CATEGORY: Development

The Website Builder is Here

Remember when…

Many years ago the World Wide Web made a promise. It told people that they could build their own website and it would look sleek and pretty. Many websites were made, but many people were disappointed. Many websites have been abandoned, fading away as low-price, low-quality promises on the lonely outskirts of the Internet.

But today, we are here to fulfill that promise. Today … we introduce’s website builder. and CloudLinux Partner to Improve Server Quality


Innovative shared hosting operating system (OS) developer CloudLinux and leading domain name registrar announced today the details of their growing partnership. is now using the CloudLinux OS, a switch that has had an immediate impact on load times, stability, and the overall customer experience of’s shared hosting services. The relationship began when identified potential issues with its existing environment.

“We take pride in our growing relationship with because the company is a lot like CloudLinux,” says Igor Seletskiy, Founder and CEO at CloudLinux. “ is renowned for its customer support, giving webmasters the assistance they need to get the most from their hosting. However, when problems occur with an OS, maintaining support and service quality is difficult. At CloudLinux, we are very committed to our customers, and, in this case, we used our own excellent customer support team to help eliminate its issues.”

The Latest: Updates to Account Management, DNS Management and Account Settings

Our dev team makes it rain positive change, although they cringe at being called “Rainmen” (yet you should see them play cards.) They’ve been cranking out web goodness and have made the following improvements:

  • Added more templates to the DNS management page,
  • Updated the account contacts & Domain contacts page,
  • Added more options to the Email Domains tool,
  • Added a way to stop a transfer from going out and
  • Updated account settings page.
More Details:
As Product Manager Shannon says, “We pushed another exciting update to account management. There is now an Account Settings page where users can edit their contacts, enable or disable renewal notices, and edit default nameservers. Users could always do this stuff but it had previously been part of the Account Contacts page. This is what it looks like:
Meanwhile, Smitty, who’s in dev, heralded the nameserver changes:


This morning we are pushing an update to the nameserver management page.  Customers will now be able to select nameserver templates from a dop down.  The templates are dynamically generated nameserver groups based upon the nameservers that the customer is currently using for all other domains in the account.  Please let us know if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
And this with some interesting new terminology:
Dear All,
Today we are deploying the new contact management pages.  All of the previous domain/account contact management functionality is still intact, only with a slicker, cooler, more manageable, form validator-able, tabable upgrade!  Most notably, we have integrated Google’s phone number validation library, which should help international customers get those pesky phone numbers updated correctly.  As always, please let us know if you run into any issues.
See “tabable” in action…
And here’s a note from P-Fro in dev about the transfer cancel feature:

Hey Friends,

We’ve just pushed a feature where customers can cancel a transfer out of from the domain management page…
To come: Revamp of domains list page that will include new features like a ways to search and categorize/group domain names.

Sync Domain Expiration Dates: Harmonize Your Domain Name Renewal

So Nick in dev made the exciting announcement about how you can now sync your domain name expiration dates. But before I pushed it live to the blog, I wanted to make sure he’d included everything…

Renew your domains all on the same date

That about sums up the experience: Ultimate User Enjoyment. Nick explains:

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, and Legend (you know who you are),

We’re rolling out a new tool that will allow users to sync the expiration dates for their various domains. As of right now, this option is only available for .com and .net domains (sorry Henrik, you can’t sync your .se domains just yet).

On the page, the user will be able to select the new expire date, then select the domains that they want to have that new expiration date. Then, they must hit “Apply” for those sync products to be added to the cart. It will not allow the sync date to be before the current expiration date, or further out than 10 years (70 dog years) from the date of the sync, not the date of the current expiration date. The pricing is $1.15 per sync month, and if the sync is longer than a year, the users domain will be sync’d to the correct date of the year current, and then renewed until the desired expiration date is achieve. I really hope this makes sense and doesn’t come across a Jared-esque rant.

Please, let me know if you have any questions.

Please do let us know if you have any questions. You can hit us on Twitter or Facebook, or engage with our legendary customer support.

And there IS one more thing:

sync domain names expiration dates

Developer Tip: Look at your work from a different angle. Literally.

Patrick “P-Mo” Moroney made an important, game-changing observation: Code is longer than it is wide.

Stuff’s about to get real. dev team going vertical with monitor

P-Mo goes vertical.






















Necessary toolage:

Xrandr to set the size and orientation of the screen

Swivel desk mount

Optional for Awesomeness:

Gentoo Linux on Macbook

X Windowing System

X Monad Window Manager

Developer tips and tricks



















Don’t let the dainty plate and tea cup fool you. This is extreme.

Easy Vs. Right – MVP will give you both!

This post is about Minimum Viable Product, or MVP. This little acronym gets tossed around a lot here at, because we like innovation. Innovation is a wonderful thing, but it can be somewhat of an organizational nightmare for product management.

Our process goes like this: We decide that we want to add a new feature to a product or the website, but we’re not entirely sure how it’s going to work. We get a bunch of idea-driven stakeholders in a room, and we brainstorm about the feature. Suddenly we have 26 features that are all totally awesome, and we’re going to fit them all into one scoping document and one sprint to be finished in the next 2 weeks with only one developer working on it.

Board of directors discuss minimum viable product

And that’s how Homer came up with PageZen.

Oh, and it won’t need any testing either. This is GREAT! All the stakeholders leave the meeting feeling warm and fuzzy about the events that just transpired. We have so many neat ideas, and we can’t wait to see how they turn out.

It’s only once it’s in writing that we realize what is quite obvious to an outsider. All of these ideas are awesome! We can accomplish each and every one of them. It’s just going to take our entire development team 4 months. This is where MVP comes in. What can we push out in the shortest period of time with the minimum amount of development that will still be of value to the user?

We go back and forth until we strike that balance, and when it’s all said and done we have a solid spec that can be completed in one sprint by one developer. The agile process will tackle the testing, and we push the 23 other features to the back burner. They’re not in the sprint, but they’re not forgotten either. They’re hanging out in the development team’s backlog, waiting for iterative development to pick them up.

Analyzing and trying to produce an MVP is not only good for iterative development, it’s a solid business decision as well. We think we know what our customers want and sometimes we do, but sometimes we are way off base. Getting a product out the door and allowing your customers to bang on it allows you to track its desirability and also ask for their feedback on the features they want to see. You might be surprised to find that the features they want are nowhere in your list that landed in the backlog.