Development

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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Ask a Name.com DEVELOPER…


It’s a new year and I’ve decided to create a new type of blog post segment titled “Ask a Name.com EMPLOYEE…”, where EMPLOYEE will change based on who our fine customers want to ask questions of next! See the bottom of this post for the rules. Each of these kinds of posts will have a prize for the best question asked, as judged by our staff of highly skilled best question picker outers. The prize this time around? Read on and you will find out soon enough.

Today we will be featuring Pat Ramsey, aka pFro, aka pFro Fo Sho, aka Pat “The Man With A Plan” Ramsey:

Pat Ramsey - Name.com Developer

From the mean streets of Maine, pFro grew up with a love of snow that seems to know no bounds. He enjoys shredding the stuff pretty much every single weekend, sometimes twice...

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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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Name.com + Small Business Saturday


Name.com Supports Small Business Saturday! Get your small business site up in a flash with our website builder, PageZen. Now through 11/26/11 use the promo code ‘GETONLINE’ and receive 25% off.

Have you guys heard of Small Business Saturday?

All the big box retail stores cash in on Black Friday, the notoriously huge shopping day following Thanksgiving. E-commerce sites have their big day the following Monday, coined Cyber Monday. So where does that leave the small mom & pop shops? Alas, Small Business Saturday was born. American Express first created the event on November 27th, 2010 and it rapidly gained popularity. Small business owners have carried the momentum and this year promises to be even bigger than last. Just check out the 2.2 million ‘Likes’ on the Facebook page.

As a small bus...

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Free your videos and win cash with Name.com and 5 Minutes for Mom


In mere moments I’m going to tell you how to win some money. But first, this announcement: Name.com has created the coolest app. It sends your smart phone videos to your family and friends from anywhere and at anytime.

Here’s how it works: No more faulty phone uploaders! No more plugging in! Cut the cord and download our new app. You simply shoot a video and then use the app to send it to Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube or your own Name.com registered .TV domain! You can register your .TV as you upload your video for 99 cents per month. So if you have a great video of, say, your friend who has some trouble dancing, then you can own TroubledDancing.TV and share it with the whole family.

(And you domainers may have noticed something: YES you can own a .TV domain BY THE MONTH!)

You may ...

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Name.com Daily Tut: Installing and Using Apple iTunes Match


It used to be difficult to pick which person at Name.com was the biggest Apple Fanboy/girl. Then along came Michael and, it’s clear, none of us can compete. He has every gadget and he knows everything about every gadget. That’s a big step, going from wannabe Fanboy/girl to the real deal Fanboy/girl, as many people use only about five percent of their Apple product’s potential. Michael uses it until he’s in sync, as if he embodies its technology. It’s weird, especially when he needs something and uses your face as a touchscreen. But we get many uses from Michael (I’ve heard his computer say his name like that car in Knight Rider) including incredible web design and these useful Apple tutorials.

As you can see it works!

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Beer Friday: We got a Keg Cap Tap


The story around the office wasn’t so much our new gift, but that something had “cleared the war room”. The “war room” is where our dev team holes up in a small space withlegend of karate kid concentrates like a name.com developer charts, graphs, computers and the concentration of Mr. Miyagi. They stay there all day troubleshooting and brainstorming. It’s a big deal, and we’re told that those of us on the outside will never understand.

But then the the inventor of the Keg Cap Tap sent us “the perfect tap handle for every keg.” It was if the war room guys had just found out about sunshine. They wandered out into the open and gathered around the kegerator. With quiet admiration they celebrated the latest innovation in beer liberation.

The keg cap tap from Colorado inventor Matt Ferris.

Some of you may know that every keg comes with a little cap...

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Quick Apple iPhone 4S Siri Demo


When I first heard of Siri I thought people were abuzz about Tom Cruise and Katie Holme’s daughter. I read one Tweet that said “Siri is wicked” and I thought, “Sweet jeeso she’s only like five.” And her name is “Suri.” Luckily the social media outburst was all about the speech-recognizing “personal assistant” that comes with the Apple iPhone 4S. As it turns out, she (in America all I’ve heard is a female voice) is pretty wicked. Check out this demo we did at Name.com.

Bad girl Siri! Pretty cool though. With both a speech input and output, you can speak into it and Siri responds. It’s more than you get from most humans (unless it’s Name.com’s legendary customer support.)

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Infinite Search is Infinitely Awesome


For a Web with infinite possibilities, why not an infinite search? Now you don’t need to search over and over looking for different domains. They’re all right here with Infinite Search. Owen Borseth (O-Bo), who for the most part seems to be integral to the functioning of Name.com, gives us some insight on the latest tool from Name.com Labs.

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