Check Out Our GeoDomain Tool!

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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.

.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!