature brings the kind of speed and optimization that the big web sites use to your sites, without the big bills of dedicated server farms.
http://www.gandibar.net/post/2013/02/11/An-Accelerator-for-your-Web-servers

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3. New extensions : .CM, .FI and .HU.NET
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This month, we are launching three new country-code top-level domains:

The .CM extension from Cameroon is now available at Gandi! Long sought for it's similarity to the ever-popular .COM, this extension can be registered at Gandi for $75 a year, at price level A:
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-01-22/888-new_extension_.cm_at_gandi/

The .FI extension is now available as well, for Finnish residents or companies registered in Finland. You can register a .FI at Gandi for just $26 a year.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-02-14/906-.fi_domains_available/

The .HU.NET, a great substitute for the official (and hard to register) .HU extension of Hungary, is now available. In contrast to the .HU, which requires Gandi Corporate Services to get, the .HU.NET is obtainable online!
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-02-14/907-new_centralnic_extension/

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4. A Special promotion for US Customers
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Gandi is an international company, and many of us live and work in the USA. We really love talking to our US customers, and we wanted to do something special this year for all of you who subscribe to this newsletter.
Some of you may have noticed already that you have TEN new promo codes in your account. Each of these is good for 50% off of a domain registration in any of the following extensions:  .NET, .ORG, .US, .INFO, .BIZ

You can find the promo codes in your account here:
https://www.gandi.net/admin/billing/promos

These will work until April 1. Enjoy them yourself, or pass them out to friends!



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5. Other promotions in progress
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Heres a quick reminder that we have some other promotions running:

- The .CO extension is also 50% off for the month of February, for all price levels! You can get one for just $16.50 at price level A, and even less for the deeper discount levels.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-02-01/893-.co_at_half_price/

- Are you a Pro? Check out the .PRO extension at half of the normal price! It's $10 for the month of February, for all price levels:
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-02-01/890-50_off_.pro_domains/

- The .ASIA extension is available for $10.00 for creation of new domains for a year. This promotion is valid until April 30 2013:
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-01-03/871-.asia_for_10/

- The .ME (for Montenegro) extension is 25% off, for creation of new domains at all price levels. Valid until the end of March. See:
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2013-01-08/878-.me_promo/


So dear reader, as always we want to hear from you. Send us your suggestions, comments, praise, criticism, and witticism. We read what you send to newsletter-en@gandi.net with interest.

Sincerely,

Thomas Stocking
COO, Gandi US, Inc.
http://www.gandi.net




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SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
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1. On trial: Site migration service
2. Hot expansion of your hard drives
3. New Linux distro available: OpenSUSE 12.1
4. Available at Gandi: .CO.ZA
5. French accent at Gandi? See .TEL
6. Promotions, promotions!
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Want to move a site from an old hosting provider to Gandi? Let us do it for you! Gandi is going to evaluate the option of offering a paid migration service. There 's a lot of variation in how sites are implemented, so in this first trial phase we are putting some limits on what can be migrated. Still, we think it's a great value! What else is new in hosting, you ask? How about hot drive size expansion! That's right, no restart to increase VPS drive size anymore. And speaking of hot, we are now serving up OpenSUSE 12.1 with 32 or 64 bits, so place your orders now! Want a side of domain names with that? We are offering .CO.ZA, and for a French twist, try an accentted .TEL domain! See our promotions this month, too. It's going to be a hot October!


1. On trial: Site migration service
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Why don't people move web hosts, even when they know that better performing and cheaper hosting (e.g. Gandi Simple Hosting) is available?Maybe it's the fact that there is work involved, that downtime is likely, or maybe we just don't want to bother with the DNS fiddling. In any case, many of us wait years to migrate.  

Some people do a lot of site migrations, and and completely comfortable with what's involved. Some of us have other things to do, like running a business, keeping up with the industry news, rewriting content for SEO, or other technical stuff that has nothing to do with where the web site is hosted. The task of migrating the web site just never makes top priority. That's when we could use a quick, efficiant service to move the site.  A service now offered by... Gandi!

In partnership with the unenigmatically named company, "Web Site Migration Service" Gandi can migrate your website for €50 ($65, or £45 excl. VAT). Gandi handles all the technical facilitation, billing, etc. You just give us access to your site, buy a Simple Hosting instance, and poof! Your site is moved for a fair price and no hassle.  
We are trying this out now, with some restrictions, so if you want to know more, check out this article.


2. Hot expansion of your hard drives
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Gandi VPS Cloud Hosting servers have long allowed you to grow existing disk volumes. Now, we can do it with no restart! That's right, you don't have to lose even the short time it takes for a Gandi Cloud VPS to restart to add space to a disk. The procedure is the same as always... minus a step! See this page for more information.


3. New Linux distro available: OpenSUSE 12.1
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Holy chameleons, Batman! We's got Open SUSE available for Gandi VPS Cloud servers. You can run OpenSUSE 12.1 servers in Europe or the USA, just by starting them up with the shares you buy. Choose your architecture (32 or 64 bit) and make some chameleons run!


4. Available at Gandi: .CO.ZA
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The official extension of South Africa, .CO.ZA is now available at Gandi to all, without restriction (except to minors!).  Create your .CO.ZA domain for 12.00€ ($15.00) / year, at A rates (6.00€ at E rates). If you want to know more about this extension, go here.


5. French accent at Gandi? See .TEL
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It's true, we do speak with a French accent here at Gandi. Now the .TEL domain extension does too, with support for French-language accented characters!
More info on French accents in .TEL (in French, no less) is here.


6. Promotions, promotions!
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This month, .CA extensions are in prime position on Gandi's menu! No wonder, when they are priced at 33% off for a year's registration, or 9.20 €  ($10.60 excl. VAT) at A rates. If you always wanted to show your loyalty to Canada, you have until the end of October to do it for 33% off! More on this here.

Until the end of the year, you can transfer .COM and .NET domains to Gandi for less! 6.45€ ($8.50) will get your .COM domain to Gandi (isn't that where it belongs, anyway?) and adds a year to it's registration, too! More on this promo here.

And new this month, we are taking things to a new level. The second level... of domains! The good people at CentralNic have made it possible for us to offer .CN.COM, .GB.COM, .GB.NET, .GR.COM, .HU.COM, .QC.COM, .SE.COM, .SE.NET, and .ZA.COM all for just 5.00 € ($6.00 before VAT) for one-year, new registrations.  This promo will run till the end of the year!


Continuing Promotions...

The Colombian extension, .CO is still just 13.00 € ($16.50 before VAT) for one year creations at A rates. That's half off! All rate levels are discounted until the end of October (more on this).

Going East? .ASIA is 5.00  ($5.00 before VAT), in all rates, for new one-year registrations, instead of 18.00 € ($25.00). This price is not valid for transfers and renewals, so get creative!

Finally, send us your complaints, gripes, compliments, stock tips, suggestions,  pics, (especially any photos you take of of the Gandi logo in the wild), to newsletter-en@gandi.net. We want to hear from you!

Email making you feel old? Join us on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/GandiBar
or follow @gandibar on Twitter and stay up to date with our latest news!

Sincerely,
Nicolas Lhuillery
Head of Product
Gandi

PS: If you would like to get our newsletter by email, please change the option in your account.


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SUMMARY: At a Glance
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1. Accented Domains from AFNIC
2. The Opening of .PT
3. One Year Registration of British Extensions
4. 2 NEW Extensions at Gandi: .MG and .IO
5. May Promotions
6. Server API Brings New Opportunities
7. The Simple Hosting API
8. New Ubuntu VPS Image Available
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This month, we decided to do things a little differently, adding this summary so that the impatient among you can
scan it like a menu. and skip directly to your favourite dish of information.
At the end of this newsletter, we have our usual feedback link, so take the opportunity to tell us if you like the new format!
Featured this month is the sunrise for “accented” character in extensions offered by AFNIC, including the most famous:  .FR.

Slightly lower in European impact, but still significant, the Portuguese national extension (.PT) is open as of May 1, and, on this same date, .UK  will be able to be registered for 1 to 10 years (instead of the previous minimum 2 years).
We added two extensions to our collection, .MG and .IO. You will find, as always, the perennial section summarizing the domain name promotions for the month of May, and then, to conclude, some news about our Web Hosting API and a new Ubuntu distribution for our servers.

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1. Accented Domains from AFNIC
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We often talk about IDN, or Internationalized Domain Names. One aspect of this type of domain is that a domain name can contain one or more accented characters. This lets you distinguish your domain from the clearly less stylish, unaccented versions! For instance: meme.fr, mémé.fr and
même.fr, are 3 distinct names, not just variations on a meme. Making these available has to be done carefully however, to avoid a potential cybersquatting issue with trademarked un-accented versions. To do this properly, AFNIC has proposed a kind of “sunrise-based” registration period. It’s dependent on ownership of the name, without accents.
To continue with the example above, if you have meme.fr, then for the next two months you have the opportunity to register any and all accented forms. From May 3rd on, owners of domains in .FR, .RE, .YT, .PM, .WF, and .TF can register accented versions. If you don’t own such a domain in unaccented form, just wait. On July 3rd, you can register the accented or unaccented version, as you like. Here’s a post on the Gandibar that also describes this: http://www.gandibar.net/post/2012/04/27/Accented-FR-domains

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2. The Opening of .PT to everyone
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Until now, if you wanted to register a .PT (the Portuguese national extension) you had to show credentials proving that you were a legitimate company, registered in Europe, and that the name you wished to register was the exact business name of the company.
No more! Since May 1st, you can register any name you like with a .PT extension (except of course for certain terms prohibited by the registry, as is the case for every extension).

You must provide (as applicable):
- Your EU VAT No. for companies in the EU
- An identification code for companies and individuals not in the EU
- A fiscal code for Portuguese nationals
- A passport number for individuals of other nationalities

For more details, see:
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-04-27/639-opening_of_the_.pt_extension/

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3. One Year Registration of British Extensions
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Being fond of exceptions, our friends in the United Kingdom had long ago decided that a .UK domain name must be registered for a minimum of 2 years, and that it could be renewed only six months before the expiration date.
Well, like many exceptions, this rule has fallen to the tyranny of the majority, and the new rule, in force since May 1st, allows registration of a .UK (that is, .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, or a  .ME.UK) for as little as a single year. Actually, you
can also renew a .UK for over 2 years (up to 10,
like other extensions). This is good news.
One minor caveat: registering for a single year costs you more per year than if you take it for 2+ years.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-05-01/642-.co.uk_for_one_year/

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4. Two NEW Extensions at Gandi: .MG and .IO
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Two new extensions are being made available to Gandi customers this month, with the Malagasy .MG and the very “Input/Output” appropriate .IO. A .MG will cost you the tidy sum of € 90.00 for one year, grid A. All the prices are here:
https://www.gandi.net/domain/price/detail/mg

The British Indian Ocean Territory is much more accessible, and very popular with us geeks, because of its representation of I/O (the abbreviation for Input/Output in computerspeak). To get your .IO for a year, it will run you € 39.00, in grid A. These two extensions are open to all. See the prices here:
https://www.gandi.net/domain/price/detail/io/

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5. May Promotions
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As usual, here's a summary of active domain name promotions this month.

All creations for .PH are half price for the entire month of May.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-05-02/647-.ph_for_half-price_in_may/
New registrations of .PRO domains for one year are € 3.25 + VAT, at A rates, until the end of the month of May.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-04-13/529-big_promo_on_.co/
The .INFO extension continues its 50% off  for one year of new registrations, for all price grids until late June.
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2011-11-17/493-.info_at_50_off/
The .ME extension is half-price until July, for new domain creations in grid A
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2011-10-01/457-50_off_.me/
The. CO is now half-price for domain registrations of one year, until the end of the month
https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-04-13/529-big_promo_on_.co/

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6. Server API Brings New Opportunities
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If you are a user of the Gandi API (or not yet, for that matter), it has probably not escaped you that you could not buy Gandi server resources (in IaaS) directly via the API. This situation will be ancient history, starting May 7. This opens new opportunities to potential resellers (you, for example). You can now purchase and deploy complete IaaS server solutions right from your own applications.
It’s also useful for configuration management, too. You can now script the whole life cycle of a server, to you own specifications. Fire them up automatically, re-configure them on the fly, take them down when conditions you define are met.
If you want to test this API, it’s already available in the test region (OT & E). It will be promoted to production on May 7th. For more information and feedback
on this API, see:
http://www.gandibar.net/post/2012/05/03/Managing-IaaS-Cloud-Hosting-resources-via-API

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7. The Simple Hosting API
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In case you missed it, you should know that the API
for Simple Hosting management is available in Production
at Gandi, since April 19. With it, you can create your own interfaces for reselling our Simple Hosting solution directly. You can easily combine it wit the API that controls domain names, which means you can easily resell full solutions,
packaging hosting with domain name registration. The possibilities are endless.
For more information, see:
http://www.gandibar.net/post/2012/04/12/Simple-Hosting-API%3A-Empowering-Web-Hosting-Resellers

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8. New Ubuntu VPS Image Available
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Of all the members of the Ubuntu family of strange animals, I would like to have a pet Pangolin.
Ubuntu 12.04 is now available for Gandi VPS Servers in 32 and 64 bit versions. This version of Ubuntu, called Precise Pangolin is the latest, and it is scheduled to be maintained for 5 years (or until April 2017). Come see what a Pangolin looks like ☺


As usual, don’t hesitate to send us your suggestions for how we can improve our services, your enhancement requests, this newsletter, as well as your ideas for news features, or your questions, queries, and complaints. Our newsletter address is newsletter-en@gandi.net  

Sincerely,  

Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director
Gandi
http://www.gandi.net  


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Get ready for spring! April is the month to think about a change of wardrobe, and, depending on where you live, to start wearing some new duds. Gandi is helping you out this year with another chance to get some cool Gandi t-shirts.


Another .UK contest is also going on (read on for details), and we will summarize our current promotions and some useful information on .PRO. Also, you may not have noticed, but we added a very useful feature on Simple Hosting.

# Free Gandi duds!
We are giving away 500 Gandi "Twitter Special Edition" free t-shirts! Winners of the simple (you guessed it) Twitter-based game this week will be eligible to get one of 100 shirts a day, starting today, and ending Saturday April 14th.
For game rules, please see

http://www.gandibar.net/post/2012/04/10/Gandi-Spring-Fashion-:-500-Free-t-shirts-via-Twitter

# Nominet wants to give you gear…
Speaking of competitions, the .UK registry (Nominet) is running a promotion, giving out 1 free New iPad a day. While an iPad is arguably more useful than a Gandi t-shirt, it’s obviously not nearly as cool. We can understand why you might want both, though, so check out the Nominet giveaway rules here: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-03-27/611-win_an_ipad_with_.uk/


# More .UK News
We have more good news from Nominet. It used to be your only option
for registering a .uk domain was to do so for a minimum of two years.
Luckily for us, .UK domains will soon be available for just one year at a time! The rules change May 1, so get ready for more flexibility in your .UK domain management.

# The .PRO dance

If you've always wanted a .PRO, you probably already know the rules have changed, making it easier than ever to register your own domain with the extension exclusively for professionals and their companies. There is also a 75% discount in effect right now, and this unique opportunity runs out this month (it ends May 1).  After that, the price goes up 36% for registrars like Gandi, to cover the registry’s cost of checking the validity of the owners. This increase uncharacteristically applies to renewals as well as new registrations, and will apply to .PRO domains you transfer to Gandi.
So you don’t get caught off guard by this increase,
we are offering you a promo code good for a 2.00€ reduction off the VAT tax on your renewal. This will soften the blow for those who have to pay VAT on top of the increased price, and we will honor it on renewals from 2 up to 9 years (VAT applies to customers in the European Union).
See the post about this here: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-03-27/614-.pro_price_increase/


# From Russia with .РФ
With the release of the new IDN TLD extension (see the full article
here: http://www.gandibar.net/post/2012/03/19/), Russia leads the way on new extensions. We are highlighting
this with a promotion: Until the politically-appropriate date of May
1st, your cost for the creation of a .РФ (.RF for Russian Federation in
Cyrillic) will be 14.00€ + VAT with A rates, (down from 28.00€ +
VAT). See: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-03-30/617-promo_on_russian_extensions/


# The other domain name promotions we have running are:
.ME is half-price until July, for A rates. See: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2011-10-01/457-50_off_.me/
.INFO is 50% off for all rate levels until June. See:
.ASIA is 5.00 € a year for all new registrations until the end of April (act fast for .ASIA!) https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-01-01/535-.asia_creation_promo/
.CO is also half-price for new registrations, now till the end of April. See: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2012-01-01/529-big_promo_on_.co/


# A simple Simple Hosting improvement
Some of you have managed to crash your Apache processes running on the Simple Hosting platform. It’s not as hard to do this as it should be: putting a foot wrong the PHP code is the most common method we see people inadvertently use.
It’s not that big a deal, usually, since restarting Apache fixes the problem, at least temporarily. The issue was that with Simple Hosting, you actually needed to contact our support line to do this. No more!  We have added restart to the list of actions you can take on your instance. Look for a little blue arrow on your list of pending operations:
(https://www.gandi.net/admin/hosting/paas/management) or the "Restart" link in the instance management page.


# Coming Soon to Gandi
In the next few weeks, we will proudly debut another choice for WYSIWYG web site editors. “Basekit” is getting added to Gandi! Unlike SiteMaker, which uses Flash, Basekit will create your website in HTML and CSS (perfect for display on the New iPad you can win from Nominet). It’s going to be offered by Gandi with a free beginner site, of course, and some nice, reasonably priced extension packages.
What else is new? Well, of course we are adding new extensions, some for regular customers, and some reserved for Corporate clients, since they are complicated to manage due to registry rules and restrictions, and mainly of interest only for brand protection purposes. We have also added little enhancements here and there, and fixed minor problems some you have reported (thank you!).  

Parting Thoughts:
As usual, don’t hesitate to send us your suggestions for how we can improve our services, your enhancement requests, ideas for news features, or your questions queries and complaints. Feel free to send us your best pictures, your recipes for Easter treats or shish-kebabs.  Our newsletter address is newsletter-en@gandi.net

Sincerely,

Thomas Stocking
COO, Gandi US
http://www.gandi.net



Dear customer,

This month, we are pleased to announce the general launch of the .XXX extension, as well as the opening of .FR and other AFNIC-managed domains to the rest of the Europe.


.FR domains available to Europe

AFNIC has loosened registration criteria for its favorite extension, .FR. It is now possible for companies located within the European Economic Area and Switzerland to expand their presence in France with a .FR domain name, an extension which until now had been restricted to companies registered in France. It is no longer necessary that you provide your company registration number for registering .FR domains, though we strongly recommend that you indicate your DUNS code (or SIREN, if your company is registered in France), as this will be helpful if AFNIC requests this from you as part of a random check.

Associations do not need to provide their registration information either, though individuals living in the EEA and Switzerland that would like an AFNIC domain name still need to provide their birth date, city of birth, French Département of birth, and country of birth.

In addition to liberalizing .FR domains, AFNIC has done the same with .RE, .PM, .TF, .WF, and .YT! More information on this important development is available at http://www.gandibar.net/post/2011/11/17/FR-domains-available-to-Europe


.XXX general launch
Today, December 6th 2011 at 16:00 GMT, the .XXX extension will be officially open. Note that the registration criteria have not changed for this extension: if you are part of the adult entertainment industry, you may register a .XXX domain without difficulty. If, however, you just want to block a domain, and you missed the Sunrise period where you could block a .XXX for life, you can still block a domain, but at the same price as the others now. Keep in mind, however, that the domain will not be active, and you cannot do anything with it (nobody else can either - which is the idea). In both cases, the domain will need to be renewed yearly. You can see the full .XXX price list at
http://www.gandi.net/domain/price/detail/xxx/


Gandi is moving!
We are going to be leaving our location at Place de la Nation in downtown Paris, for another, more modern and spacious one in the southern part of the capital on the 16th of December. We will therefore not be in a position to assure a normal level of service on that day; you might experience an added delay in support tickets, and telephone support for resellers will be disabled. Please forgive us in advance for any inconvenience this exceptional event may cause you.


.WS domain promo
The registry in charge of .WS is having a promo for the month of December 2011 for new domain registrations, which are 50% off the regular price. More information is available at: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2011-12-06/518-.ws_at_50_off/


Promos currently underway



Additional RAM for less
With a super promo on additional ram for the entire month of December, you will be able to add additional gigabytes of RAM for less! Units of 256MB are therefore $31.20/£21.60/€24 (or $2.60/£1.80/€2 per month excl. VAT). This promo only concerns additional RAM purchased with a yearly commitment. For example, if you subscribe to a Dual Core server with 2GB of RAM for one year, this will cost you less than €32 per month! Test the various configurations on our price calculator at the following page: http://www.gandi.net/hosting/proposal/price/

Finally, and as usual, please feel free to send me your questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director
Gandi
http://www.gandi.net

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