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Newsletter April 2015: Our 15th anniversary, and many new promos in April


Summary: At a glance


  1. Happy Birthday Gandi!
  2. Gandi at PyCon
  3. April new gTLD release calendar
  4. 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 without you.


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)

and

  • 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:

.tirol (Landrush)

Wednesday, April 15:

.fashion (GoLive)
.garden (GoLive)

Monday, April 20:

.college (Landrush)

Tuesday, April 21:

.poker (GoLive)
.gold (Sunrise)
.golf (Sunrise)
.mobie (Sunrise)
.plus (Sunrise)
.tours (Sunrise)

Tuesday, April 28 :

.amsterdam (Sunrise)
.cafe (Sunrise)
.express (Sunrise)

Wednesday, April 29 :

.fit (GoLive)

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 June 30th: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-17/3064-.xyz_for_5.00_its_official/

.WEBSITE is on sale for all one-year domain creations for $4.13 rather than the usual $30.31 but only until April 15th: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-03-06/3116-massive_promo_.website_at_80_off/

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: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-23/3420-golivepromo_.science/

.ASIA and .IN are 50% off until July 1 ($12.50 and $7.75 respectively): https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/3000-promo_.asia_and_.in_at_half_price/

.ME one-year creations are 40% off ($14.40 instead of $24) until the end of March: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-01/2964-promo_.me_at_40_off/

.CLUB is $10.74 instead of $13.43 all year: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-01-05/2996-promo_.club_at_20_off/

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: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-02-04/3255-promo_.auction_.immobilien_.dance_.reviews_.kaufen_.social_.actor_.consulting_.haus_.pub_.moda/

.CO.COM is 60% off through June 30! A mere $16.14, instead of the usual $40.34 (excluding taxes). https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3764-promo_on_.co.com/

Six extensions on one promo: .GIFT, .HIPHOP, .HOSTING, .LINK, .PICS, .PROPERTY all at reduced prices until the end of June: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3758-6_promos_including_.link/

.CAT is available for $6, through the end of April: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-10/3761-promotion_on_.cat/

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: https://www.gandi.net/news/en/2015-04-01/3668-promo_.ninja_for_2/

That's it for this month. Send your postcards, care packages and perfumed love letters to us at feedback@gandi.net.

Love, The Gandi Team https://www.gandi.net







The Importance of Our Customers

Now that the redesign of our backend system is nearly complete, it's time to move on to the phase we've been internally calling Gandi V4. It will consist of an optimization of our website (for speed, usability, etc) and the introduction of Domain name and Web Hosting tools and web interfaces that some of you have been requesting for months, or even, in some cases, for years.


Missing Gandi Customer Care Replies

This may just very well be the first blog entry that the support staff (Angela, Carole, Françoise, Jana, Nadine, Ryan, Sam, and Soraya) has addressed to you all via a special blog entry, and this, on a the matter that is the most important to all of us: customer satisfaction at Gandi!

Let me begin by thanking all of our customers (you!) for the wonderful, sometimes humorous and occasionally heated support e-mails that we receive each day from around the world via our online support form. It is really nice to be in contact with you and to see who make up the Gandi community. :)