.コム (.xn--tckwe) is the translation of the extension .com in Japanese. March 15 to May 15, 2016, is the priority registration period during which current .COM owners can register the perfect match of their domain name in .コム.

If you already have .COM domains, and your website uses Japanese characters, then this is your chance to grab your site a Japanese address.

If you don't have .COM domains yet, you can wait for Landrush period which will start on May 16, when a .コム domain can be registered for US$224.83 per year at A-rate. The Landrush period will then end on June 12.

Starting June 13, .コム will enter GoLive phase when it will be available for everyone for US$16.79 at A rates.


With every new gTLD that pops up it’s like a whole new frontier on the Internet has opened up. And there’s no wider opener space than .space itself.

There’s .space to move, .space to breath, .space to think, or even .space for your stuffed koala collection.

And now for a limited time, from March 15, 2016 until April 14, 2016 at 4:59 PM PDT, you .space is just $1.99 per year.

Make .space?

.space


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
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1. Recently-Added TLDs to the Root
2. Gandi Events
3. Update: One-click upgrade to PHP 5.6
4. In-depth: The Lifecycle of a Domain
5. Tech Fundamentals: IANA
6. TLD release Calendar
7. Promo Roundup

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It’s March and that fresh, clean Spring air is coaxing the buds on the trees to open up and cover the branches with soft, green spring leaves. That Spring air seems to have even blown through this month’s newsletter. At least, a crop of fresh, green updates, promos, and new releases are budding.

This month, we’re looking at new TLDs being added by ICANN to the root zone, Gandi is attending and hosting a flurry of events, you can upgrade your Simple Hosting instance to PHP 5.6 with one click and witness the lifecycle of a domain in one glance. We’re also looking into a little bit of Internet history with this month’s Tech fundamental on IANA. And of course we’ve got some great new releases and promos this month, so don’t miss those calendars either.

LAUNCH 2016 stage
LAUNCH Fest 2016, see events for more

Recently-Added TLDs to the Root
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We took a look at the TLDs coming down the line that were just added to ICANN in the past month. We won’t necessary end up offering all of them, but we thought you’d at least like to know.

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Gandi Events
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This month we attended, are attending and even hosted a number of events, whether in Paris, San Francisco, Luxembourg, Taipei or beyond.

Hyperloop at Launch


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Update: One-click upgrade to PHP 5.6
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A one-click upgrade to PHP 5.6 for Simple Hosting instances is now available in Beta.

All you need to do is go to your instance’s control panel and click on the “Update” link.

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In-depth: The Lifecycle of a Domain
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We’re also starting a new series of infographics exploring the mysterious recesses of domain name registration, hosting, the Internet as a whole.

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.

Lifecycle of a Domain

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Tech Fundamentals: IANA
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In March 1972, Jon Postel along with Vint Cerf called for the creation of a catalog of socket numbers. The purpose was to create, essentially, a list of all the existing codes and numbering systems allowing computers to network with each other. This was the first step on a road that led to IANA, ICANN’s numbers and names authority.

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TLD release Calendar
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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.

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Promo Roundup
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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

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Well, that's all for this month. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line with your impressions and feedback on any of our services or our newsletter. We’d love to hear from you.

Otherwise, see you in April.


Please, please, behind the velvet ropes.

Back up, back up. We’ve got a very important TLD coming through: .vip. Today it enters the Sunrise phase, which will last until 4:59 PM PDT on May 8, 2016. This TLD is obviously VIP-only, the Sunrise phase is really for the top crust. Domains in this extension will sell for $1078.74 per year, and you’ll have to show us your SMD file (from TMCH) to prove you’re VIP enough to own the trademark on it.

There won’t be any Landrush phase for this TLD, but it will enter the GoLive phase at 9:00 AM PDT on May 23, 2016, when the doors will open to all VIPs for just $38.65 per year at A rates.

Are you a .vip?

.vip



In March 1972, Jon Postel along with Vint Cerf called for the creation of a catalog of socket numbers. The purpose was to create, essentially, a list of all the existing codes and numbering systems allowing computers to network with each other.

Postel was editor of the Request for Comment (RFC) document series in which this call and the resultant catalog were published. In it he dubbed himself the “czar of the socket numbers,” in December 1972 when the catalog was complete.

This role as “czar” became a permanent function. He took it with him when he earned his Ph.D. from UCLA and moved to the University of Southern California’s Informational Sciences Institute (USC/ISI). There, he brought on-board Joyce Reynolds, a graduate student.  The two of them became the “Internet Assigned Numbers Authority,” or IANA.

IANA then collaborated with Elizabeth Feinler from Stanford and the rest of Stanford Research Institute’s Network Information Center (SRI-NIC) to maintain, more or less, a directory for the Internet.

When a new host joined the network, they would email Feinler. Feinler would then add them to a HOSTS.TXT file sent out and installed manually on every networked machine. When domain names were invented, the task shifted to adding strings to the root name server.

In 1990, NIC's function was contractually shifted to Network Solutions, a private company. In 1995, they received authorization from the National Science Foundation to charge a fifty-dollar fee per year on domain name registration. This move caused widespread dissatisfaction with Network Solution’s concentration of power and money. The researchers who had been contracted to create the Internet were especially critical.

It wasn’t until January 28, 1998 that this conflict came to a head. On that day, Postel made history. He emailed eight of the twelve operators of the Internet’s regional root nameservers and told them to change their root zone servers from Network Solutions’s A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET to IANA’s DNSROOT.IANA.ORG. The operators made the switch. This "test" demonstrated that the ultimate control of the root zone belonged to IANA and not Network Solutions.

This led directly to the Clinton administration’s creation of ICANN to take control of the IANA function. Despite being told by presidential science advisor Ira Magaziner that he would “never work on the Internet again,” Postel was set to become ICANN's first chair.

Sadly, Postel died before ICANN was realized, and it was Joyce Reynolds who managed the transition of the IANA function from USC/ISI to ICANN.  Ostel’s old colleague Steve Crocker who took the role of first ICANN chair. Postel is memorialized in RFC 2468: “I remember IANA.”

Reynolds passed away more recently, just this December, but hers and Postel’s legacy lives on. Their contribution can be seen not only in the numerous technical documents they authored and co-authored. They are also visible in principles like “rough consensus” and “Postel’s law” which states a fundamental rule of networking: “Be liberal in what you accept and conservative in what you send.”


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


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