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August upgrades

Over the course of 2017 we've been slowly re-introducing the new versions of our core services in the new version of our site, #gandiv5, and throughout the process, rethinking our approach. This month marks something of a turning point, though. While some products and features will be deployed on v5 in the weeks and months to come, we've changed gears into full upgrade mode. And this month especially has been packed with upgrades.
This month, we introduced a new and improved Dashboard in v5, overhauled our free Gandi Mail service (and purchasable enhancements) as we introduced it on the new site, took a look at what's to come in the next few months, announced a change in direction regarding virtualisation solutions as we continue to upgrade our datacenter infrastructure, and update our server setup scripts in part to accommodate this infrastructure upgrade as well.

And while no new gTLDs are in the forecast this month, we'll close out as always with the TLD Promo Roundup.

1. #gandiv5 Gets a New Dashboard
One upgrade as of late was the enhancement of #gandiv5 with a new dashboard that makes domain name and hosting management much simpler than the dashboard we initially released.

Most notably, a search bar has been added to search for domains and other products, and an option to display all products has also been added in order to provide more ready access to the management tools you need.

Learn all the details from our announcement: news.gandi.net/en/2017/07/gandiv5-gets-a-new-dashboard/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

2. Introducing the new Gandi Mail
As mentioned above, we also took the opportunity presented by re-working the Gandi Mail product to fit with our new site to rethink the structure of Gandi Mail altogether.

This year, we introduced a new Webmail service [link] and Sieve server rules along with that.

Now, the new and improved Gandi Mail includes at the free level, includes two mailboxes instead of five, but each of these can store up to 3 GB of data instead of the 1 GB global quota previously. We also introduced new options for upgarding your service.

Get acquainted with the new Gandi Mail by reading our write-up about it: news.gandi.net/en/2017/08/introducing-the-new-gandi-mail/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

3. #gandiv5: Ready for takeoff
All of this upgrading, though, is really preparation for the final, full launch of #gandiv5. We’ll continue adding products and features of the course of the next few weeks and months, but #gandiv5 is getting ready for ignition.

We published a rough outline of how things will go from here on out, including when products only available on our legacy site will be deployed on v5.

Take a peak at what’s to come in our summary from this month: news.gandi.net/en/2017/08/gandiv5-ready-for-takeoff/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

4. Gandi Cloud: A more Xen future
The future is looking more Xen as we continue to upgrade our hosting infrastructure, particularly as it pertains to FR-SD3, our latest and greatest datacenter.

In the process of upgrading, we discovered that for various reasons, Xen made more sense for our virtualization solution than HVM. We took this insight and ran with it and now the future of hosting at Gandi, then, is looking a bit more Xen.

See what the future has in store and what that means for you: news.gandi.net/en/2017/07/a-more-xen-future/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

5. Improvements to server setup scripts
Another improvement thanks in part to our new datacenter was the improvements we made to our server setup scripts.
Find out more about the improvements we made: news.gandi.net/en/2017/07/improvements-to-server-setup-scripts/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

6. Promo Roundup
And now’s where we get to the part of this month’s newsletter where you get a chance to improve your domain name portfolio by taking advantage of any of the fine selection of TLD promos we’ve lassoed up for you this month:

Get a .me for less this August: news.gandi.net/en/2017/08/do-you-want-me/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

Ongoing promotions:
It’s a festival of Radix domain creations and renewals Great deals abound on Radix domain creations and renewals, including promos on .tech, .online, and more: news.gandi.net/en/2017/07/its-a-festival-of-radix-domain-creations-and-renewals/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

For the rest of the year, .asia is 70% off The .asia TLD is on sale until 2018, and soon it opens up to those outside of Asia: news.gandi.net/en/2017/07/for-the-rest-of-the-year-asia-is-70-off/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

Get .org-anized for two years at 15% off Organize your org with a .org for two years at 15% off: news.gandi.net/en/2017/06/get-org-anized-for-two-years-at-15-off/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

.blog domains are on sale Get a customized domain for your blog, on sale: news.gandi.net/en/2017/06/blog-domains-are-on-sale/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

Stay on .top with a renewal promo Are you on .top? Stay that way by renewing your .top domain by the end of the year: news.gandi.net/en/2017/06/stay-on-top-with-a-renewal-promo/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

Latest info: .info, is on promo Get a .info from now until the end of 2017: news.gandi.net/en/2017/06/latest-info-info-is-on-promo/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-uk

Fresh TLDs for sale We've got a bumper crop of TLD promos this spring and summer from Donuts: news.gandi.net/en/2017/03/Fresh-TLDs-for-sale/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-uk

Go .pro this spring at half-price Going .pro will cost less for the first year until December, 2017: news.gandi.net/en/2017/02/go-pro-this-spring-at-half-price/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-uk

We’ll be back again to round up some promos next month too, but in the meantime, you can catch them out there on the range on the Promos page of the new Gandi News site: news.gandi.net/en/category/promotions-en/?pk_campaign=nl-201708-en-eu

Upgrading is a process that never ends, of course, even when the major upgrades are complete. This year has been all about upgrades, really, but as we outlined above, this month in particular has brought us some of the more striking and exciting changes.

That’s all we have for now, but check in again next month for the latest improvements, updates, and upgrades.

Sincerely, Gandi.net

Launching our new platform

At the end of December 2016, after several months of hard work, we took the first step in launching our new platform, #gandiv5, by introducing it in beta: news.gandi.net/en/10218-The-first-step

We are imminently grateful for all the valuable, constructive feedback. Since then, we've been able to deploy this new platform, that we're calling #gandiv5, progressively, country by country.

And now we are happy to invite you to visit the new site at www.gandi.net.

While certain key functionalities have not yet been integrated into this platform, especially for those managing large domain name portfolios, this beta version allows you to manage most to all day-to-day operations on your domain names.

Important! Please note that the following products are not yet available on this new website:

In both cases, you'll have to login with your current Gandi handle (ex: AB1234-GANDI) and password.

One critical caveat of course is that any domain name registered on gandiv5 will not be available through the legacy interface v4.gandi.net/); you will only be able to manage them from the new platform.

You can keep track of the latest #gandiv5 news and updates here: news.gandi.net/en?tag=v5

As has been the case throughout the whole process, we would love to hear your feedback! If you have thoughts, comments, bugs, errors, general impressions, worries, hopes, fears and/or dreams, feel free to share them with us by emailing feedback@gandi.net or by contacting our Customer Care team who would be happy to help you out of any situation you may find yourself stuck in.

Sincerely, Gandi.net

What was old is new

This past month has been one of rejuvenation. As we continue the process of reimagining our site with #gandiv5, everything that felt like immutable constants is being reexamined and reconsidered, even when it doesn’t have to do directly with our site. The result is that what was old is now suddenly, well, new again.

The way our site handles rights management for domains is one example. With #gandiv5, we greatly improved our site’s capacity to accommodate diverse organisational structures, and this month we walked through a relatively simple, fairly common example. We also took an opportunity to revisit an old feature that may nonetheless feel new to some: automatic renewals.

And then, with a change in our relationship to the respective registries, we’ve been able to re-introduce the TLDs .ie and .gl outside of the context of our Corporate services programme. A registry migration of .io also produced some new rules to that TLD as well.

Finally, as always, we peaked ahead to new TLD releases and rounded up the many promos starting in July (and those that are ongoing).

1. #gandiV5 Organisations & teams
With #gandiv5, we’ve been rethinking and reimagining a lot of the core principles of how our domain name registration and management platform works. We’ve long felt the rights management structure in v4 of our site based on whois contact roles (with only four definable roles: Owner, Admin, Tech, and Billing) was cumbersome. That was one thing we set out to improve.

In the new version of our site, your options for rights management at Gandi are wider than ever. To illustrate what’s new, we walked through a common scenario now simplified with the new rights management system.

Come walk through an example with us:

2. Don't miss an expiration: autorenew
Missing a domain expiration date can be embarrassing or damaging. But there’s a way to ensure you don’t miss an expiration date ever with Gandi’s automatic renewal. Activating this feature along with keeping a balance on your prepaid account will help prevent ever having to experience downtime due to a domain that hasn’t been renewed.

Find out how to never miss an expiration date again:

3. Two not-so-new TLDs available
This June, Gandi obtained direct accreditation with two ccTLD (country-code TLD) registries whose domains have long been available at Gandi only with a Corporate subscription.

Now, we are pleased to say that .ie domains and .gl domains are available at Gandi without needing a corporate subscription. All the other registry-specific rules still apply, but these domains are now, notably, available to those with individual handles.

Find out more about .ie:

Get the DL on .gl:

4. New Rules for .io domains
On June 10, .io underwent a technical migration. For the most part, everything stays the same, but some new rules have been added, especially when it comes to renewing a domain name. Particularly if that renewal comes late.

Read the full description of the new .io rules:

5. TLD Release Calendar
As was the case last month, this month is another slow month for TLD releases, with .africa having already entered the Landrush phase 4 July. Next up: .boston enters the Sunrise phase 1 August. Keep track below:
Tuesday 4 July:
  • .africa (Landrush)

Tuesday 1 August:
  • .boston (Sunrise)

Or follow new TLD releases on Gandi News:

6. Promo Roundup
It’s time to round up this month’s promos. Saddle up!

Between two registries offering promos on a large swath of their TLD
portfolios, over 24 TLDs came on promo on 1 July:

Thirteen TLDs of all stripes on sale:

After opening to non-corporate customers, .IE is on sale:

It’s a festival of Radix domain creations and renewals:

For the rest of the year, .asia is 70% off:

Many more are still on promo now that were before:

Get .org-anized for two years at 15% off:

.BLOG domains are on sale:

Stay on .top with a renewal promo:

Latest info: .info, is on promo:

World Press Freedom month promo on .press:

Fresh TLDs for sale:

Go .pro this spring at half-price:

Round up our promos yourselves in their new habitat: the promos category
page on our new news site:

That’s all the old things made new this month.

Where we're at with gandiv5, FR-SD3 official opening, and domain name secondary market

1. Where we're at with #gandiv5
It's been a few months since we first announced the launch of #gandiv5 and with four months of updates, new releases, openings, and feature adding, we're checking in on #gandiv5 to see how it's coming along and look forward to what's still to come.
See where we've been and where we're going:

2. FR-SD3 offical opening
While we initially expected to take FR-SD3 out of beta on 20 March, we decided to extend the Beta phase, but now it's ready for a grand opening. On 1 May we gave our official fifteen day warning that FR-SD3 will be officially opening on 15 May.
Find out what that means or just keep reading about FR-SD3:

3. The domain name secondary market
We've been selling domains since 1999 so it's no news that domain names are commodities and while it's existed from the beginning, the secondary domain name market has been attracting some attention lately.
We made some comments this month that might be of interest to anyone interested in investing in domain names.
Learn about the secondary market:

4. Recently-delegated TLDs
Also of interest to domainers and people generally interested in domain names and especially the process of introducing new ones, this month after a bit of a hiatus. ICANN's delegation process has slowed to a trickle, though the TLDs being delegated are increasingly interesting in terms of the insight they provide into the arcane mechanisms of the TLD application and contention processes.

Delve deeper into recently-delegated TLDs:

5. TLD Release Calendar
If you missed the first TLD release this month, we hope you have a chance to register the second.
Monday 8 May:
  • .health (Sunrise)
Wednesday 10 May:
  • .art (GoLive)

7. Promo Roundup
Let's talk promos.

Only in May (1-31 May):

Starting 1 May:

Ending in May:

Ongoing Promotions:

That's all we have for May. Check back in with us in a few for June's newsletter.

Sincerely, The Gandi Team

Free snapshots, Sieve filters and more

A good, deep spring cleaning can really shake off the old, stale wintery feeling in a place and bring in new freshness and life. Deep, dark corners that haven't seen the light all year get swept out, furniture and even clothes get replaced and rearranged. It starts to seem like not even the same house anymore (or studio flat as the case may be).

But that kind of change is good, we think, and it's just the kind of spring cleaning we've been doing in every corner this spring. If you've been following us the last few months, you already know about a few.

This month, our new data centre infrastructure, FR-SD3, which we introduced in alpha testing earlier this year, is now in beta. We introduced free snapshots on Simple Hosting and then added an extra 10 Gb of storage to 20 Gb of storage free per instance. We also rolled out sieve server rules on Gandi Mail allowing free email filtering, sorting, auto-reply and more through our new SOGo webmail platform. We're also in Copenhagen this week for ICANN58. We have a brief update about .tel domains to make sure you're all aware of and then on to the TLD release calendar and promo roundup for March.

1. FR-SD3 is now in Beta
One area we've been freshening up lately is our hosting infrastructure. It was to that end that we introduced a new data centre earlier this year, FR-SD3. Since that introduction, FR-SD3 has been in alpha testing, but, everything having gone well so far, we're ready to take it into the beta phase.

Find out when and what that will mean for you:

2. Update: Snapshots, 20 Gb storage now free on Simple Hosting
Speaking of hosting, on our Simple Hosting platform, we introduced free snapshots on Simple Hosting instances. Snapshots are a great tool for creating and scheduling backups.
Get the relevant details on this change: news.beta.gandi.net/en/10785-Free-Snapshots-on-Simple-Hosting
And not only that, we are now increasing the default disk size for Simple Hosting instances up to 20 Gb.
Check our announcement for specifics:

3. Filters, sorting, and auto-reply on Gandi Mail
Last month we introduced SOGo, our new webmail platform, in beta and this month we introduced the next development in our rethinking of our mail service: sieve server rules.

For those who are not familiar with Sieve, this means that you can add rules to your mailboxes, like spam filters, out-of-office replies, and sorting into folders.

Read how to activate and use Sieve filters:

4. Gandi at ICANN
This week from 11 March through 16 March, ICANN, the non-profit corporation that sets policy for all domains on the internet, is holding a public meeting in Copenhagen — ICANN 58. And representatives from Gandi will be there!

If you're there too, let us know. We'd be happy to meet up. Otherwise, these public meetings are great chances for, well, the public to weigh in on issues affecting internet policy. Even if you can't attend in person, many presentations and events have online chatrooms where anyone who registers can ask questions. Find out more and participate from the meeting schedule page:

5. Changes to .tel domains
Finally, a bit of housekeeping before we get on to the TLD release calendar and Promo roundup. The registry for .tel domains recently announced changes that will impact everyone with a .tel domain and anyone interested in getting one.
In short, these domains will no longer have to be directly linked to telephony.
If you have one of these domains, be sure to have a look:

6. TLD Release Calendar
Wednesday 15 March:
  • .hospital (Landrush)
  • .企业 (.xn--vhquv, Chinese for «company») (Landrush)
  • .商店 (.xn--czrs0t, Chinese for «shop») (Landrush)
  • .娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a, Chinese for «entertainment») (Landrush)
  • .游戏 (.xn--unup4y, Chinese for «games») (Landrush)

Wednesday 22 March:
  • .hospital (GoLive)
  • .企业 (.xn--vhquv) (GoLive)
  • .商店 (.xn--czrs0t) (GoLive)
  • .娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a) (GoLive)
  • .游戏 (.xn--unup4y) (GoLive)

7. Promo Roundup
And now let's round up some promos.
Only in March, all month:
Starting 1 March:

Starting 7 March:

Ending 31 March:

Ongoing promos:

That's it for spring cleaning this month. If it seems like a lot of change, we're just cleaning house.

If you'd like to reach us, feel free:

New website , new datacenter, new TLDs, happy New Year

1. #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.

Learn all about #gandiv5 and how to try it out: news.beta.gandi.net/en/10215-Gandi-s-new-platform-it-s-here

2. Gandi Hosting: 2017
This year, we're resolving to commit ourselves to a new plan of action for our hosting service, starting from the ground up, with brand new infrastructure. This year we're also planning to give a facelift to our whole line of hosting products, which will rejuvenate them for the task
ahead. Read the master plan: news.beta.gandi.net/en/10257-About-hosting-at-Gandi-in-2017

Part of the plan was to open a brand new data center with a reworked architecture we're already seeing perform much better. While it's still in Alpha testing, we think you'll like it. Find out about the new data center and how to take it for a spin: news.beta.gandi.net/en/10365-New-datacenter-for-hosting-services-in-Paris

3. 25% off for .CN
.CN is 25% off until 28 February. Happy Year of the Rooster! news.beta.gandi.net/en/10281-.CN-for-just-US-7.60-6-33EUR-per-year

4. Recently-delegated TLDs
Of course there are always, every month new gTLDs added to the root by ICANN and this past month was no exception. Of course, 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: www.gandi.net/news/en/2017-01-11/10359-recently-delegated_tlds_january_2017/

5. TLD Release Calendar
This month both TLD releases are just coming available in the Sunrise phase, which we think is perfectly appropriate for the new year.
Tuesday 10 January:
  • .hospital (Sunrise)
Monday 23 January:
  • .fun (Sunrise)

6. 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.

Only in January:
Ending 31 January:

New Year's promos (starting 1 January):

Ongoing promo:

Happy New Year again! Did we miss any resolutions? Do you have some 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 feedback@gandi.net.

Otherwise, drop us a line with your resolutions, New Year's wishes, and
any thing else on:
and on the #gandi channel on Freenode.

Sincerely, The Gandi Team


New location FR-SD3

Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer l'ouverture en Alpha de la première instance de notre toute nouvelle architecture de points de présence, le centre de données FR-SD3. Entièrement conçu par nos équipes et reposant sur du matériel flambant neuf, il représente l'avenir de notre infrastructure d'hébergement. Nos tests de performance sont très satisfaisants: nous mesurons environ 30% de performances supplémentaires sur les CPUs, une très grosse amélioration de la latence d'accès aux disques (plus de deux fois plus rapide) et des accès mémoire 30% plus rapides eux aussi.


Last 2016 newsletter, all about milestones

1. 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, but will be soon. www.gandi.net/news/en/2016-11-28/9984-new_email_change_procedure/

2. Recently-delegated TLDs
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. Take a walk on the wild side: www.gandi.net/news/en/2016-12-09/10089-recently-delegated_tlds_december_2016/

3. 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.

4. 2016 at Gandi: A Year in Review
Of course with the year coming to an end along with year end listicles about the craziest things that happened in 2016 and lists of the top everything that came out this year, 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. Take a look back at this past year with us:

5. 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.
  • Wednesday 7 December: .art (Sunrise)
  • Wednesday 14 December: .cam (GoLive)

6. Promo round up
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 31 December:

Only in December:

Ongoing promos:
Or just keep track of all our promos here: www.gandi.net/news/tag/en/promos_tld

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?
Here's how you can reach us:
and on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

Sincerely — The Gandi Team

DPML, .org promo and more

Have you been paying attention?

This month has been full of distractions (though let's not go there). But relax. We're hear to catch you up on what you may have missed at Gandi.

Let's start with a new, limited-time option from Donuts for new gTLDs called DPML Plus. We'll guide you through what regular old DPML is and then see what's changing and what the Plus is for.

Then we'll stop off at .org for an excellent promo that just got going.

After that, in case you missed it, we'll give you a rundown on what we've been up to. We've been busy this past month and this coming one, both inside our offices and outside.

And then we'll see what ICANN's been up to, at least in terms of delegating new strings, with this month's Recently-delegated TLDs update.

And as always, we'll peak at the TLD release calendar and then round up this month's promos.

Anyway we know it's so easy for things to slip by when you're not watching. That's why we're summing it all up here.

1. Changes to Donuts's DPML protection
While it may be of general interest to just about anyone, Donuts's DPML protection programme is mostly of interest to those who own trademarks and want to protect them across new TLDs. If that's you and you didn't catch our rundown of the changes to the programme, we suggest looking into it. At least before the end of the year when things really change.

What it is and what changed: www.gandi.net/news/en/2016-11-07/9765-changes_to_donutss_dpml_protection/

2. Half-price .org domains
Another time-sensitive bit of news that we wouldn't want you miss this month is that .org domains are currently half-price on the first year of registration. Take a look at our full promo roundup below and you'll notice that most of them are new TLDs. It's pretty rare to see such a significant promo on an old standby like .org. And this one's only good for first 5,000 domains created and only goes until the end of the year, so get them while they're still hot.

Get a half-price .org while you can: www.gandi.net/news/en/2016-11-01/9714-half-price_on_new_.org_domains/

3. Events at Gandi
We've had a busy month across our various offices. Here's just a few
things we've been up to.

— Kernel Recipes
Running from September 28 through 30 in Paris, Gandi helped sponsor Kernel Recipes, consisting of three days off talks, totally about 20 talks, plus «lightning» talks. If the name doesn't make it obvious, Kernel Recipes largely revolves around discussion of open source, especially kernel.org.

For photos, videos, and more for this year's event, check them out on the Kernel Recipes site.

— CaliOpen
Since 2013, we've been sponsoring the open source messaging project CaliOpen as one of our premier sponsored projects. This past month, CaliOpen announced that they'd secured financing from BPIFrance.

If you don't yet know of CaliOpen, it's an open source project to make secure electronic communication of all forms easy. For details, check out CaliOpen's site.

— Holberton School
On the US side of things, we've opened our doors up to Holberton School, a project-based, peer learning programming school. We're devoting a portion of our office space in SoMA in San Francisco as a co-working space and we've been glad to see them stopping by.

You can find out more about Holberton School on their website.
Or read the press release or even this cio.com article or more information on the help we're providing.

See photos and videos from Kernel Recipes 2016: kernel-recipes.org/en/2016/all-the-videos/
Check out CaliOpen (in French): caliopen.org/about
Find out more about Holberton School: www.holbertonschool.com/about

4. Events outside Gandi
— M3AAWG Paris
From October 24 through October 27 members of our abuse team based in Paris (they mitigate abuse, not deal it out, in case you were wondering) attended M3AAWG, the Messaging Malware Anti-Abuse Working Group. M3AAWG is a critical part of developing best practices for combating online spam, fraud, and malware online We're happy to be able to participate in M3AAWG meetings and just as previous meetings have taken place right in our neighbourhood in San Francisco, this time our home city of Paris was selected, which is convenient for us.
— ICANN Hyderabad
We've been covering a lot of ICANN related news lately, and maybe that was in part out of anticipation for ICANN57.

ICANN57 just wrapped up in Hyderabad and according to some changes in the structure and rhythm of ICANN meetings approved back in 2014, ICANN57 was a little longer than ICANN56, lasting a full seven days, with two public forum sessions.

While, admittedly, a great depth of material isn't available, a good starting point for anyone who missed ICANN57 but are curious about the meeting is ICANN's blog.

Otherwise, we also use this meeting as a chance to meet face-to-face with many of our partners up and down the domain name food chain, and it was of course great to have that opportunity as well.

As for future events, as the year comes to a close and the winter Federal holiday season approaches, we don't expect a lot of upcoming events. However, keep on eye on our meet up page for The Root Zone [www.meetup.com/The-Root-Zone ], our periodic DNS-themed meet up we
coordinate with CloudFlare.

M3AAWG: www.m3aawg.org/
ICANN Blog: www.icann.org/news/blog

5. Recently-Delegated TLDs
While battles for this month's batch of newly delegated TLDs are long over, in case you missed them, this past month's recently-delegated new TLDs post focuses on the question of who is better suited to be awarded the contract for a new gTLD: an organisation or company already closely
associated with the TLD or a large «portfolio» registry?

Find out how this month's TLDs answer that question:

6. TLD release Calendar
Not many TLDs will be or have already been released this month, but there are a few. In particular, we wanted to highlight .blog, entering the GoLive phase 21 November. This is a great opportunity to do some one-stop shopping by getting a .blog and attaching it to a Simple
Hosting instance with one-click Wordpress installation (see for
more information):

Tuesday 8 November:
  • .makeup (GoLive)

Monday 21 November:
  • .blog (GoLive)

Wednesday 27 November:
  • .xn--fjq720a («entertainment») (GoLive)
  • .xn--vhquv («company») (GoLive)
  • .xn--czrs0t («shop») (GoLive)
  • .xn--unup4y («games») (GoLive)
Stay tuned for updates!

7. Promo Roundup
Yeehaww we're rounding up a whole herd of promos this month (including that .org one we mentioned above) in this month's Promo Roundup. Catch up with the full roundup below:

Only in November:
.top creations €1.00 and renewals half-price:
.club renewals reduced-price:
.me just €5.00:
.eu half-price:

Starting 1 November:
.org half-price through 31 December — first 5,000 domains only!

Starting 7 November:
.markets, .trading 75% off first year through 12 February:

Starting 8 November:
.shop creation for €10.00 until 31 January:
Ending 30 November:
.design €10.00 through 30 November:
.link €4.00 through 30 November:
.photo €4.50 through 30 November:
.audio, .hiphop, .guitars €6.95, €9.87, and €12.48 through 30 November:

Ongoing promotions:
.cat €5.00 through 11 January:
.live, .studio, .video half-price through 31 December:
.desi half-price through 31 December:
.store €7.99 per year in GoLive through 31 December
.stream €2.00 per year in GoLive:
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party,
.racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win €2.00 per year through
31 December:
.live, .studio, .video 50% off through 31 December
.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through 31 December:
.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through 31 December:
.xyz €3.99 per year through December 31:
.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until 31 December (previously 30 June):
.gdn €1.50 until until 31 December:

With plenty out there to distract this month, we wouldn't be surprised if you missed a few of the things we talked about above. We hope you've caught up now. But did we miss something? Or maybe you just miss us and need someone to talk to. Either way, tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

Sincerely, Gandi.net

Gandi, ICANN and you enter the next phase

This month, we're busy getting ready. Change is in the air and everything is slowly shifting into a brand new phase.

On our side, we're getting ready for #gandiv5, the next evolution in our website. We'll touch briefly on that just a few lines below here. Then we'll quickly look at this month's recently-delegated TLDs before taking an in-depth look at the ICANN IANA transition that took place, amongst some controversy, on the first of this month.

As always, we'll review this month's TLD release calendar so that you can prepare for the coming TLD releases and do our monthly promo roundup. You might want you brace yourself for the .net promo. It's a big one.

Other than that, we're busy preparing. Now, about that #gandiv5 thing we mentioned…

1. #gandiV5
We're currently on version 4 of our website, but we are rapidly hurdling towards the beta of version 5, which today we're christening with the hashtag #gandiv5. We're not quite ready to unveil anything yet, but here's a sneak peak of what you can look forward to:
  • New account dashboard
  • Multi-organization management under a single account
  • Redesigned DNS service
  • AI-enhanced domain search
  • Mobile-friendly responsive design

Stay tuned of course for more news and updates with #gandiv5
2. Recently-delegated TLDs
While we're busy with #gandiv5, ICANN seems preoccupied too. Only seven TLDs were delegated this past month and only two of those weren't brand TLDs.
Get a quick summary of those new TLDs:

3. About that IANA transition ...
What could have been preoccupying ICANN this past month? Maybe it has something to do with the much-debated IANA transition, when ICANN's contract to manage the IANA function expired and this authority devolved back to ICANN.

De facto, IANA functions have been independent of the US government since ICANN's inception. But now that's officially the case. We reviewed the how and the why this month.

See for yourself here:

4. TLD Release Calendar
Just three TLDs will be or have already been released this month.
Thursday 6 October:
  • .cam (Sunrise)
Wednesday 26 October:
  • .doctor (Landrush)
Thursday 27 October:
  • .网站 (.xn--5tzm5g «website») (Landrush)

6. Promo Roundup
There are plenty of promos currently ongoing, many ending the end of the year, but a couple in particular that we wanted to point out. Both .moe and .net are on promotion for a limited amount of time this week. And .net is especially juicy: it will be just €2.00 for the next three days.

Here's the full roundup:
Starting 1 October:
Starting 10 October:
Starting 11 October:
Starting 15 October:
  • .whoswho half-price through 31 January
Ending 31 October:

Ongoing promotions:
Premium .online, .press, .store, .tech, .website on sale
  • .link €4.00 through 30 November
  • .photo €4.50 through 30 November
  • .audio, .hiphop, .guitars €6.95, €9.87, and €12.48 through 30 November
  • .store €7.99 per year in GoLive through 31 December
  • .stream €2.00 per year in GoLive
  • .me €9.60 through 31 December
  • .accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party,
  • .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win €2.00 per year through
31 December
  • .live, .studio, .video 50% off through 31 December
  • .online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo
  • through 31 December
  • .tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through 31 December
  • .xyz €3.99 per year through 31 December
  • .black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info,
  • .mobi, .移动 50% off until 31 December (previously 30 June)
  • .gdn €1.50 until until 31 December

Things are changing, it's not just us. Thanks for choosing Gandi, we're glad to have you on board. And stay aboard for #gandiv5. We'll have more to show you soon… In the meantime, tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

Sincerely, Gandi.net