The gTLDs .com and .net, short for “company” and “network”, respectively, are internationally recognized as perhaps the most iconic gTLDs and form the core of the “classic” gTLD set.

While  .公司 (.xn--55qx5d, Chinese for “company”) and .网络 (.xn--io0a7i, Chinese for “network”) officially opened a couple of years ago, we were not able to offer them immediately upon their release.

However, that’s now changed and we are happy to announce that these two TLDs are now available to purchase at Gandi.

Now you can buy a .公司 for $50.74 USD per year at A rates or a .网络 for $50.74 USD per year at A rates, or 1585 TWD (w/t tax) for either, whether it’s just to get in on the burgeoning Chinese-language internet or to translate, so to speak, your .com and .net into Chinese.

These extensions come with a few conditions, though. Notably, if you are registering a domain for your company (which would make sense for a .公司), you must send a copy of your organization’s registration certificate. If you’re registering as an individual, you need to send a legal photo ID. In both cases, the documents you provide have to match the information you put on your Gandi handle exactly. So be precise.

For full details on these rules and how to send these documents to us, please see the following pages:

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*UPDATED JULY 1 :

We are starting off the year summer right, with a virtual explosion of colorful extensions (and then some) on promotion from now until June 30 December 31, all of them 50% off.

First, here are our deals on as many colors as you can find in a New Year's July Fourth fireworks display:

.black on sale for $28.63 per year (normally $57.25).
.blue on sale for $8.16 per year (normally $16.31).
.pink on sale for $8.16 per year (normally $16.31).
.red on sale for $8.16 per year (normally $16.31).

And bringing all the colors of the rainbow together, we also have a great deal on .lgbt:

.lgbt on sale for $28.63 per year (normally $57.25).

Going one further with diversity, we are also offering deals on

.kim for people and families whose surname is Kim, for $8.16 per year (instead of the usual $16.31)

and

.shiksha, which is for the culture of writing and phonetics of one of six forms of Sanskrit Hindu. Domains in this extension will be available for $8.16 per year (instead of $16.31).

Next, representing at least the black and the red:

.poker is on sale for $28.61 per year (instead of $57.22).

Then there are a couple of TLDs on sale which don't really have a direct relationship to colors and diversity, but are for areas we would certainly hope are diverse:

.pro for professionals is on sale for $10.00 per year (instead of $20.00).
.info for information of course is on sale for $4.97 per year (instead of $9.93).

Finally, rounding out the list are two TLDs that are focused on mobile technology:

.mobi for $9.00 per year instead of the usual $18.00.
.移动 (Chinese for "mobile", punycode .xn-6frz82g) for $8.16 per year rather than the usual $16.31.

 

*And now also: .promo domains are $9.70 per year instead of the usual $19.40.

 

So, how about one last champagne toast can of beer? To good deals on domains in 2016!

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

The doors are open to brand and trademark owners to register a .shop domain in the Sunrise phase today, June 30, 2016 as of 8:00 AM PDT. Domains can be purchased in the Sunrise phase for $1050.74 per year at A rates until August 30, 2016.

Then, for four days only, from September 22 until 26 at 8:00 AM, you have a chance to snatch up a .shop domain for $174.60 in the Landrush phase, and take it off the shelf for possible competition once .shop enters GoLive.

Finally, on September 26, also at 8:00 AM PDT, .shop becomes available to all in the GoLive phase for just $45.95 per year at A rates. Even if you don’t have a trademark registered with TMCH, you can still nonetheless pre-register a domain in the GoLive phase while the Sunrise and Landrush phases are ongoing.

So whether you have a Pop-up or a Mom-and-Pop, now’s the time to get your .shop.

Get a .shop?

.shop


In October 2013, ICANN launched the new generic top-level domains (nTLDs) program. Now, less than three years later, more than a thousand new TLDs have been delegated, 999 of them active.

While it massively increases the online name space and choices for would-be domain name registrants, this preponderance of choices can also be daunting, even threatening. Especially for those concerned with issues of intellectual property and trademark owners, for whom the incredible increase of new TLDs means extra hassle at the least or in the worst case, added budgetary strain, even to the point of unattainably high expense.

At the same time, the standard advice is nonetheless to “defend your territory,” when a new extension has to do with an area of commerce or a type of service that may be associated with your business, and that requires keeping up with new extensions being added and their release schedules.

In that light, we’d like to give you the tools to keep on top of developments, including some facts and figures and best practices to adopt.

2016: A Turning Point 

The months of May and June 2016 saw us hit two significant numbers: the 1000th nTLD was released in May and the milestone of 20 million registered nTLD domains was passed at the beginning June (thanks notably to a huge promotion on .xyz). For comparison, this number was only at 11 million in January this year and as of this writing, a little more than 126 million .com domain names have been registered. Of course, .com is by far the most popular gTLD, so here are some additional figures for a few other extensions to help give an idea of the numbers at play:

.net = 16.2 million domains
.cn = 18.6 million domains
.fr
= 2.9 million domains
.ru
= 5.1 million domains
.pe
= 90,000 domains

So, in other words, hitting that 20 million mark means more domains are registered under the entire nTLD program than under .net or .cn alone, both of which figure amongst the most popular TLDs out there. Another indicator of the strength of the new TLDs is the fact that .xyz—the most popular of the nTLDs—now has more registrations (6 million) than either .info (5.6 million), .ru or .fr. That’s the first time either one of the “classic” gTLDs or any of the ccTLDs (country-specific TLDs) have been surpassed by any extension in the nTLD program. That’s a stand-out achievement that ought to be appreciated.

Keeping watch

For now, it’s true, most new TLDs even the popular ones like .xyz are not well-known by the general public and talk of new TLDs remains largely within the confines of domain name professionals while occasionally being the subject of in-jokes on Silicon Valley or other tech-savvy media. But given the rapid and continued growth of the nTLD program, it’s likely that these extensions will be of increasing importance in the near future. We expect developments like the Internet of Things, which will likely bring a large number of previously-unconnected objects into the public namespace, the transition to IPv6, or the inevitable expansion of online services and of course the eventual depletion of desirable .com domains that will go along with all of these trends to raise the profile of nTLDs drastically over the coming months and years.

In years past, in order to protect a trademark, a brand name or the name of a particular product or service online, in the namespace, it was enough just to consider the countries where you would intended to do business when going beyond the classic gTLDs of .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz. But now it’s becoming more and more necessary to also take into account the possible existence, at present or in the future, of a TLD specifically intended for your particular area of business. This is a blessing for your marketing team, but a potential headache for anyone protecting their intellectual property.

While ICANN does have mechanisms in place (UDRP, USR) to protect against illegitimate usage of a domain name that might be associated with your company or trademark. But these procedures are time-consuming, somewhat onerous, and generally only after the fact.

At the beginning of 2015, it was reported that the number of UDRP complaints for domains in the nTLD program were fifteen times greater than the number of complaints for domains in the “classic” gTLDs. This tends to support the conclusion that cybersquatting on new gTLDs is rampant and encroachment on intellectual property is a serious concern.

Not to disparage any one group over another, these encroachments tend to originate, geographically-speaking, from China: sedo.com, one of the primary marketplaces for domain name resale, estimates that 54% of new registrations are by Chinese citizens. Of course, China has a large population, many of whom are enthusiastic supporters of new technology, but nonetheless cybersquatting looms large among many of these new registrations.

The best protection is defensive registration, that is, registering a domain relevant to your business before a cybersquatter does.

That’s why we suggest regularly checking our site for updates to keep up to date on new releases that might prove essential to your business.

Big brands lead the way

Many of you have probably seen that Canon recently began redirecting their corporate domain name canon.com to the domain name global.canon. This is also a significant turning point for the new TLD program, especially for brand TLDs (also called .brand domains). What’s interesting there is the logic behind Canon’s decision to launch it’s own TLD. On its site in its announcement, Canon explains its decision largely in terms of trust:

"Since “.canon” is a domain name that can only be used by the Canon Group, users of “.canon” sites can be assured that the information they are receiving is reliable. In order to ensure that customers can safely access Canon information beyond the global site, the Company also plans to extend the “.CANON” domain name to other Canon Group sites. (http://global.canon/en/about/dotcanon/)".

Another notable example is the .leclerc TLD, which has been used by the French retailer E.LeClerc when they launched their new car rental service at location.leclerc. This extension is also interesting because the brand name, E.Leclerc itself contains a dot, so now that it has exclusive rights to .leclerc it is free to use e.leclerc as its primary website address.

Other notable organizations to make use of .brand domains include Barclay’s (home.barclays), BNP Paribas (mabanque.bnpparibas) and even the CERN laboratory (home.cern). While getting a whole TLD to oneself is generally not feasible for smaller businesses (an application for a new TLD usually runs about $15,000), as .brand TLDs continue to pop up, other new gTLDs will begin to share in some of the limelight.

And some prominent brands are already opting to register domains in new gTLDs outside of .brands. Here are a few notable examples:

  • abc.xyz (Registered by Google’s parent company: Alphabet). Google’s registration of this domain alone may in fact be one of the main drivers of .xyz’s popularity.
  • ebay.car
  • london.film
  • ism.golf
  • elle.men
  • parliament.scot
  • fcbarcelona.soccer
  • audacity.space
  • valenciaopen.tennis

Many companies use domains registered under a new extension to redirect traffic to their main site, a bit like a shortcut. For example, carlsberg.beer, web.foundation, oxfam.go or disney.tickets.

E-commerce sites also often use new TLDs as a link to a predefined search. Take, for example, Amazon’s registration of the domain book.horse (possible horse_ebooks reference?) which redirects to the results page of an Amazon search for books about horses. The domain video.support redirects to an Amazon search on home theater systems, deal.tires redirects to the search results for tires, and amazon.video to Amazon’s video streaming service.

A second round in the works

The question of a second round of new gTLD applications has been in the air since the first round finished (even a bit before, really). This second round is likely to attract a lot more .brand seekers (though the price is likely to be prohibitive, as mentioned above).

And while rumors have long run rampant (this is the internet after all), ICANN hasn’t indicated any potential date yet, but it’s all but certain that nothing will happen until at least 2018 at the very earliest.

Some large brands have already started to show their interest in a second round, notably Twitter (both for a potential .twitter TLD as well as to get in the registry game as well), often with the security as a primary justification. Stephen Coates, Associate director of Trademarks, Domain names and marketing at twitter, has made clear that he believes in the need for improvements to ensure greater rights protection and that the next round should also make a greater distinction between generic TLDs and brand TLDs.

Meanwhile, over the past few months, ICANN has been studying the first round of nTLDs to help identify some of the shortcomings and improve the mechanism for the second round. The two main points they’re looking at are the effect of new extensions on consumers in terms of choices and competition and the mechanisms of rights management. Some of the points ICANN has been looking into is whether to standardize the Sunrise phase to 60 days, reforming the TMCH (trademark clearinghouse), pricing guidelines and possible restrictions for Premium domains, and the option for registries to arbitrarily reserve domains when the TLD is launched in order to put them on the market at a later point.

Essentially, they’re looking into all the various non-standardized aspects of rolling out a new TLD. Every actor in the market, whether registrars, trademark owners, registries or resellers have a stake in avoiding some of the stickier problems that came up in the first round of releases, especially when it comes to protecting intellectual property and preventing abuse.

Finally, it’s foreseeable that the control mechanisms, such as the DPML put in place by Donuts, will be required across the board. These controls seem to have been highly successful with rights owners and many are lobbying ICANN to enlarge these types of mechanisms and possibly mandate them in the future.

Whatever the outcome may be, if you need help navigating your way through registering a domain under a new gTLD—including when it comes to strategizing to protect your intellectual property rights—please do not hesitate to contact Gandi Corporate. We would be more than happy to be your guides.


We live in a time when an ever-growing proportion of the population carries devices around in its collective pockets capable of capturing and transmitting audio and visual information with a stunning degree of clarity with few barriers to access.

This opens the world to the minutiae of our mundane lives, interesting thoughts or information, and even footage that is shocking or documents events of interest that may not make it through the editorial filters of the mainstream media, for better or for worse.

Protests in Tahrir Square were live-streamed, innumerable political rallies this campaign season were too and so was the sit-in by House Democrats for gun control this month. It’s clear, though, that the power of streaming is not yet fully realized.

So given the raw, untapped power of streaming, it’s exciting news that .stream will enter the GoLive phase on June 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM PDT. The normal price per year at A rates for .stream domains will be $38.31 but from now until December 31, 2016 you can register a .stream domain (or pre-register before it enters GoLive) for just $2.00 per year.

What will you .stream?

.stream


WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. Free to copy and free from charge, easy to install and to use, it continues to grow in popularity and spread the good word about open source software since 2003. Today, it’s estimated that 30% of all websites use WordPress.

With a PHP/MySQL instance, Gandi users have long been able to quickly install and run WordPress for themselves but we recently asked ourselves how we could make this process even simpler.

It couldn’t be simpler than our answer: one-click installation on the new PHP 5.6 and PHP 7 instances with MySQL 5.6 (Percona), and PHP 5.6 with MySQL 5.5.

Here’s how it works. First, navigate to your instance’s control panel and access the WordPress installation feature. You can install WordPress on any of your vhosts (that is, the web addresses listed on that page). You don’t have to worry about creating a database anymore: it will be automatically created during the installation process. You’ll just have to enter the username, password and email address for your WordPress site’s admin account.

Why tell you, though, when we can show you?

Check it out on our YouTube channel:

You can install as many WordPress sites on an instance as you want or redirect additional domain names to an already existing WordPress site; you just need to return to the admin page to add a new Website to your instance.

The only limitation is, of course, the resources allotted to your instance based on its size, which you can modify as needed.

One of our favorite things about WordPress is that it’s a great tool for those who may not already be crack coders who nonetheless want a truly customized blog. So we’re happy to help facilitate newcomers who may be intimidated by the manual installation process.

WordPress is also robust enough to be preferred by a large swath of the professional development community as well who find the manual process tedious. This allows such users to save time.

If you want more information on the automatic installation process or if you’re curious to know how the manual process works, check out our WordPress tutorial, available in our wiki.

We try to make sure when we roll out a new feature that everything works correctly and smoothly, but of course, we’re not immune to bugs. So if you see something, say something, and we’ll fix it. Or if you have any additional feedback on how to make things easier or how to improve this feature, feel free to send us an email with your thoughts and impressions to feedback@gandi.net.

And of course if you run into any difficulties you can also contact our Customer care team for help.

We’re excited and proud for this new feature to roll out but by no means is this the last WordPress-related improvement we have in store. Stay tuned for more …


This one goes out to all you companies out there.

We see you, sweating and working over there in that office park. Or downtown business district. We see you making value, paying employees, providing services, pleasing customers.

And now we’ve got something for you. On June 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM PDT two new gTLDs that are for those companies out there, working hard for the stakeholders—.ltd and .gmbh—are entering the GoLive phase.

That means domains in these two TLDs are now open to everyone. For .ltd, which now will be available for $25.24 per year at A rates, that means everyone-everyone. For .gmbh, which will now be available for $38.65 per year at A rates, you have to have your existence as a Gesellschaft mit besechränkter Haftung (if you don’t know what that means, sorry .gmbh is not for you) validated with the respective authorities in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

Either way, companies, we know you never take a break, but now you're getting one with .ltd and .gmbh.

This one goes out to you.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

You may have noticed that in the past few months we’ve been bringing you a lot of new improvements on Node.js instances. The idea has obviously been to better align the user experience on Simple Hosting Node.js with current practices among developers. After all, the developer ecosystem for Node.js has evolved quite a bit since 2013, the year we first introduced Node.js support on Simple Hosting, culminating with its fusion with the io.js project.

Today, we are launching a new version of our Node.js instance which is designed to be entirely at the service of developers.

  • Each application can use the version of Node.js and of npm that it needs. The platform puts no restriction on the Node.js version.
  • The Node.js process is completely customizable—you can use any Node.js binary flags and even alternative process managers
  • Everything is managed from the package.json file—no Simple Hosting-specific file is required

These features bring together the Node.js application hosting experience on Simple Hosting, which offers benefits such as:

  • Most prepackaged Node.js applications can be installed without modification
  • An application can be deployed in three commands with Gandi CLI: gandi paas attach, git push and gandi deploy
  • Built-in HTTP caching
  • WebSocket with SSL (in beta)

The new Node.js image is recommended for the creation of new instances. By default, it uses Node.js 4 LTS and is available with one of the following three database management systems: PostgreSQL 9.4, MySQL 5.6 (Percona server) and MongoDB 2.4.

You can create a new Node.js instance either from our website or with Gandi CLI:

$ gandi paas create --name nodenode --type nodejspgsql9.4 --size M --datacenter LU-BI1

Please consult our Wiki for more information about the Node.js Simple Hosting instance, including examples for creating and deploying an application.

Of course, feel free to contact our Customer care team with any questions or concerns, or contact our developers directly on IRC at #gandi on Freenode (irc.freenode.net). You can also send any feedback or suggestions to feedback@gandi.net.


  • Number 10: Monday June 20 marks the five-year anniversary of when ICANN announced that they would begin accepting applications for new gTLDs within the year, including .top.
  • Number 9: Your .top domain doesn't have to expire in the next 10 days for you to renew it.
  • Number 8: Registration of .top domains has surpassed 2.5 million, making it the number two most registered new gTLD.
  • Number 7: This also makes it the top (no pun intended, really) most registered new gTLD based outside of the US
  • Number 6: .top is one of four new gTLDs put on record with Chinese MIIT to build a website with
  • Number 5: It’s easy to type. c, o and m are about as far apart on the keyboard as possible. t, o and p, though? All in the same row. You could type it one-handed.
  • Number 4: .top is international. Registrations span 230 countries.
  • Number 3: Over 30 words in the English language end in -top. And that’s not counting innumerable phrases (careful for premium domains, though).
  • Number 2: If you’re on top, and you like being on top, you should stay on top and keep your .top domain. You just should.

and …

  • Number 1: The number one reason to renew a .top domain before July 1 is because .top renewals are on promotion for ten days only (one day for each of the reasons on this list): from June 20 to June 30, 2016.

Domains in this extension can be renewed for just $6.26 per year (they’re normally $12.52 at A rates). So that’s a full half-off.

It’s easy to stay on .top if you can get half-off.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
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1. Ten new currencies now available at Gandi

2. Update: PHP 7 + MySQL 5.6 (Percona) and PostgreSQL 9.4 on Simple Hosting
3. Recently-delegated TLDs
4. Gandi events
5. In-Depth: When your mail is delayed
6. Visualization: How to choose a hosting option
7. TLD release calendar
8. Promo roundup

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As we round into the summer months, we want you to be able to relax a bit. Kick back on the porch with a glass of lemonade (or a mint julep if you’re so inclined) and just take it easy because making things easier is what we’re all about this month.

To start out with, we’re making it easier for our global customers to buy products and services with us because now we’re proud to accept payment in ten more new currencies than before. We’ve also just updated Simple Hosting with PHP 7 and MySQL 5.6. We have some plans with that which aren’t quite ready yet that should make things easier for you too.

As always, we’ll be looking at some recently-delegated TLDs as well as Gandi Events, which this month we’re using to focus on our meetup The Root Zone., where we make DNS easy.

Next, we hopefully ease some anxiety with our look at one of the reasons mail can be delayed. We’re also making it easier to pick out a hosting option with our Visualization of the levels of complexity and technical knowledge associated with different levels at which you might want control of a site.

And as always, we’re rounding out this month’s newsletter with a look at this month’s promos and TLD releases.

Ten new currencies now available at Gandi
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We’re making it easier this month for customers who may not have ready access to a bank account with funds in USD by accepting payments in ten new currencies, increasing our total number of accepted currencies to 15 (well, 16 if you count Bitcoin).

We’re especially happy to be accepting payments in Canadian Dollars. We feel like we have a special affinity with Canada. Maybe it’s a French thing.


Read about all currencies Gandi now accepts | Back to top

Update: PHP 7 + MySQL 5.6 (Percona) and PostgreSQL 9.4 on Simple Hosting
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We are also making it easier to use our Simple Hosting platform for hosting web applications by adding PHP 7, MySQL 5.6, PostgreSQL 9.4 and MongoDB 2.4 to Simple Hosting.


Find out how to try it out here | Back to top

Recently-Delegated TLDs
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This past month it seemed like all the strings that were delegated were attractive properties on a Monopoly board getting snatched up by all the usual players.

TLDs such as .shop, .blog, and .dot were added this month

TLDs like .blog, .dot, and .shop were all delegated this past month.


See if anyone got a monopoly this month | Back to top

Gandi Events
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Last month we welcomed Dan Kaminsky to our offices for our meetup organized in collaboration with CloudFlare: The Root Zone.

Dan covered a range of topics but we teased out a few salient themes for our summary.

The Root Zone. w/ Dr. Paul Vixie

Don't miss this month's meetup with Paul Vixie, one of the original inventors of DNS. It should be great.


See the video or read our summary | Back to top

In-depth: When your mail is delayed
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Email is great and reliable when it gets there on time. But it can cause serious stress when on rare occasions it can be delayed for reasons beyond either your control or ours.

Sometimes email can arrive late

We thought we’d at least provide you with an explanation of one possible reason for this and what you can do about it this month to relieve a bit of that anxiety.

 

Get answers on why your mail can get delayed | Back to top

Visualization: How to choose a hosting option
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With the goal of making choosing a hosting option simpler and easier, we’ve peeled away hosting, layer by layer, to tease out a convenient hosting options diagram that illustrates the level of control you get at each level and the technical knowledge level you need to manage hosting at that level.

 

Find your hosting option | Back to top

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

Wednesday June 1:

.moi (Sunrise)

Monday June 6:

.group (Landrush)

.salon (Landrush)

Tuesday June 7:

 .store (Landrush)

 

Monday June 8:

.group (GoLive)

.salon (GoLive)

Tuesday June 14:

 .store (GoLive)

Monday June 20:

.gmbh (Landrush )

.ltd (Landrush )

Wednesday June 22:

.gmbh (GoLive)

.ltd (GoLive)

Wednesday June 29:

 .store (GoLive)

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

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Promo Roundup
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There are plenty of opportunities this month to plant the seeds to be reaped later by taking advantage of new and ongoing promos:

Starting June 1:

.irish $6.50 per year through June 30

.lgbt $11.45 per year (60% off)through June 30

.space $1.99 per year through June 30

.club $6.72 per year (50% off) through June 30

.ngo|.ong 50% off through June 30

Starting June 3:

.xyz 22¢ per year through June 30

Starting June 20:

.online, .site, .tech, .website, .space, .host, .press stay tuned for more information …

Ongoing promotions:

.green $47.65 (50% off) per year through June 30

.store $14.99 per year in GoLive until August 14

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive

.me $14.40 through December 31

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

Last chance for these promos ending June 30:

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

.live $15.57 per year through June 30

.family $8.00 per year through June 30

.in $7.75 through June 30

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

 

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We hope while you were reading this newsletter you had a chance to pop your shoes off, sip something cool and refrseshing and know that you're in good hands with Gandi. We try to make it easy for you but you, our customers, make it easy for us when we hear from you. So please, don't hesitate to tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net

 

 


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