Helping You Search Better and Faster!

Recently we’ve made some changes to our search page that help you search for better domain names faster. Most of the changes are subtle, so you may not even notice them. Of course, that is until we explain them all in 3, 2, 1…

Updated UI

We’ve added better paging and tabs to the search page for better navigation through your search results. In addition, you will now see suggested, premium, expiring, and internationalized domain names (IDN’s) next to your search results.

You will also see backorder options for domains that are currently not available. So if the .NET accompaniment to your .COM is taken, you can place a backorder for it now in case it ever does become available. And remember, we always give a full refund if you end up not getting your backorder, or if you cancel your order at any time.

Smarter Searches

We now use GeoIP technology to identify your location and show the appropriate TLDs based on that location. So you’ll see in my search that the .US domain is the third option after .COM and .NET because I am based in the United States.

As mentioned above, we now show relevant domain suggestions based on your search along with premium, expiring, and IDN domains that are related to your search.

Speed Improvements (Technobabble)

Some of the not so visible improvements we’ve made include:

  • Improved AJAX backend and Javascript interface
  • Fully supported asynchronous searching (we load the results as we get them instead of blocking the page while waiting for a slower registry)

All of which mean we can deliver your search results much faster. After all, it is our goal to provide the best tools we can to help you find the right name as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Have any feedback on the new search page? We’d love to hear it!

Nominate Us For a R.E.C.S.S.!

Yes, R.E.C.S.S. is quite the acronym and it stands for “Recognition for Excellence in Customer Service & Support.” A few customers have already nominated us, and for that we humbly say thank you.

If any of our readers out there have had a good customer service experience with us, you can nominate Name.com in either the “Online Service Provider” or “Hosting” categories here. If you haven’t had a good experience, then we certainly want to hear about it. We ask that you send us an email telling us what happened so that we can learn from it and improve our customer service going forward. Either way, we thank you very much for your input and support!

Riding For a Cause

This Saturday a team from Name.com will be riding in the Tour De Cure Colorado. The Tour is a ride that takes place nationwide and benefits the American Diabetes Association, we’re really excited about participating!

Six Name.com employees, including yours truly, will be partaking in the event and as you can see we’ll be sporting some pretty awesome cycling jerseys as we ride around scenic Longmont, CO. In addition to the swanky jerseys, Name.com is also proudly sponsoring the funds each rider has to raise for the cause.

We invite any local Name.com fans to come cheer us on, or even join us for a much needed beer after the ride. Cheers!

Question: Funniest Misspellings?

Happy Monday! We’re feeling a little inquisitive again, and this time we’d like to hear about some of the funniest misspelled domains you’ve registered.

Does this sound familiar? You think of an awesome domain name, you find that it is still available, and with the swiftness of a fox you push that checkout button…only to find out that “elite” does not in fact have two “L’s” in it.

Unfortunately this happens to the best of us. We want to know what some of your funniest misspellings have been, and just like last time we’ll give out $25 in account credit to a random commenter. So bring on the comments!

Security is Serious Business

Anyone that has had one of their accounts (bank, online, or otherwise) compromised knows it can be a total nightmare to try and resolve. It’s not just an annoyance, it can leave you feeling violated and vulnerable. This can especially be the case if somehow this happens to your domain account(s). Now whether you’re a domainer or a small business, your domains can be your livelihood, and it’s important to secure your domains as best you can to ensure no one else can get their grubby little hands on them. Enter Name.com and a nifty little service we have deemed NameSafe.

The NameSafe VIP service is part of the VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) credential system and it adds two-factor authentication to your account. This means that in addition to a username and password, you must enter a unique, randomly generated code in order to log in. This provides a second, stronger layer of security on your account, and if someone without this credential tries to log in as you, their IP will be blocked after a certain number of failed attempts.

This VIP credential comes in the form of a credit card sized card that fits in your wallet, a key fob, and you can even download applications for your Blackberry, iPhone, or Android device. The service itself is free, but the card credential will run you $30, the key fob $10, and the mobile applications are completely free. Even if you decide to go the $30 route, it’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind of having your domains and your identity protected.

What happens if you lose your credential? Not to worry, our support staff can help you get back into your account. It will be a minor hassle, as you have to contact us, fax a copy of your ID, etc., but this is only to ensure that the owner of the account is trying to gain access. After all, protecting your domains is just as important to us as it is to you.

If you’d like to learn a little bit more about the NameSafe service, you can check out our product page.

Awesome WordPress Resources to Make Your Website..Awesome!

WordPress is a thing of beauty. An open-source blogging platform that gives you complete freedom to quickly and easily create, update, and manage your website. The only downside to having that much freedom is that it can get a tad overwhelming. Below is a list of WordPress resources we’ve stumbled across in our internet travels, and we hope you find them as useful as we have.

WordPress Codex

WordPress has done a great job of putting together this extensive knowledge base that covers just about everything you can imagine in relation to WordPress.

WPBeginner

Great beginner’s guide to WordPress.

Lorelle on WordPress

Fantastic resource from one of the volunteers that helps out with WordPress support.

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress Hacks And Customizations

Great blog post featuring links to various sources that show you how to customize your site.

Theme Lab

A nice collection of free and custom themes as well as a nice general resource for WordPress.

Free Theme Layouts

A new personal favorite of mine.

WooThemes

Awesome premium themes for people with a little bit more of a budget.

Plugin Directory

If you want to add something to your site, chances are there’s already a plugin for it. Trada also has a good blog post on a few plugins to help get you started.

WordPress Hacks

A site for the slightly more seasoned WordPress user.

We Love WP

A gallery of slick looking WordPress-powered site and a nice source of inspiration.

Page.ly

If you’re self-hosting your WordPress site, Page.ly is an awesome service that takes away all of the hassle.

WordPress Publisher Blog

Helping you get the most out of WordPress.
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The list can really go on and on, but these links should be enough to help get you started. If there’s anything you’d like to add, let us know in the comments!

Check Out Our GeoDomain Tool!

Name.com GeoDomain Tool from Name.com on Vimeo.

Here’s a brief walk through of one of our nifty search tools you probably didn’t know we had. The Name.com GeoDomain tool is a great domain name suggestion tool if you’re looking to target a specific region with your website or business. Check out our video and then bring on the feedback! We’d love to hear what you think of the tool and how we might improve it.

Do You Ignite?

If you’re a self-proclaimed geek and you’ve never been to an Ignite, you’re missing out. Ignite is a night of presentations, each 5 minutes long with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. The topics can range from dating, traveling, tech, to just about anything the presenter is passionate about, which makes it a very fun time.

Here in Colorado we have three Ignites going on regularly and each one is pretty darn awesome. Ignite Fort Collins is gearing up for its 6th installment, Ignite Denver just recently hosted its 7th, and Ignite Boulder is going strong with number 12 happening on September 2. We’re big fans of Ignite at Name.com and we also help sponsor the free beer at Ignite Boulder, go figure. 🙂

If you’re interested in checking out an Ignite in your area (and we highly recommend that you do!), you can search for your city here.

Name Wants to Know!

We’re in the process of adding a bunch of cool stuff to our Facebook page and one of those things is a new poll feature. We love hearing from our customers, so we’re looking forward to asking you all sorts of questions, some serious and of course some fun ones too. Right now we have a poll running on “What features/services would you like us to add?” and we really want your feedback on this one. If you don’t see your feature request listed, please let us know!

Now, the catch is that these polls are only available on Facebook (for now), so you’ll have to “like” us in order to see them. Liking us has other benefits, like easy access to our current promo codes, and it gives us a little validation at the same time. 😉

We hope to hear from you!

August Promo!

This summer has been a hot one just about everywhere, and we figured we’d go ahead and continue this trend with some hot prices! The Name.com August promo is:

HEATWAVE

  • $8.89 .COM & .NET registrations
  • $8.89 .COM & .NET renewals

We hope to have one or two additional promos for you throughout the month, so stay tuned!