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.


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.


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.

 

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.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!

 

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

We're updating our prices immediately to reflect a major price drop on two new gTLDs, .archi and .bio, following an announcement by the Starting Dot Ltd registry.

Starting now, one-year registrations of .archi domains will cost $79.33 (previously $109.02), and $63.96 for .bio (previously $89.26) .

As a reminder, .archi domains are reserved to professional architects affiliated with the UIA.

 

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Six more new gTLDs are entering the GoLive phase.

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

And don't .pizza and .software go so well together?

 

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

We must be crazy to be selling these domain names at such ridiculously low prices!

The wacky, waving inflatable tube man on our roof is flailing his arms wildly in promotion of the latest too-good-to-be-true rates on .WEBSITE domain names. After its first two months at the ludicrously low low back-to-school price of 50% off, .WEBSITE domain names are now available for the unbelievable price of just $5.00 for a one-year registration. We're practically giving these away!

We have four-doors, two-doors, automatic and manual transmissions all available at ZERO APR. Act today and we'll throw in free rust protection. But this deal won't last. We can only offer this amazing deal for one month only, the offer ends December 16th at 3 pm PST, so come on down today!

 

Register a .WEBSITE?

.WEBSITE

Ok, we are a bit late - these TLDS for the German city of Köln (aka Cologne) actually were released by the registry on Sept 5, 2014. The good news is that you can get them now at Gandi!

 

The charming city was once the capital of West Germany, and has the distinction of meritiing not one, but two TLDs. Which one you choose (.COLOGNE or .KOELN) is up to you, and you don't need to be a resident or anything special - these domains are open to all for $14.68 (at A rates, plus tax if applicable). 

 

Register one of these TLDs? :

.TLD

 


Two more new gTLDs are entering the Sunrise phase today, Wednesday, December 3, where they will remain until January 31, 2015.

The 3-day Landrush phase will begin February 8, 2015, at 8 a.m. PST, followed by GoLive which begins Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2015 at 8 a.m. PST.

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

 

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

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