It was already last October when .nyc entered the GoLive phase, but it was reserved for individuals, organizations, and businesses with an address in one of the five boroughs. For those who don't meet those qualifications, a couple of new gTLDs are entering the GoLive phase that have us dreaming of the tough and romantic city of New York.

Sure, these days New York is better known for the touristy garishness of Times Square or hipster coffee shops in Brooklyn, but we're still dreaming of the New York stirred by the sweeping strings of Gerswhin, still a town that exists in black-and-white like in old movies, the New York of Shakespeare in the park, and fireworks over Manhattan.

Today's GoLive has us dreaming of that old romantic New York, with .taxi, (as much a symbol of classic New York as the Chrysler building) reminding us of streets packed with yellow cars, and .theater, reminding us of a city always humming with the creative buzz both on and off Broadway.

You can pick up a .taxi for $68.09 (less than a fare from mid-town, most days), and a .theater for the same $68.09, at A rates.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

If you are literally sick of waiting for the next round of former name collision domains to be released as part of Donuts's EAP program, we're here to tell you: we have the cure.

That's right, this week's category is Healthcare. Actually on second thought if you are literally sick maybe you should see a real doctor.

Honestly we're surprised to see that any name collision domains would appear in this category. We've never heard of anything involving healthcare ever being the least bit controversial, so we're totally stumped on this one.

In any case, here's how the release schedule looks for these domains:

    Day 1 (August 19, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$12,667

    Day 2 (August 20, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$4,222
    Day 3 (August 21, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$1,778
    Day 4 (August 22, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$945
    Days 5-7 (August 23-25, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$189

And here's the list of TLDs, linked to the ICANN spreadsheet of released name collision domains, with the normal prices listed to the right:

As a reminder, here's the whole schedule of categories from Donuts:

    June 10, 2015 : Photography (.camera, .digital, .gallery, .graphics, .media, .pictures, .photography, .photos, .productions)
    June 17, 2015 : Business (.agency, .associates, .careers, .company, .enterprises, .holdings, .industries, .international, .management, .partners, .sarl, .services, .solutions, .ventures)
    June 24, 2015 : Generic & Fun (.cool, .church, .center, .exposed, .fail, .gripe, .guide, .life, .place, .today, .wtf, .zone)
    July 1, 2015 : Technology (.codes, .computer, .directory, .domains, .email, .technology, .systems)
    July 8, 2015 : Education (.academy, .education, .expert, .foundation, .guru, .institute, .schule, .support, .tips, .training, .university)
    July 15 2015 : Foods and Goods (.bike, .cards, .clothing, .coffee, .diamonds, .fish, .furniture, .pizza, .recipes, .restaurant, .shoes, .toys, .watch)
    July 22, 2015 : Shopping (.bargains, .boutique, .cheap, .deals, .direct, .discount, .gifts, .gratis, .tienda)
    July 29, 2015 : Property (.camp, .city, .community, .condos, .estate, .farm, .house, .land, .lease, .maison, .properties, .rentals, .town, .villas)
    August 5, 2015 : Building (.builders, .construction, .contractors, .equipment, .glass, .kitchen, .parts, .repair, .solar, .supply, .supplies, .tools, .work)
    August 12, 2015 : Services (.cab, .catering, .cleaning, .engineering, .florist, .lighting, .limo, .marketing, .plumbing)
    August 19, 2015 : Healthcare (.care, .clinic, .dental, .fitness, .healthcare, .surgery, .vision)
    August 26, 2015 : Financial (.accountants, .capital, .cash, .claims, .credit, .creditcard, .exchange, .finance, .financial, .fund, .insure, .investments, .limited, .loans, .tax)
    September 2, 2015 : Travel (.cruises, .dating, .events, .flights, .holiday, .reisen, .singles, .vacations, .viajes, .voyage)

Hopefully that didn't make you nauseous. If it did our prescription is wait for next week's category. But actually, see a doctor. Seriously.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Sometimes it seems like it would be fun to live a double life: "By day, a mild-mannered domain name registrar, by night Gandi fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the Internet way!"

Maybe we got a little carried away there but it's all to introduce two new gTLDs that also live a double life:

By day, .live and .studio are great for television, radio, or even Internet broadcasting (perhaps producing that new superhero idea we just had in front of a .live .studio audience), by night, they .live in a .studio in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

These two gTLDs are now entering the Sunrise phase, during which they will each be available for $167.59 per year.

They will enter the Landrush phase October 25, during which they'll be available for $178.39 per year and then on October 28, they will enter the GoLive phase, when they'll be available for $31.15 per year. All those prices, of course, were cited at A rates.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

As many of you may be aware, after ICANN's decision to release a number of domains previously prohibited as potential name collision domains, Donuts has been slowly rolling out a series of these domains under their Early Access Program rubric, each week picking a new theme. It's like Theme Thursdays but on Wednesday instead.

This week's theme is dedicated to those jobs which can never be outsourced overseas: Services. Which is why they are being slowly swallowed by the sharing economy instead: so you can outsource from the comfort of your own city.

The rollout schedule for this category will be the following:
    Day 1 (August 12, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$12,667

    Day 2 (August 13, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$4,222
    Day 3 (August 14, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$1,778
    Day 4 (August 15, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$945
    Days 5-7 (August 16-18, 2015 at 16:00 UTC): +$189

Here's a list of extensions in this week's theme with links to the spreadsheets listing the domains available in these extensions. The normal A rate prices are listed along:

And here is the full list of categories and their release dates:

    June 10, 2015 : Photography (.camera, .digital, .gallery, .graphics, .media, .pictures, .photography, .photos, .productions)
    June 17, 2015 : Business (.agency, .associates, .careers, .company, .enterprises, .holdings, .industries, .international, .management, .partners, .sarl, .services, .solutions, .ventures)
    June 24, 2015 : Generic & Fun (.cool, .church, .center, .exposed, .fail, .gripe, .guide, .life, .place, .today, .wtf, .zone)
    July 1, 2015 : Technology (.codes, .computer, .directory, .domains, .email, .technology, .systems)
    July 8, 2015 : Education (.academy, .education, .expert, .foundation, .guru, .institute, .schule, .support, .tips, .training, .university)
    July 15 2015 : Foods and Goods (.bike, .cards, .clothing, .coffee, .diamonds, .fish, .furniture, .pizza, .recipes, .restaurant, .shoes, .toys, .watch)
    July 22, 2015 : Shopping (.bargains, .boutique, .cheap, .deals, .direct, .discount, .gifts, .gratis, .tienda)
    July 29, 2015 : Property (.camp, .city, .community, .condos, .estate, .farm, .house, .land, .lease, .maison, .properties, .rentals, .town, .villas)
    August 5, 2015 : Building (.builders, .construction, .contractors, .equipment, .glass, .kitchen, .parts, .repair, .solar, .supply, .supplies, .tools, .work)
    August 12, 2015 : Services (.cab, .catering, .cleaning, .engineering, .florist, .lighting, .limo, .marketing, .plumbing)
    August 19, 2015 : Healthcare (.care, .clinic, .dental, .fitness, .healthcare, .surgery, .vision)
    August 26, 2015 : Financial (.accountants, .capital, .cash, .claims, .credit, .creditcard, .exchange, .finance, .financial, .fund, .insure, .investments, .limited, .loans, .tax)
    September 2, 2015 : Travel (.cruises, .dating, .events, .flights, .holiday, .reisen, .singles, .vacations, .viajes, .voyage)

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

No this is not the voice of your teacher or tutor or legal guardian admonishing you for not studying, this is nothing more than the announcement of a new gTLD coming available: .study.

This is great not just for promoting good scholastic habits, but you can lend yourself an air of scientificity (just like making up words can) not to mention seriousness by registering yourself or your project your own .study domain.

Domains in this extension are currently available in the Sunrise phase for $183.79 per year at A rates. On October 14 at 9:00 AM PDT they will then become available in the GoLive phase for $41.41 per year at A rates. There will be no Landrush  phase.

Register a .study?

.study


 


We have updated Linux kernel 3.12 (now 3.12.45) and published a new version (3.18) on our HVM platform. These new versions no longer support AUFS and might force some clients to take corrective measures for their services.

Starting today, every server that is created or rebooted on our HVM platform will automatically use version 3.12.45 of the Linux kernel, unless configured to use version 3.18 or a custom kernel.

Please note that these kernel versions do not include AUFS support. Docker users should take special notice, because AUFS has been the default storage driver for quite some time.

To continue to use Docker with this new kernel version, users must upgrade their docker client and images to use a different storage driver, such as btrfs or overlayfs (available for kernel version 3.18 only).

To use version 3.18, you can execute following Gandi CLI [4] command:

$ gandi disk update  --kernel "3.18-x86_64 (hvm)"

You can also change the kernel from the web interface by following these instructions [3].

After the operation is completed, make sure you reboot your server and update your software packages and kernel modules [1].

Clients wishing to use a custom kernel can access more information on our Wiki page [2]. You can also access more information
about kernel update history on our Changelog [5]

[1] http://wiki.gandi.net/iaas/references/server/kernel_modules

[2] https://wiki.gandi.net/fr/iaas/references/server/hvm

[3] http://wiki.gandi.net/en/iaas/references/disk/advanced-boot

[4] http://cli.gandi.net

[5] https://wiki.gandi.net/fr/iaas/references/server/kernel_changelog?&#section312


For the entire month of August, if you create an instance with a 12-month commitment, you can benefit from 10GB of additional free disk space.

How? Easy! When you launch your creation order with an annual commitment, add an additional 10 GB of disk space (for 20GB in total, or an additional €21.60 excl. VAT per year under A rates), and when you go to checkout, enter the code "10GFREE" when asked for the "promo code", validate it, and then smile!

Also, and for customers that already have an instance but who would like to have more storage space, use the promo code "10G50P" and you can have the possibility of adding 10GB of additional disk quota for half off the normal price, or €0.90 excl. VAT per month instead of €1.80 excl. VAT under A rates.


Mostly, our hosting products focus on giving our customers a platform (or at least an infrastructure) on which to run virtual machines or deploy their own code. However, we also recognize that not everyone is a Linux administrator or knows NodeJS, Python, or PHP. Since we want to focus on developing the most powerful domain name tools we can, as well as the best possible cloud infrastructure and platform services, we realize that programming a drag-and-drop site building tool is not really in our wheelhouse.

Those of you familiar with GandiSite, the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor we offer, probably already know that this tool is powered by BaseKit.

Previously, we were running version 6 of BaseKit's software and for a while now version 7 has been available from BaseKit. We've been waiting for the right time to upgrade Gandi Site's software to version 7. That right time came in late July this year (2015).

We knew there would be drawbacks to this upgrade, and part of the delay between the release of BaseKit's version 7 software and our implementation of it has been due to smoothing out the kinks it presented for us and our customers.

This upgrade is really a long-overdue modernization, and, as happens in crucial upgrades, some things necessarily had to fall by the wayside. So, while not all of the drawbacks could be eliminated, we proceeded with the upgrade because we felt the benefits outweighed those costs.

Now that we've had a chance to see how the new version behaves in the wild, we're ready to share with you what exactly has been upgraded and how that effects those of you who have been using version 6 of BaseKit.

Version 6 is a reliable old truck that, sure, gets the job done, but just doesn't have the kind of heavy-lifting capabilities that are needed. It's been a sturdy workhorse, but there's no stereo, just an AM radio, and there's some rust in the undercarriage. Version 7, then, is like a brand new, top-of-the-line pick-up, with GPS and satellite radio.

Responsive Pages

One of the main benefits of version 7 over version 6 is that version 7 allows you to create a responsive site. While we were using version 6 for Gandi Site, we would often get customers asking about creating a mobile version of their Gandi Site, and until now we haven't really had a great answer.

Having the possibility of making a responsive Gandi Site is a huge update to the previous platform, and one we think will be increasingly critical, especially for our e-commerce customers.

In parallel to the upgrade to a responsive site, all of the Gandi Site templates have been redone. The ones that could be were retrofitted, but some were not salvageable and unfortunately had to be put permanently out to pasture.

But now with version 7 of Gandi Site, every page you make is really three pages in one: a desktop page, a mobile page, and a tablet page.

3 pages

Because a template now is really so much more than it used to be under version 6, the number of templates available now varies according to the subscription level, accordingly:

Free pack: 5 templates available
Personal pack: 15 templates available
Professional pack: 30 templates available
Business pack: 117 templates available

Cool tools

Another great aspect of this upgrade is that there are a number of new tools that simply didn't exist with version 6.

Most notably, version 7 has a truly superb image editor. It's not Photoshop CS6, so it doesn't have content-aware autofill or photomerge, but you can make brightness and contrast corrections, crop, and even get that faux-vintage Instagram look with some filters, which in the end is actually kind of amazing for a site-building tool. Also, depending on your pack, a number of images can now be added from the Getty Image stock image library.

Beyond that, version 7 also contains a Blog feature. It may not be as fancy as Wordpress, for example, but it at least lets you easily add posts to your site.

The downside

If you know us, the you know that part of our whole "No Bullshit" thing is putting our shortcomings upfront, so in that spirit, we would be remiss not to mention the drawbacks of the upgrade to version 7 of the BaseKit software. But please, stick with us for the up-side. We promise, it's worth it.

Probably the most commented drawback so far has been the reduction in number of free Gandi Site pages we can host. With version 6 of BaseKit, we were able to offer three free pages with the purchase of a domain name, enough to host a micro-site for free. With the upgrade to version 7, we are only able to offer one page for free.  Keep in mind, though, that this one free page is now rendered so as to accommodate traffic from all types of devices, not just desktop machines. Before, if you had a free Gandi Site (or any other subscription level) and wanted to make a mobile or tablet version you had to use one of your allotted pages to make either a mobile or tablet version of your site. This upgrade eliminates that need.

Another downside we want to mention is that your version 6 site will not be totally compatible with a version 7 site. Primarily, since templates in version 6 are not responsive, they are not available in version 7. So be aware that if you are considering upgrading your site to version 7, your template may not be available, and you may need to redo all or part of your Gandi Site after upgrading to version 7. This is due to the fact that some of the version 6 templates just couldn't be ported over to the responsive design of version 7.

These certainly aren't the only changes, but these are the ones we've seen have had the greatest impact. Of course, if you find a change between version 6 and version 7 that has an impact on you that we didn't mention, please feel free to share it with us.

New pricing structure

Another consequence of this upgrade is that we are readjusting the price schedule for Gandi Site. We already mentioned that the Free Pack now includes only one free page, but additionally, we are updating the pricing on the other packs (at A rates):

Personal: formerly $6.50/month, now $5.00/month
Professional: formerly $13.00/month, now $10.00/month
Business: formerly $19.50/month, now $20.00/month

Migrating your existing site

We mentioned above that the differences in the software are such that a simple migration from version 6 to version 7 isn't possible. Here is what you need to look out for:

Free Pack

 For the free pack, due to the decrease in pages offered, we have not included a "Migrate" link. If you want to upgrade to version 7, you have the option of either upgrading to the Professional pack for v7 or making a completely new page in v7 on the Free pack. Or, you can always keep your v6 site.

Personal, Professional, and Business Packs

Click the "Migrate to BaseKit 7" link from your Gandi Site management page. Next, pick your new BaseKit 7 template. When you go into the new Gandi Site editor, you'll see your old site's text and images available in the column on the left. You can then drag and drop these elements so that their arrangement conforms with the new template.

 

Be careful, as soon as you click on the migration link, your old site won't be online anymore.

* If you have at least one domain name in your account, you can try the one-page version for free.

So, we confess, there are some drawbacks to this upgrade. But we want you to know that these drawbacks are the necessary consequences of updating and modernizing this rather robust site-building tool. We aren't trying to force change on you or inconvenience you with this upgrade, we are really just trying to bring ourselves in line with what a site building tool needs to be.

If you like your version 6 site, you don't have to upgrade it, but consider rebuilding your site, at your convenience, in version 7. We think once you give it a shot, it'll feel like a whole new Gandi Site.


It's tempting to think that .game is for those who don't take life seriously, who see everything as a game, but then we challenge you to think about all the people you know who might be interested in this extension and you'll soon realize that no, .game is serious business. Especially during the Sunrise phase. This phase is for those who hold trademarked names, and who filed TMCH claims that might apply to this extension. That's pretty serious planning, there.  Add to that the fact that these domains will be priced at $349.03 per year at A rates in the Sunrise phase, and you can tell, this is for those who make games their serious business.

For those of you who take games a little less seriously, maybe you'll have to hold off until this extension enters the GoLive phase on October 7 (there will be no Landrush), when it will be available for a significantly less serious $47.57 per year.

 

Register a .game?

.game


Last month we announced that .date, .faith, and .review were entering the GoLive phase, and we suggested that these extensions would be great for lovers of commitment: commitment to a relationship (.date), commitment to a religion, or just anyone really (.faith) and commitment to self-improvement (.review), but we have been informed that for some reason many people have an irrational fear of commitment.

Well, we hope that just mentioning the word didn't scare those of you who fall into this category off this page, because we have good news for you. These three extensions: .date, .faith, and .review are all available now for literally the lowest possible dollar commitment we can imagine: just $1.00 per year. We commit more to a Thursday happy hour beer than the financial commitment involved in purchasing one of these domains until Tuesday October 13 at 8:00 AM PDT. So why not give it a shot?

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

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