Development

We’ve revamped the way you purchase and set up SSL Certificates


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We understand first hand how unnecessarily complicated and difficult purchasing an SSL Certificate can be. That’s why we’ve revamped our entire SSL Certificate flow—everything from purchasing the certificate to verifying your information and installing it. So, why does this matter and who really needs an SSL Certificate?

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The Latest: Updates to Account Management, DNS Management and Account Settings


Our dev team makes it rain positive change, although they cringe at being called “Rainmen” (yet you should see them play cards.) They’ve been cranking out web goodness and have made the following improvements:

  • Added more templates to the DNS management page,
  • Updated the account contacts & Domain contacts page,
  • Added more options to the Email Domains tool,
  • Added a way to stop a transfer from going out and
  • Updated account settings page.
More Details:
As Product Manager Shannon says, “We pushed another exciting update to account management. There is now an Account Settings page where users can edit their contacts, enable or disable renewal notices, and edit default nameservers. Users could always do this stuff but it had previously been part of the Account Contacts page...
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Batman Coming to Name.com: Caped Crusader to Improve Customer Experience


For all the heroics…there’s still the snark.

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name.com batman for bugs in web development.

name.com batman for bugs in web development

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Developer Tip: Look at your work from a different angle. Literally.


Patrick “P-Mo” Moroney made an important, game-changing observation: Code is longer than it is wide.

Stuff’s about to get real.

Name.com dev team going vertical with monitor

P-Mo goes vertical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Necessary toolage:

Xrandr to set the size and orientation of the screen

Swivel desk mount

Optional for Awesomeness:

Gentoo Linux on Macbook

X Windowing System

X Monad Window Manager

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Don’t let the dainty plate and tea cup fool you. This is extreme.

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Name.com Dev Bro Code


There are codes, there are bro codes, and then there are Name.com dev bro codes. Yes, here at Name.com we developers adhere to a rather strict code of broism. Now, there are many bro codes we live by but for brevity’s sake we will keep this post limited to the first ten, and arguably most important, elements of the entire dev bro codex. So let’s dive right in shall we?

  1. Leave no bro behind when beer is on the line: when a bro goes to lunch and beer may be involved all other members of the dev team must be alerted at once. This rule also applies to tacos, steak and all baked goods. This rule used to apply to the watching of any movie staring Burt Reynolds, Patrick Swayze (RIP), Elisabeth Shue, or Molly Ringwald but those requirements were sadly removed from the codex back in 2009.
  2. When in...
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A Product Manager’s Guide to Developer Diplomacy


Greetings! Shannon the Name.com Product Manager here, talking to you today about the mystical and fascinating creature that is the Web Developer. It’s no secret; I spend a lot of my time in the developers’ den trying to comfort and sway developers into action without stepping on too many toes. It’s a delicate line, and I walk it quite well.

Where other Marketing Agents have fought valiantly and failed, I have succeeded. How? I’ll tell you right now. I have 10 fundamental rules that, as a whole, comprise the “Shannon Brown Theorem of Developer Diplomacy”

The web developer in his natural habitat

1) Write a detailed spec for the project that they’re working on. Make sure you know every nook and cranny of the document and be ready and willing to tackle any issue that pops up...

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Agile Development- A Brief Introduction to Scrum


A Shield a Developer Can Hide Behind

If you’ve ever worked in software or web development odds are that you’ve heard the word scrum thrown around a couple hundred times. Whether you use it or not, you know it exists and you know someone who is on an Agile/Scrum development team who has a lot of opinions about it. I understand that not all of our blog readers have worked in software or web development, so it might seem like I’m talking in another language, or about rugby at the very least.

Let’s take a step back. What is Scrum? Scrum is a software life cycle methodology that development teams use to plan projects in small chunks. In Scrum the development team works as, well, a team. Projects are broken down into “stories,” which are then put through an estimation process by the team...

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SEO Series Part 2: Why Link Structure is So Important!


(If you’ve just shown up, click here for Part I of the SEO How-to Series. And welcome)

Links = Votes!

Links as votes is a helpful analogy to remember. Basically, if Page A links to Page B, then Page A is casting a vote that Page B is relevant to the keywords used in the link text or anchor text connecting the 2 pages (example: in the link to Name.com at the end of this sentence the “link text” or “anchor text” is domain name). In addition, votes can be stronger or weaker depending on factors like overall trust of the link, PageRank of the page it came from, and even how significant the relationship between Page A and Page B is.

In other words, the more votes that Page B gets, the higher the likelihood it will rank higher for keywords...

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Everyone has seen those things before, right? In this glorious How To blog post we are going to show you how to implement those two buttons on your website using the JS libraries that both companies provide for free. We will start with Facebook since it is arguably the easier of the two, and then move onto Twitter.

Facebook Social Plugin: The Login Button

Facebook offers a host of what they call social plugins. The one we are interested in is the Login Button. Here are the basic steps involved in getting the button onto your webpage:

  1. You need a Facebook app for your site. Go to https://developers.facebook.com/apps/ and click on the “Create New App” button.
  2. Your “App Display Name” can be something meaningful. I usually go with the domain name for the site...
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How To Series: So you want free web hosting on Amazon EC2?


Do you have a bit of technical know-how or at the very least the willingness to try and acquire some? Want free web hosting on enterprise level servers with best in class infrastructure and bandwidth? Well then, keep on reading and I will tell you how to get some using Amazon’s EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) via AWS (Amazon Web Services). I’ll also tell you how to setup your DNS using Name.com‘s DNS management in order to point your domain to your shiny new hosting environment.
First of all, for those of you that do not already know, Amazon offers a myriad of cloud based products through their AWS platform. Hosted in the same environment and on the same infrastructure that hosts the universally famous Amazon...
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