You can use both Gandi BaseKit websites and Google Sites together, but you have to remember the “.”.

When editing Zone Files (DNS settings) at Gandi, remember to add an extra “.” at the end of each value, or settings will not work.

This is particularly useful when you want to combine a Gandi BaseKit website with various Google Sites websites.

For example, I run a BaseKit site at, and I want to use Google Sites to get around the 3 page free limit for BaseKit. So to add a Google Site to Gandi, I need to map the site using Google Apps Domain settings, log into Gandi, and add the following setting to the Zone File:

Example: SubDomain TTL IN CNAME GoogleDNSURL.

In Reality: Test 10800 IN CNAME

Credits go to Google Apps Help.

The basic, free level of Gandi BaseKit, which comes with most domains, contains just three pages and strips out any Google Analytics functionality. However, it is possible to enable Google Analytics with a simple workaround.

The easiest way to do this is to open the BaseKit website editor, find a blank space, and put in an Embed widget. You can follow the instructions here for non-BaseKit widgets, the example being Twitter. Simply double-click the inserted Embed widget, insert the Google Analytics tracking code into the form, save, and publish the website.

It should also be possible to do the same with the free DotClear-based blog attached to Gandi domain purchases. Simply open up the Presentation Widgets section, add a new Text widget, and insert the Google Analytics code.

How do you set up a Gandi Blog with Windows Live Writer?

Gandi, a very good domain name registrar, offers free dotclear 2.0 blogs with every domain registration. Here is how to set up Windows Live Writer to work with the blog.

First, log into your Gandi blog account. Click on Blog Settings. Activate the XML/RPC interface under Blog configuration. Click on save, and you should get a block of text under the save button like this:

XML/RPC interface

XML/RPC interface allows you to edit your blog with an external client.

XML/RPC interface is active. You should set the following parameters on your XML/RPC client:

Server URL: Blogging system: Movable Type User name: YourUserName Password: your password Blog ID: BlogIDNumber

Next, open up Windows Live Writer. When it asks you for the type of blog you are using, select Other services. If it asks you to select a blog type, select Movable Type and input the Server URL shown above into the Remote Posting Web Address box.

After that, add your Gandi account information (username and password) and the address of the blog (http://BlogSubDomain.YourDomain.TLD). After that, you should be good to go. Happy bloggings!