CATEGORY: Domains

The lowdown on premium domains

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When you search for domains at name.com, you might wonder why domain names with the same extension can have different prices. For instance, our price for a .COM domain name is $10.99, but there are premium .COM domains that start at $19.99 and can even cost thousands.

The difference in prices can be a little confusing, so I’m going to try to clear things up a bit.

What makes a domain premium?

A premium domain will typically be very short, simple, and/or keyword rich. Basically, premium domains are more valuable, and that’s reflected in the price.

Unlike typical domains, premium domains have already been registered, so they’re actually being re-sold. Some are owned by registrars themselves, while others are owned by domainers and business-savvy people who list them at domain marketplaces such as SedoMLS or Afternic. You’re actually paying to have the domain transferred to you, but the process is just like registering a non-premium.

Do you know what your favorite New Dots are up to?

We know this whole new TLD process can be a little confusing, so we want to remind everyone who is interested in The New Dots to take advantage of our new TLD Watcher. It’s the easiest way to stay up to speed with crucial information about the new TLDs that you’re specifically interested in.

How it works

The New TLD Watcher lets you choose which new TLDs you want news about. Rather than sifting through tons of reports and articles for information about specific TLDs, we’ll deliver it to you via periodic email updates as new information becomes available. When new TLD applications are closed or withdrawn we update the list, and if one of the TLDs you were watching is affected you’ll know about it. When there’s major news about the new TLD process as a whole, you’ll know about it. And when the TLDs you’re watching are finally available for registration, you’ll know about it!

Digital Africa Examined at ICANN 47: Resources You Can Use

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Even though ICANN 47 is over, there are resources available online that you can still access related to the topics, timelines, and problems addressed at the summit. Some of the most striking resources are the panel transcripts and audio recordings from meetings focused on the digital African landscape and the future of web technology on the African continent.

Why focus so much on Africa? First, in the global digital divide, Africa represents the least developed areas in the world, as far as digital Web technology and access are concerned. According to the BBC, a Columbia University study, and the World Internet Statistics, Africa has fewer hosts, fewer ISP subscriptions, and less available bandwidth than any other populated continent. And, Africa is home to its own digital divide, where some countries, like South Africa, Egypt and Morocco have far more Internet infrastructure than others. ICANN and its supporting community are interested in helping Africa create better, more affordable Internet access options for the entire population of the continent, so the global Web community can function as a whole.

Why your business needs a .BIZ domain name

biz_logoA recent study found that about half of small businesses are unhappy with their respective domain names. In the same study, 55 percent of business owners polled said they believe they’ve lost business because of their domain name, and 52 percent would change their domains if they could.

That’s crazy! A website is essential when you’re running a business, even if you’re not selling anything online. It gives your business credibility and helps customers (existing and potential) find your contact information and business hours.

If you’re unhappy with your business’ domain name, consider getting a .BIZ domain name. They’re $4.99!

First, it’s important to realize that you’re not stuck with your existing domain. With URL forwarding, you could purchase a new domain, and then forward it to your existing website. You’d be able to market your business with a newer, easier-to-remember address, yet you wouldn’t lose any of your established customers who are familiar with your old domain.

It’s .co’s third birthday, so we’re giving away a bunch of .co’s… and we’ve got an awesome .co promo!

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It’s .co’s third birthday, so we decided to launch a contest! Woohoo!! The contest we’re launching is extremely easy to enter. All you have to do to enter the contest is put your e-mail in the form on our Facebook page and then tell us what your favorite flavor of ice cream is. Three winners will be selected on Sunday night at midnight!

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Oh yeah, and .co prices are now just $7.99 instead of the regular $12.99. That’s a pretty sweet offer!! But the offer is only valid until Sunday night.

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Six Great Reasons to Attend ICANN 47 (Sharks Are One)

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If you’re looking forward to the Durban meeting next week, there are a couple attendance options.

  1. Work at an awesome company that will fly you to beautiful Durban—one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, boasting pristine beaches, year-round sunshine, vibrant nightlife, and awesome history (Gandhi lived in Durban; Mandela cast his historic vote there).
  2. Attend via the Internet, as part of ICANN’s remote participation.

Both are awesome options, but you’re probably leaning toward actually going there. I’ll wait for you to go ask your manager if your company will fly you there next week.

Welp. Looks like it’s remote access for us. And yes, the Adobe Connect platform is not as beautiful as beaches and stuff but it’s not all bad. For instance, I found this on the ICANN 47 website:

 There are shark nets in the sea off the main beaches and the latter are patrolled from sunrise to sunset by lifeguards.

Want to work at Name.com? We’ve got another open position!

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We’re looking for another customer support person at Name.com! At Name.com, we’re known for our legendary service so this is a great opportunity to join a passionate team that is admired by the domain industry. Ideally, we want a cheerful individual that has the following skills and can handle responsibilities that include:

  • Providing client support and technical issue resolution via e-mail, phone, and other electronic mediums .

  • Troubleshooting technical issues.

  • Reviewing customer accounts, recommend and sell products and services.

  • Meet departmental goals and performance and service standards.

  • Providing training to clients in the use of system and applications as related to the Internet.

  • Obtaining general understanding of OS and application operation related to Name.com offered services – Identify and correct or advise, on operational issues in client computer systems.

  • Performing the creation of new accounts using company provided software tools.

  • Maintain a high level of awesomeness at all times.

By now, you’re probably thinking, “This sounds like the perfect opportunity for me! Especially the last bullet because I was born with an unnaturally high level of natural awesomeness!” Buckle your seatbelt developer person and keep reading, because we also have some requirements you need to fulfill to be considered when you apply. The requirements include:

  • Excellent personal presentation and interpersonal skills, good problem solving ability, and proficiency in Name.com’s operating systems and other resources.

  • Ability to focus on detailed tasks for the entirety of their shift and complete said tasks with a great deal of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to promptly answer support related email, phone calls, and other electronic communications.

  • Self-motivated, detail-­‐oriented, and organized.

  • Solid understanding of Internet terminology, navigation, and applications.

  • Experience with hardware and software issues.

  • A strong understanding of how domain names and DNS work.

  • Experience supporting and troubleshooting web hosting issues.

  • Familiar with basic Internet technologies like HTTP(s), FTP, POP3, and SMTP.

  • The ability to configure email clients to send and receive email and use an FTP client to upload and download files to a website.

  • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS.

  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills.

  • Typing proficiency: 40-60 wpm.

  • Flexibility to work a variety of scheduled shifts.

If you think you have what it takes to be on the Name.com Denver Customer Service Dream TeamTM you can inquire here.

First new TLD private auctions wrap up, no sword fights (yet)

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

Despite our rather frequent and perhaps annoying pleas to introduce fencing (read: awesome sword fights) into the new TLD contention set resolution process, the first private auctions have concluded without so much as an “en garde.” And while we can all agree that peacefully coming to resolutions using moderation and money is pret-ty boring, what’s exciting is that some new TLDs have already made it through the private auctioning process and are therefore one step closer to launching.

How To: Get the Cheapest Price on Domain Renewals

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Is your domain expiring at another registrar and you don’t want to pay the jacked up prices that a company like GoDaddy force you to pay? I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing you don’t want to! That’s why we’ve created an extremely easy to use transfer tool. And, when you transfer to Name.com, you get a free year added on to your domain registration! Before you speed over to the transfer page, there are some requirements that you’re going to have to meet. They requirements are:

  • The domain must be older than 60 days
  • The domain cannot have been transferred to the current registrar within the last 60 days
  • The domain must be unlocked at the current registrar
  • Any private or hidden whois service will need to be disabled. You can check to see if it is enable by doing a whois lookup on the domain. If it is enabled, you can disable it through the current registrar. 

Create a destination for your videos with a .TV domain and WordPress

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This post is part of an ongoing series about building a WordPress website using name.com’s products and account management features.

A few weeks ago I registered bearglecorn.tv as an example of how you can use a .TV domain name to brand your video content and make it easy for people to find the video section of your website (bearglecorn.tv forwards to bearglecorn.com/video). The actual video landing page at bearglecorn.com is pretty boring right now though. It’s just a single embedded YouTube video: