Newsletter May 2016
SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
1. Pay for orders automatically at Gandi
2. Recently-delegated TLDs
3. Gandi events
4. Visualization: Domain name transfer procedure PLUS Transfer price updates!
5. In-depth: More about slamming emails
6. Tech Fundamentals: Public key encryption
7. TLD release calendar
8. Promo roundup
It’s May, which means it’s now full-on springtime in the northern hemisphere. Nature seems like one big information processing system, where the input of so many little packets of code is transmuted into the beautiful output of green sprouts and buds and flowers and debugging is taken literally. Maybe it just means we need to step away from our keyboards more often, but it has us thinking about transformation.
This month, North American customers can now enter their credit or debit card in our payment system to be charged when an order paid through the prepaid account (such as an automatic renewal) is placed. Likewise, we’re also looking at the latest TLDs to be transformed from application to an actual extension in our Recently Delegated TLDs update.
This month we also recap the launch of our The Root Zone. meetup series and look forward to observing some interesting transformations first-hand at the Bay Area Maker Faire, all in our Events section.
Then, we visualize the domain name transfer process. Going In Depth, we launch a more expansive look into slamming email scams and briefly explore the history of Public Key Encryption in this month’s Tech Fundamentals. Finally, of course, we end with a look at TLD releases and current and ongoing promos.
Pay for orders automatically at Gandi
It’s been a long time coming, but as of Monday May 9, North American customers can now add credit cards to automatically credit their prepaid accounts. This is welcome news to anyone using our automatic renewal service on any of our products as it’s now possible to add a credit or debit card that we will automatically charge the amount due for an automatically-launched order.
Set up automatic payment from the Prepaid account page under the Billing tab of your account
In the past 30 days or so, plenty of new generic TLD applications have come to ultimate fruition by being added to the root zone.
The list includes a couple of TLDs that may have been the subject of some wheeling and dealing behind the scenes were delegated to the root, as well as an unexpectedly controversial TLD and more.
After much preparation and planning along with Cloudflare, this past month we launched our new The Root Zone. meetup series.
The second edition taking place just the other day on May 10th. Also this month, we’ll be headed to Bay Area Maker Faire for the day on May 20th
Visualization: Domain name transfer procedure
This month, we planted the seeds of our expertise in all matters domain-related, and put together a visualization that blossomed into quite a neat little project. We have to admit we had some fun with it. This time around, we looked at the procedure for transferring a domain name between registrars (with special attention to the process to transfer in to Gandi, of course).
The result was a visual guide to a quest fraught with peril: transferring your domain name.
Transfer Quest: Coming to a registrar near you
And, we’re happy to announce that to help motivate you along your journey, we have some transfer pricing updates to announce.
Now you can transfer your .com, .info, .net, and .org domains. Now, .com transfers are $8.83, .info transfers are $9.87, .net transfers are $9.23 and .org transfers are $9.96. Happy transfering!
In-depth: More about slamming emails
Last month, we provided a guide on how to spot a slamming email. That launched us into a more expansive look at domain slamming in general, the different forms it comes in, and some additional tips for staying safe out there.
Tech Fundamentals: Public key encryption
From the start, public key cryptography was seen as needed by all and a challenge to military authority.
From Diffie and Hellman through Rivest, Shamir and Adleman, Phil Zimmerman’s landmark PGP, we looked at public key cryptography’s flourishing as an invaluable human rights tool and look to the future fruits we hope to see it bear in this month’s Tech Fundamentals.
TLD release Calendar
Here’s a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of May 2016:
Tuesday May 3:
Monday May 9:
Tuesday May 10:
Monday May 17:
Monday May 23:
Tuesday May 24:
.game (Landrush and GoLive)
Thursday May 26:
.autos (Landrush )
Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month’s releases.
There are plenty of opportunities this month to plant the seeds to be reaped later by taking advantage of new and ongoing promos:
Starting May 1:
.green $47.65 (50% off) per year through June 30
.xyz $2.00 per year through May 30
.me $4.00 per year through May 14
.family $8.00 per year through June 30
.design $31.18 per year (50% off) through June 15
.tech $4.99 per year through May 31
Starting May 3:
.press $5.00 per year through June 3
Starting May 9:
.mx $24.00 per year (50% off) through May 31
.earth $15.56 per year (50% off) through May 31
.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive
.live $15.57 per year through June 30
.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31
.boutique, .immo, .maison, .sarl, .voyage $10.00 through June 30
.me $14.40 through December 31
.in $7.75 through June 30
.rocks $7.75 and .social $16.25 through May 31
.link $4.21 and .click $3.62 through June 30
.adult, .porn, .sex, .xxx $12.00 through May 31
.co.com $19.99 through May 31
And in addition to these great promos, a few TLDs have upcoming birthdays. To celebrate, we’re lowering the price for you to transfer them in to Gandi from now until one month after their birthdays. Here are the TLDs, with their birthdays listed and the limited-time transfer price:
.ninja, May 28, transfers now $13.40 (normally $17.54)
.xyz, June 2, transfers now $9.00 (normally $11.55)
.social, June 4, transfers now $22.20 (normally $29.06)
Happy birthday all you lucky TLDs.
Otherwise, until next time.
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