5 common website mistakes (and how to fix them)

If you’ve ever started a website before, you know that the learning curve can be pretty steep. And unless you are a web design expert or have been building websites for years, you’re still bound to make mistakes every once in a while. However, if you think that your website should be attracting more visitors than it’s actually getting, there might be issues at hand that you haven’t thought about.

There are several common website mistakes that you may be making that are holding you and your site back. See if any of these problems or practices sound familiar, and find out what you can do to correct the issue.

Should you register an emoji domain?

Remember back in February when Coca-Cola got a ton of hype for debuting billboards that featured emoji domain names? Every “happy emoji” domain that was registered by the beverage giant redirected to a landing page where visitors could enter to win their very own emoji domain name. Although the contest has long been over, you might have noticed something peculiar—the distinctive lack of domain names that use emoticons, even now that we know it’s possible to register them.

So why aren’t more people jumping at the chance to get the “sassy information desk girl” emoji as their website’s URL?

Introducing one-click setup for your live streaming needs

With the release of .LIVE just one day away, now is a good time to consider how live streaming as we know it may change as the internet continues to evolve. People want access to events, information, and experiences as they happen, and live streaming is one of the most dynamic ways to do so.

We’re big fans of third-party services that allow businesses and individuals to live stream to their audience, but we also think there’s an opportunity to optimize your brand at the same time. That’s why we’re excited to introduce Periscope and Twitch to Apps, allowing you to connect custom domain names to streaming profiles with just the click of a button.

How does the domain preorder process work?

New Domains are coming out every day, making it a great time to register domains for you or your business. But if you want to purchase a domain name that a lot of other people are interested in, you may not want to wait until the domain reaches general availability to buy it—it may be long gone by then and in the clutches of someone else. Luckily, buyers have several opportunities to purchase the domain they’re interested in before it reaches general availability.

So you have an expiring domain…what now?

Maybe you got that dreaded email. Maybe you noticed it in your account portal. But the truth remains: One of your domains is expiring. What’s a website owner to do?

Renewing your domain before it expires is always a good idea—that way, you don’t have to deal with interrupted web service or risk losing your domain name to another person. Because most domains can only be registered for up to 10 years (and for some, even less), you will periodically need to renew your domains to continue ownership of them. The domain expiration process will vary based on your domain intentions and how proactive you are with renewing them.

Name Apps: Choosing the best platform for your website

how to choose the best platform for your website

So you’ve bought a New Domain that you love and you’re ready to get a website started. What’s the first thing you do? Choose a platform for creating and maintaining your website!

But with all of the options out there it can be difficult to figure out which platform is right for you. So instead of spending hours on the web researching all of your options, don’t stress—we’ve already done that for you!

In fact, we’ve filled the Apps page with a ton of platforms, apps, and social media tools to help you create a website you love. Whether you’ve never built a website in your life or you built eight and a half of them last Thursday, you’ll find exactly what you need on the Apps page. And to sweeten the deal even more, we’ve made it ridiculously easy to set up—most platforms and apps can be installed with just the click of a button.

5 tips for a better blog

5 tips for a better blog

Close your eyes and think about a blog that you absolutely love. Now, think about your own blog. Do the two evoke the same feelings?

If your answer is yes, then kudos to you! Your blog sounds pretty awesome. But if your blog seems lackluster in comparison, don’t freak out. It takes a ton of time and dedication to create a great blog and there is bound to be some trial and error involved.

So what separates an OK blog from a great one? When it comes to a blog’s look, feel, and overall quality, a few simple changes can make a big difference. Check out these five tips that can instantly improve your blog.

Updated for June 2015: Collision lists, and how to get a previously unreleased domain name

This post contains a lengthy explanation of collision lists and previously unreleased domain names. But if you’d like to just skip to finding out when previously unreleased domains will be released (grouped by date and TLD) go here.
The domain name industry has a habit of taking a simple concept and adding a bunch of acronyms, background knowledge, technical jargon, and unnecessary details, until the simple concept becomes inaccessibly complicated. Name collision issues are a good example of these tendencies. In an effort to get back to basics, here’s a simplified explanation of name collision issues* and how you can use them to your advantage.