CATEGORY: Tools

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.

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.

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. If you set up a custom URL shortener, you could use something like na.me/k251b. That looks way better, right?!

How to Create Your Custom .US URL Shortener

  1. Register a short version of your blog’s URL as a .US. You can do that easily here.
  2. Choose a service that can create custom URLs using your new domain. Some of these services include bit.ly and ow.ly. A quick heads up though—some of these services may require you to pay a small fee to enable custom URL shortening.
  3. That’s it—you’re done it! It’s THAT easy. You can now start using your brand new shortened URL when sending people to your blog or website on social media.

Do you have a .US that is a custom shortened URL? Tell us what it is in the comments!

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How to use email forwarding to create an email address with your domain name

You don’t need a hosting plan to have a custom email address using your own domain name. If you’ve registered a domain, you can create an email address by using name.com’s free email forwarding service.* Here’s how:

*Note that this is a forwarding service, and not a new email inbox. Replies will come from the email address you forwarded your email to, rather than the address you created with your domain.

1. Log in to your name.com account and select a domain

I’m going to set up an email address using ethanconley.com. I’m not using this domain for a website at the moment, and there’s no hosting plan associated with it, but I can still use the domain to create an email address.

To get started, I’ll click on the domain name to move on to the settings for the selected domain.

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