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You might be here because you're looking for a domain. Since we don't advertise, we have to assume you're here because you're shopping around. We hope it's because someone you trust recommended us, but in any case you're also here because you aren't sure. We get it. Especially if this is your first domain name, comparing registrars is daunting and confusing. It's a tangled web, but it doesn't have to be that way.
The Facts vs. Bullshit
If you've heard about Gandi, you've maybe heard "No Bullshit," our beloved trademarked baseline (more on this here).
Domain name registration, like any other market, is a competitive market. And, like in any other market, companies have to make a profit in order to survive in the long term. You want long term if you are going to trust someone with your brand, name, company sales or anything else you want to use your domains for.
In our case, the services we offer along with domain name registration are what we think people want and need and we keep the price of domains with these services as close to at-cost as possible while respecting strong ethics. The modest profit we do make on top of it gets reinvested, either back into our own operations to improve ourselves or into the community.
To be clear, every registrar must pay the same price to both the Registry (the extension owner) and ICANN, the ultimate authority technically in charge of the Domain Names System (DNS). A .com domain, for example, costs a registrar about eight dollars (USD). And this cost doesn't include their employees, nor the electricity, or anything else yet. As a customer, if you are paying close to this or below this price, your provider will have to earn its money somewhere else. There's no magic here. You are giving your money to either a short-sighted, tricky or lying company, and you are trusting them with your domains and personal information.
Here are some examples of these tricks or lies and how to avoid them.
Selling your data
One important thing to consider, in this data-centric world, is to make sure your provider is not selling your data, contact details, habits... to another company. ICANN permits registrars to sign bulk WHOIS data access agreements, allowing them to sell your data to external companies. This has to be mentioned in the Terms of Service, though.
The only way to make sure your data is safe is to read the Terms and Services. If you do, you may smell something fishy. Try searching for the term "bulk WHOIS data", for example, in the Terms of Services before you sign them.
Parked Domain Monetization
Another practice that crops up is monetization of your parking page. When you register a domain name you don't necessarily have a web host up and ready and so by default your domain points to a parking page, which basically tells any visitor that the domain has been registered but just doesn't have a site yet. Some registrars take advantage of this by putting up ads on the parking page.
This is internet pollution. We've all experienced it: you type a request in your browser, click on a link which you thought was the legit website you were looking for, and end up on a directory "site" which is nothing else than aggregated links vaguely related to your search. And that's in the best-case scenario. Here is a nice podcast from our friends at OpenDNS with some other examples.
Gandi doesn't hold expired domains for ransom either or auction them off to the highest bidder.
Just like we don't put ads on parking pages and we don't put ads up by front-running domains, we don't send you mailings with ads for stuff you don't want either.
What you do get
When you register your domain, you need a bit more than to just reserve the domain. You should get more for your money than just that. To get an accurate idea of the value of your purchase, it's important to consider:
- Consistency of prices
- "Batteries included"
- Average length of time domain is owned
- Company values, long term vision and so health
- Quality of the product, service, and customer care
Along with all the freebies you get with a Gandi domain, you also get:
- World class Technical support, by real humans, who work in real Gandi offices in Paris, San Francisco, Luxembourg and Taipei
- Talented and dedicated developers who work hard to make sure we remain an industry standard (they will hate us for saying so because we don't like bragging, but it's true)
- 50% off of a Gandi Simple Hosting instance for a year (with up to one-hundred vhosts this covers you for a lot of domains)
- Free whois privacy (for the TLD registries that allow it)
- Free access to our API & the Gandi CLI
- None of the shady practices we described above. We simply make a small profit for every domain we sell, and reinvest it, as we have for fifteen years.
Whether you choose Gandi or anyone else, we encourage you to read the fine print on the contracts and really think about what makes sense for you as a customer. In the end, you're right to be skeptical – and by all means, please look around and compare others' experiences. We should also mention that sometimes registrars have special promotions for certain extensions so prices can definitely vary.
We hope you'll choose us like hundreds of thousands have for fifteen years, but if not, we'd love your feedback on how to improve ourselves.
The Gandi Team
It's getting to be the end of the summer season, but just as Dylan
Thomas said, we are not going gently into this good night (of fall).
Here at Gandi, we are determined to get the most out of the last
vestiges of summer. That's why we are launching a huge, huge, HUGE
number of promos this month. It's incredible, dear customers, just how
many deals we have running. We almost don't know where to begin!
great as these promos are, of course they are pretty easy for us to do,
as an administrative task. Our tech team is not to be outdone, however,
and you will see we are launching a lot of new gTLDs this month as
well, including .sex, brought to you by the same registry as .xxx,
.porn, and .adult. It's in Sunrise this month, and won't be generally
available until November 4, so don't get too excited just yet. Still,
for those of you with brands to protect, now would be a good time to
contact our Corporate Services team to get your trademarks registered
in these potentially controversial, sensitive, and if not damaging then
at least potentially confusing TLDs.
Just in time for those
end-of-summer sales on sporting goods, we are seeing .SKI going live,
and on the West Coast .TECH is having a party! We are hosting, and you,
friends, are invited. If you aren't able to come, well, watch for a
.TECH promo for programmers week coming up. Did we mention there are a
huge amount of promos this month? We did...
We are also upgrading
all the things... This month we are settling in to a new version of
Gandi Site, and offering a month of the new version for just $1 - a
great way to try it out!
If you are the kind of person who likes
to meet your business partners face-to-face, we are going to be at
Strange Loop in St. Louis, and of course we will be getting to more
meetings in the fall conference season.
We also have a special
place in our hearts this month for the Open Source Initiative (OSI), who
just migrated to Gandi for hosting their open source advocacy sites.
It's rare that we can put this many domain name promos into a single communication. We are going for a record, here. That, and some new features we think you will like, give us cause to celebrate!
The proposed ICANN policy on whois privacy services is up for public comment, and ICANN needs to hear from you as a stakeholder.
Own a domain? You are a stakeholder!
It's been a busy month. We wrapped up our celebration of everything
Gandi with a celebration at our office in San Francisco; the French
legislature rushed through a new law on surveillance that has us pretty
riled up and we've been zipping around to conferences like PyCon and the
International Trademark Association Meeting; at the very end of the
month we announced the availability of the Debian 8 image on our public
IaaS platform; and we just saw a video of a bear walking on its hind
legs (it's weird. Look it up).
What's in store for May? Well, some great promotions on some TLDs for
one; we'll be at another conference, World Hosting Days; and videos of
who knows what terrifying beast walking preposterously like a human
(here's hoping it's not a moose).
Summary: At a glance
- Happy Birthday Gandi!
- Gandi at PyCon
- April new gTLD release calendar
- Promo roundup
It was an exciting month for us here at Gandi. It's not often you
celebrate 15 years, so we made the best we could out of it. It was like
our bar mitzvah, our quinceañera (except we didn't ever convince Stephan
to wear the dress, the best we got was the skateboard picture) and our
Sweet 16 all rolled into one. That is to say, not only did we enjoy
distributing party favors to all our favorite parties, but it feels like
we've come of age now. We're teenaged (Yikes). Don't expect door
slamming, loud music and "You don't own me, Mom!" petulance, though. If
the last couple of years have been any indication, we've been having
quite the growth spurt. We just hope the next few years are as great as
the last fifteen, and that we continue to grow and mature into a nice,
young company. The kind you take home to your parents on a first date.
Seriously, though, thank you, all of you. We couldn't have gotten here
1. Happy Birthday Gandi!
We were quite happy that so many of you were able to snatch up the
truckloads of promo codes we threw out like candy from a piñata this
past month. We hope that for you it was all Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie
Rolls and Smarties and not so many Bit O' Honeys (we're not promoting
any brand names here, just saying, those are the good ones when it comes
to piñata candy).
Here's a summary of all the goodies we gave away:
- 530 t-shirts
- 66,653 domain names
- 16,861 months of Simple Hosting (or, if you prefer, 1405 years)
- 1.5 billion hosting credits
And that's not counting the price reductions.
So thank you all for your beautiful expressions of love and kindness and
your fanatical devotion to winning prizes, really, we're already
starting to plan for the 20 year anniversary five years from now.
A quick reminder, though, for those of you who have won, your coupons
are valid only until April 30th, that they can only be used for domain
creations (and not renewals or transfers) and that if you have no idea
of how to use them, share the wealth with your family, friends, pets,
colleagues, dentists, baseball coaches and bank tellers!
2. Gandi at PyCon
PyCon 2015, the largest annual convention for Python developers, is
currently underway in the lovely city of Montréal and of course, we are
there with you. So far we have been having a marvelous time. Such nice
people, such tasty poutine ...
We'll keep you posted on how it goes and of course, if you're there this
week, come find us!
3. April new gTLD release calendar
Here's our calendar of expected domain releases this month. As usual,
things can change, but right now this is how it looks from here:
Monday, April 13:
Wednesday, April 15:
Monday, April 20:
Tuesday, April 21:
Tuesday, April 28 :
Wednesday, April 29 :
4. Promo roundup
April showers got you down? Try out one of the following promotions
available this month:
.XYZ is on sale for all one-year domain creations for the teeny tiny
adorable little price of $5.00 at A rates instead of the usual $13.63
(no offense regular-rate, you're beautiful just the way you are) until
.WEBSITE is on sale for all one-year domain creations for $4.13 rather
than the usual $30.31 but only until April 15th:
The sale on .SCIENCE has been extended! It will now go until May 24th,
so you have a bit more time to empirically weigh the best way to take
advantage of the opportunity to purchase a one-year domain creation at A
rates for just $3.60:
.ASIA and .IN are 50% off until July 1 ($12.50 and $7.75 respectively):
.ME one-year creations are 40% off ($14.40 instead of $24) until the end
.CLUB is $10.74 instead of $13.43 all year:
The registry RightSide is offering a reduction of 25% off the price of a
one-year creation on TLDs in the following list: .ACTOR, .AUCTION,
.CONSULTING, .DANCE, .HAUS, .IMMOBILIEN, .KAUFEN, .MODA, .PUB, .REVIEWS,
.SOCIAL until the end of June:
.CO.COM is 60% off through June 30! A mere $16.14, instead of the usual
$40.34 (excluding taxes).
Six extensions on one promo: .GIFT, .HIPHOP, .HOSTING, .LINK, .PICS,
.PROPERTY all at reduced prices until the end of June:
.CAT is available for $6, through the end of April:
And one promotion that snuck up on us in the dead of the night is the
one currently underway for .NINJA, which you can get for $2.00 instead
of the usual $19.61:
That's it for this month. Send your postcards, care packages and
perfumed love letters to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gandi Team
Don't be fooled by a new wave of attempts to trick Gandi customers with fraudulent renewal notices.
It's the dead of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and many of you
are suffering through cold and snows, looking for something to brighten
your days. Actually, to be honest, we wouldn't know anything about that,
since we're penning these lines in the heart of 73-degree San
Francisco, where the constant jackhammering outside our office has
driven us to the brink of giving it all up for a cabin in the woods.
Fortunately for you, we're afraid of bears, and so we shall press on
to tell you about the latest happenings at Gandi, including the grand
opening of our IRC channel, our new private VLAN tools, and no less than
19 promotions on domain names.
We've also lowered prices on .IO domains, rolled out privacy
protection on .XYZ, released dozens of new TLDs, and are simply
jackhammeringly feverish with excitement about next month!
It was an interesting month, with a .XYZ promo for only $4, and a .CLUB promo for $6.50. While the .CLUB domain is back up to normal for the moment, don't count them out! We are cooking up some interesting things for that TLD. And .XYZ, who will not hesitate to dress in purple and dance to get you to dream up a great domain with their extension, have gone and created a very Gandi-like promo for you: they will donate $0.50 for each domain sold in the month of November to the EFF. And nobody puts Gandi in the corner, so we're matching.
Our friends at Uniregistry are getting promos set up for .BLACKFRIDAY. Keep your eyes open for this one, all you e-commerce people. We'll send smoke signals when it's ready (and maybe also post on our news feed).
This month, Simple hosting instances will be upgraded to PHP 5.4, and we are making changes to the Gandi CLI approximately every 5 minutes. Thanks to those of you who have contributed so far!
Today, Gandi wants you to know about the Internet Slowdown, which is a part of the Battle for the Net. This action today is to call attention to the fact that the FCC is considering rules that will make it easier for big cable services like Verizon and Comcast to charge content providers for "fast lanes." It's a fast lane for those who pay up, and everyone else goes slow.
We will also be at #hack4good this weekend in San Francisco, making a difference for climate change.
The month of September is a busy one for new Top-Level domains in Europe, with the GoLive of .LONDON, .PARIS, .BZH, .BRUSSELS, .VLAADEREN, .COLOGNE, .KOELN and more. The US will have its share of fun, with some Western-style domains like .VEGAS, .RODEO, .HORSE, and .FISHING all going live, and of course that's not all...
A new promotion on .MX is also available this month - don't miss out on huge savings there.
We have enhanced our US operations to give you better support in western time zones, and to smooth out billing for US and Canadian customers.
This is also the last month you can take advantage of an incredible 50% off on .US!
Simple Hosting gets more useful this month, with an updated version of the WordPress installation tutorial to celebrate the release of WordPress 4.0! As you have come to expect, at the end of this newsletter you will find a roundup of current promotions available on Gandi.net.
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.
It's July, and as part of our war on sunburns, we feel it's our duty
to give you some reasons to spend some time indoors. Remember that the
soft glow of your computer monitor won't cause any forms of cancer we're
aware of, whereas the sun is totally trying to kill you. A little
climate control never hurt anybody! Statistically, you're 78% less
likely to be eaten by a carcajou if you stay inside, preferably near a
device that would allow you to register domain names (should you be so
inclined). And that's a fact. We commissioned a study.
Protect your Gandi account with these security tips.
Last month, we reached a new milestone: 1.5 million domain names
registered at Gandi. Can you imagine? If you wrote each domain name on
an elephant and stacked the elephants on top of each other, you could
reach the moon!*
That number has been on the rise for 14 years
straight, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon,
especially with all the new gTLDs coming out. Below, you'll find a
calendar of this month's new extensions.
The .CO registry has a great deal during April and May, and new .CO registrations are 75% this week only.
It has been a very busy last few weeks in terms of security. You'll find the details below.
Finally, we'll summarize the current promotions available at Gandi.
Much has been made lately about stealthy hackers stealing domains, websites, Twitter handles, and even Gandi accounts (or trying to).
In this series, we want to share a story or two, and let you know what we think about how to keep your account secure, what we do for your security, and what you can do for your security at Gandi.net.
14 years after Gandi's humble beginning in a cramped Parisian apartment, we have just registered our 1,500,000th domain.
The Donuts registry, one of the most important in the world of new gTLDs, has put in place a somewhat unique Landrush system which we have decrypted in this post for your reading pleasure.
In the a pile of changes rolling in with the new year, this one is extremely important to understand, because you are probably affected:
there is a new, mandatory contact verification procedure for all new ICANN-dependent domain names registered from 2014 on.
Are you lost in the jungle of new TLDs? This post will show you the way, and lay out what you can expect
in the near future and in the long term.
As the new extensions start to take off, new rules are coming into play, like the URS procedure. Also,
a recent survey by the Afilias registry highlights issues around the launch of these new gTLDs. The ".brand" aspect will forever change the use of social networks by companies looking to promote their brands.
UPDATED Nov 6: We've been talking about it for months:
November 5 (or the week after, if it's still quirky) November 29th marks the beginning of a new era in the world of domain names.
Note: there is an update to this now-outdated post here.
There are a lot of things to think about when you are starting a business. What should you use for a source of initial funds? Should you borrow money? Ask your mother? Get seed capital? What about marketing your service or product? Do you want to advertise? Where? Who do you network with? Oh, and a web site… you need one, right?
One of the first things entrepreneurs do when starting a business is to come up with a great business name. After a late night or two of brainstorming with friends and colleagues, you might think you have captured the essence of your idea in a word you made up or translated into Greek or Latin. The name of a business is important, and conveys, in a word, the soul of what you do. What about the domain name? Drat! It’s taken!
Unless you have spent the last year studiously avoiding Domain Name news, you probably know that there is something happening at ICANN this year. Yes, that's right, ICANN has authorized the creation of nearly 2,000 new top-level extensions over the next 3 years. That's a big number! Probably more than you will want to register. While this flood of new possibilities is exciting, and we do hope that it enables a lot of creative activity, we expect the new extensions to be seriously underutilized, for the most part.
Like a bad dream that keeps coming back, once again the old registries leverage their position and take advantage of what ICANN allows: A unilateral price increase for Domain Name registrations.
If you want to join the thousands of users who use Gmail, Google Docs, and all
the Google Apps on your personal domain, Gandi just made it really easy. Find out how!