Popular science articles and cats are a match made in internet heaven.

For example, a study extracting data on 4,435 Americans aged 30-75, from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study found that cat owners showed a 30% lower risk of death from heart attack.

Or, if you prefer, cat purrs, which vibrate at a range of 20-140 Hz, are medically therapeutic, lowering stress, strengthening bones, and decreasing symptoms of Dyspnoea.

The science is still out, but owning a .cat domain might just be as healthful as owning a cat. And now’s the perfect time to test that hypothesis because .cat domains from June 27 through August 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM UTC (that’s 5:00 PM PDT) are $5.00 per year.

Remember: .cat is actually for Catalonia, so if you have a .cat domain, your site has to have at least one page in Catalan, but that doesn’t stop your site from being devoted to cats.

Adopt a .cat?

.cat

We live in a time when an ever-growing proportion of the population carries devices around in its collective pockets capable of capturing and transmitting audio and visual information with a stunning degree of clarity with few barriers to access.

This opens the world to the minutiae of our mundane lives, interesting thoughts or information, and even footage that is shocking or documents events of interest that may not make it through the editorial filters of the mainstream media, for better or for worse.

Protests in Tahrir Square were live-streamed, innumerable political rallies this campaign season were too and so was the sit-in by House Democrats for gun control this month. It’s clear, though, that the power of streaming is not yet fully realized.

So given the raw, untapped power of streaming, it’s exciting news that .stream will enter the GoLive phase on June 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM PDT. The normal price per year at A rates for .stream domains will be $38.31 but from now until December 31, 2016 you can register a .stream domain (or pre-register before it enters GoLive) for just $2.00 per year.

What will you .stream?

.stream


WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. Free to copy and free from charge, easy to install and to use, it continues to grow in popularity and spread the good word about open source software since 2003. Today, it’s estimated that 30% of all websites use WordPress.

With a PHP/MySQL instance, Gandi users have long been able to quickly install and run WordPress for themselves but we recently asked ourselves how we could make this process even simpler.

It couldn’t be simpler than our answer: one-click installation on the new PHP 5.6 and PHP 7 instances with MySQL 5.6 (Percona), and PHP 5.6 with MySQL 5.5.

Here’s how it works. First, navigate to your instance’s control panel and access the WordPress installation feature. You can install WordPress on any of your vhosts (that is, the web addresses liste on that page). You don’t have to worry about creating a database anymore: it will be automatically created during the installation process. You’ll just have to enter the username, password and email address for your WordPress site’s admin account.

Why tell, you, though, when we can show you?

Check it out on our YouTube channel:

You can install as many WordPress sites on an instance as you want or redirect additional domain names to an already existing WordPress site; you just need to return to the admin page to add a new Website to your instance.

The only limitation is, of course, the resources allotted to your instance based on its size, which you can modify as needed.

One of our favorite things about WordPress is that it’s a great tool for those who may not already be crack coders who nonetheless want a truly customized blog. So we’re happy to help facilitate newcomers who may be intimidated by the manual installation process.

WordPress is also robust enough to be preferred by a large swath of the professional development community as well who find the manual process tedious. This allows such users to save time.

If you want more information on the automatic installation process or if you’re curious to know how the manual process works, check out our WordPress tutorial, available in our wiki.

We try to make sure when we roll out a new feature that everything works correctly and smoothly, but of course, we’re not immune to bugs. So if you see something, say something, and we’ll fix it. Or if you have any additional feedback on how to make things easier or how to improve this feature, feel free to send us an email with your thoughts and impressions to feedback@gandi.net.

And of course if you run into any difficulties you can also contact our Customer care team for help.

We’re excited and proud for this new feature to roll out but by no means is this the last WordPress-related improvement we have in store. Stay tuned for more …


This one goes out to all you companies out there.

We see you, sweating and working over there in that office park. Or downtown business district. We see you making value, paying employees, providing services, pleasing customers.

And now we’ve got something for you. On June 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT two new gTLDs that are for those companies out there, working hard for the stakeholders—.ltd and .gmbh—are entering the GoLive phase.

That means domains in these two TLDs are now open to everyone. For .ltd, which now will be available for $25.24 per year at A rates, that means everyone-everyone. For .gmbh, which will now be available for $38.65 per year at A rates, you have to have your existence as a Gesellschaft mit besechränkter Haftung (if you don’t know what that means, sorry .gmbh is not for you) validated with the respective authorities in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

Either way, companies, we know you never take a break, but now you're getting one with .ltd and .gmbh.

This one goes out to you.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

You may have noticed that in the past few months we’ve been bringing you a lot of new improvements on Node.js instances. The idea has obviously been to better align the user experience on Simple Hosting Node.js with current practices among developers. After all, the developer ecosystem for Node.js has evolved quite a bit since 2013, the year we first introduced Node.js support on Simple Hosting, culminating with its fusion with the io.js project.

Today, we are launching a new version of our Node.js instance which is designed to be entirely at the service of developers.

  • Each application can use the version of Node.js and of npm that it needs. The platform puts no restriction on the Node.js version.
  • The Node.js process is completely customizable—you can use any Node.js binary flags and even alternative process managers
  • Everything is managed from the package.json file—no Simple Hosting-specific file is required

These features bring together the Node.js application hosting experience on Simple Hosting, which offers benefits such as:

  • Most prepackaged Node.js applications can be installed without modification
  • An application can be deployed in three commands with Gandi CLI: gandi paas attach, git push and gandi deploy
  • Built-in HTTP caching
  • WebSocket with SSL (in beta)

The new Node.js image is recommended for the creation of new instances. By default, it uses Node.js 4 LTS and is available with one of the following three database management systems: PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6 (Percona server) and MongoDB 2.4.

You can create a new Node.js instance either from our website or with Gandi CLI:

$ gandi paas create --name nodenode --type nodejspgsql9.4 --size M --datacenter LU-BI1

Please consult our Wiki for more information about the Node.js Simple Hosting instance, including examples for creating and deploying an application.

Of course, feel free to contact our Customer care team with any questions or concerns, or contact our developers directly on IRC at #gandi on Freenode (irc.freenode.net). You can also send any feedback or suggestions to feedback@gandi.net.


  • Number 10: Monday June 20 marks the five-year anniversary of when ICANN announced that they would begin accepting applications for new gTLDs within the year, including .top.
  • Number 9: Your .top domain doesn't have to expire in the next 10 days for you to renew it.
  • Number 8: Registration of .top domains has surpassed 2.5 million, making it the number two most registered new gTLD.
  • Number 7: This also makes it the top (no pun intended, really) most registered new gTLD based outside of the US
  • Number 6: .top is one of four new gTLDs put on record with Chinese MIIT to build a website with
  • Number 5: It’s easy to type. c, o and m are about as far apart on the keyboard as possible. t, o and p, though? All in the same row. You could type it one-handed.
  • Number 4: .top is international. Registrations span 230 countries.
  • Number 3: Over 30 words in the English language end in -top. And that’s not counting innumerable phrases (careful for premium domains, though).
  • Number 2: If you’re on top, and you like being on top, you should stay on top and keep your .top domain. You just should.

and …

  • Number 1: The number one reason to renew a .top domain before July 1 is because .top renewals are on promotion for ten days only (one day for each of the reasons on this list): from June 20 to June 30, 2016.

Domains in this extension can be renewed for just $6.26 per year (they’re normally $12.52 at A rates). So that’s a full half-off.

It’s easy to stay on .top if you can get half-off.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
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1. Ten new currencies now available at Gandi

2. Update: PHP 7 + MySQL 5.6 (Percona) and PostgreSQL 9.4 on Simple Hosting
3. Recently-delegated TLDs
4. Gandi events
5. In-Depth: When your mail is delayed
6. Visualization: How to choose a hosting option
7. TLD release calendar
8. Promo roundup

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As we round into the summer months, we want you to be able to relax a bit. Kick back on the porch with a glass of lemonade (or a mint julep if you’re so inclined) and just take it easy because making things easier is what we’re all about this month.

To start out with, we’re making it easier for our global customers to buy products and services with us because now we’re proud to accept payment in ten more new currencies than before. We’ve also just updated Simple Hosting with PHP 7 and MySQL 5.6. We have some plans with that which aren’t quite ready yet that should make things easier for you too.

As always, we’ll be looking at some recently-delegated TLDs as well as Gandi Events, which this month we’re using to focus on our meetup The Root Zone., where we make DNS easy.

Next, we hopefully ease some anxiety with our look at one of the reasons mail can be delayed. We’re also making it easier to pick out a hosting option with our Visualization of the levels of complexity and technical knowledge associated with different levels at which you might want control of a site.

And as always, we’re rounding out this month’s newsletter with a look at this month’s promos and TLD releases.

Ten new currencies now available at Gandi
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We’re making it easier this month for customers who may not have ready access to a bank account with funds in USD by accepting payments in ten new currencies, increasing our total number of accepted currencies to 15 (well, 16 if you count Bitcoin).

We’re especially happy to be accepting payments in Canadian Dollars. We feel like we have a special affinity with Canada. Maybe it’s a French thing.


Read about all currencies Gandi now accepts | Back to top

Update: PHP 7 + MySQL 5.6 (Percona) and PostgreSQL 9.4 on Simple Hosting
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We are also making it easier to use our Simple Hosting platform for hosting web applications by adding PHP 7, MySQL 5.6, PostgreSQL 9.4 and MongoDB 2.4 to Simple Hosting.


Find out how to try it out here | Back to top

Recently-Delegated TLDs
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This past month it seemed like all the strings that were delegated were attractive properties on a Monopoly board getting snatched up by all the usual players.

TLDs such as .shop, .blog, and .dot were added this month

TLDs like .blog, .dot, and .shop were all delegated this past month.


See if anyone got a monopoly this month | Back to top

Gandi Events
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Last month we welcomed Dan Kaminsky to our offices for our meetup organized in collaboration with CloudFlare: The Root Zone.

Dan covered a range of topics but we teased out a few salient themes for our summary.

The Root Zone. w/ Dr. Paul Vixie

Don't miss this month's meetup with Paul Vixie, one of the original inventors of DNS. It should be great.


See the video or read our summary | Back to top

In-depth: When your mail is delayed
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Email is great and reliable when it gets there on time. But it can cause serious stress when on rare occasions it can be delayed for reasons beyond either your control or ours.

Sometimes email can arrive late

We thought we’d at least provide you with an explanation of one possible reason for this and what you can do about it this month to relieve a bit of that anxiety.

 

Get answers on why your mail can get delayed | Back to top

Visualization: How to choose a hosting option
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With the goal of making choosing a hosting option simpler and easier, we’ve peeled away hosting, layer by layer, to tease out a convenient hosting options diagram that illustrates the level of control you get at each level and the technical knowledge level you need to manage hosting at that level.

 

Find your hosting option | Back to top

TLD release Calendar
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Here's a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of June 2016:

Wednesday June 1:

.moi (Sunrise)

Monday June 6:

.group (Landrush)

.salon (Landrush)

Tuesday June 7:

 .store (Landrush)

 

Monday June 8:

.group (GoLive)

.salon (GoLive)

Tuesday June 14:

 .store (GoLive)

Monday June 20:

.gmbh (Landrush )

.ltd (Landrush )

Wednesday June 22:

.gmbh (GoLive)

.ltd (GoLive)

Wednesday June 29:

 .store (GoLive)

Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month's releases.

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Promo Roundup
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There are plenty of opportunities this month to plant the seeds to be reaped later by taking advantage of new and ongoing promos:

Starting June 1:

.irish $6.50 per year through June 30

.lgbt $11.45 per year (60% off)through June 30

.space $1.99 per year through June 30

.club $6.72 per year (50% off) through June 30

.ngo|.ong 50% off through June 30

Starting June 3:

.xyz 22¢ per year through June 30

Starting June 20:

.online, .site, .tech, .website, .space, .host, .press stay tuned for more information …

Ongoing promotions:

.green $47.65 (50% off) per year through June 30

.store $14.99 per year in GoLive until August 14

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive

.me $14.40 through December 31

.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31

Last chance for these promos ending June 30:

.boutique, .immo, .maison, .sarl, .voyage $10.00 through June 30

.live $15.57 per year through June 30

.family $8.00 per year through June 30

.in $7.75 through June 30

.link $4.21 and .click $3.62 through June 30

 

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We hope while you were reading this newsletter you had a chance to pop your shoes off, sip something cool and refrseshing and know that you're in good hands with Gandi. We try to make it easy for you but you, our customers, make it easy for us when we hear from you. So please, don't hesitate to tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net

 

 


This month, our main event to talk about is our series of talks about DNS that we’ve been coordinating with Cloudflare on what we’re calling The Root Zone. First, we’ll wrap up last month’s meetup with Dan Kaminsky and then we’ll move on to talk about our talk coming up with Paul Vixie at Gandi's Offices on Tuesday June 21.

 The Root Zone. with Dan Kaminsky

This past month on May 10, we welcomed Dan Kaminsky at the Gandi offices in San Francisco. Dan is the namesake of the Kaminsky Vulnerability and has worked in cybersecurity for almost two decades.

Here’s the full video:

The range of topics covered was extensive (though not necessarily exhaustive). As we spoke with Dan over the course of the evening, a few themes emerged.

First of all, DNS just works. It works so well that most people don’t really understand it even though it’s essential to the functioning of the internet. Dan linked this to a range of consequences.

Some of you who might work in organizations with larger networks are probably familiar with a phenomenon that Dan talked about where somebody messes with DNS somewhere along the line, it causes an error in a totally unrelated area that takes weeks to track down and then the poor intern who made the mistake of touching DNS is out of a job.

But because people don’t understand the technology well, nobody knows how to do cool things with it (And by “cool things” Dan doesn’t just mean streaming Darth Vader doing the river dance through DNS).

Of course it’s hard to talk about DNS for too long without getting into questions of internet architecture. In particular, Dan talked about the government’s role in internet architecture and his experiences serving as the one engineer in meetings with lobbyist, policymakers, and aides who only pretend to know what The Pirate Bay is.

One interesting viewpoint he shared was that he believes the government does have a role in the internet. Namely, the internet needs organizations involved capable of thinking in 10 year timeframes, which is an almost unthinkably long timeframe in the current start-up obsessed tech culture. The point is that needed technologies like DNSSEC can only really develop with this kind of long-term view.

The problem is, according to Dan, the government can’t go around regulating the internet by doing things like sticking its finger into DNS or being the biggest, baddest hacker in the room. He stressed the need for an NIH-style institute that is immune from meddling by the feds or the NSA. He also stressed that he doesn’t think the internet should be balkanized. After all, as one of the seven “key shareholders” who can restore the DNS system if necessary, Dan likes the fact that there’s just one root.

Overall it was an interesting talk with a lot of interesting points made by Dan. We recommend watching it, or at least pieces of it.

The Root Zone. w/ Dr. Paul Vixie

The Root Zone. with Paul Vixie

Coming up this Tuesday June 21, Gandi and CloudFlare will be welcoming Paul Vixie to our next The Root Zone. meetup at Gandi's offices. Paul, of course, is considered an inventor of DNS. We’re set to discuss things like alternative DNS root servers, email security and spam, and the omnipresent topic of DNS security. Come grab a beer with us at 6:00 PM. The talk starts around 6:30pm. 

Keep an eye on the meetup page for more information and updates


Usually, email is quick. You hit "Send" and seconds later your friend replies with a smiley, or the boss confirms your meeting invite, or your crush cancels your lunch date and you know not to show up.

But sometimes, the message doesn't get there in time. You question your comedic abilities as your joke is left dangling without response, emoticon or otherwise. The boss misses your big presentation. You're left alone at the sandwich shop with an extra egg salad sandwich and a broken heart. Then, the email arrives, too late, and you find yourself wondering why your email service provider didn't deliver your email. How hard can it be?


The problem starts with spam.

Don’t get us wrong, the proliferation of free email service providers is great. Increasing access to such a basic element of internet infrastructure is something we can definitely get behind. But it also makes an email address completely disposable. Spammers can easily obtain an email address, use it to send out a large amount of material in a short amount of time, and toss it away once it gets identified as a spammer address.

Sometimes these spamming campaigns can be epically massive.

The primary tool mail providers have for combating spammers consists of blacklisting and greylisting.

You’re probably familiar with these concepts. A blacklist is a list of permanently blocked users. In the context of spam, a user could be an email address, an IP address, or even a whole relay server.

A greylist is the same concept but consists only of temporarily blocked addresses.

Delivery of messages from a blacklisted or greylisted user gets delayed. This gives email providers time to identify and flag the potential source of spam.

 

What we see happen sometimes with Gandi Mail is that mail providers (especially freemail providers) add our mail relay servers to their blacklists or greylists if our users send too many emails within a given period of time. Sometimes our relay servers can be added to such a list even when the high volume is attributable to legitimate traffic.

To be clear: email to these providers does arrive, but sometimes with some latency. We are constantly working proactively to avoid being blacklisted or greylisted and to remove our servers from blacklists and greylists as quickly as possible.

 

If you notice a delay in mail delivery from your Gandi Mail address, then, we have a few recommendations on how to proceed:

 

1. Check our status page at status.gandi.net

This page is updated with information about known outages and delays that may effect email coming to or from Gandi Mail.

 

2. Get the headers

The full headers of an email show the delivery path of the email. They furthermore provide a “Message ID” we can use to check our mail servers for more information. The headers are essentially a log of which servers an email passes through. When a message is received by a new server, that server puts a timestamp on it.

An email’s headers show where an email went and how long it took to go from place to place. That will identify where the delay occurred. Every mail client has a different way to get an email’s headers, so if you don’t know how to get your headers, you’ll probably need to search the web for “how to view message headers in [your email client].”

If you don’t know how to read mail headers and want to see for yourself, there are great tools online for doing so, like mxtoolbox.

 

3. Contact Customer care

If you don’t see anything on the Gandi status page about mail delays but you see a delay in your mail headers or just don’t know how to get them or interpret them, Gandi customer care is always a resource you can depend on to help you out. You can feel free to contact them using the online contact form, or by our online chat. If you can attach your mail headers that already gives us a good start.

 

Mail latency is not ideal. It can cause real-world problems. But so can spam and freemail providers do need to do their best to protect their networks. Gandi works hard to address blacklisting and greylisting of our servers and other sources of latency as quickly as possible.

 

Sometimes, we need your help, though. So if you see something, say something. And remember: if your friend, your coworkers, or your crush (or anybody else for that matter) have a domain at Gandi, they can use Gandi Mail, too, instead of the freemail provider they may have now. Every Gandi domain comes with five mailboxes, a thousand forwarding addresses and 1 Gb of storage for free.

 

After all, it’s nicer to have an email with yourname@yourdomain.tld? than just yourname@freemail.com, isn’t it?


Two important considerations whenever you pick a hosting service are how much control do you need to have over what elements and what kind of technical skills do you have to work with.

So to help make the differences between different hosting options clear, we have peeled back the layers of a standard website and looked at the level of expertise you would need to be able to manage your site from that layer.

We broke down hosting options on a scale showing both the level of control you get at each level and the technical knowledge required:

Hosting Options

In summary:

Content is just that: what you or anyone else sees when navigating to the site. If all you want to do is control the content, you can link your domain to it.

Layout is the organization of those elements on a page. Gandi offers a WYSIWYG editor that lets you organize elements in a graphic interface and insert some rudimentary code in the form of Gandi Site

Applications, which aren’t necessary but increasingly common, are the software that produces a site. To have control at this level, consider using Gandi’s Simple Hosting service. If you want to try it out, you can opt for a 10 day free trial.

Servers are all the containers, virtual machines, and software those applications run on, and …

Infrastructure is the virtual and ultimately physical components those servers run on.

For these options, consider Gandi’s Cloud VPS Server.

To pick a hosting option, then, you really just need to ask yourself what level of control you need and what level you have the technical skills—or the will to acquire—to manage.

And remember: every advanced user starts as a basic user. If it seems too complicated now, you can work your way up.

If you’re up to it, we encourage you to challenge yourself. There are a lot of great resources out there to help you learn, just take baby steps and don’t go in too far over your head.

We hope in any case that with this knowledge, you may choose wisely. Of course, if you still need help, feel free to contact our Customer care team.


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