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August 2014 Newsletter: Platypuses, the greatest TLD in the world, and Gandi is hiring!


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

  1. Gandi is hiring!
  2. August promo roundup
  3. Upcoming new gTLD releases
  4. Price increases: .CX and .NET
  5. News from the hosting front

(Note: We apologize in advance for the atrocio.us attempts at wordplay to come in the following paragraphs. There are six categories of humor we don't do, and patriotic humor is one of them. You have been warned. -Ed.)

Ok, so, we know .io and .guru and .rich and .fish are all the rage and everything, but old vines make the best wines, and we have a fabulo.us promo to prove it to the dubio.us.

.US, like the country it represents, is #1. Did you know that for every .US registered at Gandi, an enlightened foreigner gets her wings in the form of a work visa? .US is one of our favorite TLDs, and it's not just because our bosses have been bugging us lately to sell more of them for some reason that probably involves commercial success or some other business mumbo-jumbo. It's also because they lend themselves so beautifully to delightful domain hacks and represent The Best Country In The World (tm).

To celebrate, we're pretending that the .US registry has asked us to administer a competition to find them a new mascot. We propose that their new mascot be something that ends in -us and which amuses us.

If you will, imagine for a moment how beautiful it would be to see a grown human in one of these glorious star-spangled mascot costumes at the next industry conference:

The Neustar platyp.us!

The Neustar octop.us!

The Neustar horde-of-carcajo.us!

Please entertain us today by tweeting your best ideas and/or visual representations of animals in sparkly red, white and blue jumpsuits to @gandibar. If you win, you'll get a t-shirt and a promo for 50% off a .US domain. If you don't win, you'll get a promo for 50% off a .US domain. If you simply continue existing[1], you will get a promo for 50% off a .US domain.

Our only remaining question is why you're still here reading our ludicro.us attempts at humor. Please immediately go register as many .US domains as possible. And then, ideally, brag about them on Twitter and to all your friends, enemies and acquaintances.

[1] Sadly, this offer is not available to imaginary, incorporeal, otherwise non-existent beings, or solipsists (you know who you are).


1. Gandi is hiring!

Want to work with a demonstrably witty rag-tag bunch of completely excellent people, if we do say so ourselves?

Gandi is a French company at our roots, but we're growing quickly in the U.S. To keep up, we're looking for a few more awesomefolk to join our support team. We're primarily looking for people at the admittedly tiny intersection of a Venn diagram with the following characteristics:

  • Knowledge, love, or at least insatiable curiosity about computers and the internet
  • Some knowledge of French and/or other languages (especially Spanish or Chinese)
  • Residence or willingness to relocate to the Bay area (our office is in San Francisco)

If this sounds like you or someone you know, let us know at jobs-us@gandi.net, or read more at https://www.gandi.net/job.


2. August promo roundup

This month we have a ton of promotions running. Here's what's new:


3. August new gTLD release calendar

Here's the provisional August new gTLD release calendar. Sunday, August 10 (3-day Landrush):

 .care
 .clinic
 .dental
 .surgery

Tuesday, August 12 (Sunrise):

 .airforce
 .army
 .healthcare
 .navy
 .vet

Wednesday, August 13 (GoLive):

 .care
 .clinic
 .dental
 .surgery

Thursday, August 14 (Landrush):

 .vegas

Sunday, August 17 (3-day Landrush):

 .cash
 .fund
 .investments
 .tax

Wednesday, August 20 (GoLive):

 .cash
 .fund
 .haus
 .investments
 .tax

Thursday, August 21 (GoLive):

 .bio

Sunday, August 24 (3-day Landrush):

 .discount
 .fitness
 .furniture
 .schule

Tuesday, August 26 (GoLive):

 .hiv
 .black

Tuesday, August 26 (Landrush):

 .cologne
 .host
 .koeln
 .press
 .website

Wednesday, August 27 (GoLive):

 .discount
 .fitness
 .furniture
 .hamburg
 .schule
 .global (Landrush)

Sunday, August 31 (3-day Landrush):

 .claims
 .credit
 .creditcard
 .gratis

4. Price increases: .CX and .NET

It's a bummer for us, too: .CX nearly doubled in price to $75.00 as of August 1st. Renewals and transfers are higher too. Details here.

The .net price increase is more of a slow boil, bubbling up from $16.58 to $17.36 in February 2015.


5. News from the hosting front

On our Simple Hosting platform, phpMyAdmin, php and pgSQL have all been updated. See the changelog.

Don't forget that you can build your own Python or Ruby apps to run on a Simple Hosting PaaS. Check it out.


We want to hear from you! Send us your quips, missives, rants and kudos to at newsletter-en@gandi.net. We hang on your every word.

Love,

The Gandi Team

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