You can mark time in two ways, really. With (relatively) arbitrary values, like days, months, and years, in which case looking back and looking forward provides the same view: a long row of uniformly-spaced markers arranged in a straight line into infinity. Or you can mark it by what you've done, in which case looking back you see the monuments celebrating your past achievements and the road ahead is still just under construction.
This month we have a little bit of both. As we look back at the year 2016 we have had some achievements to celebrate and some news to help mark the time. We start out this month with a quick note on a recent ICANN policy update before taking a look at this past month's recently-delegated TLDs. One milestone we passed this year has been the two-million managed domain names mark. We're taking a chance to reflect on that accomplishment before looking back at the year 2016 as a whole.
And of course, it wouldn't be a newsletter without our TLD release calendar and promo roundup.
ICANN policy update
We start off with no surer indicator of the passage of time than an ICANN policy update.
This time around, the change is two-sided. The downside of it is that changing an email address for the owner of a domain name is now a little more complicated. Such a change is now tantamount to changing the owner of the domain in terms of the authorization required.
The upside of it is that ICANN will now allow us as your registrar to act as a designated agent. That means that with some contractual modifications, we will be able to skip the authorization steps and update the email on your account like normal. Unfortunately, that feature is not yet available.
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This month we looked into a few strange interactions between community and TLDs. In particular, that took the form of .free, .food, .box, .cruise, and .boston.
Things get a little weird, but don't be afraid. It's good-weird.
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Two Million Domains Managed
As a quick note on another milestone marking the passage of time, just a couple weeks ago we surpassed two million domains managed at Gandi, out of 728 (for now) TLDs.
Which is a good opportunity to take stock of the fact that we now manage more than two million email addresses, close to 50,000 SSL certificates, and a couple of hundred thousand hosted websites and applications.
Of course, none of it would be possible without all 121 gandians across four offices on three continents in Paris, Luxembourg, San Francisco, and Taipei.
This is the core team that will take us into 2017 towards the next two million domains, which also thanks to you, our customer and fan base, will happen much sooner than the first two million.
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2016 at Gandi: A Year in Review
Of course, with the year coming to an end all the year-end listicles about the craziest things that happened in 2016 and lists of the top everything that came out this year are popping up around the internet.
We threw in our own year-end review, this time looking at Gandi news articles, TLDs released this year and looking back at our recently-delegated TLD feature.
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TLD release Calendar
Only a couple of TLDs were released this month, but they were both good ones. The highly anticipated .art entered the Sunrise phase and the equally exciting .cam entered the GoLive phase.
Here's the same information, but in list and calendar form:
Wednesday December 7:
Wednesday December 14:
Stay tuned for updates!
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Our promos are 100% organic, free-range, grass-fed, rambling about the open range. But once a month we wrangle them all together in one place so you can take your pick of the herd.
Here's this month's Promo Roundup:
Ending December 31:
.org half-price -- first 5,000 domains only!
.live, .studio, .video half-price
.store $7.99 per year in GoLive
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year
.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo
.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off
.xyz $3.99 per year
.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off
Only in December:
.ski, .bio, .archi half-price until December 15
.club 50% off until December 31
Starting December 2:
.bet $7.00 first year creations until January 31
Starting December 5:
.tech $16.70 per year for 5-9 year creations; $11.50 per year for ten years until January 31
Starting December 20:
.xyz $1.00 until January 5
.shop creation for $9.99 until January 31
.markets, .trading 75% off first year through February 12
.cat $5.00 through January 11
.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive
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In 2015 we celebrated 15 years in business, in 2016 we hit the two million domains mark, But did we miss something? Or are you lonely and want to chat? Tweet us @gandibar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/
So now what's in store for 2017? We can sum it up in one hashtag: #gandiv5. Thanks for a great year everyone. Happy holidays and a happy new year!