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.

What's your .design?



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.

Take a .photo?


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.

Connect with a .link?



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.

To start playing with the new API, grab ahold of your API token from your Gandi Account and of your favorite HTTP client, then head over to the documentation:

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:


Please feel free to contact our Support team to share your feedback or if you have any problems.

Have fun!

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.

Register a .xyz?



To be honest, it kind of bugs us that there are those who only think about Ireland and the .irish on St. Patrick's Day. As a result, all they know about either is shamrocks and leprechaun, "luck-o-the-Irish" and beer that's dyed green.

Well, we couldn't be further from St. Patrick's Day, but we want to show our love for all things .Irish just to spite the types we talked about above. Domains in the .irish extension are available until November 10 December 31, 2015 February 29, 2016 for just $15.00, versus the normal $47.82 at A rates.

So there's no better time than now to get one. Let the ones who only ever think of the Irish in March pay full-price.

Register a .irish?


A new promotion from the Minds + Machines Registry means 50-75% off until 23:59 UTC on December 31, 2015 January 31, 2016 some TLDs that compliment each other well.

Minds + Machines has a whole suite of interrelated TLDs. You might call this kind of relationship synergy, which is a word the square community uses to mean "works well together." Not being squares ourselves, we prefer to think of these TLDs like fine wines. In that spirit, we created a pairing guide for this promotion.

Here's a sample:

Pairs well with:
- .cooking for beer-bread and beer-battered onion rings
- .garden for bench-seating and Oktoberfest
- .rodeo for American-flag t-shirts
- .surf for beach parties
Do not pair with:
- .vodka, no .beer before liquor …

Pairs well with:
- .garden for vegetarians
- .vodka for pasta sauce
Do not pair with:
- .horse (unless you are French)

Pairs well with:
- .fishing for rubber overalls
- .garden for breezy summer outfits and string-light illuminated cocktail parties
Do not pair with:
- .rodeo

But our favorite is .horse
Pairs well with:
- .rodeo for obvious reasons
- .fishing for horseback casting
- .surf for those who hang four (horse don't have toes)
- .vodka but only for Russian equestrians
and the recommendation of the house:
- .yoga for Horse Yoga

Here's the whole list of TLDs included in this promotion, in alphabetical order, of all the TLDs on sale with their promotional prices per year (each is normally available for $38.34) in A rates :

What'll it be, partner?:


Protection and security are our wheelhouses. Whether it's the protection and security of your domain, of your personal information, of your data, or of access to your site through SSL, security and protection are our top concerns.

Which is why we're happy to see two new related gTLDs entering the Sunrise phase: .protection and .security.

During this phase, these domains will be available for $3294.19 per year.

When these extensions enter a 24 hour Landrush phase at 6:00 AM PST on January 26. 2016, they will be available for $3294.19 per year.

Then, when they enter the GoLive phase on January 27, 2016 at 6:00 AM PST, they will be available for $2214.19 per year.

But that's not all. Since these are TLDs specifically focused on security and protection, while being open to anyone (in Sunrise anyone with a TMCH claim), the site you put on a domain in one of these extensions will need to be https only, using a valid TLS protocol (including redirections).

Luckily, we can hook you up with an SSL certificate too. Remember: to be able to collect personal or financial information, you'll need a certificate at the EV extended validation level.

For all the usage rules, be sure to check out our rules for these TLDs and those available directly from the registry.

Protect yourself!

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


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