While most of Oceania entered 2016 first, the next continent to celebrate the new year is starting it out right. At least as far as it's corresponding TLD, .asia, is concerned.
That's because .asia is ringing in the new year with a three-month long promotion of 70% off domain names. That means that instead of $25.00 per year at A rates, .asia domains from now until March 31, 2016 will be only $7.50.
There is a requirement for .asia domains that at least one contact is physically located on the continent of Asia, but don't worry if you can't find one Gandi provides you this one for for free.
Those of you hungry for adventure may be a litlte disheartened by the fact that it seems there's little left within our collective reach to explore. It seems like the whole Earth isn't just already explored but has been sliced up into sections of a few hundred square feet that rent for a couple thousand dollars a piece per month. Where's the excitement of discovery in that?
And it's no better in cyberspace than in the meatspace. Traditional gTLDs are getting just as overcrowded and all the good domains in those gTLDs are long gone. But there's good news! Just like SpaceX's latest triumph this month is busting the next frontier open wide, another new one has opened as well. Of course, we're referring to .space: the final(ish) online frontier.
If you're itching to boldly go where no internaut has navigated before, from January 1 through January 31, 2016, .space domains will be on sale for 80% off. That means instead of paying $7.97 per year (at A rates) on a .space domain, you would instead pay $1.60 per year this month.
MTV capitalized on the beach bros (of Italian heritage) who apparently populate the beaches of New Jersey with the surprising reality show hit Jersey Shore. So we wanted to be clear: this promotion isn't about Italian-American culture or doing shots in a hot tub or Snooki. This is for a different Jersey: "Old" Jersey, the channel island. For you hipsters, the original, authentic Jersey (really, it has nothing to do with New Jersey).
This month we have a great promotion on Jersey's own TLD .je. But that's not all. If you know Jersey (the channel island) you know it often travels with Guernsey, another channel island, who's TLD is .gg (which also, incidentally, stands for "Good Game"). You can have a domain in either or both for a reduced price this month : $50.00 $37.50 per year instead of the usual $75.00 until January 31, 2016 23:59 UTC February 7, 2016 23:59 UTC.
It's a great time to be a designer of any kind, really. It's no coincidence that this coincides with the Internet really coming into it's own. With everyone from huge multi-national corporations down to tiny Mom and Pops (and, yes, also literally your mom and your pop) in need of a website, design is in high demand.
Starting January 1 until February 15, 2016, we're making it a bit easier for designers by offering .design domains for half-price: that's $31.18 instead of the normal $62.36.
This is your chance to show off your design skills with a site on a domain that speaks to your calling as a designer. If you're new to the game, get a .design domain to throw some ideas online. Or if you're already an established designer, consolidate your online portfolio in a place that says unambiguously what you're all about.
This January, we are offering a promotion dedicated to a new wave of artists, journalists, and documentarians enabled by the power of digital technology and the Internet with a great 80% off deal on .photo domains.
Remember (it wasn't so long ago, after all) when you had to go get your pictures developed? You actually had to go to a store, give them all your film, and pay to get the pictures back. If you went on a vacation, you'd have to wait until you were back home and then another twenty-four hours just to see the pictures you take.
Now, with high-quality, dSLR cameras, you can take high-resolution digital images and upload them from an internet café to your blog, to social media, wherever. And photojournalists can beam you real-time images from news when and where it's happening in stunning color and resolution. And we couldn't be more behind this creative and journalistic empowerment of the average person. And, yes, selfies.
So this month might as well be dedicated to this new wave of photographers, because .photo domains will be 80% off from January 1 through January 31, 2016, that's $6.50 per year instead of the normal $32.49.
Connections are important. In the past decade or so, social networks have proven that point astonishingly well, as though it needed to be proven. But it's something we know is even deeper at the heart of the Internet as well: connecting people, yes, but also connecting networks, connecting machines, or even just connecting a website to a domain name.
This January, connecting is a little easier. From January 1 until January 31, 2016, .link, the TLD made to connect, will be on sale for an incredible 80% off. That means, a .link domain that normally costs $12.02 will be available for just $2.41 per year.
Thought you would spend time away from the computer during the holidays? Think again, as you might just want to try out our new DNS API.
LiveDNS, our upcoming DNS platform, offers a REST API now available in bêta that makes it easy for developers to programatically pilot their zones and automate DNS management. You can easily create a zone file and assign it to one or more domains with a couple of HTTP calls.
The new service has its own set of nameservers that we update immediately upon any change you make. We completely redesigned the backend, and we hope you'll like it.
Keep in mind that the platform is in Beta, so we don't recommend that you use its nameservers in production just yet. If you're feeling adventurous, you can point your domain to the new LiveDNS nameservers once you have created the appropriate records using the API:
In order to provide better support for the system images offered on our IaaS platform, we will reduce the number of available systems starting January 14, 2016. We have decided to focus our efforts on the more commonly used systems and encourage you to deploy your favorite images on our HVM platform yourself.
At the same time, we have decided to also introduce something new. We are happy to announce that FreeBSD is now officially supported by Gandi, after several weeks of beta testing by developers, community members and enthusiasts.
Starting January 14, 2016, only these systems will still be maintained by Gandi staff:
Debian 8.x and 7.x
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 12.04 LTS
CentOS 7.x and 6.x
FreeBSD 10.2 (a ZFS version and a UFS version)
All other images will be flagged as deprecated on January 14, 2016 and will be removed on June 14, 2016, at which point you will no longer be able to create new servers or disks with them. You will therefore have a six-month period to transition to newer systems or maintain your own legacy images using snapshots.
As part of our ongoing effort to transition our customers to the new HVM platform, supported images will only be available for one architecture (x86_64) as we are also deprecating all 32-bit images on our Xen platform.
Going forward, we will offer the latest stable versions of selected systems according to the release schedules of the upstream developers. Please see our wiki article for detailed information about supported and deprecated images.
We encourage our customers to take advantage of the new HVM platform features to build their own images. Please contact our developers and support agents through the usual channels if you need any help.
It's a busy time of year, we get it. There's a lot of running around getting last minute gifts, travelling to be with family, and, of course, celebrating various wintertime festivities but we suggest thinking about the future. The classic generic TLDs of the past are slowly getting more and more saturated. The future is in .xyz. While most new gTLDs focus on specific niches, .xyz is for anyone and is becoming the go-to alternative gTLD. So before the ball drops and 2015 goes down with a champagne toast, remember to take advantage of our great $5.00 promotion on .xyz (normally $13.63), this deal only lasts until 4:00 PM PST on December 31st.