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:
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.
Need some football-related inspiration?
Before you start your search, cue up some NFL films music…
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.
The new dots are right around the corner. Have you protected your brand and set yourself up to win the internet by registering your trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse? If not, then you should do it now, because there are two major benefits to getting your trademark in early and both require your prompt registration:
1. You’ll be the ninja of protecting your brand. (Perhaps even the .ninja.)
Registering in the TMCH allows you to block other businesses and individuals from registering domain names that use your trademark. POW! So awesome. And, you don’t even have to hang out online all the time to do it—that’s what makes the TMCH so stealthy. You enter your trademarks into the database, and the Clearinghouse notifies you whenever someone registers a domain name using your registered brand. You can object, or if it seems like you can coexist, let it slide. It’s up to you. This protection lasts 90 days past the sunrise of any new dot. Which brings us to the second awesome benefit to registering your trademark.
Yup, for the next two days you can save $2 on each .COM or .NET domain name you register at name.com. Just use the promo code “TWOSIE” at checkout and new COM/NET registrations will be $8.99 instead of the regular $10.99 price.
You’ve got less than 48 hours though, so there’s not much time to waste.
The offer expires when the clock strikes midnight MST on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Offer only valid on new .COM or .NET registrations. Does not apply to .COM/.NET renewals.
Early this month, ICANN announced that almost 20 percent of applicants can expect further delays in their launch process, due to reports issued illustrating a perceived increase in security risks for name collisions between certain new TLDs and internal network names. The announcement has sparked public outcry from some applicants and registrars, whose investments and business models rely on the timely delegation and launch of the new TLDs.
It’s a familiar tune—one of the biggest challenges ICANN has faced throughout the new TLD process is staying on time. But despite delays, new TLDs are coming. And they’ll be here sooner than later. We think. (Just kidding. They will be.)
If you were looking forward to registering a domain name this fall, you may be waiting a bit longer, depending on which TLD you’re following. Understanding the current timeline for new TLDs means understanding the timeline of delays. So we went ahead and created such a timeline, so you can save yourself hours on Google:
Amazon was recently notified that its application for the new top level domain name .amazon was rejected.
Eric Pfanner from The New York Times outlined why the tech giant’s application was rejected. Pfanner explained that ICANN, the Governmental Advisory Committee for domains, would not allow Amazon to own .amazon because a group of South American nations, including Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Peru, sent a letter to ICANN opposing Amazon claiming the name. The Times obtained a copy of the letter:
If you’re trying to land a new job or get some freelance work, it’s essential to have an online presence where you can show off your skills—especially in fields like journalism, copywriting, photography, design, etc. In other words, you need an online portfolio.
One of the best ways to create an online portfolio is to use WordPress, and if you combine a WordPress portfolio with a .ME domain name, you’re instantly branding the site as the destination to see YOUR best work.
Did I mention that you can get .ME domain names for just $4.99 through Sept. 12? And that you can get one year of WordPress hosting and a .ME domain name for $30 when you use the promo code “GetMe?”
OK, so that might have been a bit much to squeeze into one headline, but it is a pretty awesome deal. With a .ME domain name you can get something that’s short, sweet, and impossible to forget, and it gives your site a personal touch from the very start.
If you’re starting to look into new TLD options, then you’re just in time to be really confused by the multitude of lists and services available to you right now. Watchlists, pre-registrations, sunrise, landrush—how will you know when the new TLDs you want to register will be available, and how do you navigate through the different options available to you right now? Lucky for you, we’ve put together this informative and handy-dandy guide to watchlists, pre-registration, and sunrise/landrush.
Watchlists and pre-registration: What’s the difference?
You’ll sometimes see these terms used interchangeably, but while watchlists and pre-registration may be used together (such as our New TLD Watcher, which allows you to watch extensions and specific domains), they aren’t always the same thing. Both offer the opportunity to express your interest in a new TLD before it’s officially available, and both are used by registrars to gauge how to prepare the market, but watchlists and pre-registration have different levels of commitment and serve different purposes: