Tools

Name.com Apps: There are like, a lot of ways to use your domain. A LOT.


There was a time, many moons ago, when using your domain meant getting a hosting plan and learning to code. That is no longer true. Not true at all! It is very false! There’s a big bottomless internet well of cool apps that you can connect to your domain.

And now they’re all in one place. It’s Name.com Apps. Think of it as a marketplace for website apps, except a lot of them are totally free. Best of all, our really smart development team has made it really really easy to set up the app of your choice. Many of them can be connected with a single click.

Beyond basics like email and URL forwarding, you can connect your domain to blogging platforms (WordPress, Tumbler, etc.), band profiles (SoundCloud), social media profiles, website builders (Wix, Squarespace), and more...

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You Can Build a Website: Using Your New Domain Names Part 4


This is Part 4 in a series. | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

So far, we’ve covered URL forwarding and email addresses. Those are two ways to start using your domain that require very little time and technical know-how.

You’re probably thinking that getting a website is a whole different animal—that you need to know all the ins and outs of HTML, CSS, DNS, and a bunch of other acronyms that you simply don’t have the time to figure out.

But getting a website is actually pretty easy. Seriously. There are a ton of options for creating a great-looking website without any coding skills, like WordPress, the Name.com website builder, Squarespace, Medium, and Wix.

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We’ve got a new tool for helping you choose the right products for your website


Choosing the right products and services for your websites can be confusing. What’s WordPress? Do I need hosting? What if I don’t know how to code? How do I get my own email address?

These are pretty common questions for someone building a website for the first time, so we’ve taken a stab at simplifying the process. Creating a website for your business or an online portfolio for your job search is super important, and it shouldn’t be super hard. We’ve built a tool that will help you choose exactly what you need based on the type of website you have in mind.

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Getting the most out of freelancing, your business and name.com | The Web Address New Years Re$olutions


In what could be the most comprehensive Web Address ever, we talk to three people about getting the most out of 2015. You have new goals and resolutions, and we think you’ll find information to help you with any endeavor you choose. We bring in Jon Liu, our intrepid icon of our user interface, to explain how you can get more out of Name.com. With our new, more responsive site you can buy and manage your domains wherever you go. And then there’s URL Forwarding. It’s the easiest way to get the most out of your web properties.

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How to Take Better Pictures | The Web Address Ep. 7


It’s all about the picture. It’s not that people don’t want to read (well, not always), it’s that people don’t have the time to read. Besides, what attracts you more: an intriguing photo or a huge clump of words? Right. That’s why I’ll keep this description to a minimum.

This week’s Web Address features Craig Walker, two-time Pulitzer Prize photographer from the Denver Post. He’s shared stories from around the world with pictures that have truly touched the lives of millions. He joins us to help you get a better photo.

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Speed up Your Website | The Web Address Ep. 6


We were perusing Entrepreneur Magazine (you may recall our appearance in the prestigious publication) and we came across a Boulder company sharing some dire news: If you’re a small or medium business and your website isn’t loading fast enough, then you’re going to have a hard time competing. The Amazons and Ebays of the world have entire teams dedicated to optimizing their websites. What they don’t have, however, is one Mr. Robert Shires. He’s part of the brilliant team behind Lagrange Systems, a company dedicated to turning your eCommerce up to the speed of mind-blowing astonishment. Shires isn’t only technically savvy, but also hilarious, so you get necessary information about improving your website speed (aka Application Delivery) without drowning in tech talk. And, as you’ll see, we’ve taken measures to make sure he stays away from mind-numbing buzzwords.

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Creating a vanity email address with your domain name and email forwarding


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Creating an email address with your domain name is one of the easiest ways to promote your company or business. Simply put, having your domain name in your email address makes you look more trustworthy and professional. 

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How to test your applications to make sure they work with new top-level domains


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Google recently announced a tool at the Google I/O conference called Domain Test. Domain Test is a way for developers to test if their applications are compatible with the new top-level (TLD) domains that are currently being released. The Domain Test product was launched as a partnership between Google Registry, Donuts, Uniregistry, and Ausregistry as an open source project available under the Apache 2 license, and is currently available to be used for free on 126 New TLDs.

Domain Test is a powerful resource for developers because the New TLDs contain new domain aspects such as long lengths and non-Latin characters that can cause software bugs. The tool is currently available on Github and the repository is filled with documentation and code for Domain Test so that developers can easily find and fix problems.

The service runs on AppEngine and any developer can use it. You can head over to GitHub and use Domain Test here.

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The Name.com Website Builder is Here


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Many years ago the World Wide Web made a promise. It told people that they could build their own website and it would look sleek and pretty. Many websites were made, but many people were disappointed. Many websites have been abandoned, fading away as low-price, low-quality promises on the lonely outskirts of the Internet.

But today, we are here to fulfill that promise. Today … we introduce Name.com’s website builder.

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How to Create a Custom .US URL Shortener


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The shorter a web address is, the easier it is to remember and share. That’s why a lot of sites that have long URLs are turning to link shorteners. By now, you’ve probably noticed on Twitter that there are tons of short URLs such as bit.ly, ow.ly, and t.co. Sure, you can use one of these services, but what if you want to have your own branded URL? It’s easy to create your own custom URL shortener, and .US is a perfect domain extension to do it with, because it’s only two characters and it’s easy to remember.

Say for example you have a WordPress blog. The URL for a blog post might be http://blog.name.com/2013/marketing-tips/5-reasons-to-use-a-us-as-a-url-shortner/… that’s a really long name and doesn’t look too nice if it’s getting shared...

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