When the first two computers were networked together however-many years ago in some university's computer science research lab, those present probably didn't realize that they were witnessing the birth of the world's greatest venue for the free circulation of photos and videos of pets.

Dogs, cats, goldfish, ferrets (or marmots as the case may be), rodents of unusual size, canaries, parakeets, turtles, frogs … as long as they're owned by humans, the Internet has become their home perhaps even more than it has for us humans.

Great news for the free propagation of domestic animal images, then, because .pet is entering the Sunrise phase. During this phase, .pet domains will be available for $102.87 per year. There's no Landrush for .pet, and on February 23 at 8:00 AM PST, this extension becomes available in the GoLive phase for $20.79 per year at A rates.

The .pet TLD doesn't just have to be for cute domestic animals, though. A lot of words ending in -pet … snippet, trumpet, poppet (or puppet). So even those of you with crippling allergies can at least have a .pet domain name to cuddle up with at night.

Adopt a .pet?

.pet


So it's not just a great New Wave song, it's actually, apparently, a thing. Today, January 18, is the one day of the year that has been proven to be the day when we're all the most depressed as we ever are.

Something about the cold and the low light levels (at least in the North Hemisphere) but also probably giving up on all our New Year's resolutions (two weeks out is about right, isn't it?) gets us all down this time of year.

But this year we have seen the light! And to make you feel a little less blue, we're offering you a .blue domain creation for just $2.00 (normally $8.15) all this week.

So turn that frown upside down and get a .blue domain.

Register a .blue?

.blue



We think feedback is a necessary part of any healthy system that evolves and develops and, despite the "back" in the name, moves forward.

Now, as we announced last month, there's a TLD available from Gandi for just that process. The .feedback extension is, for a few days now, still in the Landrush phase, but enters the GoLive phase on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6:00 AM PST.

The odd thing about this release schedule is that in the Landrush phase, .feedback domains are actually less than in GoLive. For now, .feedback domains cost $10.63 per year until 6:00 AM PST on Monday.

Then, domains will be available in this extension in the GoLive phase for $41.41 per year at A rates. So get them cheap while you can.

And a reminder, since this extension is intended to bring together Internet feedback, all domains registered in .feedback are automatically redirected towards a dedicated platform provided by the registry.

For more information, see the domain info page.

Register a .feedback?

.feedback

 


We are excited to announce the release of the Gandi plugin for Let's Encrypt, making it easy to create and install free certificates on Simple Hosting instances.

Gandi is a sponsor of Let's Encrypt, a free, automated and open Certificate Authority, with whom we share the objective of making the Internet a better and safer place for everyone.

Simple Hosting PHP and Ruby users are now among the very first PaaS customers in the world to enjoy an integrated experience with Let's Encrypt.

Head over to the letsencrypt-gandi project page to install and use the plugin. 

Users of other Simple Hosting instance types, as well as Gandi Server and Web Accelerator customers, can also use certificates issued by LE. 

We have created a complete tutorial about Gandi and Let's Encrypt that shows you how to create and install certificates, covering the entire process.

We are proud to support Let's Encrypt and will continue to work towards making it as easy as possible for our users to obtain and install TLS/SSL certificates. 

Don't hesitate to contact us at feedback@gandi.net if you have any questions about Gandi and Let's Encrypt or to reach out to our Customer care team if you have any trouble getting your certificates up and running with our products.


There's plenty of rock out there, but if you want to say something "rocks," it has to have that certain something, that transcendent resplendency, that … transplendency.

When something really rocks, you lose yourself in it a little bit and just become one with the crowd. Sure, everyone is a unique individual snowflake. But a great band, show, song, whatever that really rocks connects you with a bigger, social experience.

Well, now, January 11, through March 31 June 30 is the time to chase that otherwise untenable experience with a .rocks domain to connect you to what really, well, rocks or a .social domain that connects you to anything and everything social, which are each on sale at half-price. That is, .rocks is available for just $7.77 per year at A rates instead of the normal $15.54 while .social is available for just $16.25 per year at A rates rather than the usual $32.49.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

It's finally time for the beautiful Alpine country of Switzerland to have it's (new) own TLD, .swiss, enter the GoLive phase (pairs great with the old stalwart .ch TLD).

You should remember to check the rules page here before registering though: registration of .swiss domains heavily favors the Swiss.

And now that we offer payment in Swiss Francs, we can proudly display the price for a one-year domain name creation as CHF 130.67 (or if you prefer USD, $142.55).

Register a .swiss?

.swiss

 


Nominet is the registry for the United Kingdom's ccTLD .uk, which also includes .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk, all of which are currently available through Gandi. And they have officially announced a rate increase on the domains they offer for both creation and renewal.

This increase is set to take place on March 1, 2016 (at 0:00 UTC). The price changes are as follows:

- Creation and renewal of a domain for one year at A rates:

£5.00 (currently £4.00)

€ 8.00 (currently € 7.00)

$9.00 (currently $8.00)

- Creation and renewal of a domain for between two and ten years at A rates:

£5.00 (currently £3.00)

€ 8.00 (currently € 6.00)

$9.00 (currently $8.00)

We should point out that this means that there is no longer a multi-year discount for .uk renewals in Euros or Pounds sterling. As is presently the case in US Dollars, it will be the same rate per year to renew for one year as it is to renew for more than one year at a time.

So, as we generally like to do before a rate increase like this, we would suggest that if you are the owner of a .uk domain (including of course .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk), that you renew it now if possible before the change takes effect. We recommend renewing for as many years as possible.

Take this example, for instance: before March 1st, it will cost £27 (that's € 54 or $72) all together to renew a .uk domain for nine years. After March 1st, though? That price goes up to £45 (€ 72 or $81).

Or, if there's a .uk domain that you've had your eye on, now is the time to get it.

Register a .uk?

.uk

 


What were the odds? We're not sure. But if you are, perhaps you care to make it interesting with a .bet domain, entering the Sunrise phase as of 8:00 AM PST today, January 5, 2016.

If you really want to hedge your bets on the .bet of your choice and have a TMCH claim to back it up, domains in this extension will be available for $102.87 in the Sunrise phase, which lasts until February 4, 2016.

Then, if you're feeling lucky, register in the Landrush phase, which opens February 11 at 8:00 AM PST, now. In this phase, domains go for $2754.19 per year. Landrush closes on February 12 at 7:59 AM PST.

Finally, if your odds are good that your domain will remain unclaimed in either Sunrise or Landrush, this extension enters the GoLive phase on March 3 at 8:00 AM PST at a price of $20.79 per year at A rates.

Place a .bet?

.bet



The geographic TLD for the Dutch province of Friesland .frl, has been out since April 14 last year (2015) and we are now able to offer this extension at Gandi for the price of $57.37 per year at A rates.

Register a .frl?

.frl

 


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