Slowly but surely, the way people navigate websites may be changing. We’re used to typing in a URL we’re familiar with and then clicking through the site to navigate to where we want to go. Or we might hop on our favorite social network and search for a particular business or individual to follow along with their feed. But with the rising popularity of .BRAND domains, this practice may eventually fade away in favor of a more streamlined website navigation experience.
Bottoms Rupp hiatus & Name.com holiday hours
Our regularly scheduled domain sales and customer support schedule will be changing for a couple weeks in light of the upcoming holidays. Here’s what you can expect during our holiday hours and when we’ll be back in full swing.
Defensive domain registration: Is it necessary?
If you’re following news about the U.S. presidential campaign, you already know that the soap opera known as politics is getting crazy. And here’s the latest development: type http://jebbush.com into your browser and you’ll end up in a place that you probably weren’t expecting—Donald Trump’s campaign website. Even though Jeb Bush is using Jeb2016.com as the home for his campaign material, he’s likely looing a lot of web traffic when visitors type his full name into their browsers, tack the .COM onto the end, and are promptly redirected to his competition’s site.
Although stories like this don’t often make headlines, this kind of situation occurs more frequently than one might expect. Even though copyright and trademark laws help to protect brands, products, and ideas that could be considered intellectual property, individuals can still find themselves in these sort of situations.
We’re auctioning off 9 of our best Premium Domains starting at $300
As we get ready for the upcoming NamesCon conference, we’re excited to announce that we will be participating in their live and online auctions! Nine of our Premium Domain names will be available for auction from now until Jan. 21, 2016, with a minimum bid of just $300.
Rightside’s own DJ STATN to perform at NamesCon
By day, Statton Hammock is the VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Rightside and our go-to expert on all things business, legal, and registry operations policy. But in his free time, Statton has a very different hobby—mixing tracks and DJing at events as his alter ego, DJ STATN.
We’re very excited to announce that DJ STATN will be keeping the NamesCon crowds pumped up while performing at the conference’s Sunday Night Cocktail Party!
.PRO is now available for anyone to register
If you’ve had your eye on a .PRO domain, but haven’t been able to meet its extensive list of requirements, then this news is just for you: As of Nov. 16, 2015, .PRO is available for anyone to register!
.LIVE and .STUDIO are here
The long awaited day has finally arrived: .LIVE and .STUDIO are now available for general registration! Individuals, business owners, and more can create memorable primary and secondary URLs with these two distinctive domains. After months of waiting, and a whole lot of anticipation, we cannot wait to see all of the unique and interesting web addresses our customers will come up with using .LIVE and .STUDIO.
Custom domains are now available for Medium writers
Some of the year’s biggest web stories didn’t come from cutting edge journalists or major news corporations—they came from normal people who had an important message to share. Publishing platform Medium is one of the many websites out there that enables this kind of citizen journalism. But now, Medium is doing more: The site is encouraging users to make Medium their main blogging platform by allowing the use of custom domains.
Facebook Notes makes a comeback as publishing platforms take off
Facebook is making a big move by resurrecting an old feature that has been given a new spin: Facebook Notes. As infrequent bloggers and citizen journalists continue to pop up, there has been a decisive need for an easy-to-use platform for hosting and sharing content. Now, Facebook joins the likes of Medium and Tumblr with a tool for sharing long form thoughts, opinions, and stories.
Apple has baked the domain apple.news into iOS 9
We have been seeing a lot of great usage of New Domains extensions recently, including usage from some really big companies. Google just announced their new parent company, Alphabet, will be using abc.xyz, The Hunger Games is using thehungergames.movie. And now Apple has baked the apple.news domain directly into iOS 9 through the new Apple News app. The biggest company on earth has made it so that whenever you share an article through Apple News, the link will be transformed into a shortened apple.news URL. As huge tech nerds with an office full of Apple devices, we are pretty excited to see Apple using a .NEWS domain in such a far reaching way.