To start 2015 off right, we're happy to present a festive promo for 40% off on the ever-popular .me. From now until April 1, you can register your .me domain at $14.40 instead of the usual $24 at A rates (new one-year registrations only).

Happy New Year! \o/

 

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Four more new gTLDs will enter the Sunrise phase on Tuesday, December 30, at 8 a.m. PST (15:00 UTC), where they will remain until the Sunrise phase ends on February 28, 2015.

The Landrush phase will last from March 8 to 11, 2015, followed by the GoLive phase beginning on March 11, 2015.

The list is below, accompanied by the corresponding Sunrise, Landrush and GoLive prices of a one-year registration, all at A rates:

Remember, 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. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

 

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Earlier this month we started the process of unifying the SFTP service on Simple Hosting across our three data centers by merging their SFTP keys. Over the next few weeks, we're taking the next step towards a more unified infrastructure with migrations of the SFTP endpoints.

While most customers will not notice any disruption in service, we want to keep you informed of our operations so you can avoid any possible issues.
Here's a schedule:

Datacenter Endpoint Date of migration
Baltimore sftp.dc1.gpaas.net December 30, 2014
Luxembourg sftp.dc2.gpaas.net January 5, 2015
Paris sftp.dc0.gpaas.net January 6, 2015

What are the possible issues?

Loss of connectivity

It's possible (though unlikely) that a running SFTP connection will lose connectivity during migration. This will happen very rarely, and will not have major consequences. Recovery will consist of simply reconnecting.

DNS / Firewall Issues

Since the IP address of each endpoint will change, DNS propagation problems may arise for some customers.

If you are having trouble connecting to the service immediately following the migration window, this may be the cause. Simply waiting for propagation should resolve it.

Also, if your firewalls or other security systems limit SFTP outbound to specific IP addresses, it will be necessary to adjust the rules on these systems to allow the new addresses (and disallow the old).

Feel free to contact Gandi Support if you encounter any issues.


The year 2015 is coming and it's bringing a slew of changes with it. One of those changes affects the way VAT tax is applied on "electronic services" (such as a domain name) purchased by European residents.

Simply put: people living within the European Union must pay for these electronic services (i.e. "nonmaterial goods", more info on this is linked to further down on the page) no longer with the TVA of the country where the merchant is located (practically speaking, from where the services were purchased), but rather, the VAT of the country of residence (country where the service was consumed). The territorial rules pertaining to purchases made by European organization which have an intra community VAT number (mainly companies) remain unchanged.

Since Gandi sells electronic services, all of our products (except t-shirts) will be affected by this change.

 

To give you a concrete example, take the VAT rates of a few EU countries:

  • France: 20%
  • Spain: 16%
  • Denmark: 25%

If a French customer buys a domain that costs €10 from a company located in Spain, he or she will pay €12 (€10 + 20% French VAT). A Danish customer buying the same domain from the same Spanish company would pay €12.50 (€10 + 25% Danish VAT). And finally, a Spanish customer would pay €11.60 (€10 + 16% Spanish VAT).

Note that this measure only affects so-called "Telecommunications, broadcasting & other online services", as defined by the VAT Directive. Therefore, actual physical goods sold via "distance selling" (clothing, etc) over the Internet are not affected by this change.

Note also that the sale of electronic services to persons who reside in a non-European Union country will not be subject to European VAT (export), even if these countries are geographically European (ex. Switzerland).

For more information on the different VAT rates in Europe, see this PDF or this website.

 

Some examples of electronic services concerned by this are:

  • Providing and hosting of websites, remote maintenance of programs and hardware,
  • Providing of software and their updates,
  • Providing of images, information and texts, and databases,
  • Providing of music, films, videogames and online gambling, as well as political, cultural, artistic, sports, scientific, or entertainment programs,
  • Providing of online educational services.


Did you know?
If you bought or transferred a domain to Gandi in the past year, you were automatically given a promo code you can use for a discount of 50% off of the purchase of an annual instance of Simple Hosting, our easy and powerful hosting solution. 
And that's not all!
Who buys anything sight unseen, even at half-price? Before you commit to Simple Hosting for a whole year, you'll probably want to test it out.
 Well, there's nothing easier. Just:
  •      Go to the Simple Hosting instance creation page,
  •      Select the programming language, size and database you want
  •      If it isn't already the default, select the "10 free test days" duration option 
  •      Complete the instance creation form and confirm the instance creation
The instance you create will be available for 10 days. If you want to keep it longer, you can use the coupon! Get 50% off for one year, or renew it for the shorter interval option you want (at full price).
 
Pro tip: if you renew before the end of the 10 day trial, the next time interval still starts at the end of the 10 days. No trimming!
 
We try to make it simple (otherwise we wouldn't call it Simple Hosting!). Part of that is making it free for 10 days :)

The new gTLDs are here, and how - over 200 launched already this year, and with over 540 to choose from, how will you choose?

While choosing a domain name is a very personal matter, and should be done with planning and thought (and maybe some beer) the choice of a TLD is perhaps less obvious. In some cases you can choose a new gTLD that is perfect for you (like .HIPHOP for your slammin' dance studio), but in other cases it might not be so obvious. .INK? .CLUB? Why not take advantage of the big data thing that everyone is talking about to find out what is popular? Well, now you can!

As you may know, Gandi acts carefully and tries not to collect or disclose any more personal data from our customers than is strictly required, such as when the ICANN contract or applicable law mandates it. We do, however, have a lot of anonymous data that we can to use to make your life easier, and our data scientists have used it to create an algorithm that will help you in choosing the best TLDs for your needs.

How does this work? Let's try to make it clear. While we don't use any of your personal data to sell you more stuff, nor track your behavior on our website as such, we are able to use the anonymous behavior of customers to make projections based on:

  • the place you are connected from,
  • the language you are using,
  • the TLD you are looking for,
  • and, if you're searching while logged in, the contact type of your handle (individual, company, association, etc).

That's the only information we use that comes from your profile, and it's useful when sorting through hundreds of TLD.

We designed the algorithm to learn continuously and evolve to keep up with global trends. Our algorithm will hand you a list of TLD suggestions for your domains, based not upon your specific behavior, but on our global domain names sales history, taking account of the factors we list. For example, we can guess which TLDs would be the most interesting for someone with an individual-type handle who is based in France, using our website in English. We also use semantic distance analysis to suggest some neighboring TLDs (like .photography if you are looking for a .photo domain). Of course, you can still be a trendsetter and pick whatever TLD you want, we won't stop you. In fact, you can even register your domain name in every appealing extension at the same time. That makes us very happy indeed! :)

If you're into that kind of thing, we've published our formulas and process here, so you can see how we work with the anonymous data we collect.

As always, we are here to help if you need it, and we welcome your input at feedback@gandi.net.


We are pleased to announce a new version of the statistics tools for Gandi Simple Hosting and Cloud VPS servers.

You can now see detailed usage stats on your instances and servers, enabling more advanced performance analysis. This feature makes it easy to see at a glance that you need to increase or decrease instance size, RAM, or CPU amounts, or use Gandiflex to do so automatically, allowing you to optimize the behavior of your applications in the cloud.

 

Network throughput visualization

These new statistics tools are already available on your instance or server administration page or via our API. The new statistics tools are still in active development (please see notes below), and we're eager to hear your feedback and ideas at feedback@gandi.net.

Accessing stats via the admin interface:

Check the "Statistics" tab of your Simple Hosting page or VPS admin page. We have added new visualizations that allow you to see several types of information:

  • Processor use (CPU)
  • Network utilization and throughput
  • Free and used disk space (on Simple Hosting) or Disk I/O (on VPS Servers)
  • RAM used (on Simple Hosting only)

You can filter the data by instances/servers, date, and even periodicity of visualization (e.g. by hour, day, or week).

Accessing stats via the Gandi API

A new method has been added to the Gandi API to allow you to integrate performance data into your scripts and applications, or to import it into another tool for monitoring or automated alerts, according to your needs.

Just call the method api.hosting.metric.query, passing your API key and the details of the request as arguments, as explained in the API documentation.

Notes

If you aren't seeing any network usage data, you may need to stop and start your Servers for data collection to start.

We will soon start displaying maximum usage values (95th percentile), instead of average usage values, for the selected time period.

Getting help

We hope you find this to be a useful tool. More information is available on our support wiki (instance stats | server stats) and, as always, our support teams are here to help.


Three more new gTLDs, .CASA, .WORK and .YOGA, are now available for registration by trademark holders.

The Sunrise phase for these three TLDs will end on January 5, 2015 at 7:59 a.m PST.

.casa is the only one of these TLDs that will have a Landrush phase, which will be from January 14 to 18, 2015.

.casa and .work will enter the GoLive phase on February 10, 2015 at 8 a.m. PST. The .yoga GoLive will follow one week later, on February 17.

The list is below, accompanied by the corresponding Sunrise, Landrush and GoLive prices of a one-year registration, all at A rates:

  • .casa: $131.93 | $38.34 | $38.34
  • .work: $97.24 | N/A | $6.67
  • .yoga: $131.93 | N/A | $38.34

Remember, 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. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

 

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.tld

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Holiday, it's fun to get into the spirit of giving this time of year. That's why we're making new .COM and .NET domains (normally $15.50 and $16.58) 20% cheaper.

This promo will be valid on new, one-year .com and .net registrations until the end of December, and you can get the discount by using the promo code MERRYCHRISTMAS when you place your order, right up until midnight Paris time on December 31, 2014 (3 p.m. PST/22:00 UTC).

In the true spirit of the holiday, this promotion is available to all customers, regardless of your rate scale. Go ahead and treat yourself to a domain! Feel free to tweet about it to us and your friends, too. We love to see what you come up with.

Cheers!

 

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