Here's a look at upcoming, ongoing and past events at and away from Gandi recently.

Events at Gandi

UX Speed Dating: User Testing Night

Every third Wednesday, Gandi hosts a User Testing Night with the UX Speed Dating meet up group at our San Francisco offices. The last one we hosted was February 17 and we’ll be hosting again on March 16.

This is a chance for tech professionals who want to have some software or device or concept tested to present any sort of product to three users for preliminary, in-person feedback.

The owners of the products sit in a single place and then the users rotate between them every 20 minutes or so.

Check out the specific rules here and see the Meetup page here or the UX Speed dating site.

The Root Zone.

We'd like to invite DNS nerds and DNS newbs alike to check out a new series we intend to launch shortly titled The Root Zone. We'll be kicking this series off sometime in early April (though we don't have specific dates set yet). Watch the meetup page for information and updates, though.

Gandi (re)fait le .point

On February 18 at the co-working space Le Tank, Paris 11, we held the third annual “Gandi (re)fait le .point,” event, a punny name for our conference about how to best leverage new gTLDs.

For those interested, the 2016 edition of our white book on the topic is available (in French) here.

Events Outside of Gandi

Hyperloop at Launch
Hyperloop at Launch Fest. See below for more about LAUNCH

M3AAWG 36

This last month we were guests at M3AAWG in San Francisco. M3AAWG, for those unaware of the organization, stands for Message, Malware, Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, and it is one of the foremost abuse and security conferences.

Just like Fight Club and Las Vegas, communication about M3AAWG publicly is prohibited, so, suffice it to say that if you want to know more about what we were up to there, check out M3AAWG’s website.

ICANN 55

We also just attended ICANN55 in Marrakech. ICANN is the one organization which is perhaps the most relevant to what Gandi does (i.e. domain name registration), so not only is it a venue to connect with the organization in charge of almost everything we do as a registrar, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to connect with others involved in domain name registration.

AsiaBSDCon 2016

From March 10-13, 2016, Gandi will be in Tokyo at the Tokyo University of Science for AsiaBSDCon 2016.

So what is AsiaBSDCon? It’s a technical conference that aims to collect the best technical presentations and papers to share with the widest possible audience. This includes basically anybody who develops, deploys or uses systems based on any BSD operating system, including FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin and MacOS X. 

LAUNCH Festival 2016

 

Launch 2016

Having an office is downtown San Francisco has exposed us to the large and very active world of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. And what is it that every new idea should have? A domain name. No, seriously. Whether you have a completely built out website, a "coming soon" landing page, or even just an email address with your company's name on it, it shows that you're in the business of making your dreams come true. And THAT is what LAUNCH festival was all about. We caught some speeches, fireside chats, panels, and presentations that were not only inspiring but jaw-dropping. Not to mention 150 startups pitching their ideas back to back to back to back. Hats off to them! 


This isn’t the greatest story ever told. But we’re hoping it’s a close second: today, the .bible TLD enters the GoLive phase. That means that registration is open to all for $151.38 per year at A rates.

As in the real Bible, you just need to follow a few simple rules (click here for the specific Acceptable Use Policy). No floods or plagues will smite you if you don’t, but you may lose your domain.

Otherwise, thine is the domain name, the power to link it to your site, and the glory. Forever and ever. Or at least until you decide not to renew it. Amen.

Register a .bible?

.bible

Here's a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of March 2016:

Thursday March 3:

.bet (GoLive)

Monday March 7:

.佛山 (.xn--1qqw23a // Foshan GeoTLD) (GoLive)

Tuesday March 8:

.bible (GoLive)

Thursday March 10:

.vip (Sunrise)

Monday March 21:

.barcelona (GoLive)

 

Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month's releases.


If you have a PHP 5.4/MySQL Simple Hosting instance you can now upgrade to PHP 5.6 in a single click. All you need to do is go to your instance’s control panel and click on the “Update” link.

This operation will move everything over to PHP 5.6 automatically, though you might experience some issues during the next few days as we still consider the feature to be in Beta. We also highly suggest checking our guide to learn more about the differences between versions and about the issues you might encounter, since you won't be able to rollback this update.

Users of other types of PHP instances, such as PostgreSQL or MongoDB databases, unfortunately will still have to upgrade manually. Our documentation also includes instructions and examples to help with manually migrating your instances

As always, don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Care team, join us in our IRC channel #gandi (on Freenode) or tweet us @gandibar if you have any issues.


We've got a healthy early spring harvest of promotions this March. Take a look below:

 

Starting Tuesday March 1:

.me $4.00 per year through March 14

Super Tuesday: .democrat, .republican, ($25.00 per year) .vote  and .voto ($50.00 per year) through March 7

.cloud $9.00 per year through December 31

.club 50% off through March 31

.co.com $19.99 per year through May 31

.online $4.99 per year through March 31

Spring has sprung: .xxx, .porn, .sex, and .adult $12.00 per year through May 31

 

Starting Monday March 7:

St. Patrick's Day Promo: .pub $7.00 per year through March 18

 

Ongoing promotions:

.asia 70% off, through March 31


If you’re in most of the English-speaking world you might go to a pub once a day, once a week, once a month or less but in North America a pub is a place you go just one day per year: St. Patrick’s Day. The one day when everybody is Irish (especially if they’re not actually Irish).

And now that that time of year is rolling around, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to make going to the .pub a bit more affordable by making putting .pub on sale for just $7.00 per year (as opposed to the normal $38.34 at A rates), from March 7 to March 18, 2016 (Irish time of course).

So listen to a jig, wear green, and maybe even do something authentically Irish. And of course, go out to the .pub.

What’ll it be?

.pub


 


The miracle of domain name registration is a magical and sometimes obscure process, but according to our research, the registration and management of a domain name has been found to adhere to a few very precise rules which may seem complicated for some.

We’ve already presented this information, at length, in our extensive wiki.

But it seems these processes remain a puzzle.

Well, now we are beginning to demystify the processes that lay beneath the surface through a series of graphics describing exactly those complicated processes.

This month, we are delving into the life and death of a domain name: from the moment it is first registered and blinks into existence, to its renewal, and then to the mysterious afterlife that lies beyond expiration.

This is how a domain is born, grows old and expires, and then what happens next.

 

Lifecycle of a Domain

Since .com and .net domains are the most common extensions, we decided it was most useful to show the lifecycle as it applies to these two extensions. Most domain names lead a life much like .com and .net domains, the differences largely being in the length of late-renewal periods and restoration, which can change by registry. You can find more specific information on an individual TLD’s info page.


Who hasn’t dreamed of opening a little café or a bookstore for only out-of-print art books or a fabric shop that sells just those yellow and blue Provençal tablecloths and Eiffel Tower prints in some corner of the Quartier Latin or along the Champs Élysées?

Well, what better time than now to make that dream a reality, at least online. There are a whole bunch of premium domains for generic terms in .paris like café.paris, brunch.paris or antiquites.paris that, starting 10 March will become available at the registrar of your choice.

These, like your dreams, are pure gold, and being premium domains can come at a steep price—between €475.00 and €4,210.00 before tax—but they are truly precious. So pre-register them now.

Remember that you do need to have some connection to the city of Paris, be that residence within Paris, a commercial interest there or a cultural or familial connection.

What's your .paris dream?

.paris



Just like tomorrow is always a day away for little orphan Annie, for a gambler, that big jackpot is just a hand, a pull of the lever, a roll of the dice or a spin of the wheel away. That’s what’s so great about gambling: it always gives you hope that you get lifted out of your meager existence by a benevolent millionaire and win big.

Which is why it’s great that as of March 3, 2016, .bet is in the GoLive phase. Now you can bet on a quality domain name for only $20.79 a pop (per year at A rates). You could be a big winner! (in that you’ll have registered a cool domain name). It's only a click away.

So are you feeling lucky?

Can we take your .bet?

.bet

 


Better send the kids to bed for this one. We’ll give you a minute.

...

Everyone all tucked in? Okay. Let’s get freaky.

Spring is in the air. Buds are forming on the trees, birds are building their nests, the bunnies are frolicking in the clover, and we all know what those things symbolize.

So this spring, from March 1 through midnight UTC on May 31, our 18+ extensions are all on sale: .adult, .porn, .sex, and .xxx for just $12.00 per year on all four extensions.

As a public service announcement, we would like to remind you that as with all Gandi domains, your domain registration entitles you to one free, single-address, standard-validation SSL certificate, and while we encourage you to have fun with these domains, also be safe and use protection.

Feeling frisky?:

.tld

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