.TEL Landrush closes today ’96 General Availability Opens Tomorrow

Today is your last chance to secure your .TEL domains under landrush. Today at 6pm MST we’ll close registration for .TEL while we prepare for the flood gates to be thrown open for general availability tomorrow.

Name.com will be offering .TEL registration at $8.95 for a limited time. This price is valid for new single year registrations only. Multiple year purchases will reflect the savings only for one year, second and subsequent years will be charged at our regular rate of $14.95/year.

.TEL hopes to revolutionize how people contact you. .TEL domains don’t require external hosting in order to work. Instead they are all hosted on the TelHosting Community. All you need to do is enter your contact information and snap! it’s on the web. No need for HTML, web design or anything else. Check out our .TEL Page for more information on how to use .TEL for you or your organization.

Celebrate The launch of ccTLDs.com With Sales on .IN .ME and .US

ccTLDs.com, the latest in a string of domain related efforts from Rick Latona launched this month. To celebrate we’ve slashed prices on .IN domain registrations again! For a limited time .IN domains are just $5.99 for new one year regsitrations. This includes all of the third level registrations we offer.

We don’t stop at .IN. We’ve still got .ME domains at $13.49 and we’re wrapping up our sale on .US domains at $5.99.

If you haven’t stopped by ccTLDs.com you should spare a few moments and sign up. If you’re a domain investor and you haven’t looked into ccTLDs, you could be missing out. They have about fifty forums, most dedicated to an individual extension. There’s also a marketplace forum that’s seeing a lot of action at this stage. Go, learn’85 then come back and get buys with your ccTLD Registration at Name.com

Domain Aftermarket Newsletter Launches Friday

Name.com is launching a daily domain aftermarket newsletter this week. Our clients have been asking us for this for months. Now we finally have a lineup of domain names at prices that we feel represents a broad enough range to entice everyone.

With a variety of price points starting at $20 for expiring names from the Name.com family of registrars to tens of thousands of dollars for names from our brokerage clients – there’s a little something for everyone.

Sign up now so you don’t miss a single domain: Aftermarket Domain Names

Domain Transfer Pricing and Domain Regsitration Specials

Before I dig into all those great domain name specials, first let’s talk about domain name transfers. Lots of folks have been asking about domain transfer promo codes and specials. I want to be frank with you. We’ve got an everyday low rate of $7.99 for common gTLD transfers. Some other providers might lure folks with prices that are below cost and hope to make it up on renewal (when their real prices jump more than 30%). We’re not playing that game. $7.99 gets your name over to Name.com and $8.99 renews it a year later.

Do the math:
The other guys: $7 today + $10 next year = $17
Want email? Add another $14/year
How about some privacy? Another $9/year
Wow! $30 a year – it adds up quick!

With Name.com: $7.99 today + $8.99 next year = 16.98
Add email = FREE
Add private registration = FREE
For under $10 a year you can have your own domain, registered privately with email powered by GMail for your domain.

Year after year Name.com is a better value than any other registrar. Visit Name.com to transfer domains today

Domain Registration Specials

What else? We’ve got some great specials running right now. For a limited time take advantage of there special prices on new one year registrations:

.ME Domains $13.49
.IN Domains $8.99
.US Domains $5.99
.INFO Domains $1.99

Don’t forget that for a limited time you can get a free .US or .INFO domain name when you purchase Rapid Blog. Learn more about Rapid Blog

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.

Name.com cuts 10% of staff, says goodbye to fantastic team members

Name.com has always been a close knit family. Even as we expanded last year we’d kept a very family oriented approach to business. We eat together, we play together, we take care of each other. This week our family is smaller as a result of cuts we’ve been forced to make.

As I sat with the individuals who cared for our customers, who made sure our services were the best they can be, I thought about some of the questions I get asked every day:

1. Why do you charge $8.99 for a domain?
2. Why did you raise your price from $5.99?
3. Can you match $6.99 that Registrar X is offering?
4. Can I have a discount code?

Let’s discuss domain economics for a minute:

Every business has a margin. The margins in the domain industry are often razor thin. The cost of a .com name is $7.06 at the moment. In a world where retail margins are often 200%, we eek by with a 21% margin (before credit card processing fees). Out of the 21% we pay payroll & various HR costs, rent, accreditation fees, credit card fees, utilities, technology costs, communications costs, taxes, and various other operating expenses. 18 – 20% is what many of the companies I’ve worked for could expect to put in their profit column.

We began cost cutting measures in October, first with little things like the couple hundred bucks we spent to bring in a chair massage session twice a month, then with some big changes which would save us money like a change in some of our service providers. It wasn’t enough. We had to let go of some very dedicated and very talented folks.

We’re confident that we’ve done the right thing for the health of the company but we’re sad to see members of our family off on their own during this tough economic time. As we move into what is likely to be one of the hardest economic periods our company is likely to encounter we’re hopeful for the future while we keep a keen eye on the bottom line.

We’re not going anywhere. We’re in it for the long haul, but we’re all about letting you know what’s happening behind the orange facade of Name.com.

We wish our recently departed family members the very best and hope they will find a new work home that will treat them better than ever.

.TEL Landrush Pre-orders Now Being Accepted

We’ve begun accepting Landrush pre-orders for .tel domains. TEL is a very special type of domain name that allows both individuals and organizations the ability to have their contact information on the web without the need to build a website. By utilizing the telHosting Platform you can easily enter and format information in a clear and concise manner. You can find more information on how to use .tel on our .tel information page.

During Landrush the registration price is set at a premium and we’re charging $295 for the three year minimum term.

Landrush pre-orders will be processed on February 3, 2009 on a first come-first serve basis. Any domain names that are not successfully acquired for our customers will be eligible for a refund less a $10 processing fee.

Final Days for Two Very Special Offers

During the 12 Days of Domain Names promotion earlier this month we were overwhelmed by the response for $.25 .CN domain names. As such we decided to extend the promotion for the remainder of the year. So please take advantage of these last few hours to register .CN domains at ultra low prices here at Name.com – the offer absolutely goes away tomorrow night.

We’re also in the final stretch of our .ORG promotion – $.50 of every .ORG registered until 12/31/08 will be donated to Kiva.org. During this time we’re also offering a very special price of just $6.49. You save, everyone wins.

$.25 .CN Offer Extended!

We’ve had such overwhelming response to our .25 .CN offer that we’ve overwhelmed the .CN registry with queries. At times this has meant a less than stellar experience for our customers. We’re extending to offer so those of you who were unable to process orders might have another chance.