CATEGORY: How-Tos

6 Chrome extensions you should be using

There are so many amazing productivity tools that are now available on the internet that can make your workday easier, more productive, and enjoyable. And if you’re a Chrome user, you have access to an entire arsenal of extensions that are all about streamlining your internet usage. We’ve compiled a list of our top six favorite Chrome extensions that we believe will improve your computer-bound life.

How to register an emoji URL

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about emoji domains and why they’re not as popular as you’d think. And while I still wouldn’t recommend running off and converting all of your primary URLs to emoji versions, let’s face it—having an emoji URL is pretty sweet. They can be a great “vanity” domain, so to speak, that can redirect to your main website or forward to a Twitter or Instagram account.

However, emoji domains can be tricky to register successfully if you aren’t sure what you’re doing. Take a look at this step-by-step tutorial to learn how you can get your own emoji URL.

5 common website mistakes (and how to fix them)

If you’ve ever started a website before, you know that the learning curve can be pretty steep. And unless you are a web design expert or have been building websites for years, you’re still bound to make mistakes every once in a while. However, if you think that your website should be attracting more visitors than it’s actually getting, there might be issues at hand that you haven’t thought about.

There are several common website mistakes that you may be making that are holding you and your site back. See if any of these problems or practices sound familiar, and find out what you can do to correct the issue.

Should you register an emoji domain?

Remember back in February when Coca-Cola got a ton of hype for debuting billboards that featured emoji domain names? Every “happy emoji” domain that was registered by the beverage giant redirected to a landing page where visitors could enter to win their very own emoji domain name. Although the contest has long been over, you might have noticed something peculiar—the distinctive lack of domain names that use emoticons, even now that we know it’s possible to register them.

So why aren’t more people jumping at the chance to get the “sassy information desk girl” emoji as their website’s URL?

How to set up a SSL certificate for your website (and why you should)

Think about your last online purchase: Did you just assume that it was safe to enter your credit card information or did you check for that little green padlock in the address bar? That padlock sign (or occasionally just a green address bar) indicates the presence of an SSL certificate, a security measure that ensures that sensitive information entered on that webpage will be safely encrypted.

Screenshot of name.com site secured with SSL certificate

SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is the protocol that creates these secure connections for web users. It prevents private information from being compromised by eavesdropping, data tampering, or message forgery. It also gives consumers peace of mind as they fill out forms that contain sensitive information.

Millions of businesses use SSL certificates to assure visitors of their website’s security and legitimacy. If you think that your website could benefit from a SSL certificate, you can easily set it up through Name.com.

Introducing one-click setup for your live streaming needs

With the release of .LIVE just one day away, now is a good time to consider how live streaming as we know it may change as the internet continues to evolve. People want access to events, information, and experiences as they happen, and live streaming is one of the most dynamic ways to do so.

We’re big fans of third-party services that allow businesses and individuals to live stream to their audience, but we also think there’s an opportunity to optimize your brand at the same time. That’s why we’re excited to introduce Periscope and Twitch to Name.com Apps, allowing you to connect custom domain names to streaming profiles with just the click of a button.

How does the domain preorder process work?

New Domains are coming out every day, making it a great time to register domains for you or your business. But if you want to purchase a domain name that a lot of other people are interested in, you may not want to wait until the domain reaches general availability to buy it—it may be long gone by then and in the clutches of someone else. Luckily, buyers have several opportunities to purchase the domain they’re interested in before it reaches general availability.

Free domain services you can get at Name.com

Here at Name.com we care about keeping our customers happy—really happy. You guys are the heart and soul of our business, which is why we try to take care of you as best we can. Between top-notch customer support and one-click App set up, we are constantly coming up with ways to make it easier for you to get your website up and running.

And as an additional thank you to all of our amazing customers, we offer several free domain services for you to use on your website. From additional security to easier DNS management, these tools can save you a whole lot of time and money.