It's the Fourth of July and we're thinking about hotdogs and watermelons and fireworks but we don't need Bill Pullman to remind us of the reason we all get a day off of work to blow things up (hopefully not ourselves) in the backyard: 239 years ago we sent a boldly-worded letter to a monarch not just declaring our independence but also the elements of the fundamental human dignity to which we at least aspire, if we're not always perfect at it.
Something about the summer seems to draw out the change that the rest of the year simmers quickly on a back burner. It's not just the US after all that celebrates its independence and its freedom in July. France celebrates the French Revolution on July 14th, and 23 other countries besides the US celebrate their independence this month.
But our minds are on recent freedoms, and in particular the Supreme Court decision to uphold gay marriage strikes us as an affirmation of the kind of values that strongly-worded letter to the king way back then invokes. These happen to be the kind of values we support at Gandi too.
In celebration of this Fourth of July, we're offering a promotion on six TLDs, each inspired by a color in the rainbow flag to celebrate freedom in the realm of marriage:
The original rainbow flag had a hot pink stripe on the top to symbolize sexuality. Due to the unavailability of hot pink flag fabric, this was merged into Red but it's in that spirit that .sexyis on sale.
Orangeis for healing but also globally represents human rights. So to acknowledge both healing and human rights, you can also find .lgbt on sale.
Yellow has to be the happiest of all colors. Maybe it's the association with the sun but there's something simultaneously buoyant and joyful about yellow, like a sunbeam dancing on the surface of the water. To celebrate the bouncy energy of yellow, we chose .dance to represent this color.
Night vision goggles use the colorGreen because it's the color for which human eyes have the greatest photosensitivity. And since before a wedding it's good to take pictures, we chose .photo to represent green.
Blue represents serenity and harmony: two things that marriage celebrates between two individuals, so it seems only fitting that we chose .weddingto represent blue.
And finally Purplesymbolizes spirit and energy, and since after every good wedding is a great reception, we decided that .party would be a fitting choice.
Want to celebrate new freedoms this Fourth of July? Purchase one of the domains below (at the promotional price for a one-year registration):
Good news for infomaniacs! The .info extension is on sale!
Infomania is a compulsion to constantly verify and collect information often using the Internet. While sure, it must have existed in past centuries and millennia, infomania strikes us as a uniquely modern obsession to which we all sometimes succumb.
Quick: what's your best friend from elementary school's Facebook status? Who was Philip Barton Key? What's the phone number of the nearest Mexican restaurant? How long would it take to drive to Yosemite from your house? If you can't help but look these things up, then you too might have infomania.
For all things info, there's .info, available until the end of the year, December 31, 2015, for 40% off: that's $9.93 for a one-year registration instead of $16.55 at A rates.
This summer is all about you, Gandians: with .photo and .sexy on sale for 50% off it's time to get those domain names to celebrate your photogenic and sexy selves. Normally a .photo (which can be used for more than just selfies, by the way), is $32.49 for a one-year registration at A rates but this summer you can get one for just $16.25.
And .sexy, which normally runs $21.70 for a one-year registration at A rates is available for the sexy price of $10.85. The summer fun starts today, June 15 until September 15.
Originally delegated to the sunny Pacific island country of Palau, .pw, now one of a few go-to extensions for URL-shortener domains, also stands for Professional Web. We can think of a few more things: password for security enthusiasts, peewee for sports leagues, persistent world for game designers, pastry wizard for bakers, or even Prince William for fans of the royal family.
No matter how you want to interpret .pw, normally, a year's registration of one of these domains at A rates costs $15 but from June 10 to July 10, it's available for just $0.99 per year, so take advantage while you can.
A promotion on .cat domains, the TLD for Catalonia*, also has us excited for other reasons too.
When studies revealed that rodents infected with Toxoplasmosis gondii (n.b. that's gondii not Gandi), a parasite which may be spread by cats, may be attracted to cat odors rather than repelled as was the case with uninfected control subjects, the media was quick to suppose the parasite could have the same effect in humans and invented "Crazy cat lady syndrome," to explain why some of us just can't help but love cats.
Of course, there's no such syndrome. It turns out that cats infect us with love without resorting to parasitical proxies. And you don't need to look far on the Internet to see why. Normally expressing your cat love with a .cat domain for one year is $13.00 at A rates but from June 8 until August 17, you can get one for half-price: $6.50.
Your mother always told you that you'd never make a living on the stage and your father told you it wasn't "real" work (whatever that's supposed to mean) and maybe when you're agonizing in a roach-filled studio in Manhattan it sure doesn't feel like you'll ever really make it, not like you wanted, but when you feel the heat of that spotlight and the pattering of the applause, not matter how paltry and lackluster, you know that no matter what, you were always meant to be up there on those boards.
If you're one of those who know your place is on that stage, no matter how bad the tips or crummy the gig, we have good new for you: today, Friday May 15, we are promoting .actor,.band,.dance, and.rocks (normally $30.41, $28.84, $18.33 and $15.54, respectively).
Right now, you can register a new domain under one of these extensions for just $5.00!
Why not get your .webcam site online? Plan for summer events with your own .party domains?
Or show the world your new .science project? It's all possible now!
* It seems like a high ceiling, but these promotions are limited to 500,000 per extension total (whether through Gandi or not), so once that limit is reached, we won't be able to offer the promotion. In other words: While supplies last.
As you surely know, .FR finally switched to multi-year registration on March 30th.
For those of you that are unaware, before that date, a .FR domain could only be registered for one year at a time. Currently, like the large majority of extensions, a .FR domain can be registered for up to 10 years.
In order to celebrate this very good news, during the entire month of May, we are providing you with a promo of .FR domains for 5 years or more, with a yearly price of €9 excl. VAT versus the usual €12 under A rates. For a .FR domain registered for 10 years, for example, this would come to €90 instead of €120 excl. VAT. Note that this promo is only valid for A and B rates.
And for those that already have their .FR domain, if you want to renew it for 5 or more years, you can use the promo code FR5PLUS which will give you a 10% discount on the total price.
Of course these two promos are ALSO valid for the domains of the French overseas departments and territories: .RE (Reunion Island), .YT (Mayotte), .WF (Wallis and Futuna), .TF (French Southern and Antarctic Lands) et .PM (Saint Pierre and Miquelon).