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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Bearglecorn.com gets a little prettier


This is Part 4 in a series of posts about building a WordPress website using name.com’s products and account management features. Previously, we purchased a domain nameused RapidPress to create the website, and added a video page with a .TV domain.

The basic framework for bearglecorn.com is now in place, but the default WordPress template is really boring and really ugly:

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Can I transfer an expired domain from GoDaddy.com? (Part 2)


Last week I began the process of transferring an expired domain from GoDaddy.com. At the end of that post, I had approved the transfer in my name.com account, and was waiting on GoDaddy to complete the transfer. I received the following email shortly after approving the transfer on the name.com side:

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Bearglecorn is impatient, gets started with RapidPress


Last week I bought a domain for our dear mascot, Bearglecorn. This week I’m actually going to get Bearglecorn.com up and running. I’m a busy man, and right now I don’t have the time to build a Bearglecorn website from the ground up. I don’t even want to bother with installing WordPress myself, because my client (the aforementioned Bearglecorn) is breathing down my neck to get his site online RIGHT NOW. That’s cool with me though, because I can use RapidPress

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Domains for dummies: Can I transfer an expired domain name?

I’m lazy. First, I registered ethanconley.com at GoDaddy.com many moons ago, without making any attempt to shop around. For shame! Second, I let that domain expire last week. I’d love to transfer it to The Best Domain Registrar EVAR, aka name.com*, but I’m not entirely sure how domain transfers work, especially when a domain has already expired. But let’s try transferring the domain and see what happens.

*AKA my employer

 Attempt No. 1: Fast Domain Transfer from GoDaddy.com

First, I’ll try name.com’s Fast Domain Transfer tool, which streamlines the process of transferring a domain from GoDaddy.


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Bearglecorn buys a domain name, takes first step toward internet dominance

Bearglecorn Website Cover Photo

Our wonderful mascot, a part-bear, part-eagle, part-unicorn mashup who goes by the name Bearglecorn, is currently limited to a cameo deep within the name.com About Us page. This must be rectified immediately. Bearglecorn needs his own website, and I intend to provide him with one.

So on that note, welcome to a new weekly feature at the name.com blog, where I’ll document the creation of Bearglecorn’s website. If you’re thinking, “This is just a poorly disguised excuse to show off name.com’s account management features in a logical progression,” well … you’re absolutely correct. Congratulations, you win unlimited free visits to the soon-to-be-active Bearglecorn website. 

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