Early Access Program from Name.com: Week of April 23, 2014

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Another week of the Early Access Program to New Domains from Name.com is here. That means you can purchase the domains you’ve been eyeing and start using them immediately—even before before the general availability date!

The New Domains available in the Early Access Program this week are .agency, .bargains, .boutique, .cheap, .zone.

You can search for your name below:






Happy Early Access Program domaining!

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The World Needs You to Get Your .DANCE On

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“If you can teach people to dance, it behooves you to save people from those who can’t.” -Pretty Much Anyone Who’s Ever Been on a Dance Floor

Talented people, it’s time to share your skills. Yes, you might have a website for your dance academy or instructor studio, but we think they’re getting lost in the shuffle … or two step or the WWW (Wild Web-based Whirl) of the Internet.

It’s time to stand out because people need you. Not just those who can’t dance and are still out there and dangerous to others whenever the Ramones come on, but for those girlfriends, wives, first dates, and prom crushes who have been left to hunker down and hope their partner doesn’t Disco Sprinkle during a waltz. How many times will the drunken Mony Mony have to suffice as the one time you can get your rhythm impaired partner on the dance floor?

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Fourteen New Domains have 10,000 registrations. Who’s next?

New Domains are still in their infancy, but we’re already seeing a lot of growth in the number of New Domain registrations. nTLDStats.com offers an in-depth look at the New Domains that are available for registration, including which New Domains are domain-ating (see what we did there?) the market, like .GURU, and which New Domains are growing from month-to-month. Altogether (according to this data), there are almost half a million New Domain registrations to date (in mid-April 2014).

It’s difficult to compare New Domains to one another in terms of growth, since each extension has a different timeline—including different dates of sunrise start, landrush start (if there was a landrush) and date of general availability—but a number of first-launched New Domains have passed the 10,000 registration mark, which is a milestone a lot of industry analysts are celebrating because it shows a definite steady growth pattern and an undeniable public interest in the New Domains.

Here are five of the New Domains leading in growth, with over 10,000 registrations, followed by five extensions we have our eye on that are nearing that mark quickly.

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Meet the New Domains Available in Name.com’s Early Access Program for the Week of April 16th

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A new week of Early Access Program (EAP) domains are now available. That means that you can secure the New Domain you want and start using it immediately, before the rest of the Internet. The New Domains that are available using Early Access this week are: .FARM, .CODES, and .VIAJES.

The Early Access Program begins for a handful of New Domains 7 days out from the general availability date. Pricing goes down daily, but by purchasing a domain at a higher price during one of the first EAP days, you guarantee that nobody will snag the domain you’re eyeing away before you.

You can search for the following names in EAP right now:

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Below is how EAP pricing works:

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If you’re wondering about the availability dates of other New Domains, you can find use our Availability Dates tool to find out...

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Think of the angels. Get a .TV domain name.

We’ve talked about the awesomeness of .TV domains on many, many occasions, and for good reason. .TV is short, has great availability, and lets your site visitors know that they’re going to get some awesome video content. You can register a new .TV for $10.99—the same price as a .COM—and immediately create a new destination for multimedia content.

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Name.com Extended Family: Meet Brandfolder

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We want to spread the word and shed some light on the great products coming to life on name.com domain names, which is why we’ve decided to start a new video series called Name.com Extended Family.

The first extended family member we’re highlighting is Brandfolder. Brandfolder is located right in our backyard here in Denver and they’ve built a useful tool for managing brand assets online. With their website, all your marketing assets can live in one spot, or, as they explain, “Brandfolder is your convenient source to visually organize, quickly find, and easily share all your final brand assets.”

The company, which graduated from TechStars’ Boulder 2013 class has crafted a great looking and useful product. We’ll let Brandfolder CEO Brian Parks take it from here:

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Some Heartbleed Bug advice for Name.com customers (and pretty much everyone with SSL)

In the past few days security researchers discovered a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL Certificates that has existed for more than two years. It’s called the Heartbleed Bug, and you can read more about it here. The basic problem is that personal information, like passwords and credit card information, could have been compromised on sites that were using OpenSSL.
The Name.com website was not vulnerable to the bug and Name.com has been rolling out the latest security patches on all systems to ensure that we remain unaffected. But this is a pretty serious bug, and if you’ve been using an SSL Certificate with Name.com (or any online company), we strongly recommend that you follow these two steps to update and secure your SSL:
Step 1: Generate a new Key / CSR (certificate signing request) from within your name.com hosting account

Step 2: Re-issue an SSL certificate on your domain name. For more detailed instructions you can reference this tutorial.

Also—and this is very important—if you have users that log in to your site, we suggest that you notify them to reset their passwords. 

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Early Access to New Domains from Name.com for the Week of April 9th

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The New Domains offer an interesting quandary: you find just the right domain name for your website but it’s not available to the public…yet you don’t want to wait and lose it to another person. That’s why we offer our Early Access Program (EAP) for New Domain names (insert heroic, orchestral music.) You won’t miss out on registering your name because EAP lets you register–and actually use!–various New Domains before the rest of the Internet.

Who’s down with the EAP?*

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Existential philosophers tackle some of your Facebook questions about New Domains

Learning about the glory of New Domains like .GURU, .WEBSITE and .CEO for the very first time can be a mind-blowing experience. We see newbie reactions to New Domain availability and open registration all the time on social media and it causes us to reminisce about when we heard about them for the first time and were like, “Whaaa?!?!” After we cleaned up the mess of our exploding mind grapes, we had some questions.

Chances are, if you’re just finding out about New Domains, you’ve got these same questions about the changing landscape of the Internet. To help you out, we asked some of the greatest existential minds to answer your most frequently asked New Domain questions. And then, because these guys are actually not very helpful at all when it comes to answering questions about New Domains (not to mention, a bit depressing), we answered them ourselves.

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Video tutorial: How to verify your contact information

As of Jan. 1, the contact information for domain name registrations has to be verified (it’s a new ICANN requirement). The verification process is extremely simple: when you register a domain, you can choose to receive a verification code either over the phone or via email. You’ll then use that code at Name.com to complete the verification.

It’s a one-time verification, so you won’t have to do it again unless you change your contact info. Here’s a video tutorial that details the verification process:

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