Updates and releases

November 2011 Newsletter

This month we will be discussing the new AFNIC rules , the .XXX landrush, the new version of .PRO domains, two new extensions, and of course the promos that are currently underway.

# More open .FR registration criteria

On December 6th, 2011 the French registry Afnic will be will be allowing people and companies located throughout the European Economic Area and Switzerland to register their domains (they were previously limited to France). https://www.gandi.net/en/domain/tld/fr

Pre-reservations for domains in .YT, .PM, .TF, .WF, and .RE are already possible on our website.

# .XXX Landrush

A “Landrush” is a sort of pre-reservation phase at a registry for registering domains before everyone else. There are always certain conditions involved, both with regards to eligibility and price. First of all, there will be no opportunity of blocking a domain during this phase (which lasts until November 25th, 2011 at 5:00 PM CET), which is dedicated to registration of domains for use by the adult entertainment industry. Following this period, we will accept pre-reservations for the general opening of .XXX which will occur on December 6th at 5:00 PM CET. These pre-registrations will be €65 per year, and you can use them to protect your trademark etc. however they will be renewable every year and cannot be blocked for life as was possible during the Sunrise period. https://www.gandi.net/en/domain/tld/xxx

# .PRO V2: an extension that is more easily available.

The .PRO registry has decided to make its extension more accessible and less complicated with regards to the verification process. The main change is that the domain will be activated right away: there will no longer be any validation period prior to the domain’s activation. Also, the verification process will not depend on a single element for verification. And to celebrate these changes, the registry is having a super 3-month long promotion (until February 17th, 2011 that will let us provide you with 1-year .PRO domain creations for 3.25€ excl. VAT per year under A rates, instead of €13 excl. VAT. https://www.gandi.net/en/domain/tld/pro

# New extensions

Gandi has added two new extensions to our list! .LV (Latvia), and .PH (Philippines):
.LV domains are $21 (£16, or €18) excl. VAT under A rates. See all the prices at:
.PH domains are $30 (£20, or €24) excl. VAT under A rates. See all the prices at:

# Current promos

The creation of a .EU will cost you €2 excl. VAT per year for all rates until the end of the year :
The creation of a .ME for one year is 50% off all rates until the end of the year:
The creation of a .INFO is also 50% off for al price rates until the end of the year:

# Raising the hosting limits
If you would like to have more powerful hosting, you will be pleased to learn that our engineers have expanded the limits of our dedicated servers from 6 to 12 cores maximum, as well as the RAM, which can now go up to 24 GB (24576 MB) instead of 12 GB per server.

Finally, as always, please don’t hesitate to send me your questions and comments.


Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director

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