Every school kid knows it's almost the end of spring which means only one thing: summer is back, along with those hot out-of-school summer days of freedom and unrestrained, unconfined fun.

And with .fun entering the GoLive phase on April 5, now's the time to lock down some of that fleeting .fun in the summertime with a .fun domain. If you order your .fun domain from now until June 5, 2017 you can have your .fun for just $12.99* for the first year (and $28.87* per year after that).

Looking for some .fun?



*Prices in USD. See .fun page for local prices.

If you had to list two of the most expensive things many young adults' lives they would probably be .college, otherwise known as a $100,000 certificate and .rent, the third of your paycheck that gives you the honor of sleeping in a drafty closet space.

Okay, so maybe college also provides a sturdy social network, valuable skills and knowledge, and the power of critical thinking, and there are a few places out there to rent for a reasonable price.

In any case, you don't have to despair of either online this spring because .college and .rent are on sale for $9.00 for the first year and the regular $85.93 after that* from April 1 through June 30, 2017.

Register now for cheap .college and .rent?:


*Prices in USD. See .college and .rent price pages for local pricing.

Originally delegated as the country-code TLD for the Isle of Man, if it hasn't necessarily had a tremendous market on its home island, .im has been keen to capitalize on its position as an especially useful couple of letters.

Besides the large number of words ending in im, IM also means "instant messenger" for those who remember the internet circa 2005. Not only that .im is the perfect TLD for when you do you. Nothing says, "I am what I am," like .im.

And this April, .im is on sale, from April 1 through April 30, for $6.00 for the first year and the usual $20.00 after that*.

Register a .im?



*Prices in USD. See .im page for local pricing.

This spring and summer you can reap the bounteous harvest of these twenty-nine TLDs on promo from Donuts. These farm-to-table TLDs have been cultivated with traditional domain-growing expertise to bring you only the finest extensions. The promo covers the first year of your registration, so we've listed them below with the promo price plus the regular price after the first year:

So come get them while you can: from April 1 through September 30, 2017.

Prices in USD. Please see individual price pages (linked above) for local pricing.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


Let's be honest: it's been a rough year for the media. No sooner was "fake news" coined to describe information from dubious sources circulating on social media that the term re-appropriated and leveled as an accusation by anyone seeking to discredit unfavorable media.

And compounding the issue, not all media have been exceptionally trustworthy either.

Well, this spring, from April 1 through June 30, maybe they can shore themselves up a bit with these media-based TLD promos, on sale for the first year and priced regularly after that:

  • .news first year $7.99 then $15.57*
  • .live: first year $7.99 then $28.87*
  • .social: first year $9.99 then $16.25*
  • .reviews: first year $7.99 then $24.44*
  • .studio: first year $7.99 then $28.87*
  • .rocks: first year $4.99 then $13.09*

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. Local prices available on pricing pages listed above.

What do you wanna be when you grow up? We'll help you decide. It's Career Day all spring at Gandi, from April 1 through June 30, 2017.

Here are a few careers to try out:

Drive trains, build bridges, or write code as a .engineer, $9.99 for the first year, then $38.34 per year*.

If you want to litigate, prosecute, or just learn how to make a really solid argument, .lawyer and .attorney are both $11.99 for the first year, then $47.84 per year*.

Be an animal doctor with .vet, $9.99 to create and $38.34* per year after that.

Or if you prefer teeth over pets, be a .dentist, $11.99 to create, $47.84* then per year.

And finally, if you're strong suit is giving advice, think about .consulting, $9.99 to create and $38.34* per year after that.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See price pages (linked above) for local pricing.

For many, the ideal job would be one where showing up to work every morning — even Monday — is an exhilarating adventure of fun and excitement. But for the rest of us, while the working week may not exactly be a slog, it's important to strike that work-life balance. And that's what this promo, running April 1 through June 30, 2017, is all about.

So let's get the .work out of the way first. Domains in the .work extension are on sale this spring for $1.99 for the first year ($9.85 at A rates after that).*

Of course, all .work and no play makes Jack an axe-wielding maniac. If you love sitting in a boat while the sun beats down, consider .fishing, $5.99 for the first year, $38.34 per year (at A rates) after that*.

If you like the quiet, meditative aspect of fishing but are water-averse, .yoga might be for you: $5.99 for the first year and $38.34 per year (at A rates) every following year.*

If you like the water but are into more adrenaline-charged activities, why not .surf, $5.99 for the first year and $38.34 per year (at A rates) after that.*

Or otherwise, take a trip to .miami (or show your city some love, if you happen to be there already), available for $7.99 to create and $23.17 per year (at A rates) beyond the first year.*

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See price pages (linked above) for local pricing.

Today is World Backup Day (Yay!). Happy World Backup Day. Now, if you haven't backed up your smartphone and computer yet, go do that now. We'll wait for you here. Okay, got it? Cool.

Now, just like you back up your personal data and your company's data in case of fire, earthquake, power failure, alien invasion, etc., remember that backing up your website is just as important. It's a dangerous internet out there. Just think of the number of hours you've spent on your site so far and then think of all of that work being wiped away because you didn't make a backup.

With a Simple Hosting instance at Gandi, you can create backups with our free snapshots feature. But first, just in case you were wondering what kind of dangers are out there ...

What's the worst that could happen

Just in case you still don't want to take backing up your site seriously, let's look at some of the worst-case scenarios.

Compromised CMS

Of course, Simple Hosting instances are by and far used to host CMSes (Content Management System, like Wordpress). And you just need to relax your guard for one software update and you could wind up with malicious code worming its way into the core code of your CMS software. At which point it's better just to wipe the whole thing and start over from scratch. Of course, that becomes a lot more painful if you don't have an un-compromised backup to restore from.

CMS Update Gone Wrong

On the other hand, even when you're on top of CMS updates, things can sometimes go awry. Maybe you have a custom theme that suddenly breaks after doing an update, incompatible versions, or a connection issue mid-update.

Accidental Deletion of Files

All it could take is a sticky delete key and your whole site would be gone. But, more realistically, sometimes you think what you're deleting isn't important or that you'll never need it again, or it just ends up being something other than what you thought it was.

Missed Renewal

We don't doubt you're on top of your renewals (psst you could even try activating auto-renew), but on the off-chance you happen to miss the expiration date of your instance, you could end up losing your data. We warn you before the expiration date and you still have two weeks after expiration to renew, but we all know: stuff happens.

Total collapse of society as we know it

You'll definitely want to minimize downtime when society invariably devolves into Mad Max-style anarchy. You'll thank us when your blog post about picking through the rubble goes viral.

How you can backup

Now that you're on board with the idea, let's look at how you can backup your site using snapshots on a Simple Hosting instance.

To begin with, always remember the backup mantra: 3-2-1:

3 backups
2 mediums
1 off-site

If you follow the 3-2-1 mantra, you'll be sheltered even from the most catastrophic calamities that could befall your site.

To activate snapshots on your instance, click the Activate link next to Snapshots (in the upper-right corner) from the control panel page of your instance.

A snapshot takes a picture of your instance's disk at a given time, so you would use this to create a backup of your files.

More than likely, you'll need to back up your instance's databases as well. If you're using a CMS, that will be the case. Your database is where the majority of your content is stored.

Snapshots create a total of four images of your disk at four separate times: one snapshot of yesterday's content, one of the day before yesterday, one of last week, and one last month. They will appear in your instance as a "snapshot" directory in your root (/) directory.

That covers your files. You can schedule backups of your database using a tool built-in to your Simple Hosting instance called anacron. This will then create a "dump" of your database that will be included in your snapshot.

We'll go over setting that up for a MySQL database (the most common database) via sFTP. You should start by finding the anacrontab file. It should be at this address:


To do a backup of your databases, you need to perform an export using the command “mysqldump”.

To keep backups up-to-date, you need to create an anacron task that performs regular backups. Here is an example that you can add to your instance (If the user 'root' does not have a password, then you must delete {-pPASSWORD}, or delete the brackets {} and indicate the password of your 'root' user after '-p':

@daily 0 mysql_backup mkdir -p /srv/data/tmp/mysql_backup ; mysqldump -u root {-pPASSWORD} --all-databases | /bin/gzip -9 > /srv/data/tmp/mysql_backup/`date '+%F'`.databases.sql.gz ; rm -f /srv/data/tmp/mysql_backup/`date '+%F' --date '1 week ago'`.databases.sql.gz

This particular line will export your database everyday, and will keep the last export for one week, which will line up perfectly with snapshots.

And keeping in mind the 3-2-1 rule, remember to periodically copy the snapshot directory from your instance's root directory. If you do forget to renew your instance, like we mentioned above, and the whole thing ends up removed, your only backups will be the ones you downloaded to your local machine.

In case of emergency

If you should ever have to restore from your backups, then you would just need to put the contents of the directory corresponding to the most recent backup. The folder name will be a Unix timestamp like 1490741558.daily. The higher the number, the more recent the backup.

Copy the contents of the directory with the highest number into your lamp0 directory, delete 'htdocs' and then move 'htdocs' from the snapshot directory into the 'vhosts' directory.

First, remove the old database and create a new database with the same name.

Then, you can import your database dump into this new database using phpMyAdmin. To import it, click on the Import tab from the phpMyAdmin interface.

Happy World Backup Day

And that's it. Now, regardless of what kind of chicanery takes place tomorrow, even if you wind up fooled, you won't be a fool because you backed up your Simple Hosting instance. And the best part is, it's free now that we've introduced free snapshots on Simple Hosting. Happy backing up!

A few months ago we announced our plan to upgrade to a more recent version of Xen, a virtualization software used on our hosting platform, in order to be able to better mitigate security vulnerabilities without customer intervention.

In the meantime, we've been able to take advantage of recent stop/starts of servers to upgrade most of our platform to Xen 4.8. Thanks to the new features available in this version, the majority of you will not be impacted by a new security vulnerability found in Xen, to be announced in the coming days, which we are able to address by live-patching or -migrating servers without impact to our customers.

In the next few days, only a small number of our customers whose servers aren't yet running on upgraded nodes will need to stop and start their servers (restarting alone will not be enough) to deal with the new security vulnerability. We have emailed impacted customers directly to ask them to perform this operation themselves at their convenience, to avoid downtime, before the announcement of the vulnerability. We will stop and start any affected servers that have not yet been stopped and started ourselves between 9:00 AM and 02:00 PM CEST (12:00 AM and 3:00 AM PDT) that day.

Otherwise, we have been pleased to see the initial results of our recent efforts to upgrade our platform have been positive. This should hopefully be the last time we need to ask our customers to perform such tasks and we intend to continue working towards improving the customer experience on our hosting platform and we would encourage you to check out our plans for 2017.

Please feel free to contact our Customer Care team if you have any questions or to send us your feedback by emailing feedback@gandi.net.

On March 22, 2017, the four Chinese TLDs .商店, meaning shop/store, .游戏, meaning games, .娱乐, meaning entertainment and .企业, meaning enterprise are entering the GoLive phase.

This means domains in these four TLDs are now open to all and are available at the following prices (per year at A rates)*:

  • .商店: $116.59
  • .游戏: $116.59
  • .娱乐: $63.05
  • .企业: $63.05

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:


*Prices in USD. See .商店, .游戏, .娱乐 and .企业 price pages for local prices. 

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