Name.com pint glasses you say? Heck yes! We’re pretty excited about these awesome bits of schwag and we’re already thinking of some cool ways we can give them out to the community. Keep your eyes on this blog for a chance to enjoy a tasty beverage in your very own Name.com glass.
This is a first in a series of posts where we’re going to highlight members of our community and the cool things they are doing. To kick things off we chose a site from one of our local customers, Rick Ramos, who has been registering his names solely with Name.com for five years. Rick has described UnseenDenver as a labor of love, and if you look at the about page on his site you’ll see that the first thing it’s described as is a “romance” — a romance between the great city of Denver and the people that live here.
UnseenDenver is not about posting grand pictures of the skyline, but more about the little details. The details that any number of us walk by without noticing, or the things that make some of us stop and say “huh” and then keep on walking without a second thought. In the age of the camera phone, it’s incredibly easy to snap a photo of these little hidden-in-plain-sight gems and share them with other people in your community. Rick has given us Denverites a great place to do just that.
Wherever you may live, the next time you’re out walking around, stop and glance at your surroundings..you never know what you might find.
To show our appreciation, we have a little something for you — starting right now, May 28 at 12:00AM MST (0700 UTC), we are running a special one day promotion on .COM, .NET, and .ME registrations. When you use the code WE<3YOU at checkout you can get .COM and .NET registrations for only $7.49 and .ME registrations for the super low price of $5.49! This promotion will expire in exactly 24 hours, so you’ll have to act quickly to take advantage of these great prices.
Cheers and we hope you have a great weekend!
For all the entrepreneurs out there, National Small Business Week is upon us! A tradition that has been around since the ’60s, National Small Business Week is an event that honors the 27 million small businesses in the United States and some of the top entrepreneurs in the country. This year it falls on the week of May 23-29, and while the main event is held in Washington D.C., there are a number of other cities that celebrate this week with their own events, Denver being one of those cities.
The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center has posted a schedule (pdf) of the events they have lined up next week. There are some interesting sessions ranging from the effects of healthcare reform on your business to the future of technology and marketing. We’re looking forward to meeting and networking with some of our fellow Denver businesses!
Now it’s no secret that we love small business at Name.com, so in honor of Small Business Week we’ve decided to put together some discounts for our small business customers. Until May 30th, if you purchase a hosting plan, and/or any SSL certificates and use the promo code SMALLBIZWEEK, you will get 25% off off either of those items!
Cheers and happy Small Business Week!
So you’re thinking about starting a video blog, huh? Well these days it’s incredibly easy to start posting videos. Where before you needed a camera and editing software before you could even get started, now you can upload video directly from your phone or livestream right from your computer. Since the technical barrier is almost non-existent, where do you begin? An idea is always a great place.
Pick a topic you’re passionate about
What are your hobbies and interests? Maybe you think beer is the greatest thing man ever invented. Or maybe you’re an expert on the benefits of sustainable cooking. Whatever the topic may be, pick something you know and something that you enjoy talking (and learning) about. The more interested you are, the more that will reflect on to your viewers.
Choose your method
How will you record your video? Right now there are a number of inexpensive options available, with Flip Cameras starting at $150 and a number of HD camcorders coming in at $500 or below. But if you have a smartphone that does video or a laptop with a webcam, you can skip the extra purchase and just jump right in. It really doesn’t matter what type of camera you use, so don’t let your budget (or lack thereof) discourage you, the quality of your content and consistency are far more important than video quality.
Upload your videos
Speaking of content, where are you going to post these awesome videos you’re making? Well, before you can post a video to your blog you’ll have to figure out where you’re going to upload them. The three sites we use are Youtube, Vimeo, and Viddler. Youtube is kind of the obvious and most popular choice, but Vimeo and Viddler are pretty darn cool as well. If you want to take the time to upload to all three, that gives more eyeballs a chance of finding your videos. Once you have your video uploaded, you can go ahead and post it to your blog.
Choose your blog platform
Posterous is the easiest of the three, allowing you to post your video via email by simply pasting the link to the video in the body of your email. All of the embedding is handled by Posterous and they support just about every major video site out there in this regard.
Tumblr is another great microblog option that gives you more freedom with the design of your blog, but requires a little bit more effort when posting your videos. Instead of emailing, you will actually have to log in to your blog and embed the video yourself when you post. They’ve also recently announced a video upload option, which allows you 100MB of video per day and you can skip the whole Youtube step and host it directly on your blog.
WordPress, being a full-fledged blog platform, will allow you complete freedom with the look of your blog. Like Tumblr, you will have to manually embed your videos in your posts, however you don’t have the option to upload directly to your blog. If you’re not a shoot from the hip type of person and like a little more control, this is probably the type of blog for you.
What’s in a name?
Now that you know what you’re going to shoot, how you’re going to shoot it, and where you’re going to upload/post it, it’s time to talk about a domain name. If you’re on a budget, any of the free blog options above will work just fine for you. The only catch is your URL will look something like ilovebeer.posterous.com, which works but doesn’t do much for you in the way of SEO and it just doesn’t look as cool as having your own domain.
If you go the Posterous/Tumblr route, you just have to worry about the cost of the domain, no hosting required. So for as little as $9/year you can have a .COM for your blog. Or, if you want to spend a little bit more and really scream “video!” when people go to your site, you can snag a .TV for $20 for the first year and $35/year to renew. We have some more info here on how to set up a custom domain with Posterous.
If you go for WordPress, you’re going to have to pay for your hosting as well. At Name.com we offer hosting plans for as little as $5.99/month and up to $24.99/month, so depending on what you’re doing you can find a plan to fit your needs. And if you need help setting anything up, our support team is here to help.
Now start posting!
Hopefully that’s enough information to help get you started in the wonderful world of video. We’ve had a lot of fun with our Beer Fridays video blog and we hope you have just as much fun with yours!
For the month of May we’re spicing things up a bit with a couple of great promos for our customers! If you’re looking to pick up some new names, you can use the code MAYHEM for $8.15 .COM, .NET, .WS, and .ME registrations. If you’re more interested in renewals this month, you can renew your .COM and .NET domains for the low price of $8.20 using the code COMWHATMAY .
We also have some cool deals running that don’t require a promo code at all! Right now for a limited time you can register a .TV domain for just $19.99. Also, as the leading .TEL registrar, you can secure your online business card with Name.com for the low price of $9.99.
As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Cheers and happy shopping!
We’re a company of animal lovers here at Name, so we thought we would share our furry, feathery, and scaly companions with you. Be careful though, this video is rated ‘E’ for extreme cuteness!
Have any videos of your pets? Post your links in the comments and whoever posts the cutest video will get a free .COM!*
*Standard .COM registrations only
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!
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 22.214.171.124:
- 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.
We were at SXSW Interactive last week and, yes, we’ll admit we’re still recovering. The festival has grown so much that it’s a little overwhelming to try and keep up, but we managed to find our fair share of great panels, parties, and people. Here’s a little video we threw together with the footage we got when we actually remembered to use our camera. 🙂