Thanks to the elliptical arc of the Earth's orbit around the sun, from about the time of the Autumnal equinox, the amount of daylight lost each day starts to slow down and following the Winter Solstice as the Northern hemisphere bends back towards the sun, the amount of daylight just as sluggishly climbs upwards.

Right now, we're in the slowest 90 days of the Earth's arc around the sun: from November 7, 2016 to February 3, 2017. The darkest days, if you will. And though these are black days, we can be confidently assured that the arc of the Earth bends us back into the light.

But we feel in other ways we're entering dark days, too. Maybe you feel differently, but regardless of your personal political views, the level of relative chaos and division nationally (first inaugurated around November 7 as well) makes this month a period of blackness in its own respect.

It's partly because these are such .black days, literally and metaphorically, that this month, we're lightening things up a bit with a sale on .black domains, on sale for $28.62 (normally $57.25 at A rates) per year.

But also, we would be remiss to commemorate only the negative connotations. While this month we say goodbye to the first Black president, next month is Black History Month. And speaking of which, January 16 is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, both fitting occasions to celebrate. And with all this talk of dark days, it's also fitting to remember that just like the long, slow arc of the Earth bends back towards the light, in the words of Dr. King, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

Register a .black domain?



1. #gandiv5: It's here!

2. Gandi Hosting: 2017

3. Gandi's The Root Zone.

4. Recently-delegated TLDs

5. TLD release calendar

6. Promo roundup

On behalf of the Gandi team we would like to wish you all a happy 2017! The last year was quite a year for us and along with the new year, we are stepping off from the foundation we laid in 2016, with resolutions for 2017 in hand.

The first step is that we've just unveiled #gandiv5 officially in beta to all of you, meaning if you have an individual type account, you can now migrate to the new site. If not, or if all the features you need are not quite ready yet, hold off for just a little bit longer and we promise you'll be seeing it soon.

Speaking of promises, we are also resolving this year to revamp our hosting platform, including some changes already underway. Read on for details.

Late this month in our San Francisco offices we'll also be hosting the next edition of The Root Zone., this time with a slightly different format.

And once again this month we'll be taking a look at recently-delegated TLDs from the past month, TLD releases for January and we have a fresh herd of promos to round up as well.

It's the new year, and in 2017, we're taking a deep breath and stepping forward. Here we go.

#gandiv5: It's here!

After months of hard work, user tests, revisions, rehashing, heated debates (no fistfights to our knowledge), we're finally ready to unveil the first major revision to our site in a few years (special thanks to our devoted development team).

#gandiv5, as we're calling it, has limited functions for now, but as time goes on, we'll be adding more and more functions until it's ready to fully replace the current version.

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Gandi Hosting: 2017

This year, we're also resolving to commit ourselves to a new plan of action for our hosting service, starting from the ground up, with brand new infrastructure. First up, we're planning to give a facelift to our whole line of hosting products, which should rejuvenate them for the task ahead.

Gandi Hosting: 2017

Part of the plan was to open a brand new data center with a reworked architecture. We're happy to report we've already done so and we're already seeing the kind of performance improvements we expected. While it's still in Alpha testing, we think you'll like it.

Our new datacenter
A sneak peak at the hardware

Read the master plan | About the new DC | Back to top

Gandi Events: The Root Zone

We're pleased to announce the return this month of our DNS-themed meetup series The Root Zone.. Previously we focused on interviewing a handful of luminaries (if they don't mind us calling them that) in the field, including Paul Mockapetris, Dan Kaminsky and Paul Vixie. This time around, we're trying out a new format where we bring in a panel to discuss a particular DNS-related topic. This month the topic is: DDoS Attacks! with panelists including Paul Mockapetris, Andrew Lewman (Farsight Security),  Gideon Redelinghuys (CloudFlare), Brian Hartvigsen (OpenDNS), and Gandi's own Pascal Boucheraine.

The meetup will be held on January 31 at 6:00 PM PST in our San Francisco offices. For more details, see the Root Zone. event Meetup page.

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Recently-delegated TLDs

Of course, every month there are always new gTLDs added to the root by ICANN and this past month was no exception.

.hair, .hospital, .data, .mobile, .phone, .fun

The story of each new TLD is usually pretty much what you expect, but sometimes there are surprises. This month we saw a few.

Prepare to be (mildly) surprised | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

Both TLD releases in January are just coming available in the Sunrise phase, which we think is perfectly appropriate for the new year:


Tuesday January 10:

.hospital (Sunrise)

Monday January 23:

.fun (Sunrise)

January 2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat



 .hospital ( Sunrise)




 .fun (Sunrise) 




Stay tuned for updates!

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Promo Roundup

As for our promos, it's something of a fresh start as well, with a whole herd of promos ending December 31 and a new batch for the new year taking their place. It's the circle of life, we suppose:

Promos this month

Ending January 31:

 .shop creation for $9.99 until January 31
.bet $7.00
first year creations until January 31 

Only in January:

.asia $1.99 until January 14

New Year's promos (starting January 1):

.me half price until December 31
.top $1.50 until December 31
.archi, .black, .blue, .info, .kim, .lgbt, .mobi, .pet, .pink, .poker, .promo, .red, .ski, half price until June 30
.host, .online, .press, .pw, .site, .space, .store, .tech, .website until June 30
.promo half price until June 30
.news, .reviews, .social half price until March 31
.cn 25% off until February 28 (Happy Year of the Rooster!)
.pro $3.00 until February 28

Ongoing promotions:

.tech $16.70 per year for 5-9 year creations; $11.50 per year for ten years until February 28
.markets, .trading 75% off first year through February 12
.cat $5.00 through January 11
.xyz $1.00 until January 5

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Happy New Year, again! Did we miss any resolutions? Do you have something to share with us? If you have any thoughts or comments for us about the new site, #gandiv5, please feel free to share them at

Otherwise, drop us a line with your resolutions, New Year's wishes, and any thing else on Twitter @gandibar, Facebook, G+, or in the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

Are you ready for the next step forward?


We're very pleased to announce the opening of FR-SD3, a new datacenter in Paris, in Alpha test phase. This new data center is part of a whole new points-of-presence architecture completely designed by our team on brand new hardware which is set to become the basis of our future of our hosting infrastructure. So far, our performance tests have come out much to our satisfaction: we're seeing a 30% performance improvement on CPUs, a huge improvement in terms of latency when accessing disks (nearly two times as fast) and 30% more rapid memory access as well.


The following Gandi Cloud services are available on the new datacenter: Servers, System Disks, IP addresses, and Virtual Private Networks (VLANs). The only service not available for now on FR-SD3 are Web Accelerators, which we expect to introduce on the new datacenter at a later stage.

And while this datacenter is currently in Alpha, if you decide to try it out, you'll be in good company. We are already using it to host some of our own infrastructure (though our resources are obviously isolated from our customers') including our new web site as well as a few of the services associated with it. That's why, having field-tested it ourselves, we can say with confidence that you're going to like this new datacenter.


But don't just take our word for it. If we've managed to catch your attention, you can already start using this new infrastructure. We would ask that you do keep in mind, though, that it is still in Alpha testing, so we don't recommend running production systems on it yet. To take it for a spin, though, you just need to choose "FR-SD3" from the list of data center options when you create your next server using either our site, the API, or Gandi CLI.

And if you're still not convinced, we're only charging Gandi server credits (or your prepaid account) for bandwidth consumed. The consumption rates for services created in "FR-SD3" will still be displayed on the website but nothing be deduced from your resources.


We'll be running Alpha and later Beta tests at least until the end of February 2017. While we tentatively hope to go live with this new infrastructure by March 1, we will let you know 15 days in advance so that you can plan for the return to our normal hosting rates based on resources consumed.


We hope as many of you as possible get a chance to try out the new archiecture and, obviously, provide us with your feedback, which is always immensely valuable to us. Any questions or comments can be directed to us on Twitter or by email at or of course by contacting our Customer care team directly.

Savvy Gandi News followers may remember our post from last November about Donuts's DPML changes. Back then, we noted that subscribers had until December 31, 2016 to sign up for DPML Plus,  the new and improved DPML, at promo prices.

If you missed that cut-off, then we have good news for you. That deadline has been extended to March 31, 2017.

What's more, the price increase for the "legacy" DPML service scheduled for January 1, 2017 has been delayed until February 1, 2017.

Feel free to contact our Corporate team for more information.

There's nothing better thanˇ to start off the new year (or, really in the case of these TLDs, end last year) with a group of strings recently delegated to the root zone by ICANN which contain some expected outcomes and some surprises.

Recently-delegated TLDs

.hairDecember 2

While two .hair applications were received, ultimately ICANN allowed the delegation of .hair to L'Oréal despite objections by the GAC.


.hospitalDecember 9

The .hospital TLD sheds light on one of the more controversial categories of applied-for strings, namely, those pertaining to the medical field. Along with other medical-related strings, ICANN's appointed Independent Objector filed an objection for the .hospital string, especially given the potential for abuse.

For its part, the applicant, Donuts, maintained that .hospital is general enough that it has a legitimate commercial use outside of the realm of actual hospitals, and that no such confusion would occur.

While the American Hospital Association filed a community complaint (and it would be hard to object to the categorization of the AHA as a legitimate representative of the community covered), no such community organization stepped forward with enough capital to cover the application costs.

It should also be considered that the higher than average likelihood of denial of an application for such a string puts the risk of investing in such an application by a third-party. This would seem to almost guarantee that a large portfolio registry would be more likely to apply than a smaller registry and Donuts was indeed the sole applicant.


.dataDecember 20

It's also not surprising that multiple registries would apply for a string like .data, which you'd be hard-pressed to find a community with a clear claim over (much to our chagrin).

It's somewhat surprising that there were only three applicants, given the evident potential of a .data TLD: Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd., Donuts, and Dish DBS Corporation (i.e. Dish Network).

And despite a warning from the GAC, who worried about monopolization concerns, .data was delegated to Dish DBS.


.phone, .mobile December 20

Similarly, it's surprising that .phone and .mobile only received two applications each (Amazon dropped their .mobile application) one from Donuts, the other from Dish. In this case, just as with .data, the GAC objected to Dish's applications for the same reasons, however Dish was in the end delegated this TLD with the back end provided by Afilias for each.


.fun December 21

While .fun would have been a, well, fun generic TLD, Oriental Trading Company, who were ultimately awarded with the delegation of this string planned to use it as a brand TLD or a "closed TLD." As it turns out, though, the fun twist ending to the story is that Oriental Trading Company wound up auctioning off the rights to .fun to Radix Registry in October, just in time for it to be delegated last month.


Well, though it may not have been gripping, edge-of-your-seat drama, there were some twists and turns this month. Come back next month to see what surprises await ...

Remember, though, that while we try to gain accreditation for as many TLDs as possible, just because you see these on our list here doesn't mean we'll be able to offer any of these soon (though in some cases we can and will be).

A hospital is a kind of sacred place. It's where people go to get better. And now, with a .hospital domain, whether you're helping people or animals or anything for which good health is a priority, you can create the online space for them to get better too.

The .hospital TLD is entering the Sunrise phase today, January 10, meaning it can now be purchased at Sunrise pricing for TMCH holders at $162.79*. If you want to take advantage of this period, you have until March 11, 2017 to do so.

Or, if you don't have a trademark registered with TMCH, you can still register now for the Landrush phase for priority registration, which launches March 13, 2017. During this phase, .hospital domains will be available for $182.81*. You have until March 15, 2017 to take advantage of this phase.

Finally, on March 22, 2017, .hospital opens its doors to the general public when it enters the GoLive phase. You can register for this phase, which is the final release phase, now.  Domains will be available for $63.11 per year* at A rates in the GoLive phase.

Register your .hospital?



*Prices in USD. See  .hospital for local prices

We're starting off the new year with a promotion on the ccTLD of a country that celebrates New Year twice this month! While Chinese New Year falls on January 28, 2017 in the Western Calendar, in the traditional Chinese calendar that date will be 4714.

As you are probably already aware, each Chinese year has a specific zodiac sign. So, starting January 28, we will enter the year of the Fire Rooster (some may say "Year of the Chicken").

The Rooster is known for its persistence and dynamism, which we thought would best be represented by a healthy 25% off .CN domains through the end of February.

That means .CN domains are just 6,33€ (instead of 8,44€), US$ 7.60 (instead of the usual US$ 10.13) or NT$ 232 (instead of NT$ 310).

You do not need to have a contact address in China or company in China to obtain your .CN domain name, however there is a real name verification requirement which Gandi does at no additional cost to you. For this you will have to send an personal ID (a drivers license will mostly do the trick) to our support team after registering the domain.

So to protect your brand or secure yourself an address in an ever-growing Chinese economy now is the right time.

Register a .CN?


Red is the color of love, good fortune, and joy. And in Chinese culture in particular, it's found everywhere during New Years, weddings, new shop/business openings and many other occasions.

Why not identify and promote your website with this vitality .red and get inspired by anything and everything red?

From January 1, 2017 until June 30, .red domains will be just half price. That means they'll be available for just US$8.15 per year* at A rates.


Register a .red?:



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

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