12 Days of Domain Names Day 9-Brings .MOBI for just $5.99

We’re in the home stretch of our very special holiday promotion and we’re offering up .MOBI registrations for just $5.99. Let the world know exactly where to find you on the mobile web with your very own .MOBI domain. With unique and flexible tools designed to help you get on the mobile web in a snap .MOBI domains offer a great value and today only Name.com makes it an even better value. Just three more offers!

12 Days of Domain Names ’96 Day 8 Gets Down to .BIZ with $5.99 Registrations

Whew’85 has it been eight days of deals already? Are you ready for more? Great – cause today we’ve got the unsung hero of the domain world – .BIZ for just $5.99.

It’s short, it’s descriptive and savvy business owners are picking up on the fact that there are some great domain names still available in this extension. I have been seeing more and more .BIZ domains popping up on billboards, work trucks and advertising around Denver. Instead of going longer in the .com these folks are opting for short and memorable over on .BIZ.

.BIZ also supports IDN registrations in fifteen different languages.

You know the drill by now – just 24 hours!

12 Days of Domain Names ’96 Day 7 Goes Overseas with $10 .co.uk Registations

We’re up for a spot of tea tonight while registering $10 .co.uk domains.

Scotland may want it’s own extension, but .co.uk is likely to remain a very strong extension for the entire United Kingdom. The UK covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and .co.uk domains are common through the entire region.

$10 .co.uk domains last for just the next 24 hours – go get ’91em.

Name.com Hits Facebook

Did you know that we’ve got a Facebook page? Heck, we’ve even got fans! We may even post special announcements there once in a while. You know, like promos codes. The kind that every one seems to want.

Name.com on Facebook

Visit our Facebook Page and become a fan – you’ll be among the first to know when we’re handing out those special goodies

Name.com Promo Codes for October

I know what you like. It’s tough economic times. You’re looking for a bargain. I heard you loud and clear and I’ve got fresh and hot promo codes for you.

How would you like a bright and shiny .ORG? With the promo code OHMABH you can get them for just $7.49!

Maybe you’d like a .CN instead? Got those too – $3.99 with code IGATFC.

While you’re here, take a moment and swing over to the Best Domain Registrar and tell me what you think of the new header.

EDIT: corrected the .org promo code.

Aussie Government Mandates Internet Censorship Down Under

It looks like the Australian government is creating a firewall similar to the one that China has been using.

Australia says it means to restrict minors from accessing pornography and violence on the Internet, although it would give the government carte blanche over what typical Australian Web surfers are able to access on a day to day basis.

In late 2007 Stephen Conroy, Australia’s Telecommunications Minister, had said that Internet users will be able to opt out of being filtered. That said, it appears that the content filters will be mandatory for all Australian Internet users, and “opt out” could mean being added to what has been called a blacklist:

Australians will be unable to opt-out of the government’s pending Internet content filtering scheme, and will instead be placed on a watered-down blacklist, experts say.

Under the government’s $125.8 million Plan for Cyber-Safety, users can switch between two blacklists which block content inappropriate for children, and a separate list which blocks illegal material.

What does that mean for Name.com? The Great Firewall of China had effected some of our customers who were using URL forwarding. The issue caused some of our Chinese customers problems when trying to resolve their URL forwards in that country. We have a fair number of Australian customers as well. I’m afraid that they may experience the same type of inconvenience.

Not an incredibly big deal, but it makes me wonder if the effect of this type of Internet negativity on minors is prolific enough to warrant a governmental mandate. Is the government saying that parents and guardians of Australian minors need this type of help to control what their children look at on the Internet? Where is the line drawn between looking after the greater good of the people you represent, and blind censorship?

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is being held in Australia next month, interestingly enough. I am very curious to know what, if anything, will be said about this.

Name.com Now Offers Fastest Way to Buy Recently Deleted Domains

We’ve been working on a lot of behind the scenes improvements so that we could roll out some cool products and services. One of the first ones to drop is our new Recently Deleted Domains Service.You can search through domain names which have recently been deleted using a variety of search parameters including time since it dropped, length, keyword, extension, etc. It’s a pretty powerful tool, especially for those of you who have had your eye on a domain name but haven’t wanted to back order it.

We took it a step further and we’re also offering a Recently Deleted Domains Keyword Subscription Service. Right now you’re limited to English dictionary words. You can enter a variety of your favorite keywords as well as any you wish to block. We’ll send you an email update every 15, 30 or 60 minutes with a list of names that have dropped from the zone in that time frame.

Oh the things in store!

Are you excited? I watch Obama’s acceptance speech last night in the presence of about one hundred strangers at a bar in my neighborhood. There was certainly anticipation in the room leading up to the speech. There was an lush quiet while he spoke. Then excitement. Regeneration. Hope. This, as they say, is a good thing.

When I came into the office today I realized that’s not very different from what’s been going on here at Name.com. We’ve been pretty quiet lately. Heads down and working hard to beef up our infrastructure to keep up with our phenomenal growth and prepare for even more.

The last several months have been really busy and we’re just starting to see some of the fruits of those labors. Most of those things are completely behind the scenes. It’s no always been easy and it’s not always gone the way we hoped, but go it did.

Over the next several months there’s lots more to do and those are the things I am really excited about. I can’t talk about a lot of them right now but you can expect some enhancements to our feature set, perhaps a facelift and who knows’85 maybe a new product or two. Keep your eyes peeled.