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!

Back From HostingCon!

Well, technically we’ve been back for a week, but I think we’ve now sufficiently recovered from all the fun that we had in Austin. Between the full days at the conference and the full nights of networking we learned a lot and made a lot of great connections. In fact, the only thing we didn’t get “a lot” of was sleep. 😉

With over 150 exhibitors, the exhibit hall was very impressive, and a testament to how much this event has grown in recent years. From beating down high prices in the boxing ring to Rock Band to booth babes, there was a little something for everyone. Of course, the real fun is just being surrounded by so much innovation and seeing the future of the hosting industry. We think it’s safe to say that future is definitely a bright one and we’re excited to see where the next few years will take us.

Huge thanks to the event organizers, presenters, exhibitors, and the city of Austin! Pretty sure we collectively sweated out about 20lbs in all that heat, but we still had a great time and even came home a little slimmer.

Question: What Was Your First Domain Name?

We’re feeling a little curious today, so we have a couple questions for our community.

  • What was the first domain name you registered?
  • Do you still have/use it?
  • Do you even remember what your first domain purchase was? 😉

We’d love to hear from you! We’ll also randomly select a comment and award the poster $25 in account credit, so happy commenting!

Let .US Work For Your Business!

As the official ccTLD of the United States, .US has been deemed “America’s Internet Address,” allowing individuals and businesses to establish a memorable identity within the United States. Whether you’re a business based in the U.S. or an international business with a presence in the States, .US can work for you.

Understandably people are frustrated by the lack of good domains available in other extensions and they are forced to dilute their name and their brand just so they can have a .COM for their business. With .US there’s no reason to settle, you still have an opportunity to get a great name in a recognizable extension. An extension that establishes a strong geographical identity for your brand.

If you’re one of the lucky ones with a good .COM, you still have an opportunity to secure your name, brand, and presence with a .US domain.

Another perk of having a .US is you get a listing in the US Directory, a free service that lists your .US websites on zipcode pages, helping build and advertise your business. You can apply for this listing here.

Currently Name.com has .US registrations for just $3.99 (holy cow!), so now is a great time to let your .US speak to your customers. Really, if you’re doing business in the United States, it just makes sense.

.ORG – Not Just for Non-Profits

As one of the original top level domains, the .ORG extension is one of the more recognizable domains out there. However, it’s a common misconception that it’s limited to non-profits, which is definitely not the case.

.ORG is a versatile extension that can work for you in a number of different situations, whether you’re a business, individual, or group. For businesses it’s a great way to extend your online presence beyond your commercial endeavors. For individuals looking to connect with a community, it can help communicate your values. And for groups, teams, associations, or any other type of organization, a .ORG domain is a natural way to instantly clarify your goals.

So if you’ve been looking to really speak out to your community or your customers, a .ORG might be just what you need. How convenient it is that Name.com currently sells them for just $7.49. 😉

Fun fact: mitre.org was the first site to register a .ORG in 1985, well at least according to wikipedia.ORG.

HostingCon Here We Come!

We’re only a few days away from HostingCon 2010 and we sure are excited! Maybe not about the July heat in Austin (hey, we’re from Colorado!), but the conference looks like it’s going to be a great time. The speaker list is awesome and the sessions cover such a wide range of topics that there’s a little something for everyone in the industry.

A few things we’re looking forward to:

  • Hanging out with our industry friends
  • The Exhibit Hall
  • Darryl Brown on the Evolution of Hosting – Where We Are Going
  • John Curran and Owen DeLong on Preparing for IPv6 Deployment
  • Trey Gardner and Michele Martin on Transitioning Toward Green Hosting
  • Caleb Sima on Conquering Web-based Malware
  • The parties!…err, networking events 😉

If you’re going to HostingCon and you want to meet up with someone from the Name.com team, give us a shout in the comments or on Twitter. We’d love to meet you!

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!