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!

And the winner is…

Sky!

And the winner is...

After almost three weeks, our unintentionally epic ping pong tournament came to a nail biting end as Sky defeated Owen in three games. Judging by the comments on our last post, most people had their money on either Matt or Owen, leaving Sky an opening to sneak in and take the title of Ping Pong King of Name.com!

Of course, now this just means some of us will be stepping up our game to get ready for the next tournament and Sky will have his work cut out for him if he wants to hang on to that trophy. 😉

You can see the results from each round here.

Heads Up: Scammer Pretending to Be Name.com Over Instant Messaging

We just received notice from a customer that someone pretending to be Name.com support contacted them over instant messaging from name.support@hotmail.com. The person asked for credit card information and was actually quite rude when our customer said no. Our legal team has been notified and is on the case. We hope to have this individual shut down as soon as possible.

At this time we do not offer online chat support at Name.com (although we talk about it a lot, and that may change in the future). Name.com will also never ask for payment details to be sent via email or instant messaging.We always request the customer log in to their account and update this information themselves to help maintain security.

If you receive any messages from name.support@hotmail.com or anyone else pretending to be Name.com, please contact us immediately. Thank you!

Name Tip: How to Ensure a Smooth Domain Transfer

Here at Name.com we like to think of domain transfers like square dances — it’s easy to get tripped up, but when you know the steps it’s simple and straightforward.

There are a few tips you can follow before you start your transfer to help ensure that the experience will be as smooth as the dance floor at a senior center…wait…well you get the idea. However, should something go wrong along the way, our support staff is always here to help.

The following should be verified before you initiate your domain transfer:

  • The domain is unlocked.
    • This is a setting you can access from within your account control panel that allows you to transfer out your domain.
  • You have not registered the domain in the past 60 days.
  • You have access to the administrative contact email for the domain.
  • Your current registrar has no other reason to block the domain.
    • Sometimes registrars will deny a transfer if you have updated your contact information within the past 60 days, or if you catch them on a bad day. 😉

We also have some information about these tips on our transfer page.
Currently transfers to Name.com are starting at just $7.75, and in addition to getting great tools and customer support, transferring to Name.com also renews your domain for an additional year, leaving a little extra money in your pocket at the same time.

Hopefully these steps will help you with your next transfer. If your next transfer happens to be to Name.com, we look forward to working with you!

Name.com Sponsoring WordCamp Boulder!

We love participating in the local tech scene, and we’re excited to announce that we will be a sponsor at this year’s WordCamp Boulder! This year the conference is moving from Denver to Boulder and into the historic Boulder Theater. The speaker list and schedule are already up and it’s looking like it’s going to be a great day for WordPress fans!

We’re really looking forward to the event and a couple of our team members will be attending and joining in on the fun. If you run into us, we’ll have some Name.com goodies on hand to give out. Cheers and happy blogging!

Super Awesome One Day $5.99 Sale!

Hey everyone! By now you’re aware of the com/net price increase happening on July 1, 2010, and since we have one last day before the increase, we decided to go all out and give you a deal you may never see again!

Starting now and running until 10PM MST (GMT -7), we will be having a Super Awesome One Day $5.99 sale! With the code NEVERAGAIN you can get $5.99 .COM & .NET registrations for today, and today only.

This is possibly the last time you’ll see a deal this sweet, so you’ll have to act fast before the promo code expires at 10PM MST (GMT -7) tonight!

Name.com Says Mo’ Business Mo’ Money!

Since we love small business at Name.com, we try to do whatever we can to help our small business customers get more recognition for their hard work and success. We are going to sponsor 5 interviews each month on MO.COM featuring Name.com customers who are either founders or CEO’s of their companies.

Heard of MO.COM? It’s a site dedicated to interviews with entrepreneurs from all industries around the world. The interviews focus on their habits and the goal is to learn about their methods and share these strategies with their readers. As a reader it’s a great way to explore different business philosophies and as an entrepreneur, it’s a great way to get exposure for both yourself and your business. The “MO” appropriately stands for “modus operandi” which other Latin speakers (or anyone with a computer) may know means “mode of operating or working.”

We’re on the hunt for Name.com customers to feature in these interviews, which is a great chance to be seen next to the likes of Aaron Wall (SEObook.com) and Alex Farcet (startupbootcamp). If you have any suggestions for entrepreneurs that are Name.com customers, please post them in the comments. If you want to suggest yourself, that’s perfectly fine! We’d love to hear from you.

Cool Uses of .ME: Tungle.me

We love to see uses of .ME in the wild, and in the past we’ve mentioned a few sites we like that are using the increasingly popular .ME extension (flavors.me, boulder.me, formspring.me). Recently we’ve come across another service that’s embracing .ME: Tungle.me. The tagline of Tungle is “scheduling made easy” and it really does just that. When you sign up, you create a profile, add your availability and “voila!” people can easily schedule calls or meetings with you.

I’ve only just started using it and I already really dig the service. Of course I’m all for anything that helps simplify certain annoyances, like long email strings where you try to schedule a meeting and you both have an insanely busy schedules.

Speaking of .ME, if you’re looking to register one for yourself we’re running a pretty sweet special at the moment — you can register a .ME for the super low price of $7.99! You can also transfer your .ME to Name.com for just $15.99, which also renews your registration for another year. No promo code is needed to receive either of these awesome rates.

Have you seen any other cool services using the .ME extension? If so, let us know in the comments and we’ll check them out!

Name Tip: Better SEO with WordPress Permalinks

We’ve seen quite a few blogs recently that are running WordPress and using the default setting for permalinks. It’s unfortunate that this is the default, because it really does nothing for you in the way of SEO. However, there’s a quick fix for this that should help your blog posts get a little more notice.

If you log in to your WordPress blog and scroll down, you will see a “Settings” section on the left hand side. Clicking the arrow will drop down a menu and one of the options will be “Permalinks.” Clicking that will take you to the Permalinks page where you will see the different options you can choose.

The default looks something like http://blog.name.com/?p=167 and that doesn’t really tell readers or search engines anything about your post.

This can be easily changed on the Permalinks page by selecting either the Day or Month options, or even adding your own custom structure using the syntax that WordPress provides. You probably want to stay away from the Numeric option, as that won’t do much for your SEO either.

After saving your changes, your blog URL will look like http://blog.name.com/2010/06/name-tip-better-seo-with-wordpress-permalinks/, which is not only better for SEO, but now your readers have information like subject and date just by looking at your URL.

We hope that helps some of you out there that may not have even known this setting existed. Cheers and happy blogging!

Name.com Ping Pong Tournament!

Ping pong yo

Every so often we like to indulge in a little friendly competition amongst the Name.com team, and we thought it was high time for another ping pong tournament! We’ve posted the bracket for round one over on our site and we’ll be updating it along the way.

Want to join in the fun? Post your pick for the winner in the comments and whoever guesses right will get one of our awesome new pint glasses! Don’t be fooled by our pictures though, some of us aren’t as tough (or goofy) as we may seem. 😉

Update: Just to clarify, you just have to pick the winner for the entire tournament, not each matchup. 🙂