CATEGORY: Domains

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!

Headed to GeoDomain Expo!

Our bags are packed (okay maybe not yet) and we’re headed off to the big easy for three jazz-filled days of domains and networking! Geodomains are nothing new, but like anything “location-based” these days, they are starting to gain more mainstream popularity. If you’re a small business, this presents a great opportunity to geo-target your customers. If you’re a domainer, there is ample opportunity to build out and monetize a geodomain.

We’ll admit, we’ve been excited about geodomains for some time now. If you haven’t checked it out already, our Geodomain search tool is a pretty nifty project we’ve been working on. But shameless plugs aside, we’re really excited for the sessions and networking events that Associated Cities have lined up for this year’s GeoDomain Expo. If you’re going to be in New Orleans this week and you want to meet up, give us a shout! We’d love to meet you.

Domain Nabber Grows Up and Leaves Beta

As of this morning, our Domain Nabber backorder service is officially out of beta! We’ve been working hard on our nabber for the past few months and we’re excited to say that it is now ready for prime time. Huge thanks to all of the customers that provided feedback during the beta period — you helped us make the service even better!

Nabbing .COM and .NET domains now costs $49.95 and, as always, there is no risk in placing a backorder. If we don’t nab the name for you we’ll give you a full refund or account credit, your choice!

Speaking of choices, we’ve recently added .INFO into the mix, making it a total of seven extensions that you can backorder through Domain Nabber. Keep an eye out for even more extensions in the future as we continue improving this service to help you nab even more names!

April is all about ME..err..YOU!

This month we’re focusing on you. Name.com is offering .ME registrations for just $7.99 and renewals for just $14.99 with the code ALLABOUTU !

.ME is becoming a more popular TLD and we’ve started to notice it gaining some traction. In the social media space, two new services have popped up fairly recently that have embraced this extension to help make things a little more personal.

Flavors.me is a slick service that lets you put up a website easily and add all of your content from other services like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and many others. We dig it. Plus if you get their premium service you can use a custom domain name, and we always like to see that.

Formspring.me is a really clever way to interact and get to know people through random questions. So if you’ve just been dying to ask your friend how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, now you can without feeling like a weirdo.

.ME can be used for regional purposes as well, helping to create a sense of community right off the bat. A great example of this is Boulder.me, a startup resource for our Colorado neighbors. From a community perspective, there is a lot of potential for .ME.

Now for the domainers out there, there’s currently a .ME auction going on over at NameJet and there’s a great opportunity to snatch up some first name domains. The personal names auction ends some time next week, so you’ll need to act fairly fast to get your bids in.

Cheers and happy bidding!

Save Money on Your Custom Posterous Domain With Name.com!

Here at Name.com we’re big fans of services like Posterous and Tumblr. They make blogging dead simple and help make people’s jump into the blogging world a much less intimidating one. Now Posterous has just announced a custom domain service that allows you to register a domain directly through their site, making it easy to customize your blog. The catch — you’re limited to COM/NET/ORG and these registrations cost you $24.99 for one year and $19.99 for two. Ouch.

If you were to do the very same thing through Name.com, it would be a fraction of the cost in exchange for a couple more clicks. You also have the option to use quite a few more extensions if you go this route, since the name you want might not necessarily be available in COM/NET/ORG. Take my Posterous blog for example, I decided to go with sproutic.us.

After purchasing the domain you just have to go to your Account and click on the domain name.

Then click on your DNS Management settings on the right hand side.

Create two A Records for your domain that point to 67.207.139.81:

  • one that you leave blank before the domain
  • one with an * before the domain

Add your domain name to your Posterous settings, SAVE, and…

voila! Your blog is now set up with your very own domain.

Not bad, and it can save you a decent chunk of change depending on the domain name. If you’re looking for Google Apps, we can help you there too — you can easily enable and access the Google Apps setup from your account to hook your new blog up with its very own email, calendar, docs, etc!

Have a Posterous blog already? Post a link in the comments, we’d love to check it out! You can subscribe to Name.com’s Posterous here.