CATEGORY: How-Tos

goMobi Go!

If you’re one of the half a billion people accessing the internet on a mobile device, then you’ve probably had the frustrating experience of a website that either doesn’t work or is just plain hard to use. This can be especially trying when all you want to do is view the menu of a restaurant nearby and see if it will satisfy your grumpy hunger goblin of a spouse. Well goMobi is here to help.

goMobi is the latest innovation from the folks at dotMobi, an extension that’s made for mobile websites. Using goMobi, it’s a cinch to get your website converted to a mobile friendly version that makes all of your important details visible and easy to navigate. It offers a basic setup for the everyday person and there’s even advanced features for designers and developers. The best part is Name.com is the only registrar currently offering this easy to manage service and you can try it out for 30 days with no obligations or feature limitations. If after 30 days, you find that goMobi is the right fit for your business, it will only cost you $5.99/month.

What about all the different mobile devices with different sized browser windows? Not to worry. dotMobi has this nifty technology called DeviceAtlas that automatically detects the different devices and optimizes your website for viewing on that device. So whether your customer is viewing your website on an iPhone or an older Nokia, they’ll be getting the optimal experience for their phone.

Now is your chance to turn your frustrated mobile viewers into loyal customers!

YOURSTORY.TV – How to start your own video blog

So you’re thinking about starting a video blog, huh? Well these days it’s incredibly easy to start posting videos. Where before you needed a camera and editing software before you could even get started, now you can upload video directly from your phone or livestream right from your computer. Since the technical barrier is almost non-existent, where do you begin? An idea is always a great place.

Pick a topic you’re passionate about

What are your hobbies and interests? Maybe you think beer is the greatest thing man ever invented. Or maybe you’re an expert on the benefits of sustainable cooking. Whatever the topic may be, pick something you know and something that you enjoy talking (and learning) about. The more interested you are, the more that will reflect on to your viewers.

Choose your method

How will you record your video? Right now there are a number of inexpensive options available, with Flip Cameras starting at $150 and a number of HD camcorders coming in at $500 or below. But if you have a smartphone that does video or a laptop with a webcam, you can skip the extra purchase and just jump right in. It really doesn’t matter what type of camera you use, so don’t let your budget (or lack thereof) discourage you, the quality of your content and consistency are far more important than video quality.

Upload your videos

Speaking of content, where are you going to post these awesome videos you’re making? Well, before you can post a video to your blog you’ll have to figure out where you’re going to upload them. The three sites we use are Youtube, Vimeo, and Viddler. Youtube is kind of the obvious and most popular choice, but Vimeo and Viddler are pretty darn cool as well. If you want to take the time to upload to all three, that gives more eyeballs a chance of finding your videos. Once you have your video uploaded, you can go ahead and post it to your blog.

Choose your blog platform

The three free blog platforms that we tend to lean towards are WordPress, Posterous, and Tumblr — and really it just comes down to your needs and preferences.

Posterous is the easiest of the three, allowing you to post your video via email by simply pasting the link to the video in the body of your email. All of the embedding is handled by Posterous and they support just about every major video site out there in this regard.

Tumblr is another great microblog option that gives you more freedom with the design of your blog, but requires a little bit more effort when posting your videos. Instead of emailing, you will actually have to log in to your blog and embed the video yourself when you post. They’ve also recently announced a video upload option, which allows you 100MB of video per day and you can skip the whole Youtube step and host it directly on your blog.

WordPress, being a full-fledged blog platform, will allow you complete freedom with the look of your blog. Like Tumblr, you will have to manually embed your videos in your posts, however you don’t have the option to upload directly to your blog. If you’re not a shoot from the hip type of person and like a little more control, this is probably the type of blog for you.

What’s in a name?

Now that you know what you’re going to shoot, how you’re going to shoot it, and where you’re going to upload/post it, it’s time to talk about a domain name. If you’re on a budget, any of the free blog options above will work just fine for you. The only catch is your URL will look something like ilovebeer.posterous.com, which works but doesn’t do much for you in the way of SEO and it just doesn’t look as cool as having your own domain.

If you go the Posterous/Tumblr route, you just have to worry about the cost of the domain, no hosting required. So for as little as $9/year you can have a .COM for your blog. Or, if you want to spend a little bit more and really scream “video!” when people go to your site, you can snag a .TV for $20 for the first year and $35/year to renew. We have some more info here on how to set up a custom domain with Posterous.

If you go for WordPress, you’re going to have to pay for your hosting as well. At Name.com we offer hosting plans for as little as $5.99/month and up to $24.99/month, so depending on what you’re doing you can find a plan to fit your needs. And if you need help setting anything up, our support team is here to help.

Now start posting!

Hopefully that’s enough information to help get you started in the wonderful world of video. We’ve had a lot of fun with our Beer Fridays video blog and we hope you have just as much fun with yours!

Nab even more names with Domain Nabber!

We recently announced that we added support for .TV and .CC in our beta domain backorder tool Domain Nabber. Well this week we added .US and .BIZ into the mix, so now you can nab even more names! Both of these extensions cost $29.99 to nab.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber, we have some details here. If you’re ready to jump right in, you can head on over to the Domain Nabber page and get started. Happy nabbing!

Domain Nabber Now Supports .CC and .TV!

Looking to snatch up an expiring domain? We’ve got you covered.

Domain Nabber is Name.com‘s beta service for back ordering domains, and at just $18.95 we try to provide the best and most affordable service we can. If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber we have some details here.

Recently we just added support for .CC and .TV domains and we’re excited to say we’ll be adding even more in the near future. Now, it costs a bit more to nab .CC and .TV domains due to the higher costs of these domains, but we’ve done our best to keep the prices affordable.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback — if there’s anything you’d like to see in Domain Nabber please feel free to post your suggestions in the comments. It is in beta after all. 🙂

Domain Nabber Now In Public Beta

Name.com is now accepting back orders with our new Domain Nabber service. At just $18.95 per domain, Name.com is now the most affordable choice for professional backorder services.

Domain Nabber is the beta version of Name.com’s back order service. Domain Nabber is currently limited to .com and .net domain names which are set to drop from the registry.

THE TOOL
Domain Nabber presents up to ten days of daily drop lists (five past and five future) which we’ve analyzed using Verisign’s Data Analyzer as well as Yahoo! data.

Data Analyzer determines historic traffic to a domain name over various time periods using a scale from zero (absolute) to a high of ten (10). These are relative numbers and no guarantees can be made about future traffic based on these numbers. Only .com domains which are not in the zone file are able to be analyzed, which is why we are currently limiting this service to names which are PendingDelete.

Yahoo! Data comes in two forms “InLinks” and “PageData”. InLinks are just as they sound – the number of inbound links to a domain name. PageData is the number of webpages on a domain which Yahoo! is indexing. Yahoo! information is available for com and net domains. Again, things on the web change fast so we cannot make any guarantees about future performance of any domain names ordered using these tools.

SEARCH OPTIONS:

TLD – Pretty straightforward All, com or net. Take your pick.

Display Results – defaults to 50, but you can see up to 250 on a single page.

Drop Date – This defaults to either the current drop list or the next day’s drop list if the drop has already ended for that day. You can select all to view all days or select an individual day to limit results.

Max Length – by default domains up to 63 characters are displayed. Simply enter a number to limit the character length of a domain name.

Min Yahoo! InLinks – enter a number of 1 or greater to limit results.

Min Yahoo! PageData – enter a number of 1 or greater to limit results.

Hyphens or Numbers – Exclude or Include.

Hide or Show Data Analyzer – If you select .net and leave “Data Analyzer” checked no results will display. Uncheck Data Analyzer.

0-6 days through 52 weeks – Select a number 1 thru 10 to set minimum traffic scores for Data Analyzer.

Losing Registrar – defaults to all, use this option to view domain names which are dropping from a particular registrar. This is GREAT for customers let a domain name lapse but can’t afford the redemption fee!

Keyword Search – Powerful way to limit results based on preferred keywords and keyword combinations.

“contains all” allows you to enter up to four keywords and delivers results which contain ALL of those keywords. Example: “home loan mortgage” will show only names which contain all three of those words: homemortgageloan.com

“contains any” will deliver results which contain any one of the keywords. Example “home loan mortgage” will show names which contain any of those words: homepro.com, loanpro.com and mortgagepro.com

“begins with” will show results where your keyword(s) are at the beginning of a domain name. You may use up to four keywords in this search as well.

“ends with” will deliver results where your keyword(s) are at the end of a domain name. You may use up to four keywords in this search as well.

MORE INFORMATION
1. All backorders, or “Nab Orders” are on a first come, first served basis and cannot be canceled once submitted. Multiple orders for a domain name will not be accepted. The first customer to complete a transaction for a particular domain is the sole “Nabster” (customer) for that domain name. If Name.com is successful in “Nabbing” the domain name that Nabster will be awarded the domain.

2. Successfully “Nabbed” domain names are placed in accounts by 2:30pm MST each day. Each Nabster will receive notification of success and/or failure after 2pm MST.

3. Unsuccessful Nab attempts will be credited back to accounts in the form of account credit. Account credit may be used for future nab attempts, renewals or of course, new domain registrations.

4. There are no refunds or grace period deletions on Nabbed domain names.

Read enough? Ready to Nab? Go: Domain Nabber Back Order Service.