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Three easy steps to make your town rock


If you’re a city planner or a member of the tourism board for you local municipality, I’m about to make you look like a wizard. You have people looking to you to get people and their tourist dollars to come and appreciate your area, and now, with one simple trick, you can make your hometown rock. Please hang on. It’s about to get awesome.

This awesomeness is called URL forwarding, and with all these New Domain names it’s become exponentially more amazing. Watch the video above or, in three simple steps, I’ll demonstrate how to make the website you already have more memorable and profitable.

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How to pick which social networks to use for your business


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A lot of people start a new business with the notion that they need to set up a Facebook page, Twitter profile, etc. They think that they need social media to be successful. While a lot of businesses can benefit from having a social media presence, it’s not always necessary. An ecommerce company can obviously benefit tremendously from having a strong brand and social media following, but professionals like plumbers and lawyers really don’t need to spend any time building a social following since they rely largely on word of mouth referrals.

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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 create a short LinkedIn URL with a domain name


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A domain name can be more than just the home of your awesome website, but a way to brand yourself online. One new and creative way to use a domain that is quickly gaining in popularity is using a domain like .NINJA or .SOCIAL as a short and memorable name that forwards directly to your LinkedIn profile.

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Video tutorial: How to verify your contact information


As of Jan. 1, the contact information for domain name registrations has to be verified (it’s a new ICANN requirement). The verification process is extremely simple: when you register a domain, you can choose to receive a verification code either over the phone or via email. You’ll then use that code at Name.com to complete the verification.

It’s a one-time verification, so you won’t have to do it again unless you change your contact info. Here’s a video tutorial that details the verification process:

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How to use your New Domain with an existing website, Part 1


New Domains are now available for immediate registration and use, creating some awesome opportunities for getting a new blog or website online. But what if you already have an established web presence? You don’t want to lose the people who are familiar with your current domain name, but you may also want to take advantage of a New Domain. We’ll show you how to have your cake and eat it too.

Solution #1: URL forwarding.

If you’re happy with your website’s current domain name, but  you want to use a New Domain to improve your brand’s reach or make an easy-to-remember address for an existing page, all you need is a simple URL forward.

Here’s an example: We already have a site for Bearglecorn, the Name.com mascot: Bearglecorn.com (OK, fine, it’s just a test site for making tutorials)...

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How to reset your lost password at name.com


You know, there’s actually a formula for determining how many passwords a person has to remember, based on lifetime internet usage:

(days of lifetime internet usage) x infinity = passwords

So basically, if you’ve spent even a single day using the internet, you probably have to remember more passwords than a human could possibly handle. It’s easy to forget a password. Luckily, at name.com it’s also easy to get a new one.

1. Go to the name.com forgotten password page

No matter where you are on name.com, start by clicking the “Login” button in the upper right portion of your screen, and then click the “Lost password?” link. You can also navigate to the password recovery tool directly: name.com/tools/get_password

The "Lost password" link is part of the login menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

The “Lost password” link is part of the login menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

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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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How to protect your name.com account with an extra password


Passwords can be pretty tricky to guess as long as you’re not lazy when creating them. By keeping a few best practices in mind, you can create a password that will be extremely tough to crack.

But it’s a big bad internet world, and there’s still a chance your username and password combo could be compromised. That’s why we provide a 100 percent absolutely free way to add an extra layer of protection to your account. It’s called NameSafe.

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Protect your personal information with Whois Privacy


When you purchase a domain name from name.com you’re given the option to add Whois Privacy for $3.99 (for one year). What exactly is Whois Privacy?

First, let me explain the WHOIS (pronounced “Who Is”) database. It’s a list of every domain registered in the world. Whenever a domain is registered, the person buying the domain has to provide personal information, such as a name, phone number, and address, as required by ICANN. That information goes into the Whois database. The database is searchable, so if you own a domain and someone looks up that domain in the Whois database, they can see your personal information.

But not if you have Whois Privacy protection.

When you purchase Whois Privacy, we replace your personal information in the Whois directory with contact information that directs back to name.com. If someone wants to contact you about a domain—regardless of whether it’s a legitimate inquiry—they have to contact name.com first. Here’s an idea of what your Whois information looks like with and without Whois Privacy:

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