What if we told you you could have a .cat for just $6.50 per year on one condition: since .cat is officially for the Spanish region of Catalonia, you have to publish a site on it in Catalan within six months of registering it. How could you say no?

It’s the Internet’s favorite pet in TLD form, and with a domain at Gandi, you can create a one-page site for free. Just throw some of your favorite lolcatz into the online translator of your choice and voila, requirement met.

Think of it like grooming your .cat.

But act quickly, this promo only lasts from April 18, 2016 until May 2, 2016 at 4:59 PM PDT.

Do you hear that? Your .cat is purring already.

Get a .cat?

.cat


If you have any doubts that we like having promos, just check out our Promos tag in our newsfeed. And if you love promos as much as we do, now’s your chance to snag a .promo domain name. We’re accepting registrations for all phases, but as .promo is still in the Sunrise phase on a first-come-first-served basis, from now until May 16, 2016 at $151.33 per year.

You can also pre-register in the Landrush phase, which will go from May 20 at 9:00 AM PDT until May 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM PDT. Domains purchased in the Landrush phase will go for $302.58 per year.

Finally, on May 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT, .promo will enter the GoLive phase. Registrations during this phase (or pre-registrations for this phase beforehand) will be at $19.40 per year at A rates (and that's not even a promo price).

Register a .promo?

.promo


Are you a web professional or a professional on the web? Well, this promotion isn’t for amateurs. From April 15, 2016 until May 14, 2016 (at 23:59 UTC), .pw — the TLD for the Professional Web — goes on sale for just $0.99 per domain per year. Compare that to $10.00 at A rates and you don’t have to be a pro to realize that’s an awesome deal.

Register a .pw?

.pw

 


Every year since 1970, April 22 has been Earth Day. This year, the landmark Paris Agreement will be signed by the United States, China and other countries.

Earth Day by itself is worth celebrating. But signing this agreement, countries are committing to hold the increase in global temperature below 2°C, committing signatory nations to ambitious progressive contributions to the effort through greenhouse gas reduction and mitigation actions.

It’s not a perfect solution to the problem, but it’s a good start and a historic move and we think that’s worth celebrating doubly this Earth Day. In that spirit, from April 15 through May 31 (at 23:59 UTC or 4:59 PM PDT), .earth domains will be available at half-price: that’s $15.56 instead of $31.15 per year at A rates.

Save your .earth?

.earth


This past month, we created a visual of things you can do with a domain name covering not only what you might want to do with a domain name being under-utilized but also reasons why you might want to buy a domain in the first place.

Of course, one reason you might want to get a domain name is for your business. Even if you’re not doing any actual sales online, having a site for your business makes it official.

And starting today, you can make it official with a .ltd or .gmbh (GmbH is the German equivalent of "Ltd") domain name. These extensions are entering the Sunrise phase, which will last until June 11, 2016.

During this phase, .ltd and .gmbh domains will be available to those registered with TMCH for $144.33 per year for a .ltd and $151.38 per year for a .gmbh. This phase is especially important for these TLDs since each is geared towards companies.

There will also be a Landrush phase from June 19 through June 22, 2016 in which .ltd domains will be available for $164.49 per year while .gmbh will be available for $171.54 per year.

Finally on June 22 at 9:00 AM PDT these two extensions will enter the GoLive phase when they will be available under the registration conditions for these TLDs to anyone regardless of TMCH registration status for $25.24 per year at A rates for a .ltd and $38.65 for a .gmbh.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
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1. Node Version Manager on Simple Hosting
2. How to spot slamming emails
3. Recently-Delegated TLDs
4. Gandi Events
5. In-depth: What’s a premium domain?
6. Visualization: Things you can do with a domain name
7. TLD release Calendar
8. Promo Roundup

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do April news items bring? I guess we’ll find out next month.

In any case, this month, we have some great news items with which to shower you. To begin with, on the Simple Hosting front: Node Version Manager (NVM) is now available. We also have a quick reminder about how to tell if the email you received about renewing your domain is really from Gandi or if it’s part of a slamming campaign, and a look at the recently-delegated TLDs.

We also went in depth this month on premium domains and created a visualization about ways to use your domain.

And as always, we end this month’s newsletter with a look at the TLD release calendar for the month of April and a look at new and ongoing promotions.

Pascal at Holberton
Gandi CTO Pascal Bouchareine at Holberton School (also pictured: DNS gods)

 

Node Version Manager on Simple Hosting
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Node Version Manager, better known as nvm, is now available on Simple Hosting Node.js. This means you can run any version of Node.js distributed via nvm. You no longer have to limit yourself to the ones pre-installed on your instance.

All you need to do is add a ".nvmrc" file to your project's root directory and deploy your code.

One consequence of this update is that you can now run a parse server to build your own Facebook apps. Read about how to set that up in our wiki.

Read our post for full details on NVM | Back to top

How to spot slamming emails
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Over the past month or so, Gandi domain owners have been hit with a wave of slamming emails. These emails pretend to be official notices regarding your domain name registration trying to get you to provide your banking information to a third party.

If you ever get an email like this, remember:

  • Check the sender email address. Gandi reminders come from the address support-renew@gandi.net.
  • Check the recipient address. If you have our anti-spam service activated, your real address will not be available to spammers. Gandi will only contact you at your real address. An email sent to an email address @contact.gandi.net, then, should be suspicious.
  • Check the Messages tab and the Domains page in your Gandi account. If your domain is expired, you’ll see it on your Domains page. If we emailed you, you’ll see it in your Messages tab.
  • Turn on anti-spam in your account management. If your account doesn’t have this feature activated, it’s harder to tell if an email is legitimate.

Find out more about detecting these | Back to top

Recently-Delegated TLDs
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A few of the notable strings added to the root this month (that is, newly-added TLDs) provide a glimpse into some of the factors that ICANN considers when it decides to approve or not approve new gTLD applications. In particular, they shed some light on Community TLDs, Community Objections, and Public Interest Commitments.

Which strings were delegated and what they reveal | Back to top

Gandi Events
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This past month, our CTO and VP Pascal visited Holberton School a couple of times and we hosted a UX Speed Dating event at our San Francisco office. Coming up this month, we’ll be hosting another UX Speed Dating event on April 20.

The Root Zone. w/ Dr. Paul Mockapetris, April 12, 2016

And on April 12 we’ll be kicking off our new series about DNS The Root Zone. with CloudFlare at 6:00 pm PDT.

Read all event details | Back to top

In-depth: What’s a premium domain?
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What's a Premium Domain

“This domain name is categorized as ‘Premium’ at the registry.”

Maybe you’ve seen something like this message before at Gandi or another registrar. If you have, you may also have wondered what makes these domains special and why they cost extra.

This month we went in-depth on this topic.

See what we found out about Premium domains | Back to top

Visualization: Things you can do with a domain name
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We are continuing our data visualization series this month with a look at a few of the most common and best uses for domain names.

Websites, email, forwading, and money-making: all the things you can do with a domain name

Check out our post for this image | Back to top

TLD release Calendar
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Here's a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of April 2016:

Tuesday April 5:

.ist (Landrush)

.istanbul (Landrush)

Wednesday April 6:

.store (Sunrise)

Tuesday April 12:

.gmbh (Sunrise)

.ltd (Sunrise)

Thursday April 14:

.promo (Sunrise)

Thursday April 21:

.tube (Sunrise)

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

Next | Back to top

Promo Roundup
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We've got some serious, no-fools April promos:

Starting April 1:

.me $4.00 per year through March 14

.live $15.57 per year through June 30

.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31

.site, .website $1.99 through April 30

.mx $16.00 through April 30

.boutique, .immo, .maison, .sarl, .voyage $10.00 through June 30

.mom $1.00 through May 6

 

Ongoing promotions:

.asia 70% off, through March 31

.me $14.40 through December 31

.in $7.75 through June 30

.rocks $7.75 and .social $16.25 through May 31

.link $4.21 and .click $3.62 through June 30

.adult, .porn, .sex, .xxx $12.00 through May 31

.co.com $19.99 through May 31

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That’s all we have in the forecast this month. Stay tuned next month to find out what’s in store for May. See you then!

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


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.

Last month we dove into the life and death cycle of a domain name. This month we’re looking into the purpose of that life. Every domain follows its own unique path in life.

These are the things you can do with a domain name.

Things you can do with a Domain Name

We’ve broken it up into four categories: Websites, Email, Forwarding, and Revenue-generating.

Each domain blinks into existence with the dream of becoming a Fully Actualized Domain Name—a mythical beast uniting all these uses—but many, of course, settle happily into their roles as addresses for company websites, URL shorteners, custom emails, or rental properties.

Out of hundreds of millions of domain names in existence and hundreds of millions yet to be born, each domain is special, each can be used in its own unique way. What will you do with yours?


The European Union will turn 23 this November, but the .eu extension turns 10 this month. And to celebrate, .eu domains will be on sale from 7 April until 16 April 2016. You can register a new .eu domain for 10 years for €60.00 before tax.

Register a .eu?

.eu


A store can be many things: hangout spot, a weekend job, a side-business, or a way of life. Or maybe you just want a place to store a few things. In any case, a .store domain can be any and all of these things for you now that this extension is entering the Sunrise phase on April 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT.

You can get a .store domain if you have a TMCH registration during this phase until June 5, 2016 for $846.90 first year. Then, between June 12 and June 14, 2016, .store enters the Landrush phase, when it will be available for $342.90 for first year before .store finally enters the GoLive phase on June 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT, at which point the normal price becomes $76.95 per year at A rates.

BUT, luckily for you, you are in .store for a price of just $14.99 per year until August 14, 2016. That means that you can pre-register a .store domain right now and take advantage of this deal, or register normally after the GoLive phase starts up until August 14.

What's in .store for your future?

.store

 


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

Pascal at Holberton
Gandi CTO Pascal Bouchareine at Holberton School (also pictured: DNS gods)

The Root Zone.

We like DNS.

That’s why we’re collaborating with Cloudflare on a new Meetup. We’re looking to talk about anything and everything related to DNS and hopefully in the process inspire some new ideas for this backbone system of the Internet.

We also hope to educate the general public on issues as low-level as record types and as complex as DNSSEC.

We’re inviting Network Administrators, Ops, DevOps, Systems Engineers, Internet Enthusiasts, and anyone else who’s interested.

This event is put together by Gandi and Cloudflare and the location will alternate between our San Francisco offices.

The Root Zone.

Our first event will be at the CloudFlare office on April 12 at 6:00 PM. We’ll be hearing from Dr. Paul Mockapetris, the original founder of the Domain Name System (aka DNS).

Paul also built the first ever SMTP server, ran networking at ARPA, served as the chair of the IETF, and is an honored member of the Internet Hall of Fame.

Check the meetup page for more information and updates.

Gandi talks to Holberton School

This past month, CTO and Gandi US VP Pascal Boucheraine visited Holberton School for a couple of talks. One was about DNS, the other was just about Gandi in general.

Holberton <3 @gandibar
Aww thanks Holberton School

Holberton, for those who aren’t aware, isn’t a coding bootcamp or online courses but an alternative to college. It’s based on peer learning and project-based learning and it aims to produce the best of the next generation of full-stack software engineers.

Even cooler, Holberton is all about increasing diversity. They have an automated, software-driven admissions process that has produced a 40% ratio of female students, among other diversity benchmarks.

Pascal Explains things

And the admissions process for their next class of students in October, which is open to everyone 18+ regardless of education and experience, has just opened up. If you're interested, you should apply.

We're looking forward to when we can team up with them again.

Until then, remember to first ask the DNS gods.

UX Speed Dating: User Testing Night

Every third Wednesday we host a User Testing Night at our San Franciso office with the UX Speed Dating meet up group. This is a monthly event, formatted like a speed dating event, where tech professionals get to present a user test to three users for in-person responses.

This month’s event will be April 20 at 6:00 PM PDT.

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


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