We'll level with you: .com, .net, .io, don’t get us wrong, we love these TLDs. They’re classics. That said, it’s really hard to resist .tech right now. Not only is it a killer TLD for all things tech (which hardly needs to be said), but from now, February 15 through March 14, 2016, .tech domains will be available for just $4.99 each.

It’s almost hard to believe. You could buy ten .tech domains for the price you’d normally pay for just one.

It’s like finding a 1-bedroom in the Mission in San Francisco that rents for $300 a month. It's unbelievably low. Impossibly low. You just can’t pass that up.

Register a .tech?

.tech

 


Kyoto is a beautiful, ancient and historic city. It’s shinto shrines, together constituting a UNESCO world heritage site, solemnly stand guard over a city that witnessed the birth of the Empire of Japan as well as the birth of a new era of greenhouse gas emissions with the Kyoto protocol.

Now, Kyoto has it’s own TLD: .kyoto, which is entering the GoLive phase today, 10 February.

This extension, which is available for 89.32 USD or 74.44 EUR (excluding tax) per year at A rates, is open to anyone in one of the following categories:

- Kyoto municipalities and local governments

- Public and private institutions with a valid physical address in Kyoto

- Organizations, companies, and other businesses with a valid physical address in Kyoto; an

- Natural persons with a valid physical address in Kyoto.

With the new .kyoto TLD, the great city of Kyoto enters a new era on the internet.

Register a .kyoto?

.kyoto


PHP version 5.6 is now available on Simple Hosting and becomes the new default choice for instance creation.

You can create PHP 5.6 instances right now, or keep creating PHP 5.4 instances by specifically selecting them from the list.

We have published a guide to help you migrate from PHP 5.4 to PHP 5.6. You'll find testing and migration tips if you plan to move your projects to the new instances.

We also plan to release an automatic upgrade feature for PHP 5.4/MySQL instances on March 22nd, 2016. Other instance types will always have to be migrated manually.

Our Customer Care team is ready to answer your questions and assist you during the migration. Please contact them should you need any help.

The new PHP 5.6 instance runs on a new system image based on Debian 8 (Jessie) in anticipation of more novelties. Your feedback is very important!

 

Bonus: Dependency management with Composer

You can now use Composer, PHP's most popular dependency manager, to easily install your application's dependencies on Simple Hosting (supported on PHP 5.6 and 5.4 instances).

Dependency management tools make it easy for web developers to keep track of third-party code included in a project. Instead of having to manage the files and versions manually, these tools offer a simple way to list an application's external dependencies and then take care of downloading, installing and including the correct files.

Simple Hosting already supported dependency managers for Node.js, Python and Ruby instances using the "npm", "pip" and "bundler" tools respectively. With the addition of Composer to the PHP instance, we now cover modern development workflows on all instance types.

Check out the example project and the documentation to learn more and get started with Composer on Simple Hosting.


It’s a topsy-turvy economic world and while we wish exchange rates would just stay the same forever (economic consequences of that aside), unfortunately that’s not the case.

Since Gandi does have to pay registries generally in the currency of the country they are located in, exchange rates are a factor in the pricing of our domains in any particular currency.

And due to recent fluctuations in currency exchange rates, we’ve had to make some adjustments to some of the rates of our TLDs. We wanted to let you know so you wouldn’t be surprised.

The good news is, most of the affected TLDs haven’t had any rate changes in the past three years.

In any case, starting 1 March 2016, most extensions registered by Centralnic will experience a price increase of 10% on prices IN EUROS (EUR) ONLY on all rate scales for all operations. The TLDs affected are the following:

.ae.org, .ar.com, .br.com, .cn.com, .eu.com, .gb.com, .hu.com, .jp.net, .jpn.com, .kr.com, .la, .no.com, .qc.com, .ru.com, .sa.com, .se.com, .uk.com, .uk.net, .us.com, .za.com

Also on 1 March, .co, .hn, .ht, .je, .ms, .sx, .vc, .im, .tl, and .tc will be going up as well, also by 10% and on all operations and rate scales. This increase applies to EUROS (EUR) but also to TAIWAN DOLLARS (TWD) as well.

Again on 1 March, .bank, .auto, .cars, .car, .luxury, and .ceo will be increasing by 5% on all operations at all rates in EUROS (EUR) and TAIWAN DOLLARS (TWD) ONLY.

On 1 March, 2016, prices on .gg will increase by 5% on all operations at all rates in EUROS (EUR) ONLY.

And finally, 1 March, 2016, rates for .gy, .mx, .sc and .travel will be increasing by 5% on all operations at all price scales in EUROS (EUR) and TAIWAN DOLLARS (TWD) ONLY.


3.18 is now the default kernel on the HVM platform

Linux kernel 3.18 is now the new default on the HVM platform, replacing 3.12.

Docker usage is now easier out-of-the-box on the HVM platform, since 3.18 supports the "overlay" storage engine. You can learn more about Docker usage on our platform from our Wiki.

 

Deprecation warning on 3.10 kernel, including AUFS (Xen platform)

On March 10, 2016, we will be upgrading the kernel to 3.10.96. The new version includes security fixes (also related to CVE-2016-0728) but will, notably, drop AUFS support.

If you are using AUFS technology and wish to continue using it, please note that once the update goes through, your system may not function properly and we nonetheless recommend migrating to our HVM platform.

Users wishing to continue using AUFS technology can opt to use their own kernel with the "raw" or "grub" boot options.

Docker users that don't need AUFS can also migrate to HVM and use the 3.18 kernel with their current system, which supports the the "overlay" storage engine by default, but does require you to tweak Docker settings.

You can learn more about migrating to the new HVM platform and more about Docker usage from our Wiki.

 

Security patch and minor version upgrades to 3.2, 3.12 and 3.18

Xen platform kernel 3.2 has been upgraded to 3.2.76 and HVM platform kernels 3.12 and 3.18 have been upgraded to 3.12.53 and 3.18.26. To start using the new versions, just reboot your server.

 

EOL warning on grsecurity-enabled kernels

On March 10, 2016 we will remove our "grsec" kernels (2.6.32-x86_64-grsec and 3.2-x86_64-grsec) from the platform, following recently announced updates to grsecurity's distribution policy.

On this date, “non-grsec” kernel versions will become the default.

Users who wish to continue using these features can use the "raw" and "grub" boot options on our HVM platform[1] to set up their systems with custom kernels.


Click

It’s the sound of a pen, of a light switching on (or off), of a knob going up that extra notch. It can also be the sound of a beetle, of toenails on tile floor, or even a discreet phoneme in some languages.

The sound of the future starts with a click on the 24 track, an idea can click, and of course, you can click your mouse.

Fan now, from February 1 through June 30, 2016.click the only TLD devoted to an onomatopoeia, is on sale for $3.62 per year (normally $12.41 at A rates).

Also on sale for $4.21 per year (normally $14.42 at A rates) is .link. And where would we be clicking if it weren’t for links? And just like click, a link can be just as many things: an internet link, a link to the past, a link of sausage, or a link on a golf course.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

Before the more than 1,200 new niche gTLDs like .beer, .coffee, .ninja, and .space, there were only just super generic TLDs like .com, .org, .net and country-specific ones like .us, .fr, and .co.uk. Back then, if you wanted a cool TLD, you had to get creative.

And thus, a crop of unintentionally significant domains became popular: .mx (the ccTLD for Mexico, but also short for “mail”), .io (the ccTLD for the British Indian Ocean Territory but also “Input/Output”) and .pw (the ccTLD for the Republic of Palaos, but also “professional web” or “password”).

Well, this month, we’re going old-school this month by offering the latter, .pw, for just $0.99 per year (it’s normally $10.00 per year at A rates), from February 1 through February 29, 2016 at 2:59 PM PST. And while .pw does stand for "password", your .pw domain doesn't have to be secret.

What's your .pw?

.pw


 


Gandi is no huge, multi-national corporation. And maybe it's just because we’re an Internet company, but despite that, we’ve always been aware that the little things we do in our community, locally, can have a big impact, globally.

In fact, it's probably because we’re not a behemoth organization that we can appreciate this nuance.

Well, from February 1 until February 29 at 2:59 PM PST, (23:59 Paris or Luxembourg time, 6:59 AM Taiwan time) .global domains, a TLD with a worldwide scope, will be available for $20.00 per year. These domains normally cost $95.34 per year at A rates, so all together that comes to about 70% off.

This promotion is for those with the vision to think globally. But we don’t see why it can’t be for those who act locally as well. And in our experience, the two go hand in hand.

Think .global?

.global

 


Good news for residents and companies headquartered in one of the 28 members states of the European Union! Europe’s own TLD, .eu, is on sale this month for half-price.

From 1 February through 29 February at 11:59 PM UTC, .eu domains will be € 6.00 per year (normally they are € 12.00 at A rates).

Register a .eu?

.eu



Most people buy cards and chocolates and roses and get dinner reservations at crowded restaurants to drink red wine and eat oysters but that’s not really what Valentine’s Day is about if we’re to believe the propaganda, right?

It’s about love and romance and passion and all the things you can’t fit in a cheesy two-dollar paper card.

Well, we may not be able to get you reservations at a fancy restaurant, get you fancy jewelry or even a fancy card but what we can give you is .pink and .red domains for just $3.26 per year (normally $8.15 at A rates), from now until February 14 at 2:59 PM PST.

So take your loved one far away from crowded restaurants and greetings cards. Go to the mountains! Or a cabin in the woods. And when you wrap your arms around that special someone in front of a rustic fireplace, show that person your love with a bouquet of .pink and .red domains. Nothing says “love” like a domain name.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

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