Lottery tickets are a staple for last-minute gift givers during the holiday season, but as a gift, it can be more than just a literal gamble.

We have a suggestion for that high-stakes enthusiast in your life with better odds: get them a .bet domain.

To make it more of a sure bet, starting December 2, the first year of a new .bet domain is on sale for just $7.00, $20.79* after that.

And don't worry if you forget to make your .bet before the holidays. This deal extends all the way until January 31, 2017 (at 3:59 PM PST to be precise).

Care to place a .bet?

*Prices in USD. See .bet page for local pricing.

Still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for the skiing enthusiast, the organic agriculturalist or the architect in your life?

Starting November 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM PST and ending December 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM PDT, .ski, .bio, and .archi are 50% off. That means .ski domains will be available for $24.00 per year, .bio domains for $26.00 per year, and .archi domains for $40.00 per year*.

If you missed our Cyber Monday sale on these TLDs, look no further!

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See .ski, .bio and .archi pages for local prices.

All December—from December 1 until December 31, 2016 at 3:59 PM  will be in the half-price club.

That means instead of the usual $13.43 per year at A rates*, .club domain registrations will be possible for just $6.72 per year*.

Join the half-price .club club?



*Prices in USD. See .club page for local pricing.

In order to further improve domain name security, ICANN has recently implemented new rules and procedures governing domain name ownership. These rules in particular are in regards to changes made to domain name contact information, most notably the email address.

This new procedure, which takes effect on December 1, 2016, will involve sending a confirmation link to both the current and future email addresses (as is currently done for domain name transfers and ownership changes). The change can only be completed once both links have been accepted. Then, once it has been completed, a confirmation email is sent to both email addresses as notification of the change.

This new process also includes a transfer lock on domain names associated with any "owner" contacts (or "administrative" contacts in certain cases) after undergoing an email change. This lock will prevent the domain name from being transferred for a period of 60 days following the email update.

ICANN now provides the option for a "Designated Agent" to waive this 60-day lock, and as we are aware that this new obligation makes the transfer process more complicated, especially should you ever lose access to the email address currently on your account, we have chosen to allow you to authorize Gandi to act as your Designated Agent and remove the 60-day transfer lock, which we will do by default when selecting this option.

To make Gandi your Designated Agent, you would just need to confirm Gandi's new contract during your next email address change or domain name operation. The new contract adds this notion of a Designated Agent, thereby allowing us to remove the transfer lock whenever you choose to update your email address.

This new process will require some additional development on our part, though, so we will not be able to implement this feature immediately on December 1. Unfortunately, this means in the meantime, you will be temporarily unable to modify your email address via our website except through our manual validation process. For that, you  just need to request the email change following the manual email change process with our customer care team.

We expect the process to be fully automated sometime in mid-December 2016, at which point it will become available directly from our website. Check back for future upates as we will be posting them here when they come in.

We're celebrating Cyber Monday all this week and into the next with this 80% off sale on appropriately wintery TLD .ski, organic non-GMO TLD .bio and brutalist TLD .archi.

Starting Monday November 28 and going until November 30, 2016 at 3:59 PM PST .ski and  .bio domains will be available for just $10.00 per year* and .archi will be available for just $16.00 per year*.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See .ski, .bio and .archi pages for local prices.

Blogs are so ubiquitous these days, we've started to take them for granted. But when blogs first came out they were a big deal. Blogs made it possible to publish things online without having to write out the HTML (or other code) and upload directly to a server using FTP.

With a blog you can sign in, type right into your web browser, and publish with a single click. It didn't just make the web easier, it opened up a whole world to the technically inexperienced masses.

And that's why it's a big deal that as for today, .blog, the blog-oriented new TLD, is open to the masses too: it has now entered the GoLive phase. You can now get your .blog for just $38.35 per year at A rates*.

Because the blogs make the internet easy, we're making blogging easy with one-click Wordpress installation on our Simple Hosting instances.

You're already entitled to a ten-day free trial on Simple Hosting, and when you register your .blog domain at Gandi, we'll give you a promo code for 50% off a one-year subscription.

Start a .blog?



*Prices in USD. See .blog for local pricing details.

A critical security issue in the Xen virtualization software will become public on Tuesday, November 22nd 2016. The Xen team has already informed Gandi of the necessary patches.

Following this announcement, we have pre-emptively deployed the patches required to correct the issue. We have been monitoring the particular security flaw, and have determined that we will need to stop/start certain Xen VMs in order to assure that no further attack vector remains.

We will be contacting the affected customers by email in order to allow them to sufficiently prepare for this stop/start. Those of you who do not receive any message from us about needing to stop and start your VM are therefore unaffected.


 In order to minimize downtime and the impact in general, we advise all affected customers to perform a stop/start of their platforms sometime between now and November 22, 2016.

Warning: a simple "reboot" of the concerned servers is not enough. They must be stopped and started in order to apply the security measures.

Any affected VMs that you have not yet been stopped and started prior to the maintenance will be automatically stopped and started by us on November 22 at 3:00 AM PST (11:00 UTC). Please expect around 30 minutes of downtime per stop/start.

As always, if you have any questions or need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer care team.


1. All about DPML Plus

2. Half-price .org domains

3. Events at Gandi

3. Events outside Gandi

5. Recently-delegated TLDs

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

Have you been paying attention?

This month has been full of distractions (though let's not go there). But relax. We're hear to catch you up on what you may have missed at Gandi.

Let's start with a new, limited-time option from Donuts for new gTLDs called DPML Plus. We'll guide you through what regular old DPML is and then see what's changing and what the Plus is for.

Then we'll stop off at .org for an excellent promo that just got going.

After that, in case you missed it, we'll give you a rundown on what we've been up to. We've been busy this past month and this coming one, both inside our offices and outside.

And then we'll see what ICANN's been up to, at least in terms of delegating new strings, with this month's Recently-delegated TLDs update.

And as always, we'll peek at the TLD release calendar and then round up this month's promos.

Anyway, we know it's so easy for things to slip by when you're not watching. That's why we're summing it all up here.

Changes to Donuts's DPML protection

While it may be of general interest to just about anyone, Donuts's DPML protection program is mostly of interest to those who own trademarks and want to protect them across new TLDs. If that's you and you didn't catch our rundown of the changes to the program, we suggest looking into it. At least before the end of the year when things really change.

What it is and what changed | Back to top

Half-price .org domains

Another time-sensitive bit of news that we wouldn't want you to miss this month is that .org domains are currently half-price on the first year of registration. Take a look at our full promo roundup below and you'll notice that most of them are new TLDs. It's pretty rare to see such a significant promo on an old standby like .org. And this one's only good for first 5,000 domains created and only goes until the end of the year, so get them while they're still hot.

Get a half-price .org while you can | Back to top

Events at Gandi

We've had a busy month across our various offices. Here's just a few things we've been up to.

Kernel Recipes

Kernel Recipes
Running from September 28 through 30 in Paris, Gandi helped sponsor Kernel Recipes, consisting of three days of about 20 talks (plus "lightning" talks). If the name doesn't make it obvious, Kernel Recipes largely revolves around discussions of open source, especially

For photos, videos, and more for this year's event, check them out on the Kernel Recipes site.

Since 2013, we've been sponsoring the open source messaging project CaliOpen as one of our premier sponsored projects. This past month, CaliOpen announced that they'd secured financing from BPIFrance.

If you don't yet know of CaliOpen, it's an open source project to make secure electronic communication of all forms easy. For details, check out CaliOpen's site.

On the US side of things, we've opened our doors up to Holberton School, a project-based, peer learning programming school. We're devoting a portion of our office space in SoMA in San Francisco as a co-working space and we've been glad to see them stopping by.

You can find out more about Holberton School on their website.

Or read the press release or even this article or more information on the help we're providing.

See photos and videos from Kernel Recipes 2016 | Check out CaliOpen (in French) | Find out more about Holberton School | Back to top

Events outside Gandi

M3AAWG Paris
From October 24 through October 27 members of our abuse team based in Paris (they mitigate abuse, not deal it out, in case you were wondering) attended M3AAWG, the Messaging Malware Anti-Abuse Working Group. M3AAWG is a critical part of developing best practices for combating online spam, fraud, and malware online
We're happy to be able to participate in M3AAWG meetings and just as previous meetings have taken place right in our neighborhood in San Francisco, this time our home city of Paris was selected, which is convenient for us.

ICANN Hyderabad
We've been covering a lot of ICANN-related news lately, and maybe that was in part out of anticipation for ICANN57.


ICANN57 just wrapped up in Hyderabad and according to some changes in the structure and rhythm of ICANN meetings approved back in 2014, ICANN57 was a little longer than ICANN56, lasting a full seven days, with two public forum sessions. As of two ICANN sessions ago that's now the norm.

While, admittedly, a great depth of material isn't available, a good starting point for anyone who missed ICANN57 but are curious about the meeting is ICANN's blog.

Otherwise, we also use this meeting as a chance to meet face-to-face with many of our partners up and down the domain name food chain, and it was of course great to have that opportunity as well. With .blog launching this month, the registry held a big launch party which was about as lit as a TLD release party an get.

As for future events, as the year comes to a close and the winter Federal holiday season approaches, we don't expect a lot of upcoming events. However, keep on eye on our meet up page for The Root Zone, our periodic DNS-themed meet up we coordinate with CloudFlare.

M3AAWG | ICANN Blog | Back to top

Recently-Delegated TLDs


While battles for this month's batch of newly delegated TLDs are long over, in case you missed them, this past month's recently-delegated new TLDs post focuses on the question of who is better suited to be awarded the contract for a new gTLD: an organization or company already closely associated with the TLD or a large "portfolio" registry?

Find out how this month's TLDs answer that question | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

Not many TLDs will be or have already been released this month, but there are a few. In particular, we wanted to highlight .blog, entering the GoLive phase November 21. This is a great opportunity to do some one-stop shopping by getting a .blog and attaching it to a Simple Hosting instance with one-click Wordpress installation (see our guide for more information)


Tuesday November 8:

.makeup (GoLive)

Monday November 21:

.blog (GoLive)

Wednesday November 27:

.娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a "entertainment") (GoLive)
(.xn--vhquv "company") (GoLive)
(.xn--czrs0t "shop") (GoLive)
(.xn--unup4y "games") (GoLive)


November 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat



.makeup (GoLive)




.blog (GoLive)

.娱乐 .企业 .商店 .游戏  (GoLive)



Stay tuned for updates!

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Promo Roundup

Yeehaww! We're rounding up a whole herd of promos this month (including that .org one we mentioned above) in this month's Promo Roundup. Catch up with the full roundup below:

Promos this month

Only in November:

.top creations $1.00 and renewals half-price
.club renewals reduced-price
.me just $5.00

.eu half-price

Starting November 1:

.org half-price through December 31 -- first 5,000 domains only!

Starting November 7:

.markets, .trading 75% off first year through February 12 

Starting November 8:

.shop creation for $9.99 until January 31

Ending November 30:

.design $10.00 through November 30
.link $4.50 through November 30
.photo $5.00
through November 30
.audio, .hiphop, .guitars $9.03, $12.84 , and $16.22 through November 30

Ongoing promotions:

.cat $5.00 through January 11
.live, .studio, .video half-price through December 31
.desi half-price through December 31
$7.99 per year in GoLive through December 31

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31
.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31
.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31
 .xyz $3.99 per year through December 31
.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)
.gdn $1.50 until until December 31

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With plenty out there to distract this month, we wouldn't be surprised if you missed a few of the things we talked about above. We hope you've caught up now. But did we miss something? Or maybe you just miss us and need someone to talk to. Either way, tweet us @gandibar, email us at, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/


It doesn't matter if they're buying sneakers or smart phones or if they're doing it online or in person. Even people who eschew all technology in favor of a face-to-face, personal shopping experience have shifted their expectations. While in the old days, shoppers wanted to make their transactions and get out, now increasingly in the age of internet commerce, customers are looking for an interaction. That is, shopping is now a relationship.

And we have good news for anyone looking to set up .shop online and start that relationship. Starting November 8, 2016 until January 31, 2017, create your .shop domain for just $9.99 per year (normally $45.95 per year at A rates)*.

Get your .shop?



*Prices in USD. Please visit the .shop pricing page to shop in your local currency.

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