From its launch in 2002 up until now, the .pro TLD has been burdened by the onerous chains of a requirement to provide verifying documents of "pro" status in order to register a domain.

It's been a long time coming, but .pro has now broken free from these chains (okay, maybe it wasn't such a harsh requirement, but still).

As of November 16, 2015, Gandi will no longer be compelled to ask customers who registered .pro domains and then see their domain names revoked, suspended, or permanently locked: .pro domains will be open for everyone!

No more restrictions, no more nexus compliance.

So, take this opportunity to show the world how much of a "pro" you are and make a difference in your business!

And, to extend a warm welcome to the legions of pros no doubt yearning to be free to register their .pro domains without restrictions, we're offering these domains at a rate of $12.00 per year at A rates instead of the usual $20.00.

Go .pro?


Following this announcement we applied the necessary patches, thus reinforcing the existing security measures we had previously implemented. Over the past week, we have continued to study the vulnerability. As a preventative measure, we have decided that a reboot of KVM based VMs is required in order to ensure that all possible attack vectors have been mitigated.

We will contact affected customers directly via email to provide instructions on performing the reboot on their own. This preventive reboot will not affect customers we do not contact.

We will reboot the VMs of affected customers (who have not rebooted on their own) on November 19th. An outage of 30 minutes maximum is expected for each impacted VM.

If you have questions or encounter any problems regarding this issue, our support team is available to assist you.

There are few things more pleasant to do on a Fall day than laying out a blanket on a grassy hill and looking up at all those fluffy, white puffs of water vapor and transforming them into more familiar shapes.

Today, .cloud enters the Sunrise phase, a perfect domain for nephelococcygiacs. And while we'd rather be sitting on that grassy hill, of course, just like we apply alternative meanings to the random white fluffs in the sky, with the advent of cloud computing, "cloud" itself has become the go-to image to represent a number of concepts shaping our world today, so .cloud has a business side too.

During the Sunrise phase, .cloud domains will be available for $162.19 per year. The Landrush phase will go from January 25, 2016 to February, 5 2016 and during that period, these domains will be available for $61.93 per year and finally will enter the GoLive phase on February 16, 2016 when it will be available for $31.15 per year.

And while anyone is free to find shapes in the clouds, only those possessing TMCH claims may register one during the Sunrise phase.

What does your .cloud look like?



Like its megamall counterparts around the globe, the New South China Mall, the largest mall in the world, incorporates iconic architecture like the Arc de Triomphe, the Sphinx of Egypt, and even Venice's canals, concentrating the spectacle of old, grandiose architectural forms into a pastiche of grandeur to heighten the shopping experience and relieve the tension its visitors would no doubt feel wandering through such a vast cavern of commercialism.

But after the South China Mall opened in 2005, it failed to attract tenants. It sat empty and became a "dead mall." However, the mall reopened earlier this year after "upgrading and retrofitting" and now has over 100,000 visitors a day. It has experienced a very real renaissance, not just a simulacrum of The Renaissance.

The TLD .商城 (punycode .xn--czru2d) means "mall" in Chinese, and it's been a virtual space we had previously not paid much attention to, like visitors had to the South China Mall. But like the South China megamall, we feel it deserves a renaissance too. So we're happy to announce that .商城 will now be available from Gandi for $288.19 per year at A rates.

Go shopping for a .商城?


As the weather is getting colder and the calendar marches interminably through the month of November, we are increasingly reminded of that socially mandatory celebration period starting at the end of this month and lasting roughly a month later, during which we are all obliged to participate in some of the following mandatory activities:

- consuming higher than the recommended daily allowance of turkey

- consuming any cranberries at all, really

- consuming sugared pumpkin pastries

- biting tongue when grandpa gets drunk and rants about politics

- compensating for strained and/or distant relationships through commercialism

and of course

- spending time with one's family

And so in celebration of this most cherished time of year, an extension for the friends you don't choose and are stuck with your whole life is entering the Sunrise phase: .family.

Okay just kidding. We really do love our families (Hi Mom!).

The Sunrise phase will last from November 10, 2015 through the Lowest-Amount-of-Light-per-Day Season until January 9, 2016. Domains in this extension will be available to qualified buyers at $167.59 per year during this phase. 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.

Then, between January 17 and January 20, 2016, .family will be in the Landrush phase, during which .family domains will be available for $178.39 per year.

Finally at 9:00 AM PST on January 20, 2016, .family will enter the GoLive phase when it will be priced at $31.15 per year at A rates.

Start a .family?


Ever since .online came online, people have been lining up to take advantage of the promotion that's been live since GoLive on this TLD which saw domains in this extension normally priced at $51.67 at only $12.49 per year at A rates.

Note: from November 10, 2015 until November 16, 2015 at 3:59 PM PST, .online domains will be as cheap as $4.99 per year at A rates. [This "double promo" has ended, but .online domains are still on sale at $12.49 through the end of November.]


Get .online?


Several phishing scams are currently in progress. They are targeting thousands of domain name owners who have registered domains through registrars around the world (including GANDI).

These emails claim that your domain name has been suspended, and asks you to click on a link to download a copy of the complaints.

DO NOT CLICK on the the link or download the document: it contains a virus!

It seems that those responsible for sending these emails use the information obtained from the public WHOIS domain name database, where they recover the name, email address, and name of the registrar associated with the domain.

The fraudulent emails can even appear to come directly from GANDI. Here is one example:


Subject: Domain Name have been suspended

From:      GANDI SAS

Message: Dear First Lastname,

The Domain Name have been suspended for violation of the
GANDI SAS Abuse Policy.

Multiple warnings were sent by GANDI SAS Spam and Abuse Department to give
you an opportunity to address the complaints we have received.

We did not receive a reply from you to these email warnings so we then
attempted to contact you via telephone.

We had no choice but to suspend your domain name when you did not respond to
our attempts to contact you.

Click here and
download a copy of complaints we have received.

Please contact us for additional information regarding this notification.



Spam and Abuse Department


You should ignore this email. It is not necessary to send it to us: we have recieved dozens over the past few days and our teams are already on it.


Thank you for your attention.

Just as we were about to announce that we had a very significant price drop on .CN (the ccTLD of China) to just $10.13 at A rates, we realized a happy coincidence: it tuns out, it's also been five years now already that the IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) .中国 (.xn--fiqs8s) came to the Internet. The Chinese characters 中国 mean China and for Chinese speakers, it's obviously a much easier to decipher than the country code extension (.CN).

Therefore, to make the Internet easier for everyone to understand, if you register any new .CN domain name with Gandi from now until December 31, 2015, we will send you a code to register a .中国 domain name for free. Or, if you register a .中国 we will send you a code to register a .CN domain name for free.



Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


Imagine a non-hierarchical community of people, distributed across the face of the Earth (even beyond) with little regard for national boundaries, communicating with one another practically instantaneously.

Imagine the good this could accomplish for the progress of humanity. Scientists could share data from opposite sides of the globe, individual economic players could make transactions with one another 24/7, with little delay. In such a space, we can see the glimmering light of a new day for direct democracy, for the limitless freedom of expression and a truly egalitarian marketplace of ideas.

Obviously, that network exists and it's called the Internet. And maybe someday we'll get around to doing all those things with it. In the meatime, well, there's .sex.

And good news if that's what you're looking to do, because Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM PST, .sex enters the GoLive phase, in which it becomes available to everyone for just $127.59 per year (we're talking about the TLD here, mind you).

Want a .sex?


Miami sometimes gets the short end of the stick with a reputation centered around its beach and club image, but it's a city that in truth has many faces. From pastel-colored art deco hotels on Miami Beach, to masterpieces like the Bacardi Building, from A-list parties in South Miami to backyard salsa parties, the streets are filled with everything from pink-finned vintage Cadillacs to sleek yellow Bugattis.

It has many flavors, too. Home to medianoche and Cuban sandwiches, croquets and cortaditos, it's also home to chains like Burger King and Benihana. Sports fans can watch the Dolphins, the Marlins or especially the Heat and artistic types can celebrate the local culture at Miami Art Week the first week of December or visit top-notch art galleries year-round.

What's not to love about Miami? And to show how much we love it , we're pleased to announce that the price of Miami's very own TLD, .miami, will be dropped to just $14.99 per year at A rates at Gandi. Effective immediately.*

Show your love for .miami?


* We originally mistated this promotion as a price drop. Like a beachside mojito, this rate can't last forever!

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