CATEGORY: Domains

Full IPv6 Support here at Name.com

There are a lot of doomsday predictions out there about IPv4 address running out soon (there is even a countdown page/iphone app etc.). Whether they are true or not (there are ways to delay the inevitable using NAT etc.) we at Name.com know IPv6 is the future. We always strive to be on the cutting edge of the domain registration world so we are announcing full IPv6 support across both our domain registration platform and our DNS platform. What does that mean? It means if you want to support IPv6 on your network, and you are a customer of ours, we have you all covered. 🙂 You can submit IPv6 glue records to the registries, and if you host your domain on our DNS platform, we can support networks that use IPv6 for querying DNS. What does it mean for the geeks in the house? Well read below to get some more in depth details.

What is IPv6

Here is the Wikipedia page about IPv6. Basically it’s the next generation IP addressing technology that provides a MUCH larger address space (2e128 to be exact). Unfortunately, a host/network has to specifically support IPv6 to receive traffic and so some key systems (like the DNS) have to specifically support IPv6 for two IPv6-enabled networks to support it. The nice thing is IPv4 and IPv6 traffic can ride over the same network, so no need to rip out the existing Intertubes, hardware just needs to support it (most newer computers, wirelress routers etc. already do). The are three ways a network can support IPv6 so that two hosts can communicate:

1. Not at all/IPv4 only The network can only send traffic over IPv4
2. Split IPv4/IPv6 If a source host wants to send traffic to a destination host, and both hosts support IPv6, the traffic is sent over IPv6. If only one or none of the two hosts support IPv6, the traffic must be sent over IPv4
3. IPv6 only (VERY RARE) The two hosts only support IPv6

Domain Registration/Glue Record Support

To support #2 above, the DNS has a special record type called a quad-A record (AAAA). It provides the IPv6 address of a hostname (similar to how an “A” record gives the IPv4 record for a hostname). An example:
Here is the IPv4 address for ns1.name.com

$ dig ns1.name.com a
ns1.name.com. 172800 IN A 173.192.28.4

Here is the IPv6 address for ns1.name.com

$ dig ns1.name.com aaaa
ns1.name.com. 172800 IN AAAA 2607:f0d0:1002:95::2

You can see the same hostname has two different IP addresses. What generally happens is a host that is enabled for IPv6 and IPv4 that wants to communicate with another host will first look up it’s AAAA record to see if the destination host also supports IPv6. If there is no answer for the AAAA record (meaning the destination host doesn’t want to or can’t speak IPv6) the sending host then looks up the A record and sends the traffic over normal IPv4. Name.com now allows a domain registered on our platform to submit IPv6 glue records to the various registries. This means if a customer hosts their own DNS, and their DNS servers support IPv6, they can submit those glue record entries to the registry.

DNS Platform

If a customer hosts their DNS on our platform, previously they could not support a recursive DNS server asking for the DNS information for their domain over IPv6 (remember recursive DNS servers ask the questions, authoritative DNS servers answer those questions – read more here at Wikipedia about DNS). We now fully support IPv6 transport to both ns1 and ns3.name.com, so if an end user of one our customer domains is on IPv6 only, or IPv4/IPv6 combo networks, that network can get the customer’s DNS information over IPv6.

Are that many people using IPv6?

Not a ton – BUT usage is growing steadily, and like other things (DNSSEC for example – a post will be coming shortly about this) – eventually a critical mass will be reached and a registrar MUST support it at that time. We just want to be ahead of the curve. 🙂

Why did we do this?

Because we want to be the coolest and most innovative registrar on the planet. Cheers!

Name Tip: How to Ensure a Smooth Domain Transfer

Here at Name.com we like to think of domain transfers like square dances — it’s easy to get tripped up, but when you know the steps it’s simple and straightforward.

There are a few tips you can follow before you start your transfer to help ensure that the experience will be as smooth as the dance floor at a senior center…wait…well you get the idea. However, should something go wrong along the way, our support staff is always here to help.

The following should be verified before you initiate your domain transfer:

  • The domain is unlocked.
    • This is a setting you can access from within your account control panel that allows you to transfer out your domain.
  • You have not registered the domain in the past 60 days.
  • You have access to the administrative contact email for the domain.
  • Your current registrar has no other reason to block the domain.
    • Sometimes registrars will deny a transfer if you have updated your contact information within the past 60 days, or if you catch them on a bad day. 😉

We also have some information about these tips on our transfer page.
Currently transfers to Name.com are starting at just $7.75, and in addition to getting great tools and customer support, transferring to Name.com also renews your domain for an additional year, leaving a little extra money in your pocket at the same time.

Hopefully these steps will help you with your next transfer. If your next transfer happens to be to Name.com, we look forward to working with you!

Super Awesome One Day $5.99 Sale!

Hey everyone! By now you’re aware of the com/net price increase happening on July 1, 2010, and since we have one last day before the increase, we decided to go all out and give you a deal you may never see again!

Starting now and running until 10PM MST (GMT -7), we will be having a Super Awesome One Day $5.99 sale! With the code NEVERAGAIN you can get $5.99 .COM & .NET registrations for today, and today only.

This is possibly the last time you’ll see a deal this sweet, so you’ll have to act fast before the promo code expires at 10PM MST (GMT -7) tonight!

Cool Uses of .ME: Tungle.me

We love to see uses of .ME in the wild, and in the past we’ve mentioned a few sites we like that are using the increasingly popular .ME extension (flavors.me, boulder.me, formspring.me). Recently we’ve come across another service that’s embracing .ME: Tungle.me. The tagline of Tungle is “scheduling made easy” and it really does just that. When you sign up, you create a profile, add your availability and “voila!” people can easily schedule calls or meetings with you.

I’ve only just started using it and I already really dig the service. Of course I’m all for anything that helps simplify certain annoyances, like long email strings where you try to schedule a meeting and you both have an insanely busy schedules.

Speaking of .ME, if you’re looking to register one for yourself we’re running a pretty sweet special at the moment — you can register a .ME for the super low price of $7.99! You can also transfer your .ME to Name.com for just $15.99, which also renews your registration for another year. No promo code is needed to receive either of these awesome rates.

Have you seen any other cool services using the .ME extension? If so, let us know in the comments and we’ll check them out!

Name.com Now Offering Investor Pricing!

We’re excited to announce that we are launching a new investor pricing program that starts on July 1, 2010! This is something many of you have been asking for and we are very happy to be able to offer it to our loyal customers. The details of the program are as follows:

  • You only need a minimum of 25 domains in your account to qualify as a domain investor.
  • There is no monthly or yearly charge to receive this investor pricing, it is based solely on the number of domains you have with Name.com.
  • Higher levels of the program will include free private whois on the entire account.
  • Official pricing will be revealed on July 1, 2010.

This launch of our investor program also coincides with our new retail pricing for .COM and .NET domains. As you may have heard by now, VeriSign is raising prices across the board for all registrars, and unfortunately this cost is passed on to our customers as well. However, we are still extremely competitive with our new pricing.

Starting on July 1, 2010 our new price for .COM and .NET registrations will be $9.99, one of the lowest retail prices available after the VeriSign price increase. In addition to keeping our prices as low as possible, we will continue to offer great promotional deals on registrations and renewals. Your best bet to catch these deals is to keep an eye on this blog or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Our current promotions include:

  • SIZZLING – $7.99 .COM & .NET registrations
  • SAVENOW – $8.15 .COM & .NET renewals
  • SHOWTIME – $29.99 .TV renewals
  • $6.99 transfers to Name.com (no code needed)
  • $10.99 one year .TV registrations, $9.99 multi-year registrations (no code needed)

We continue to provide the best prices, tools, and services to our customers and, as always, we thank you for choosing Name.com! If you have any questions about the investor program or the new pricing, please do not hesitate to email us.

Twitter joins the .CO party!

Twitter is now the latest company to join the .CO Founders Program with T.CO — its official URL shortener. This is great news for our friends at .CO and also good news for Twitter users, as Twitter has revealed its plans to use T.CO to protect users from harmful activity like malware and phishing attacks.

How it works

Basically any link that is sent in a Direct Message will be passed through Twitter’s link service and converted to a T.CO link in your SMS or email notification.

If the link is matched with a potentially dangerous site, you will get a warning when you click on it. Twitter says they are also testing this link for their tweets and that ultimately every link on Twitter will be wrapped.

What does this mean for other URL shorteners?

If you are bit.ly fans like us, you can still use it or your URL shortening service of choice. Tracking will also continue to work on those links. Twitter notes that the “link service at http://t.co is only used on links posted on Twitter and is not available as a general shortening service.”

So really Twitter users won’t notice much of a difference, other than a few more T.CO links flying around. But kudos to the awesome team at .CO for striking this deal, with new extensions the more exposure the better and they’ve been doing a great job so far!

Join the .CO party!

You can pre-order your very own .CO domain with Name.com for $28 general availability and $278 landrush. The landrush starts June 21 and the public launch is July 20, so you still have some time to try and secure your name before the launch.

June’s Sizzling Promos – Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

Hey folks! For the month of June we’ve got a pretty sweet deal for you — register .COM & .NET domains for the low price of $7.99 with the code SIZZLING ! It’s a great time to snag up some domains before the impending VeriSign price increase on July 1.

This promo joins our new .TV pricing we announced last week: $10.99 one year registrations, $9.99 multi-year registrations (no code required), and $29.99 renewals with the code SHOWTIME ! Also don’t forget you can transfer your .COM & .NET domains to Name.com for just $6.99 until the end of the month!

All told June has turned out to be an attractive month for domains, so be sure to take advantage of these deals while they’re hot!

.TEL IDNs Launching June 15, Preorder Now with Name.com!

Starting on 2010-06-15 14:00 UTC, companies and individuals will be able to register IDNs in the TEL domain extension. Registrations will be on a first come first served basis and they will be available in the following languages: Chinese, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Of course if you want to be a step ahead and make sure you get the name that you want, you can preorder your .TEL IDN with Name.com between now and the June 15 launch!

The launch of these new IDNs gives you an opportunity to secure your digital business card in your native language and for businesses this means an improved user experience for your customers and the opportunity to expand and maintain your brand in foreign markets.

It’s projected that by 2015 there will be 2.5 billion smartphone sales and in a world that’s going mobile, .TEL is thinking ahead. With this extension you can penetrate markets where people are primarily accessing the internet from smartphones and markets where English and ASCII are not primarily used. You can also fully manage your .TEL from your smartphone, making it easy and convenient to make changes on the fly.

Speaking of easy and convenient, remember that with .TEL no hosting costs are required. You just purchase the domain and you’re good to go! Setup can also be done in minutes, so if you’re looking for something low cost and low maintenance, then .TEL might just be the right solution for you.

Your TV is Next in Google’s Quest for World Domination

This fall Google hopes to solve the disjointed relationship between the web and TV with Google TV. Using both Android and Chrome, Google TV is basically a search engine for your TV — integrating with your cable box and indexing however many hundreds of channels you have with whatever is available on the web. It lets you watch what you want when you want.

While this will no doubt have an impact on TV, some are also wondering what this means in the world of domains. For .TV it’s probably not too bad a thing. The idea of a one stop shop for your video content is essentially what the .TV extension is made for, and Google is taking the concept mainstream. This can only help drive awareness for the already popular extension and we think you’ll start to see it crop up in a lot more places.

As big believers in .TV we hope that with the best prices and best support you’ll think of Name.com when you go to register your .TV, and our new pricing should definitely help in that regard! Starting today we are now offering one year .TV registrations for the low price of $10.99! But wait..it gets better. If you register a .TV for two or more years, you get it for the super low price of just $9.99/year. Still want more? For the month of June you can use the code SHOWTIME for $29.99 .TV renewals!

This brings the pricing for .TV registrations within a couple bucks of .COM and breaks down the $10, $20, and even (at some registrars) $30 price difference that may have prevented you from jumping on the .TV bandwagon. With that barrier gone, now’s your chance to join the fun!

Name.com offering "real" $6.99 transfers!

We’re out there listening every day on Twitter, forums and blogs and we see so many people who are unhappy with their current registrar. For those that are tired of settling for the status quo, we are excited to announce that Name.com is now offering a “real” $6.99 transfer promotion for .COM and .NET domains. We say “real” because there are no hidden costs, no promo codes, no limit to the number domains you can transfer, no secret handshake, and you only pay $6.99 per domain! Also, when you transfer your domain to Name.com we add an additional year of registration to your current renewal date for FREE. In addition to .COM and .NET, our transfer pricing for other extensions is extremely competitive, you can see our complete pricing list below:

We also want to help our customers save money this year in another way. As some of you are probably aware, Verisign is increasing the price of .COM and .NET registrations on July 1, 2010, so transferring your domains now will save you money, lots of money. When you transfer your domain you extend your renewal period for an additional year for free. Avoid paying higher renewal costs for an additional twelve months and save as much as $3 per domain by transferring to us today!

We’re confident that with our services, tools, and customer support we can turn your headaches into smiles and groans into sighs of relief. We think you deserve better and we can offer you better and put money back in your pocket at the same time!