New to the Team: Ashley Forker

Hey everyone! We’d like you to meet Ashley, our new Marketing Coordinator here at Name.com. Ashley is an east coaster who went to school in Boulder, CO, then returned to the east coast after some time in Chicago. There she realized that she missed the awesomeness of Colorado and she returned to join in the awesomeness of Name.com.

She’s already been initiated to the team with an appearance on Beer Fridays, a costume contest, and other shenanigans — with her willingness to goof around in front of a camera, she fits right in here. In addition to beer, Ashley enjoys rockin’ out to live music and skiing.

Please join us in welcoming Ashley to the team! \m/

Podcast Episode #3: Something Technical With Sean (DNSSEC)

Length: 9:44

This week our CTO, Sean Leach, joins the podcast to talk about a little thing called DNSSEC. The most basic explanation of DNSSEC is that it provides security for your DNS, but, as you will hear, there is oh so much more involved.

Non-tech folks, not to worry, Sean does a really good job of keeping the technobabble to a minimum. Even as I was politely smiling and nodding during recording, I was actually comprehending (most) of what was being said. ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of DNS security, the .ORG registry is now running a campaign to practice safe DNS, and they’ve taken a clever angle with it. Check out the PSA-like video below:

Doing Good: MSU Men’s Soccer

We not only love doing good here at Name.com, but we also love to hear when others in our community are doing good. So when customer and friend, Chris Folk, pointed us to a site he is managing (with Name.com of course!) for a very special event happening at Missouri State University this week, we thought we’d share.

For the second year, MSU is hosting a special game, now named “Living OUR Legacy: Pride. Pastime. Patriots.” The event is a unique venture between the Athletics department and an undergraduate academics course to benefit both the school and the community. Last year they received enough cash and food donations to help the Ozarks Food Harvest provide almost 800 meals to people in need.

This year, the goal is not just to set a school attendance record for a men’s soccer game, but also to honor past and present military personnel through ceremony and charity. The 2010 Legacy game will donate $1 of every ticket purchased to Ozarks Honor Flight — a non-profit organization dedicated to transporting World War II veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in honor of their service and their sacrifice.

If you’re in the Springfield, MO area, you can check out more details about the MSU event here. And if you live elsewhere, but are still interested in donating to Ozarks Honor Flight, you can do so on their website here. Unfortunately we can’t make it to the game, but we’re happy to say that Name.com has made a donation to help support this great cause. ๐Ÿ™‚

Doing good and want to tell us about it? We’d love to hear from you.

November Promo!

Hey guys!

October sure was an exciting month and November looks to be more of the same! We’re sure that a fair amount of you are eager to get your grub on at the end of the month, but we bet even more of you are excited about getting a sweet deal on your domains.

For the month of November you can use the promo code TURKEYTROT for:

  • $9.49 .COM/.NET registrations
  • $9.49 .COM/.NET renewals

Don’t forget to check out our other great promotions (no promo code required):

  • $6.99 .IM registrations & renewals (ended 11/18)
  • $10.99 .TV registrations ($9.99/year for multi-year registrations)
  • $6.99 .ASIA registrations

Name.com Halloween Costume Contest!

Yes! It is finally here, costume contest time! The Name.com team showed up to work all decked out in their costumes and we need your help picking the best one. Check out everyone below (you can hover over each image for name and costume details) and then post your votes in the comments, or feel free to shout at us on Twitter or Facebook..we’ll catch ’em!

Also if you’ve dressed up today we would LOVE to see pics of your costumes. Link away!

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Podcast Episode #2: SEO Basics

Length: 14:23

Hey folks! For our second podcast we talk about a few basic SEO techniques you can use to optimize your website. As an example, we take a look at our very own BeerFridays.tv and discuss ways to get it seen by people who aren’t already in the Name.com network.

We also consider it a small victory that our second podcast attempt is 5 minutes shorter than our first. We’re getting better at this whole brevity thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have any topics or specific questions you’d like us to cover in future episodes? Let us know in the comments or shoot us an email!

.TEL For Your Pets?

This morning I opened my inbox to find the latest .TEL Community Newsletter waiting for me. Always happy to hear from our friends at .TEL, I read through it and came across a really interesting idea that someone is doing in Germany — using .TEL for dogs in place of the standard tags.

Think about this: whenever you’ve moved or changed phone numbers, how long did it take you to update the contact information on your beloved pet’s tags? I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of putting this simple task off. But what if my cat was lost during this time? Even if she’s chipped, the contact information won’t be up to date..and this means I’d be in panic mode.

Well Elisabeth Bethge, of the Hundeladen Pet Store in Kirchheim am Ries, Germany has a solution to this problem with the .TEL Dogfinder Collar and Harness. Instead of using tags that can easily be lost or contain out of date information, you can buy a high quality collar with the URL of your dog’s website. If your dog is found, they can go to the website and see all of the information you have included about your dog. Information that you can easily update from any computer.

You can see an example of a doggie .TEL in action here.

The nice thing about the .TEL domain is its versatility (and low cost!), so it’s really cool to see someone getting a little creative with it. It’s no secret that we’re a company of pet lovers here at Name.com, which is why this idea caught our eye. Plus we thought it’d be a great reason to show off our pet video from a few months ago. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pets of Name.com from Name.com on Vimeo.

Just look how cute they are!

Websites For the Halloween Fan

If you couldn’t tell, we’re just a tad excited about Halloween! For the fans out there like us, here are some cool Halloween related websites we’ve come across. What are some of your favorites?

Countdown to Halloween

True to the title, CountdownToHalloween.com is a blog featuring random Halloween coolness.

Spirit Halloween

A lot of costume sites can be a strain on the eyes, but SpiritHalloween.com has created a clean website with a ton of costumes to choose from. We realize it’s probably a little late to order something, but you can always bookmark for next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Threadless

Okay, so Threadless isn’t a Halloween site per se, but they are running a killer deal on their scary-themed tees. Score!

Halloween Forum

HalloweenForum.com is, you guessed it, a great place to chat it up with other Halloween fans. If you’re looking for craft, costume, or party ideas..look no further.

Haunted Houses

HauntedHouses.com is a spooky guide to haunted houses (both real and attractions) across the United States.

Opacity

A photographic exploration of abandoned buildings and places, Opacity.us is related to Halloween more in atmosphere than anything else. Great use of an alternative extension too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

New to the Team: Ryan Clarey

Meet Ryan

Community, Meet Ryan.

Ryan is the latest addition to our rockin’ support team and from day one he has hit the ground running. The term awesome gets thrown around a lot, but we have to say that Ryan is, in fact, awesome. He’s been a great addition to the company and often brightens our day with his awesomeness and sense of humor.

He wasn’t really comfortable divulging any secrets from his past (probably for the best), but he can say that he’s American, he went to college, and he enjoys steak. He also enjoys beer, which means he fits right in.

Join us in welcoming Ryan to the team with a big “Cheers!”