Hosting statistics, new TLDs, and Operation Twitter LoveBattle

SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
  • 1. New VAT rules to take effect in January, 2015
  • 2. Operation Twitter LoveBattle, powered by .xyz
  • 3. December new gTLD release calendar
  • 4. More detailed hosting statistics
  • 5. New promos of the month: .CHRISTMAS, .TRADE et .WEBCAM
  • 6. Promo Roundup
This month sees the release of some highly-awaited extensions, and
notably .PARIS, which has seen a flurry of activity with our French
customers, and everyone with a connection to Ile de France that would
like to protect their name in that extension. In addition to our usual
nGTLD list of anticipated release dates, we are pleased to announce that
we have finally added .COLOGNE and .KOELN to our line-up of extensions.

Christmas, gifts, and a quick presentation of our new hosting statistics
will be introduced here, as well. However, we will start with an
important note to inform you of the new EU VAT rules that will be taking
effect next month.

1. New VAT rules to take effect in January, 2015

Due to the European Commission's Council Directive 2008/8/EC of 12
February 2008, when a consumer who is subject to paying VAT and who is
established within the European Community makes an online purchase, they
will be charged the VAT rate of the Member State where they belong.

Concretely, this means that Gandi will need to change how we calculate
VAT, and as of January 1, 2015, if you are subject to VAT, you will no
longer pay the rate of our Luxembourg office, but rather, of the Member
State in which you are located, based on the address of your Gandi
handle.

More information on this can be found on the European Commission's
website at
ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/traders/e-commerce/index_en.htm

2. Operation Twitter LoveBattle, powered by .xyz

Last month, we offered an incredible deal on .xyz domains: just 3/2.50
for a new registration, and that price is still good through December.
That's not all it got you though, since Gandi and the .XYZ registry each
kicked in to contribute $1 to one of our favourite organizations, the
Electronic Frontier Foundation, for each domain you bought.

We want to share the love again, and this time we will let you choose
who the beneficiary will be for December. Vote for your favourite
organization by retweeting the @gandibar tweet for your favourite
supported project: Fight For the Future, FreeBSD, or Creative Commons.
We'll donate to each organization in direct proportion to how many
retweets each has received as of Thursday, December 11.

See our post for details:
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-12-04/2804-tweet_your_way_to_a_better_internet/

3. December new gTLD release calendar

Special note: .COLOGNE/.KOELN is now available at Gandi!
These extensions are open to everyone, and creations are only
10.70/8.85 excl. VAT under A rates down to 6.87/5.68 excl. VAT under
E rates; you may even register them with German-accented characters!

For more on this see
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-12-03/2792-golive_.cologne_.koeln/

Here's our calendar of expected domain releases this month. Note that it
is subject to change depending on any modifications the registries may
need to perform.

Monday December 1:
.taipei (Sunrise)

Tuesday December 2:
.paris (GoLive)
.delivery (Sunrise)
.energy (Sunrise)

Thursday December 4:
.bzh (GoLive)

Sunday December 7:
.auction (3-day Landrush)
.business (3-day Landrush)
.immo (3-day Landrush)
.network (3-day Landrush)
.pizza (3-day Landrush)
.software (3-day Landrush)

Monday December 8:
.green (Sunrise)

Wednesday December 10:
.auction (GoLive)
.business (GoLive)
.immo (GoLive)
.network (GoLive)
.pizza (GoLive)
.software (GoLive)

Sunday December 21:
.dentist (3-day Landrush)
.rehab (3-day Landrush)

Wednesday December 24:
.dentist (GoLive)
.rehab (GoLive)

4. More detailed hosting statistics

Stats on your servers and Simple Hosting instances have gotten a
makeover! You now have access to a more detailed overview of your CPU,
memory, disk and bandwidth usage on your instances and servers, allowing
you to make more informed decisions about the amount of resources you
choose to allocate.

The new statistics will be available via our API by the end of the
month.

More info on this is available in our wiki at
wiki.gandi.net/en/simple/viewstats

5. New promos of the month: .CHRISTMAS, .TRADE et .WEBCAM

Christmas is only just days away, and so it is only fitting that we give
you 6 new exceptional promotions.

For starters, super promo on the new .CHRISTMAS and .GIFT extensions,
which you can get at 50% off the normal price, in all price rates, until
the end of the month. More on this at
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-12-01/2760-promo_.christmas_.gift/

If you want to create a beautiful site to celebrate the end of the year,
there is still time to benefit from the incredible promo on .WEBSITE,
with a domain at only 4/3.15 excl. VAT per year for all creations. The
price is the same for all price rates, and the promo ends on December
16th.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-11-17/2684-lk_hot_deals_on_.website_domain_names/

Finally, the three popular extensions, .BID, .TRADE, and .WEBCAM arrive
just in time for preparing the return of your duplicate presents! These
three extensions are 50% off until December 31st included, or only
14.73/13.26 excl. VAT for one year.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-11-24/2736-.bid_.trade_and_.webcam_are_50_off/

6. Promo Round-up

Here is a reminder of the domain name promos currently in progress:

— Big promotion at the registry Afilias on .MOBI, .PRO, .SHIKSHA and
.KIM, though also on the colourful .BLACK, BLUE, .PINK and .RED
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-10-01/2284-50_off_.black_.blue_.pink_.red_.mobi_.kim_.pro_.shiksha_and_./

— The .IN registry is having a prolonged promo until the end of the
year, with a 50% reduction for all 1- to 5-year creations.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-03-05/1329-.in_.co.in_and_others_are_half-price_in_march/

— For every creation of a .CAT until the end of the year, you get 2
years for the price of one.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-10-13/2404-promo_.cat/

— Creations of .CM are -75% until December 31st included, for one year
only.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-11-05/2560-.cm_is_75_off/

— The .XYZ is only 3/2.5 for one year, and, more importantly, the
registry is working with Gandi to donate $1 to the Electronic Frontier
Foundation for every .XYZ domain created in December.
www.gandi.net/news/en/2014-10-31/2512-ended_.xyz_for_eff/

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