CATEGORY: Business

Bulbys Shine Light on .CO Domain

Joan Rivers has a .CO domain. And what’s not to like about Joan Rivers? I mean she’s plastic, sure, but Tupperware is awesome. What’s more important is that one day when Ms. Rivers is gone and recycled, her legacy will live on because she won a 2011 Bulby Award for “Best Personal Site” from .CO Internet S.A.S., the official registry operator for the .CO domain.

It’s only been a year for the .CO domain, yet it’s already surpassed one million registrations in 200 countries. Celebrities love the .CO, and so do tech innovators and social networking sites. Even Google has added the succinct .CO suffix. And now, for you, building a site around your .CO is free.

With Name.com’s PageZen simply get your domain and you could have your site up TODAY! We’ve made it easy because we all went through those tough years when making a site with your picture and a recipe for biscuits took a week of evenings huddled around a 700-page book about HTML. With us you’ll have a .CO domain in minutes, and from there it’s nothing but fun. Yes, our PageZen web builder is actually fun. Like Joan Rivers. But with our easy website builder you can enhance your image without dozens of painful surgeries.

You’ll be amazed how easy it is. Now get on out there and go for your Bulby.

Name.com gets funkified!

Name.com gets a snazzy new look! Yes it’s true, we have not been hacked and this is not a phishing site, this is the new us! It’s been 8 years of orange, so with this big change we feel refreshed and revived! Clearly we’re pretty excited about it and hope you are too.

So why the change? Why not!? Around here, we pride ourselves on pushing the envelope and staying fresh. We’re certainly not your average registrar, so we’ve updated our look to express that better. We think of our brand as an actual living, breathing thing that will be constantly evolving and changing as we go. We invite you to join the process and share your thoughts, feedback, and ideas at whatsup@name.com, you can also let us know what you think of the new design on Twitter using the hashtag #newname.

In the coming weeks and months you’ll notice more of our pages flipping over to the new design with some added functionality updates as well. As we design our new pages we’re going to count on you guys to give us your feedback. We also have some great products coming your way soon, including an easy and awesome website builder, SEO tool, iPhone app & more.

We’re pretty stoked on opening ourselves up to let our personalities shine through a little more, and we’re really glad to have you guys on board and contributing along the way. Cheers to a better Name!

Buyer beware: Phishing email requesting renewal

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to post a quick note to give you all a heads up that it has come to our attention that there are phishing emails being sent out to Name.com customers. The email appears as if it is a notice of expiration from Name.com requesting a $75 renewal (youch!). The email will look similar to:

This is just a general reminder to read carefully through details and if something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. Let us know if you have any questions. Don’t fall victim!

1 Week 1 Project: A Study in Accountability

How many of you have vowed to write a blog post once a week only to have an inactive blog staring back at you six months down the road? I will raise my hand as one of the blogging idealists that has a hard time turning ideas into a written reality. Now how many of you have had a weekly project turn into a monthly project and then into yet another dead project? I will raise my hand here as well, and if you did the same, right now you’re probably wondering the same thing as me — sheesh, what the heck do I do with my time??

Enter Mike, a Name.com customer and good buddy of mine, and his site 1 Week 1 Project. The idea is simple: he works on one project per week and he blogs about it (resulting in at least one blog post per week). As the site says, it’s a study in motivation, accountability, and self-imposed limits. It’s an idea I’ve loved from the start and some of the projects Mike has taken on are equally as clever.

One of those projects was Teach Me Your Trade and I’ll Teach You Mine. A brilliant idea really, the concept was to meet with someone for an hour and learn from them on whatever topic they wanted to teach; then you switch and you get to teach that person for an hour. Having not seen my friend for over a year, I was excited to get together for a couple hours and drop some knowledge. In our session I shared my thoughts and experience on managing a community, and in return I received some much needed CSS guidance. It was a great exercise and to be honest, the mutual learning/teaching thing is kind of exhilarating. It’s something I think we both wanted to try and continue beyond this one weekly project.

Motivation and accountability is something that I’d be willing to bet most people struggle with, so it’s been really fun to see the projects Mike comes up with and then to return the next week to read whether or not he was successful.

Have you found your own solution to the motivation/accountability gap? Let us know in the comments!

If you’re a Name.com customer and you’re doing cool things on the interwebs, shoot us an email! We’d love to see them.

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. 🙂

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:

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. 🙂

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!

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.

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.