Name.com Employee Shares His Bike to Work Day Experience

One of our developers Nick was pretty pumped on “bike to work day” and offered to write a blog post for us. Below is the email we received from him:

As it turns out, I suck at writing, so I might need your guys help. Any thoughts on how I can make what’s below suck less? 

We think he did just fine, here’s what he wrote:

Another bike to work day is upon us. This year, just over 33% of name.com chose risk the heat and smoke filled air, to mount their two-wheeled steel unicorns and pedal into work. Some of us rode in today because it was bike to work day. Some of us rode in just to show off our brand new bikes. One person forgot what today is and walked to work (and has spent the day giving back rubs to those who rode in as punishment). Mostly, people rode their bikes in today, because that’s what they do every day. This is Colorado with its plethora of sunshine, bike lanes, and spandex. Plus, as most of us have found, biking is a great way to work up a thirst of some tasty micro brew.

Bikes for employees at Name.com

Our bikers have never been accused of being on performance enhancing drugs.

You know when the time is right…

To be fair to our actors, they had a hard time doing this. Oh jeez…that wasn’t a pun. But Ryan was so embarrassed he had to close his eyes when Caroline did her fake flirtations. And Caroline would somehow gather herself from laughing to launch her rock star looks. Oh, and she has a boyfriend. Unfortunately it seems like a pretty solid deal. And if there’s any interest in Ryan, he’s got a girlfriend. It must be the rapid eyebrow flutter.

Other Domain Side-Effects include:

  • Domains could sell your house.
  • Friends will fawn over your awesomeness when you use your domain as email like jane@janeisawesome.com and sound like a champ, or get hooked up with Google Apps.
  • Getting cocky. (again, no pun) When your Facebook friends see you own your own space, they’ll be jealous they’re forking over their identity for theirs.
  • Sudden credibility. If you’re online presence is blogspot.happyplumbing.com, then you need your own custom web address that allows you to build credibility, establish your brand, and protect your interests.
  • You’ll be unique. With domains starting at $1.99 (or free if you decide to host your website through us), securing your name and presence online is easy and affordable.

iWeb is going away, but your site doesn’t have to! Check out Name.com shared hosting plans

Apple iWeb going away.

You don’t have to lose everything.

You finally found a super easy way to get your website looking right and online…and now it’s going away. Apple has announced that iWeb publishing, MobileMe Gallery, and iDisk are all being phased out by the end of June. Things are not as awful as they may appear. Apple is encouraging users to migrate over to iCloud, which is a bit more expensive. We wanted to let you know that we have an awesome shared hosting platform that could be a great fit for you. Take a look at our website hosting plans, and below see a tutorial on how to move your Apply goodness.

  Click here to get started.

Our team is standing by to help make the migration as seamless as possible. The video below should help you get started and if you run into any questions our support team is only a phone call or email away.

Click here for a tutorial from Apple on how to move your iWeb to another hosting provider.

ICANN Reveals the New gTLDs

Call it what you want, a giant boondoggle or the greatest thing to happen to commerce since money, but the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has revealed the applications for the new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD). These aren’t your COMs and NETs from way back in 2011, but the .COKE and .FATBABY or whatever you can conjure and afford.

There were some surprises, like the multitude of companies going after .APP does not include Apple, Inc., and Google went bonkers, applying for more than 100 new domain extensions.

google's new gtld bid

Graphic via Informationweek.com

For anyone whose like, “What?” The new gTLD came about when ICANN opened up the door to any word in all kinds of languages to live on the right of the dot. If Google gets .LOL, for example, they’ll sell it like a traditional registry, just as Verisign does COM/NET/TV.

It’s a pricey venture. ICANN will take in about $357,000,000 for the $185,000 per application. So, yes, Google has dropped a small country’s GDP applying for new gTLDs.

Now it gets exciting. With some domain extensions like .GROCERY a hot item, you’ll probably see bidding wars between the likes of Wal-mart and Safeway. Although it’s not just the big boys who get to offer input. ICANN has opened up a 60-day comment period where the public can submit comments on the newly revealed applications.

ICANN also offers these stats:

Of the 1,930 applications received:

  • 66 are geographic name applications.
  • 116 applications are for Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, for strings in scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic.

Applications were received from 60 countries and territories, broken down by ICANN’s geographic regions;

  • 911 from North America.
  • 675 from Europe.
  • 303 are from Asia-Pacific.
  • 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • 17 from Africa.

As for Name.com, we need to wait for the domains to be approved, and then we’ll offer as many as we can get. There will be a lot that goes into this process, like an entire new infrastructure for domain registries and registrars (like us.) With that kind of excitement (read: fevered work) we’ll be keeping you posted on all the new updates as the come in.

Bill Bought us Bikes

Some sweet rides from Republic Bikes. But there are some contingencies: like we have to ride them. A lot.

bill with the name.com crew

Bill is a good example of why you want to stay in shape. He’s 83.

For Bill to pick up the tab for the bikes, we must either a) ride our bike to work 45 times between 6/1 and 9/30, or b) ride our bike 25 miles a week if we are not able to commute. There’s a tracking spreadsheet and everything, and to make it official, David “I have one pant leg shorter than the other and ride a bike without brakes” Fitzgerald from customer support and bicycle building is getting everyone to sign up for Strava. It’s free and will track your mileage. You should do it too. There’s even a mobile app.

Why are we bike crazy? Gas prices. Pollution. Fatness. Cardio. Junk Food. Traffic. Sanity. Freakish calf muscles. Wind in your hair. Seeing stuff. Happiness. Vigor. Fewer pills. More nookie. Stamina. Our kids. Sunshine. Energy independence. Trees. Freedom. Wheelies. Global warming. Beer.

When you ride a bike, you don’t get all “oh I’m such a glutton” when you drink a couple pints. So ride with us friends. Ride. We’ll post more soon to keep you inspired.