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Our slick and intuitive interface enables you to manage your domains and other products, buy a domain name, and do a domain name search seamlessly across all your devices.
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Over 700 domain endings
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Free SSL Certificate
Get a free 1-year Standard SSL certificate when you buy a domain name.
2 email mailboxes
1,000 email aliases, forwards, redirections included for free when you buy a domain name at Gandi.
Gandi Corporate Services
Get help from a dedicated account manager, protect your brand, and benefit from special corporate services.
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Sell our products on your platform through our powerful APIs, benefit from dedicated tools, and increase your revenue.
We can send an obfuscated version of your email to the registries when you buy a domain name (if applicable), so your personal information is never public if you don't want it to be.
Our whois is also 100% GDPR compliant.
Our highly-trained support team is ready to help you, from your domain name search, to when you buy a domain name, renewing it, transferring it, and beyond.
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Available for the most popular domain name endings, with new ones continually being added. Learn more.
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A domain name: essential element for any website
When you are thinking about creating a new website, a domain name is quite often the first thing that comes to mind.
In the beginning, the internet relied solely on IP addresses to identify web pages, which worked at the time because there were relatively few websites and they were not accessible to a wide audience. The format we all know today was created to replace this system because strings of digits were complicated for humans to memorize.
Today, websites usually use an address that starts with "www" followed by a domain name and its domain name ending, or TLD – Top Level Domain (‘.com,’ ‘.de,’ ‘.co.uk,’ etc.).Buy a domain name now
How a domain name works
What is a domain name?
Used as the starting point for all webpages, a domain name often corresponds to the name of the company or brand which owns the site. It takes the form of ‘example.com,’ ‘example.fr,’ etc. While there are no restrictions as to the name itself, this is the most commonly seen approach.
When you register or buy a domain name (such as ‘example.fr’), you create a unique and unalterable address. Modifying the slightest element in this domain name is the same as creating a new one. Even a different domain ending leads to a unique domain name. So ‘example.fr’ and ‘example.com’ may direct users to two distinct websites belonging to two different people and dealing with completely unrelated topics.
Domain name search
For all the many websites on the internet to be identified, every single domain name must be unique and needs to be registered through a registrar. When you buy a domain from Gandi, it will be marked as ‘unavailable’ to anyone doing a domain name search for the same domain name for a minimum of one year. This domain name is reserved for you and you are free to use it for your own site without running the risk of it no longer being available to you.
Domain name renewal
It is possible to buy a domain name before you even begin to use it. Similarly, renewing it when it is about to expire (usually after one year) is just as important. If you allow your domain name to expire, it will become available to other internet users again when they do a domain name search. However, Gandi does offer automatic renewal to help avoid this situation.
What is the role of a domain name?
Central to your website’s URL (or address), a domain name is the element used to identify your online presence and helps internet users find you on the web.
When you buy a domain name, you're choosing the name that will represent you on the internet. Users can keep accessing your website by typing in the same address even if its hosting situation were to change.
Domain name transfer
Just as you may change your hosting service, it is also possible to opt for a different domain name registrar. If you already own a domain name, transfering it allows you to make Gandi your new registrar.
Frequently asked questions
Is it possible to change domain names?
Buy a domain name that will have the most impact on SEO
- Choose a domain ending that's geo-localized (.us, .ca, .uk, .nyc, or .london), linked to what you do (.org, .tech, .store, .site), or targeted by product or services (.gay, .best, or .art)
- Do a domain name search and choose a short and easy-to-remember domain name that uses keywords, or references your brand name or industry
- Buy a domain name that already has some history (a reserved domain, an expired domain, etc.) to take advantage of the SEO that Google gives to sites that have been online for a few years. Do a domain name search using Gandi.net's WHOIS to find who owns a domain name that's already registered
- Add an SSL certificate to your domain name for prioritization over sites that lack SSL
How can I get my domain name managed by Gandi?
There are 2 different options to get a domain name managed at Gandi :