Development

Sync Domain Expiration Dates: Harmonize Your Domain Name Renewal


So Nick in dev made the exciting announcement about how you can now sync your domain name expiration dates. But before I pushed it live to the blog, I wanted to make sure he’d included everything…

Renew your domains all on the same date

That about sums up the name.com experience: Ultimate User Enjoyment. Nick explains:

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, and Legend (you know who you are),

We’re rolling out a new tool that will allow users to sync the expiration dates for their various domains. As of right now, this option is only available for .com and .net domains (sorry Henrik, you can’t sync your .se domains just yet).

On the page, the user will be able to select the new expire date, then select the domains that they want to have that new expiration date. Then, they must hit “Apply” for those sync products to be added to the cart...

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Batman Coming to Name.com: Caped Crusader to Improve Customer Experience


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

name.com batman for bugs in web development

name.com batman for bugs in web development.

name.com batman for bugs in web development

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We have VPS. Virtual Private Servers.


Virtual Private Servers have arrived at name.com.

VPS or Virtual Private Servers at name.com

Twitter was growing impatient.

Your business, your websites–let’s be honest–your babies, can live in the insulated comfort of VPS hosting. Grab their little hands and guide them to independence at a fraction of the cost of traditional dedicated servers. And now you are a Super User. You’ll be able to install much of the software you want with customizable configurations. Learn more about VPS, and prepare to be the star of your next class reunion.

“He’s a what?”

“A Super User,” they’ll whisper as you roll into the gymnasium and throw down with the confidence of someone with 24/7 node monitoring, premium bandwidth, a dedicated IP address, feature rich control panel and access to our awesome support team.

Are you ready for your own private pla...

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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

Developer tips and tricks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Easy Vs. Right – MVP will give you both!


This post is about Minimum Viable Product, or MVP. This little acronym gets tossed around a lot here at Name.com, because we like innovation. Innovation is a wonderful thing, but it can be somewhat of an organizational nightmare for product management.

Our process goes like this: We decide that we want to add a new feature to a product or the website, but we’re not entirely sure how it’s going to work. We get a bunch of idea-driven stakeholders in a room, and we brainstorm about the feature. Suddenly we have 26 features that are all totally awesome, and we’re going to fit them all into one scoping document and one sprint to be finished in the next 2 weeks with only one developer working on it.

Board of directors discuss minimum viable product

And that’s how Homer came up with PageZen.

Oh, and it won’t need any testing either...

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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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hello world


We are about to do three things that should make you happy:

1- Make the site much, much easier to use. We’re systematically going through the site page by page, click by click, and making it simpler. You deserve that.

2- Give our current customers lots of new friends, so they can look back and say that all the new guys are just “jumping on the bandwagon” and that “we were customers of Name.com before everyone knew about them.” Hey, it’s cool to be first. We’re going to help make sure the whole world knows how cool you are.

3- Help you. We work hard to make sure we have what you need, but this year we’re taking it to the next level...

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A Hint at What's to Come…


That’s right, it’s a picture of two of our developers, Pmo and Pfro, in a recording studio…

Any guesses on what they’re working on?

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