CATEGORY: Business

4 things to do before registering a domain

Domains are relatively easy to purchase: You just head over to your favorite registrar, type in the domain you’re interested in, and as long as it’s available, it can be yours with a few clicks of a button. But the real work comes before you make your purchase. If you want to register a great domain name that will set you up for success in the long run, perform these four tasks before hitting the “Purchase” button.

How to set up a SSL certificate for your website (and why you should)

Think about your last online purchase: Did you just assume that it was safe to enter your credit card information or did you check for that little green padlock in the address bar? That padlock sign (or occasionally just a green address bar) indicates the presence of an SSL certificate, a security measure that ensures that sensitive information entered on that webpage will be safely encrypted.

Screenshot of name.com site secured with SSL certificate

SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is the protocol that creates these secure connections for web users. It prevents private information from being compromised by eavesdropping, data tampering, or message forgery. It also gives consumers peace of mind as they fill out forms that contain sensitive information.

Millions of businesses use SSL certificates to assure visitors of their website’s security and legitimacy. If you think that your website could benefit from a SSL certificate, you can easily set it up through Name.com.

Facebook Notes makes a comeback as publishing platforms take off

Facebook is making a big move by resurrecting an old feature that has been given a new spin: Facebook Notes. As infrequent bloggers and citizen journalists continue to pop up, there has been a decisive need for an easy-to-use platform for hosting and sharing content. Now, Facebook joins the likes of Medium and Tumblr with a tool for sharing long form thoughts, opinions, and stories.

Should you be using an exact match domain?

A domain is a domain is a domain, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Your website’s domain name is often the first impression that a visitor gets of your website and plays a significant role in how search engines find and rank it as well. Before registering a new domain name, you should ask yourself if you would benefit most from an exact match domain, a partial match domain, or a non-matching domain.

We asked 3 mom bloggers for tips on how to be awesome online

If you’ve been keeping up with the Name.com Twitter feed, you may have noticed a whole lot of excitement going on at our office at the end of last week. We invited three Denver-based mom bloggers to hang out with us for the day and shoot an upcoming video—and it was a blast!

Emily Vanek, editor in chief of ColoradoMoms.com; Sarah Vickers, the founder of MooseandTater.com; and Daria Drago, the project manager turned blogger behind MominManagement.com joined us for a day full of filming, pampering, and chatting about how to find internet success. 

How to get the domain name you want (even if it’s unavailable)

You’ve come up with a brilliant idea for a new product or website: You’ve already brainstormed a killer website name, wordsmithed a clever slogan, and even designed the graphics to go along with it … only to find out that the domain name you planned on registering is already taken.

Unfortunately, cases like these are not uncommon. Generic domains have a high level of occupancy, so many of the best names are already being used or are sold at Premium prices for thousands of dollars.

Despite all the doom and gloom, stories like these can have happy endings. Rather than having to make your selection from a limited pool of generic domains, you can now choose from hundreds of unique domain options that will define your brand and differentiate your online presence. By thinking outside the box, you can create a web address that is memorable and relevant to what you do.

5 things to consider when choosing a WordPress theme

A few weeks ago we rolled out our new blog design—and we hope you love it as much as we do! But a surprising amount of work and time goes into choosing a new WordPress theme. You have to consider your audience, the purpose of your website, performance, and more to make an informed choice that will benefit your site. Whether you are choosing a theme for a brand new website, or you just want to give your current one an update, there are several questions you should ask yourself before making design changes to your blog.

Give your personal website an edge with New Domains

If you’ve ever Googled yourself before (and admit it, you have) it would be shocking to hear that every result that showed up was actually about you. Sure, you might get lucky and rank within the first couple of hits, but there’s usually going to be someone else out there with the same or a similar name. And that can get a little awkward—especially when a potential client or employer who looks you up comes across the personal website of someone other than you.

New Domains allow individuals to create custom URLs that show your personal brand and expertise. Rather than than using a generic domain for your personal website, choose a domain that stands out. 

Uplift Social talks expansion, partnerships, and New Domains

Uplift Social is a new but rapidly-growing contender in the social media management game. Owen Smith, the company’s co-founder, recently spoke with us here at Name.com to discuss how the business got its start and what’s in store for the future.

How and when did Uplift Social get started?

Uplift Social was founded back in December 2014 by myself and my co-founder and CTO, Ainsley. With the explosion of social media in the last few years it has never been a better time for businesses to start growing their community and promoting themselves through social. We see a huge opportunity for growth and expansion in the social media management and marketing space—that’s why we jumped in and started Uplift Social!