After a little more than a month of Alpha testing, which has been well received, our new data center in Paris is now entering Beta testing, with a tentative production date of March 20, 2017.

Be aware that only our Gandi Cloud hosting platform is currently available, which includes: Servers, Volumes, IPs, and VPNs. No date is currently set for the launch of Simple Hosting and Web Accelerators on FR-SD3. These are currently only available on our primary Paris data center and our Luxembourg one (FR-SD2 and LU-BI1, respectively).

We would like to thank all of you who have helped test this new infrastructure so far during the Alpha phase and we would encourage all customers to continue testing it for free during Beta testing as well, all the way up until the release date of March 20.

Once that date arrives, we will no longer be able to continue offering free hosting on FR-SD3. The pricing scale in place on our other data centers will be implemented for FR-SD3 as well.

Of course feel free to contact our Hosting Support team for any and all questions, comments, impressions, or thoughts. Or, alternatively, share them with us by emailing

We are very excited to announce that from now on, Snapshots are free on our Simple Hosting platform!

Snapshots allow you to schedule automatic, periodic copies of the files contained on your Simple Hosting instance. Until now, this service required an additional 30% disk space added to the total quota in order to use.

From today on, though, you can now activate snapshots without having to buy any additional disk space. The copies of your files will no longer count towards your total disk usage.

To activate snapshots, go to your Simple Hosting management page on our legacy site or on #gandiv5. If snapshots are already activated on your instances, the additional disk space will no longer be invoiced to you the next time your renew.

We would remind you that Snapshots are not a full backup as they do not include a backup of your databases. You can include your database in the snapshot by exporting your database into a file on your instance which will then be included in the next snapshot.

For more information on Snapshots, feel free to reference our wiki:

Otherwise, you can of course contact our Hosting support team for any other questions.

It's a topsy-turvy time. If you looked out the window or in your social media news feed, you'd be forgiven for thinking, in the parlance of our times, "WTF?"

In the spirit of never losing one's sense of outrage (if you're so inclined) or just plain confusion, and in the tradition of a good old-fashioned President's Day sale, we're offering .wtf for the meaning-laden price of $20.17, today only.

Happy President's Day!

Feeling .wtf?


Due to a price adjustment decided on by the registry, starting March 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM PST, prices on .biz domains will be increasing by $1.50 on all price grids (or €1.50, £1.30, or 50TWD).

That means that instead of $17.28 per year at A rates*, .biz domains will be $18.78 at A rates*.

That also means if you have a .biz domain, you should think about renewing now. Remember: you can renew for a maximum registration of up to 10 years, so if your domain expires this year, you could save up to $13.50.

*See .biz for local pricing.

It's a kind of magic that what art does when it takes something with apparently little to no value — a plain field of hay in the south of France, a portrait of Elvis, or — and articulates its hidden value for the world to see.

It's in that spirit that .art enters the gTLD marketplace.

Naturally .art should be available to artists, art institutions and organizations, first and foremost, and so before it's opened up to everyone, it will first go through a Preferred Access Period, which it is in now. During this period, a token must be obtained from the .art registry's website. The form to obtain a token is open to all, and the registry may verify your eligibility.

To register in the Preferred Access Period, once you have your token, launch your order in the Landrush phase from Gandi's website (or use the form below). Then, you will then need to provide the token to our customer care team so that we can use it to validate your order with the registry, who will then process the registrations on a first come, first served basis.

Domains in this Preferred Access or Landrush period will be available for $199.65.* You have until May 9, 2017 to register in this phase. Otherwise, .art opens up to everyone on May 17, 2017 when it enters the GoLive phase. Prices in this phase will be $17.44 at A rates.*

What will you use your .art to do?



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

Ever notice the difference in quality and flavor between sustainably-grown, organic food and run-of-the-mill factory-farm dross? It's the extra crunch in organic lettuce (and the dirt still on the leaves), the supple freshness of an heirloom potato (and, again, its dirt).

If you don't know what we're talking about, then, well, this TLD isn't for you.

But if you do, we have great news. The new .organic TLD is now in the GoLive phase. That means it's available to everyone for $95.44 per year at A rates.*

Be healthy and buy .organic:



*Prices in USD. See .organic price page for local pricing.


1. Introducing SoGo: Gandi's new webmail.

2. New Feature: Usernames and Organizations

3. New Simple Hosting interface

4. Buy a .cloud, get a t-shirt

5. The Root Zone.: DDoS Attacks!

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

February may be a short month, but it's sure to be jam-packed with updates. In particular, over the past several weeks, we've been continuously rolling out new features onto the beta of our new site: #gandiv5.

For those who've been waiting with bated breath, please breathe because after one month we're just getting started and as we're already treading into month two, really, that's a long time of not breathing. That's not to say things aren't progressing. On the contrary, things are moving along quite well and we've gotten some great feedback from many of you. Keep it coming.

In this month's newsletter, we're looking at some of the features added to the beta over the course of January. These include a new webmail service, a new way of structuring accounts and an updated interface for Simple Hosting. And as always, we have a couple of new TLDs being released and a roundup of our current promos. We managed to pack all of that and a little more into the past month.

Introducing SOGo: Gandi's new webmail

The first big #gandiv5 news of the month was the introduction of a new webmail service, SOGo.

Gandi's new Webmail

Those of you familiar with Roundcube from using our legacy site will no doubt see the advantages of using SOGo, including:

  • Thirty-two display languages
  • Customizable folders
  • Calendar integration
  • Labels

Gandi's new Webmail
 A peak at the SOGo interface

We encourage anyone interested in learning more to check it out.

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New Feature: Usernames and Organizations

Next, we officially rolled out the new account structure for #gandiv5 this past month. The days of logging in with the AB1234-GANDI type handle are over. Instead, you'll get the chance to define your own username.

Usernames and Organizations
The Username and Organization menu in #gandiv5

In introducing this new feature of #gandiv5 we also introduced the concept of Organizations and discussed some of the added benefits of this restructuring.

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New Simple Hosting interface

We know many of you have more than just domains at Gandi. Don't worry. We haven't been neglecting you. This month we also rolled out the new Simple Hosting interface for #gandiv5.

New Simple Hosting interface

This is more than just a redecoration or porting of the previous service to the new site. It's a true upgrade in terms of user interface and navigation. But you don't have to take our word for it. Give it a spin! 

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Buy a .cloud, get a .cloud t-shirt

It's as simple as that: buy a .cloud domain from Gandi this month, get a special edition, one-of-a-kind .cloud t-shirt. Of course, it wouldn't be "limited edition" if we gave it to everyone-everyone. You have to be within the first 200 registrants of a .cloud domain.

Buy a .cloud, get a t-shirt
The .cloud t-shirt design

When you register one, you'll get a code you can use to get your shirt.

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The Root Zone.: DDoS Attacks!

Just last week, along with our friends at Cloudflare, we hosted the first edition in our second series of meetups under the moniker The Root Zone. This time rather than one-on-one interviews, we invited a panel of experts to discuss the hottest DNS topic of the past six months: DDoS attacks.

The Root Zone

We'll be posting a full overview in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for that. If you attended, thanks for coming! If you missed it, for now, feel free to watch the whole event on UStream. Expect more details soon, though.

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TLD release Calendar

Just a couple of new TLDs coming out this month:


Wednesday February 1:

.eco (Sunrise)

Wednesday February 8:

.art (Landrush)

February 2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

.eco (Sunrise)


.art (Landrush)








Stay tuned for updates!

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Promo Roundup

And now for a look at current promos. Some start this month. Others end this month. Some of them will last all year:

Promos this month

Only in February (February 1-28):

.cloud $9.00
.club $1.99
.me $5.00
.fashion $9.00

Starting February 1:

.tech, .online multi-year renewals until June 30
.boutique, .city, .coffee, .digital, .email, .fyi, .guru, .immo, .land, .life, .ltd, .maison, .mba, .media, .run, .sarl, .solutions, .systems, .today, .tools, .vin, .voyage, .wine, .works, .world, .zone on sale until March 30
.click, .link, .lol $3.99 until June 30

Ending February 12:

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

Ending February 28:

.cn 25% off until February 28 (Happy Year of the Rooster!)
.pro $3.00 until February 28
.tech $16.70 per year for 5-9 year creations; $11.50 per year for ten years until February 28

Ongoing promotions:

.me half price until December 31
.top $1.50 until December 31
.archi, .black, .blue, .info, .kim, .lgbt, .mobi, .pet, .pink, .poker, .promo, .red, .ski, half price until June 30
.host, .online, .press, .pw, .site, .space, .store, .tech, .website until June 30
.promo half price until June 30
.news, .reviews, .social half price until March 31

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That about wraps it up for this month. We'll be rolling out more new features on the #gandiv5 beta so keep track on our news site at for more updates as they come in.

Until then, feel free to contact us at, on Twitter @gandibar, Facebook, G+, or in the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/


One of the hottest TLD portfolios in the new gTLD space belongs to none other than Radix Registry, who offer highly desirable new gTLDs like .tech, .online, and .store, and to start off the new year right, Radix is offering great deals on nine extensions:

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See individual price pages (links above) for local pricing.

Que parla català ?

If you answered or potser, then you may be interested to know that the official TLD of Catalunya, .cat, in celebration of its birthday is on sale for $5.00 per year* from February 6, 2017 until March 5, 2017 (midnight Barcelona time).

Per molts anys!

Vols un .cat?



*Prices in USD. See .cat price page for local prices.

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