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Full IPv6 Support here at Name.com

There are a lot of doomsday predictions out there about IPv4 address running out soon (there is even a countdown page/iphone app etc.). Whether they are true or not (there are ways to delay the inevitable using NAT etc.) we at Name.com know IPv6 is the future. We always strive to be on the cutting edge of the domain registration world so we are announcing full IPv6 support across both our domain registration platform and our DNS platform. What does that mean? It means if you want to support IPv6 on your network, and you are a customer of ours, we have you all covered. 🙂 You can submit IPv6 glue records to the registries, and if you host your domain on our DNS platform, we can support networks that use IPv6 for querying DNS. What does it mean for the geeks in the house? Well read below to get some more in depth details.

What is IPv6

Here is the Wikipedia page about IPv6. Basically it’s the next generation IP addressing technology that provides a MUCH larger address space (2e128 to be exact). Unfortunately, a host/network has to specifically support IPv6 to receive traffic and so some key systems (like the DNS) have to specifically support IPv6 for two IPv6-enabled networks to support it. The nice thing is IPv4 and IPv6 traffic can ride over the same network, so no need to rip out the existing Intertubes, hardware just needs to support it (most newer computers, wirelress routers etc. already do). The are three ways a network can support IPv6 so that two hosts can communicate:

1. Not at all/IPv4 only The network can only send traffic over IPv4
2. Split IPv4/IPv6 If a source host wants to send traffic to a destination host, and both hosts support IPv6, the traffic is sent over IPv6. If only one or none of the two hosts support IPv6, the traffic must be sent over IPv4
3. IPv6 only (VERY RARE) The two hosts only support IPv6

Domain Registration/Glue Record Support

To support #2 above, the DNS has a special record type called a quad-A record (AAAA). It provides the IPv6 address of a hostname (similar to how an “A” record gives the IPv4 record for a hostname). An example:
Here is the IPv4 address for ns1.name.com

$ dig ns1.name.com a
ns1.name.com. 172800 IN A 173.192.28.4

Here is the IPv6 address for ns1.name.com

$ dig ns1.name.com aaaa
ns1.name.com. 172800 IN AAAA 2607:f0d0:1002:95::2

You can see the same hostname has two different IP addresses. What generally happens is a host that is enabled for IPv6 and IPv4 that wants to communicate with another host will first look up it’s AAAA record to see if the destination host also supports IPv6. If there is no answer for the AAAA record (meaning the destination host doesn’t want to or can’t speak IPv6) the sending host then looks up the A record and sends the traffic over normal IPv4. Name.com now allows a domain registered on our platform to submit IPv6 glue records to the various registries. This means if a customer hosts their own DNS, and their DNS servers support IPv6, they can submit those glue record entries to the registry.

DNS Platform

If a customer hosts their DNS on our platform, previously they could not support a recursive DNS server asking for the DNS information for their domain over IPv6 (remember recursive DNS servers ask the questions, authoritative DNS servers answer those questions – read more here at Wikipedia about DNS). We now fully support IPv6 transport to both ns1 and ns3.name.com, so if an end user of one our customer domains is on IPv6 only, or IPv4/IPv6 combo networks, that network can get the customer’s DNS information over IPv6.

Are that many people using IPv6?

Not a ton – BUT usage is growing steadily, and like other things (DNSSEC for example – a post will be coming shortly about this) – eventually a critical mass will be reached and a registrar MUST support it at that time. We just want to be ahead of the curve. 🙂

Why did we do this?

Because we want to be the coolest and most innovative registrar on the planet. Cheers!

Name Tip: How to Ensure a Smooth Domain Transfer

Here at Name.com we like to think of domain transfers like square dances — it’s easy to get tripped up, but when you know the steps it’s simple and straightforward.

There are a few tips you can follow before you start your transfer to help ensure that the experience will be as smooth as the dance floor at a senior center…wait…well you get the idea. However, should something go wrong along the way, our support staff is always here to help.

The following should be verified before you initiate your domain transfer:

  • The domain is unlocked.
    • This is a setting you can access from within your account control panel that allows you to transfer out your domain.
  • You have not registered the domain in the past 60 days.
  • You have access to the administrative contact email for the domain.
  • Your current registrar has no other reason to block the domain.
    • Sometimes registrars will deny a transfer if you have updated your contact information within the past 60 days, or if you catch them on a bad day. 😉

We also have some information about these tips on our transfer page.
Currently transfers to Name.com are starting at just $7.75, and in addition to getting great tools and customer support, transferring to Name.com also renews your domain for an additional year, leaving a little extra money in your pocket at the same time.

Hopefully these steps will help you with your next transfer. If your next transfer happens to be to Name.com, we look forward to working with you!

Name Tip: Better SEO with WordPress Permalinks

We’ve seen quite a few blogs recently that are running WordPress and using the default setting for permalinks. It’s unfortunate that this is the default, because it really does nothing for you in the way of SEO. However, there’s a quick fix for this that should help your blog posts get a little more notice.

If you log in to your WordPress blog and scroll down, you will see a “Settings” section on the left hand side. Clicking the arrow will drop down a menu and one of the options will be “Permalinks.” Clicking that will take you to the Permalinks page where you will see the different options you can choose.

The default looks something like http://blog.name.com/?p=167 and that doesn’t really tell readers or search engines anything about your post.

This can be easily changed on the Permalinks page by selecting either the Day or Month options, or even adding your own custom structure using the syntax that WordPress provides. You probably want to stay away from the Numeric option, as that won’t do much for your SEO either.

After saving your changes, your blog URL will look like http://blog.name.com/2010/06/name-tip-better-seo-with-wordpress-permalinks/, which is not only better for SEO, but now your readers have information like subject and date just by looking at your URL.

We hope that helps some of you out there that may not have even known this setting existed. Cheers and happy blogging!

goMobi Go!

If you’re one of the half a billion people accessing the internet on a mobile device, then you’ve probably had the frustrating experience of a website that either doesn’t work or is just plain hard to use. This can be especially trying when all you want to do is view the menu of a restaurant nearby and see if it will satisfy your grumpy hunger goblin of a spouse. Well goMobi is here to help.

goMobi is the latest innovation from the folks at dotMobi, an extension that’s made for mobile websites. Using goMobi, it’s a cinch to get your website converted to a mobile friendly version that makes all of your important details visible and easy to navigate. It offers a basic setup for the everyday person and there’s even advanced features for designers and developers. The best part is Name.com is the only registrar currently offering this easy to manage service and you can try it out for 30 days with no obligations or feature limitations. If after 30 days, you find that goMobi is the right fit for your business, it will only cost you $5.99/month.

What about all the different mobile devices with different sized browser windows? Not to worry. dotMobi has this nifty technology called DeviceAtlas that automatically detects the different devices and optimizes your website for viewing on that device. So whether your customer is viewing your website on an iPhone or an older Nokia, they’ll be getting the optimal experience for their phone.

Now is your chance to turn your frustrated mobile viewers into loyal customers!

YOURSTORY.TV – How to start your own video blog

So you’re thinking about starting a video blog, huh? Well these days it’s incredibly easy to start posting videos. Where before you needed a camera and editing software before you could even get started, now you can upload video directly from your phone or livestream right from your computer. Since the technical barrier is almost non-existent, where do you begin? An idea is always a great place.

Pick a topic you’re passionate about

What are your hobbies and interests? Maybe you think beer is the greatest thing man ever invented. Or maybe you’re an expert on the benefits of sustainable cooking. Whatever the topic may be, pick something you know and something that you enjoy talking (and learning) about. The more interested you are, the more that will reflect on to your viewers.

Choose your method

How will you record your video? Right now there are a number of inexpensive options available, with Flip Cameras starting at $150 and a number of HD camcorders coming in at $500 or below. But if you have a smartphone that does video or a laptop with a webcam, you can skip the extra purchase and just jump right in. It really doesn’t matter what type of camera you use, so don’t let your budget (or lack thereof) discourage you, the quality of your content and consistency are far more important than video quality.

Upload your videos

Speaking of content, where are you going to post these awesome videos you’re making? Well, before you can post a video to your blog you’ll have to figure out where you’re going to upload them. The three sites we use are Youtube, Vimeo, and Viddler. Youtube is kind of the obvious and most popular choice, but Vimeo and Viddler are pretty darn cool as well. If you want to take the time to upload to all three, that gives more eyeballs a chance of finding your videos. Once you have your video uploaded, you can go ahead and post it to your blog.

Choose your blog platform

The three free blog platforms that we tend to lean towards are WordPress, Posterous, and Tumblr — and really it just comes down to your needs and preferences.

Posterous is the easiest of the three, allowing you to post your video via email by simply pasting the link to the video in the body of your email. All of the embedding is handled by Posterous and they support just about every major video site out there in this regard.

Tumblr is another great microblog option that gives you more freedom with the design of your blog, but requires a little bit more effort when posting your videos. Instead of emailing, you will actually have to log in to your blog and embed the video yourself when you post. They’ve also recently announced a video upload option, which allows you 100MB of video per day and you can skip the whole Youtube step and host it directly on your blog.

WordPress, being a full-fledged blog platform, will allow you complete freedom with the look of your blog. Like Tumblr, you will have to manually embed your videos in your posts, however you don’t have the option to upload directly to your blog. If you’re not a shoot from the hip type of person and like a little more control, this is probably the type of blog for you.

What’s in a name?

Now that you know what you’re going to shoot, how you’re going to shoot it, and where you’re going to upload/post it, it’s time to talk about a domain name. If you’re on a budget, any of the free blog options above will work just fine for you. The only catch is your URL will look something like ilovebeer.posterous.com, which works but doesn’t do much for you in the way of SEO and it just doesn’t look as cool as having your own domain.

If you go the Posterous/Tumblr route, you just have to worry about the cost of the domain, no hosting required. So for as little as $9/year you can have a .COM for your blog. Or, if you want to spend a little bit more and really scream “video!” when people go to your site, you can snag a .TV for $20 for the first year and $35/year to renew. We have some more info here on how to set up a custom domain with Posterous.

If you go for WordPress, you’re going to have to pay for your hosting as well. At Name.com we offer hosting plans for as little as $5.99/month and up to $24.99/month, so depending on what you’re doing you can find a plan to fit your needs. And if you need help setting anything up, our support team is here to help.

Now start posting!

Hopefully that’s enough information to help get you started in the wonderful world of video. We’ve had a lot of fun with our Beer Fridays video blog and we hope you have just as much fun with yours!

Nab even more names with Domain Nabber!

We recently announced that we added support for .TV and .CC in our beta domain backorder tool Domain Nabber. Well this week we added .US and .BIZ into the mix, so now you can nab even more names! Both of these extensions cost $29.99 to nab.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber, we have some details here. If you’re ready to jump right in, you can head on over to the Domain Nabber page and get started. Happy nabbing!

Domain Nabber Now Supports .CC and .TV!

Looking to snatch up an expiring domain? We’ve got you covered.

Domain Nabber is Name.com‘s beta service for back ordering domains, and at just $18.95 we try to provide the best and most affordable service we can. If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber we have some details here.

Recently we just added support for .CC and .TV domains and we’re excited to say we’ll be adding even more in the near future. Now, it costs a bit more to nab .CC and .TV domains due to the higher costs of these domains, but we’ve done our best to keep the prices affordable.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback — if there’s anything you’d like to see in Domain Nabber please feel free to post your suggestions in the comments. It is in beta after all. 🙂

Domain Nabber Now In Public Beta

Name.com is now accepting back orders with our new Domain Nabber service. At just $18.95 per domain, Name.com is now the most affordable choice for professional backorder services.

Domain Nabber is the beta version of Name.com’s back order service. Domain Nabber is currently limited to .com and .net domain names which are set to drop from the registry.

THE TOOL
Domain Nabber presents up to ten days of daily drop lists (five past and five future) which we’ve analyzed using Verisign’s Data Analyzer as well as Yahoo! data.

Data Analyzer determines historic traffic to a domain name over various time periods using a scale from zero (absolute) to a high of ten (10). These are relative numbers and no guarantees can be made about future traffic based on these numbers. Only .com domains which are not in the zone file are able to be analyzed, which is why we are currently limiting this service to names which are PendingDelete.

Yahoo! Data comes in two forms “InLinks” and “PageData”. InLinks are just as they sound – the number of inbound links to a domain name. PageData is the number of webpages on a domain which Yahoo! is indexing. Yahoo! information is available for com and net domains. Again, things on the web change fast so we cannot make any guarantees about future performance of any domain names ordered using these tools.

SEARCH OPTIONS:

TLD – Pretty straightforward All, com or net. Take your pick.

Display Results – defaults to 50, but you can see up to 250 on a single page.

Drop Date – This defaults to either the current drop list or the next day’s drop list if the drop has already ended for that day. You can select all to view all days or select an individual day to limit results.

Max Length – by default domains up to 63 characters are displayed. Simply enter a number to limit the character length of a domain name.

Min Yahoo! InLinks – enter a number of 1 or greater to limit results.

Min Yahoo! PageData – enter a number of 1 or greater to limit results.

Hyphens or Numbers – Exclude or Include.

Hide or Show Data Analyzer – If you select .net and leave “Data Analyzer” checked no results will display. Uncheck Data Analyzer.

0-6 days through 52 weeks – Select a number 1 thru 10 to set minimum traffic scores for Data Analyzer.

Losing Registrar – defaults to all, use this option to view domain names which are dropping from a particular registrar. This is GREAT for customers let a domain name lapse but can’t afford the redemption fee!

Keyword Search – Powerful way to limit results based on preferred keywords and keyword combinations.

“contains all” allows you to enter up to four keywords and delivers results which contain ALL of those keywords. Example: “home loan mortgage” will show only names which contain all three of those words: homemortgageloan.com

“contains any” will deliver results which contain any one of the keywords. Example “home loan mortgage” will show names which contain any of those words: homepro.com, loanpro.com and mortgagepro.com

“begins with” will show results where your keyword(s) are at the beginning of a domain name. You may use up to four keywords in this search as well.

“ends with” will deliver results where your keyword(s) are at the end of a domain name. You may use up to four keywords in this search as well.

MORE INFORMATION
1. All backorders, or “Nab Orders” are on a first come, first served basis and cannot be canceled once submitted. Multiple orders for a domain name will not be accepted. The first customer to complete a transaction for a particular domain is the sole “Nabster” (customer) for that domain name. If Name.com is successful in “Nabbing” the domain name that Nabster will be awarded the domain.

2. Successfully “Nabbed” domain names are placed in accounts by 2:30pm MST each day. Each Nabster will receive notification of success and/or failure after 2pm MST.

3. Unsuccessful Nab attempts will be credited back to accounts in the form of account credit. Account credit may be used for future nab attempts, renewals or of course, new domain registrations.

4. There are no refunds or grace period deletions on Nabbed domain names.

Read enough? Ready to Nab? Go: Domain Nabber Back Order Service.

Name.com Launches Blog Hosting With Rapid Blog

We’ve been busy since the new year.

We’ve rolled out some new features:
– Improved exportable list of domains, including expire date
– Tracking of login attempts for added security
– Push button Adsense For Domains setup
– Payment profiles to make buying domain names at Name.com even faster

We’ve introduced some new products too:
– .TEL landrush with industry leading price – $295!
– NameSafe 2nd factor authentication to keep your account super secure

And now we’re excited to announce that we’ve just launched Rapid Blog, powered by the world’s most popular blogging software, WordPress.

Setting up a blog on your own domain name can leave many people confused and frustrated. We’ve taken the pain away. In just three simple steps your blog will be installed and set up on our servers, ready for you to login and begin writing and sharing.

Even better? Rapid Blog is cheap! For less than $3 per month you get your own domain name, an ad-free version of WordPress and the friendly service and support of the Name.com staff.

Visit us for more information: https://www.name.com/wordpress-hosting

Name.com Launches New Level of Account Security

Domain Name Hijacking has been an issue for almost as long as domain names have been around. In 1995 sex.com was stolen from it’s registrant in a very high profile case. It was still happening in 2001. In 2003. 2008 was a rough year from Godaddy – they were hit hard twice, in February and again in November and December.

The December incident, arguably one of the most troubling domain thefts in history made us realize how lacking domain registrars have been in dealing with account security.

But a domain name doesn’t have to be stolen to be problematic. USA Today addressed cyber criminal attacks being on the rise today and highlights the recent CheckFree.com fiasco:

In another recent attack, someone acquired the user name and password for a system administrator at CheckFree.com, the nation’s largest e-bill payment system. Using those log-in credentials, an intruder gained access to CheckFree’s domain name service account ’97 an account that permits the administrator to redirect traffic trying to access CheckFree’s home page to other legitimate company pages.

For several hours, the intruder redirected anyone typing www.mycheckfree.com to a Web server in the Ukraine that tried to install a password-stealing Trojan. Although as many as 160,000 customers may have been affected, none had any of his or her data stolen, says Lori Stafford-Thomas, a spokeswoman for Fiserv, the parent company of CheckFree. “CheckFree sites are all up and running properly and securely,” she says.

But the attempt was a sign of things to come, says Amit Klein, CTO of security firm Trusteer.

“The moral of this attack is that it’s so easy to take over your (website),” Klein says. “I just need to get ahold of your user name and password once. And we all know how easy it is to get your credentials.”

Name.com has long offered some of the industries best tools to keep entire accounts safe with login tracking/emails, history and IP restrictions. We’ve demonstrated once again why registrants trust us with their valuable digital assets by partnering with Verisign to offer their VIP (Verisign Identity Protection) service branded under NameSafe.

The NameSafe service offers a two factor authentication – combining something you know (your username and password) with something only you have access to (your one time randomly generate password) to create a more secure registrar experience. Currently both keyfob and credit card form factors are available for a nominal fee, and soon mobile phone options will be available for even greater convenience.