La Sagrada Familia is one of Spain’s most famous landmarks. With it’s four towering spires and its surreal art nouveau façades, it is the culmination of the life’s work of Antoni Gaudí. And while la Sagrada Familia’s construction began in 1882, it won’t be complete until approximately 2026.

Gaudí’s Barcelona masterpiece may take a century and a half to build, but your Barcelona masterpiece doesn’t have to if you build it on a .barcelona domain, now available in both Sunrise and Landrush, which are occurring simultaneously.

So if you are the possessor of an SMD file, thanks to a TMCH registration, you can now register your trademark’s domain in the Sunrise phase, if not, you can register in Landrush. During each phase, .barcelona domains are available for $162.58 per year.

Otherwise, you can wait until March 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM PST (midnight in Barcelona) and register your .barcelona domain in the GoLive phase, during which domains will be available for $85.46 per year at A rates.

Register a .barcelona?



Pet owners know a thing or two about the nitty gritty of love: whether its regular walks, belly rubs, fish tank cleaning, brushing or bathing, having a pet requires devotion.

On February 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM PST, the TLD as devoted to your pet as you are entered the GoLive phase and .pet domains are now available for just $20.79 per year at A rates.

No need to control this .pet population so spaying and neutering won't be necessary. 

Register your .pet?



Are you a cat-person? Or a Catalonia-person? Well, good news because from now until March 18 .cat domains are on sale for $5.00 purr ear .. err per year ... at A rates.

The .cat extension is officially for the French-Spanish region of Catalonia (think Barcelona, if you’re not sure where that is), so be mindful that if you buy one of these domains, you’ll have to put at least one page up in Catalan, the dialect of Catalonia.

Is this a great sale? Yes. Purrfect? Maybe. At least bona.

Want a .cat?


On February 16 a security issue on the GNU libc was published [CVE-2015-7547]. This library is used by almost all Linux distributions.

We recommend that all IaaS platform users update the glibc and reboot their VM, or restart the affected services.

Our technical team fixed this security issue on the Gandi platform.

The fix is currently being installed on all the Simple Hosting instances. Our other managed products have also been fixed.

You will find more technical information in this post:

A low-pressure point is moving in to Gandi and while we love sunshine, we’ll be seeing some sky cover tomorrow, February 16 as .cloud enters the GoLive phase at about 7:00 AM PST.

Chances of precipitation are low, though non-zero, so don’t forget an umbrella. We predict however a 100% chance that you’ll be able to get a .cloud domain for $31.15 per year at A rates.

The forecast looks good for distributed computing over the internet, so bust out your cloud computer platforms and software-as-a-service and get ready for a .cloud-y day*. 

* Okay, sorry about that last one.

Register a .cloud?



We'll level with you: .com, .net, .io, don’t get us wrong, we love these TLDs. They’re classics. That said, it’s really hard to resist .tech right now. Not only is it a killer TLD for all things tech (which hardly needs to be said), but from now, February 15 through March 14, 2016, .tech domains will be available for just $4.99 each.

It’s almost hard to believe. You could buy ten .tech domains for the price you’d normally pay for just one.

It’s like finding a 1-bedroom in the Mission in San Francisco that rents for $300 a month. It's unbelievably low. Impossibly low. You just can’t pass that up.

Register a .tech?



Kyoto is a beautiful, ancient and historic city. It’s shinto shrines, together constituting a UNESCO world heritage site, solemnly stand guard over a city that witnessed the birth of the Empire of Japan as well as the birth of a new era of greenhouse gas emissions with the Kyoto protocol.

Now, Kyoto has it’s own TLD: .kyoto, which is entering the GoLive phase today, 10 February.

This extension, which is available for 89.32 USD or 74.44 EUR (excluding tax) per year at A rates, is open to anyone in one of the following categories:

- Kyoto municipalities and local governments

- Public and private institutions with a valid physical address in Kyoto

- Organizations, companies, and other businesses with a valid physical address in Kyoto; an

- Natural persons with a valid physical address in Kyoto.

With the new .kyoto TLD, the great city of Kyoto enters a new era on the internet.

Register a .kyoto?


PHP version 5.6 is now available on Simple Hosting and becomes the new default choice for instance creation.

You can create PHP 5.6 instances right now, or keep creating PHP 5.4 instances by specifically selecting them from the list.

We have published a guide to help you migrate from PHP 5.4 to PHP 5.6. You'll find testing and migration tips if you plan to move your projects to the new instances.

We also plan to release an automatic upgrade feature for PHP 5.4/MySQL instances on March 22nd, 2016. Other instance types will always have to be migrated manually.

Our Customer Care team is ready to answer your questions and assist you during the migration. Please contact them should you need any help.

The new PHP 5.6 instance runs on a new system image based on Debian 8 (Jessie) in anticipation of more novelties. Your feedback is very important!


Bonus: Dependency management with Composer

You can now use Composer, PHP's most popular dependency manager, to easily install your application's dependencies on Simple Hosting (supported on PHP 5.6 and 5.4 instances).

Dependency management tools make it easy for web developers to keep track of third-party code included in a project. Instead of having to manage the files and versions manually, these tools offer a simple way to list an application's external dependencies and then take care of downloading, installing and including the correct files.

Simple Hosting already supported dependency managers for Node.js, Python and Ruby instances using the "npm", "pip" and "bundler" tools respectively. With the addition of Composer to the PHP instance, we now cover modern development workflows on all instance types.

Check out the example project and the documentation to learn more and get started with Composer on Simple Hosting.

It’s a topsy-turvy economic world and while we wish exchange rates would just stay the same forever (economic consequences of that aside), unfortunately that’s not the case.

Since Gandi does have to pay registries generally in the currency of the country they are located in, exchange rates are a factor in the pricing of our domains in any particular currency.

And due to recent fluctuations in currency exchange rates, we’ve had to make some adjustments to some of the rates of our TLDs. We wanted to let you know so you wouldn’t be surprised.

The good news is, most of the affected TLDs haven’t had any rate changes in the past three years.

In any case, starting 1 March 2016, most extensions registered by Centralnic will experience a price increase of 10% on prices IN EUROS (EUR) ONLY on all rate scales for all operations. The TLDs affected are the following:,,,,,,,,,, .la,,,,,,,,,

Also on 1 March, .co, .hn, .ht, .je, .ms, .sx, .vc, .im, .tl, and .tc will be going up as well, also by 10% and on all operations and rate scales. This increase applies to EUROS (EUR) but also to TAIWAN DOLLARS (TWD) as well.

Again on 1 March, .bank, .auto, .cars, .car, .luxury, and .ceo will be increasing by 5% on all operations at all rates in EUROS (EUR) and TAIWAN DOLLARS (TWD) ONLY.

On 1 March, 2016, prices on .gg will increase by 5% on all operations at all rates in EUROS (EUR) ONLY.

And finally, 1 March, 2016, rates for .gy, .mx, .sc and .travel will be increasing by 5% on all operations at all price scales in EUROS (EUR) and TAIWAN DOLLARS (TWD) ONLY.

3.18 is now the default kernel on the HVM platform

Linux kernel 3.18 is now the new default on the HVM platform, replacing 3.12.

Docker usage is now easier out-of-the-box on the HVM platform, since 3.18 supports the "overlay" storage engine. You can learn more about Docker usage on our platform from our Wiki.


Deprecation warning on 3.10 kernel, including AUFS (Xen platform)

On March 10, 2016, we will be upgrading the kernel to 3.10.96. The new version includes security fixes (also related to CVE-2016-0728) but will, notably, drop AUFS support.

If you are using AUFS technology and wish to continue using it, please note that once the update goes through, your system may not function properly and we nonetheless recommend migrating to our HVM platform.

Users wishing to continue using AUFS technology can opt to use their own kernel with the "raw" or "grub" boot options.

Docker users that don't need AUFS can also migrate to HVM and use the 3.18 kernel with their current system, which supports the the "overlay" storage engine by default, but does require you to tweak Docker settings.

You can learn more about migrating to the new HVM platform and more about Docker usage from our Wiki.


Security patch and minor version upgrades to 3.2, 3.12 and 3.18

Xen platform kernel 3.2 has been upgraded to 3.2.76 and HVM platform kernels 3.12 and 3.18 have been upgraded to 3.12.53 and 3.18.26. To start using the new versions, just reboot your server.


EOL warning on grsecurity-enabled kernels

On March 10, 2016 we will remove our "grsec" kernels (2.6.32-x86_64-grsec and 3.2-x86_64-grsec) from the platform, following recently announced updates to grsecurity's distribution policy.

On this date, “non-grsec” kernel versions will become the default.

Users who wish to continue using these features can use the "raw" and "grub" boot options on our HVM platform[1] to set up their systems with custom kernels.

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