CATEGORY: Development

Beer Friday: We got a Keg Cap Tap

The story around the office wasn’t so much our new gift, but that something had “cleared the war room”. The “war room” is where our dev team holes up in a small space withlegend of karate kid concentrates like a name.com developer charts, graphs, computers and the concentration of Mr. Miyagi. They stay there all day troubleshooting and brainstorming. It’s a big deal, and we’re told that those of us on the outside will never understand.

But then the the inventor of the Keg Cap Tap sent us “the perfect tap handle for every keg.” It was if the war room guys had just found out about sunshine. They wandered out into the open and gathered around the kegerator. With quiet admiration they celebrated the latest innovation in beer liberation.

The keg cap tap from Colorado inventor Matt Ferris.

Some of you may know that every keg comes with a little cap. It’s an identifier of what the keg is, and provides a modicum of protection to the valve that guards the nectar below. Until now it’s been popped off and stuck to someone’s head or flicked about in an impromptu game of table football. But now it has a new home.

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And stickers!

Your stylish new cap-tapped keg tells everyone what they’re drinking so you don’t have to break from the courtship of your pint to field questions. Pretty dang cool, and Matt, the Colorado-based inventor who conjured this little bit of magic, sent it to us out the the goodness of his heart. Thanks Matt! This kegs for you!

Quick Apple iPhone 4S Siri Demo

When I first heard of Siri I thought people were abuzz about Tom Cruise and Katie Holme’s daughter. I read one Tweet that said “Siri is wicked” and I thought, “Sweet jeeso she’s only like five.” And her name is “Suri.” Luckily the social media outburst was all about the speech-recognizing “personal assistant” that comes with the Apple iPhone 4S. As it turns out, she (in America all I’ve heard is a female voice) is pretty wicked. Check out this demo we did at Name.com.

Bad girl Siri! Pretty cool though. With both a speech input and output, you can speak into it and Siri responds. It’s more than you get from most humans (unless it’s Name.com’s legendary customer support.)

Name.com Nature Film: In the Developer’s Den

I think this is but the raw beginning of more nature films. We have plenty of animals to pursue around the office, and this swanky Cherry Creek neighborhood just begs to be exploited. I’m seeing a Whole Foods nature film and even a Nordstrom’s safari. There are cougars all over in there.

We tagged a couple of them to track their movements, but they haven’t gone anywhere in weeks.

PageZen Top 5 Tips and Tricks

Like we’ve said before, PageZen is easy, and we don’t say that in the condescending oh-we-know-you-can-do-it way that someone says right when they give you a ton of work. We’re saying it in the old school “it’s easy” way. Back when “bad” meant “bad” instead of “awesome” and “sick” was still ill. PageZen is easy. Here’s how you take your PageZen website to the next level.

PageZen is Easy. Really easy.

The one-pager is FREE and it’s free to start the total PageZen package. So if you want to see how easy it can be to build a website for your business or your hobby or your cat, then please take our 14-day trial run.

You’ll note in your account that your domains come with a free trial run of PageZen and SEO Tutor. Give ’em a whirl and let us know what you think. We even have some even easier Tips and Tricks to help out. Oh, and nice work Otto, Quin, Name.com staff and the baristas at Ink! We couldn’t roll out top-notch production without you.

What we should learn from the Crock Pot Girls

Let me be the first to try and share the success of an Internet Sensation. This time it’s not a kid high on nitrous oxide or an interesting squirrel. This time there’s meat, real honest-to-gosh meat. It’s the Crock Pot Girls. They are three mothers, Allyson, Jenna, and Nicole who, as their Facebook page says, “decided here was a great way us moms can exchange crock pot recipes.” Sounds pretty darn simple, and that should be the main lesson. KISS: Keep It Simple…Silly (Moms loathe the word “stupid.”)

So they go about this straightforward project and in less than ten days score half a million “likes” and so many wall posts they have to beg people to behave and follow the rules. What are the rules? Well, simple: share recipes. Now that’s about as Abigail Adams as you can get. This old-fashioned way of connecting people spun up in an electronic forum. And by golly they have 300,000 more fans since I checked the site last night. Soon they’ll be on Good Morning America, and we’ll be watching from our piles of press releases and flowcharts and wondering, “How?”

crock pot girlsSince it has to do with food we at Name.com wanted to be a part of it. As the Community Evangelist I contacted the CPGs to see if we could provide them with a domain and a website that we could monetize and search engine optimize. Our customers really think we’ve got something with our PageZen web builder and SEO Tutor, and we’re very fond of them. But that really should be the litmus test: are you portraying your product even close to something that with a flip of a switch can feed your family for a week?

There’s another lesson: give people something they want. We’ve all been serenaded by the sales gurus hammering their fists and berating us about benefits: “Share the benefits of your product!” But the Crock Pot Girls have one up on that. Their product is a benefit with benefits. People want food. They want lots of it, and they want it to appear magically. The Crock Pot is all that. You put something in it, you turn it on, and then you do something else with yourself. All you need is a recipe. In come the CPGs. Throw in the fact that the economy is weak and I’m surprised our ladies of the ladle haven’t been propelled to Congress.

At Name.com we’d love to hear that we’re the Crock Pot Girls of domains and website building. We want it to be quick, easy and convenient, and as satisfying as a pound of pulled pork. We want to put you in that place where you can be any level of web IQ and still get your ideas and products on a website that ranks big with SEO. Actually, I think there should be some kind of buzzword introduced here. Something about a “Crock Pot” business plan (not to be confused with “Crackpot”) where you sit alone with the slow cooker and brainstorm how close you can get to its paragon of goodness. If you don’t get all the way there, then don’t worry. It’s hard to touch moms with vats of food.

Name.com Emerges from Rigorous One-Stopification Process

The Name.com dev team stepped out into the daylight and blinked at the big, big world. It was time for a shower and something other than processed cheese and potato chips. It was also time for something else: a celebration. A good party was in store because Name.com’s One Stopification was complete.

A developer’s diet. Exercise is also recommended.

Our staff of intrepid tech-addled engineers have grappled the once painful process of building a website and cocooned it into the amazing and easy-to-use PageZen web builder. They tore down the ominous mountain of Search Engine Optimization and downsized it to the simple, step-by-step SEO Tutor.

When you go to Name.com, you are now greeted with everything you need to build and optimize, monetize and securitize the website you need. But there’s more. We’re working on quick and easy tutorials for all our quick and easy services. That’s doubly quick and easy.

With our One Stopification complete, you’ll be able to build your own website in minutes. Tweak it how you’d like. Add what you like. Add PayPal, social media, videos, your own unique twists, colors, designs and propel your profits into the webosphere with all the benefits about you and your business.

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What One Stopification looks like.

We have the security, the SSL certificates, the domain names and the easy web builder with all the accessories. So you’re covered for small business, blogging and anything from domains to websites to ranking on the top search engines.

SEO Tutor starts at 36 bucks a month and you can do it yourself. Call that expensive SEO consultant and tell him you’re using the money you save to go to Mexico.

But we will still be here, One Stopified and ready with the same great customer support. It’s nice that some things never change.

Name.com Introduces Domain Nabber NXD Scores for .Net, .CC and .TV

The NXD score that Name.com currently provides for .COM is now available for .NET, .CC and .TV.

Check out the impressive roster here.

NXD, or Non-existing Domains, are those domains just about to expire or are currently available to be registered.
The NXD score measures DNS traffic, which could be an indicator of web traffic. There are a lot, like millions, of domains that are already getting DNS traffic, but that no one is using. Information provided by Verisign helps to determine their NXD score, rated on a 1-to-10 scale, 10 being the highest.
Get onto Name.com’s Domain Nabber today, and use the NXD score to find the right domains to potentially drive even more traffic to your site, products, services and content.

Now introducing Name.com’s PageZen!

Ok all you online brand builders, small to medium sized business owners, affiliate marketers, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers – prepare for your life to get a whole lot easier…

Now introducing Name.com’s easy drag & drop website builder, PageZen!

No longer do you need to know code or pay a designer to get a website up, now you can use PageZen’s easy drag & drop content editor to start building your site. It’s the perfect, simple solution to get a usable, quality website up quickly. Choose a template and then add your text and images. A single click allows you to easily add video, a blog, RSS feed, Facebook feed, Twitter feed, site search, Google maps, and even games! Building a website is now more than do-able, it’s actually fun! PageZen is gamified which means the more progress you make on your site the more you get rewarded. You’ll find yourself eager to continue building. You can also plug into an existing advertising network and start making real revenue on your site. If you’ve been thinking about building a website for a while but were feeling a bit intimidated, PageZen is an extremely user friendly, accessible option.

Your site is dynamically updated so as soon as you make an edit you can see the changes immediately (how gratifying!). Enjoy full control of your business or project’s website with unlimited disk space and bandwidth included, no additional hosting necessary.

Just because you don’t need to learn codes and scripts to use PageZen doesn’t mean that it’s not for the techies too. If you look under the hood it has the ability to modify SEO tags and insert custom code.

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