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!

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.