CATEGORY: Domains

The coolest thing about iOS7

BUnihOpCUAA2SsWUnless you live under a rock, you’ve heard that Apple released iOS7 on Tuesday, and that the new iPhone 5s and 5c models came out today. People aren’t taking this event lightly. They want their shiny new phones with a shiny new operating system. Just look at this dude to the right. He was NOT going home and using his 4s for another day. No way.

We’ve upgraded our phones with the new iOS7 software and we’re pretty stoked about the sleek, sexy new design. It’s sort of like you have a brand new phone, but without having to wait in line for hours or fight someone to the death. The new multitasking is pretty legit, as well as the easier access to important functions like do-not-disturb mode and Airplane mode.

But what really has us (that is, a room full of internet tech nerds) excited is that Apple recognizes where the domain name industry is headed.

Where the iOS6 version of Safari had a dedicated “.COM” button to make it easier to type in an address, iOS7 now has a “dot” button that expands so you can choose five different extensions—.US, .ORG, .EDU, .NET, and .COM. Take a look:

New TLD ProTip: Take Advantage of the Founder’s Program

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

When picking which new TLDs to register, don’t you wish you had a crystal ball that would tell you the strongest new dot options—the ones that are bound to become established, marketable, and most importantly, recognizable?

We’ve got a solution. It’s called Ca-Genie. Look into his eyes and he’ll tell you the answer:

Not working? Well, it was worth a shot. I guess we’ll just have to give you some real advice.

There are many factors in determining which TLD is right for you, such as your market sector, your digital scope, the amount of domains you’re looking to acquire, and how niche/broad you want your TLD to be. One very important aspect to consider early on in the development of new TLDs is how active the registry is in marketing and promoting their new dot—specifically, look for registries using a founder’s program.

How to use email forwarding to create an email address with your domain name

You don’t need a hosting plan to have a custom email address using your own domain name. If you’ve registered a domain, you can create an email address by using name.com’s free email forwarding service.* Here’s how:

*Note that this is a forwarding service, and not a new email inbox. Replies will come from the email address you forwarded your email to, rather than the address you created with your domain.

1. Log in to your name.com account and select a domain

I’m going to set up an email address using ethanconley.com. I’m not using this domain for a website at the moment, and there’s no hosting plan associated with it, but I can still use the domain to create an email address.

To get started, I’ll click on the domain name to move on to the settings for the selected domain.

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New TLD Nic: ICANN or ICANN’T?

If you’ve ever thought that domain names aren’t interesting, then you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing New TLD Nic update you on all the controversy with the CAM, COM, and Collision. As you may have read, a panel decided against the new TLD (Top-Level Domain) CAM because it might cause confusion with COM, but the very same panel had already made the complete opposite decision with the very same domain.

Controversial? It’s confusing at the very least. The same could be said for the Collision Report that is finding more issues than just with the new TLDs HOME and CORP. New TLD Nic has more …PLUS THE RING TONE THAT WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD.

New TLD Update: Initial Evaluation, Withdrawals, and What’s Next

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

If waiting for something makes you appreciate it more, like this hilarious marshmallow test proves, then appreciation for new TLDs will be at a record high when they finally roll out. With the news of new delays, GAC advice, and name collision concerns over the summer, you might be losing hope that you’ll actually see new TLDs this year, but we’ve got some good news for you, and that news is progress. So start working on your best celebration break dances, because you’ll be registering a new TLD before you know it.

Initial Evaluation is Officially Over!

Break out the Cristal, because at the very end of August, ICANN announced that Initial Evaluation (read more about that here) is officially complete, meaning that all applications have been considered by ICANN panels and the results have been published:

  • 1,745 applications have passed IE and are on to the next stage
  • 32 applications did not pass, but are eligible for extended evaluation
  • 3 were not approved
  • 121 were withdrawn
  • 29 are on hold

Winter is coming. Prepare thyself with a .COM domain name.

You may rule over snow-covered forests, sand-swept deserts, or shimmering isles. You may have armies and dragons at your command. But the majesty and wonder of those domains pales in comparison to the one true domain. It is the king of all domains: .COM.

Want proof? Just look at the respect our own Dave McBreen commands with his domain: swordsofawesome.com.

See? Dave doesn’t wield an axe or a mace, and he doesn’t have any intimidating viking armor, but everyone knows his .COM is deserving of the throne.

With that being said, ruling over a .COM is pretty simple. There’s no need to get involved in red weddings or back-stabbing family rivalries. You can claim a .COM today for $10.99.

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The fuss over name collisions, and what it means for new TLDs

Lately you’ve probably been hearing a lot about name collisions, and unless you’re a nerd (no problem there, because we love nerds), you might not know what a name collision is, or why ICANN is projecting a 3-6 month wait for 20 percent of new TLDs that pose a moderate name collision risk. We’re all about breaking it down and helping you feel more comfortable about discussing technical jargon, so we’ve called in our friends: Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, and Vanilla Ice. Because nothing is cooler than ice.

Name collisions explained in under a minute

There are three main parts of any domain name: the second level domain, the third level domain, and the top-level domain. For instance, www.NicCageisaGloriousGod.com is composed of “www,” the third level domain, “NicCageisaGloriousGod,” the second level domain, and “com,” the top-level domain (TLDs represent!). The fact that this particular domain name is epically full of truth is beyond the point, so let’s move on.

In local networks, users can create “fake” top-level domains in order to direct other users to important webpages. For instance, you could create a Nic Cage fan page, BigUpNicCage.actor, and when someone types in this address, your page would appear, so long as that person was in your local network.

That of course is where name collisions come in—because now there will be over 1,800 new TLDs to contend with, which means BigUpNicCage.actor may actually exist (we hope so, anyway).

Nic and John

10 Break Dancing GIFs that Describe How You Feel After Buying a Domain

Buying a domain is a special time in every young man or woman’s life, because it’s a blank slate of awesomeness. You just bought a piece of the Internet! Now you’re probably wondering what to do with your domain name. Not only can we help you build your online presence with WordPress and hosting plans, but we can also help you figure out how to break dance as you celebrate your incredible new shiny domain name. Here are 10 break dancing GIFs that describe how you feel after buying a domain:

1. The “spin around because I just got a .COM!”

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2. The “pretzel legs for .DE!”

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Domain deals for September 2013: Get ready for some FOOTBALL

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College football starts this weekend. The NFL season opener is Thursday night. International football is heating up with derby days, Champions League draws, and 11th-hour transfers. Football may mean a different game depending on your location, but it’s a universal sign of fall, and that’s why your September promo code is FOOTBALL. Use it to get $10.25 registrations and renewals for .COM and .NET.

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Need some football-related inspiration?

Before you start your search, cue up some NFL films music…

Or rewatch that crazy Landon Donovan goal …

… And then get searching.

No promo code needed for these domain sales (registrations only):

.US—regularly $8.99, now $3.99
.BIZ—regularly $10.99, now $4.99
.CO.UK—regularly $8.99, now $7.99
.IM—regularly $10.95, now $5.99
.TV—lowest you’ll find at only $10.99 

.CAM and .COM too visually confusing or not confusing at all? Both, says expert panel

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

Last week, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s expert panel (they decide string similarity cases for ICANN) determined that .CAM and .COM are too visually similar to coexist without causing user confusion. While domainers, applicants, registrars, and lawyers (and anyone else who wanted to) could argue whether that decision is sound, the problem is not the individual ruling, but the fact that the ruling directly opposes two previous decisions made by the same panel, concerning the same string.

To explain: VeriSign objected to all three applicants for .CAM — United TLD, AC Webconnecting Holding, and Famous Four Media. The ICDR’s expert panel overruled the objection to AC Webconnecting Holding and Famous Four Media, but sustained the objection to United TLD.

If your head didn’t just explode from confusion, then perhaps that’s because you’re thinking, “Well, maybe it had something to do with how United TLD was going to use the string.” But since the ICDR has to make their decisions without taking anything into account other than the visual similarity of the string, that can’t be the case.