Ideas are neat. They are the foundation of all great things; the seeds to a bounty of treasure and success.They are also the the upside-down launchpad to failure. Long story short: Instead of simply releasing our promo code to the public as we do the first of every month, we decided to see if we could get 1500 more people to “like” us on Facebook before we let our latest coupon fly. It didn’t work. People are used to waking up to a domain deal on the front stoop of a bright new month, and so instead of people “liking” us, they “flipping despised” us. Luckily there’s no button for that.
With no physical challenges, bureuacratic stipulations or unwieldy demands, here’s the promo code:
And the goodness it brings:
Use it through the end of February, 2012 for $9.99 Com/Net reg/renew, $29.99 .TV renewals and 50% off any of our hosting plans (that’s monthly OR YEARLY!)
Like any good company though, we weren’t totally sure we were wrong until a high-powered consultant could confirm it.
We’ve learned our lesson. We hope you feel our love (and any in return would be nice.) And if there’s anything we hope you take away (other than a hunger to shop like a beast) it’s that at Name.com, we’re open, honest and transparent. Even if it means just a tiny bit of awkwardness and embarrassment…and having the CEO’s mom rush the CEO’s daughter over for a quick reality check.
Now you know how powerful you are. GoDaddy has changed their position on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). They were for it, and now, after you transferred your domains and voiced your opinion, they’re against it.
Illustrations and jokes aside, what’s important here is that a flawed piece of legislation has lost a major backer. So we’re not going to kick GoDaddy while they’re down. We’re moving forward (with your help, thank you) with our effort to get politicians to back away from this giant, stinking pustule of freedom-pinching poo. Our new promo code is ‘STOPSOPA’.
For those of you determined to transfer, now through the end of the year use the promo code, “STOPSOPA” for 10% off transfer ins (COM, NET, ORG, TV, INFO, IN, US, CO, ME & TEL) and also receive 40% off any of our hosting plans!
For the sake of our support team…
Transfers are typically seamless. However, we understand that your domains aren’t just URLs, but ideas, enclaves of inspiration and money makers. The wait from one registrar to another can be stressful. Here are some things to keep in mind to make your transfer to Name.com go as smoothly as possible:
1. Make sure your domain is unlocked.
2. Turn off your Whois privacy.
3. Make sure your admin email is current (it’s best if it’s the one you use most regularly).
4. Ensure that your Auth (transfer) Code is valid.
5. Watch for the email that our world class customer support will be sending you.
6. Within your Name.com account you’ll see that you can monitor the transfer:
And you can view the status and result of your transfered domains.
7. As long as nothing is changed or disabled by the losing registrar (it rarely is), the DNS entries (and name servers) will not be effected.
Those are some things to look out for with your transfer. Now back to pounding SOPA into the dirt. The Internet is where ideas are born, opinions exchanged and innovation thrives. Name.com, your ICANN-accredited company o’ cool and customer support, is going to do all it can to keep it that way.
So it’s a little freaky to stand on a SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) box and proclaim one thing or another. However, there are two things we know:
1) No one likes piracy, but even more so
2) People love their FREEDOM!
Oh, and there’s a third thing:
3) How to Transfer from GoDaddy.
Now through the end of the year use the promo code, “NODADDY” for 10% off transfer ins (COM, NET, ORG, TV, INFO, IN, US, CO, ME & TEL) and also receive 40% off any of our hosting plans!
That’s what we know. You may think we don’t know counting, but we do. We know we can count on you to make the right decision. OK, that was cheesy. We also know BS and call it when we see it.
Name.com’s official stance: Name.com believes that at the heart of the internet as we know it lie two distinct values: freedom of expression and the ability to quickly and easily transfer ideas and information to a broad and diverse collection of individuals. Although these ideas and information do deserve protection, SOPA’s broad and sweeping reforms threaten the two fundamental pillars on which the internet thrives. Name.com opposes SOPA and calls on Congress to search for a new way to protect intellectual property rights, while maintaining the freedom from which we all enjoy and benefit.
What happened with David Walsh? His domain was stolen and we got it back. Sounds pretty mundane, but it’s such a crazy story it deserves its own promo code. As a matter of fact, it even made the evening news:
It’s true. We’re not making anything on these transfers but we’re just so darn excited. Use Promo Code “DAVIDWALSH” and transfer in any COM/NET for $7.25! Transfer in any .NAME for just $6.99! AND THAT INCLUDES A YEAR REGISTRATION! You also get all the cool freebies, the domain forwarding, the social URL forwarding and, most importantly, the free VIP Security to keep your domains safe.
THIS JUST IN…MORE INFORMATION: We’ve just received details from behind the scenes. When a domain is stolen, this is how the Name Ninja team handles the situation:
The David Walsh Incident
~ Zero Hour ~
A short dramatization by Owen Borseth
“Scott,” his wife was barely awake when she poked him in the side to rouse him. “It’s the phone.”
“The phone?” Scott looked at the clock with his eyes half opened. “Who the hell? At this hour? I’m not answering it.”
“I’m not answering it. Just go back to sleep.”
“It’s,” she paused. “It’s the red phone,” this time Scott sat up, fully awake.
The red phone could mean only one thing, there was a domain name emergency and Name.com operatives were springing into action. Scott rubbed his eyes and ran his fingers through his scruffy rust colored beard before picking up the handset, “this is Scott.”
“Scott,” the voice on the other end of the line greeted, “Paul here. We’ve got ourselves a situation. We need you in the war room, stat.”
The night air and the office temperature were not the only frigid things Scott felt when he stopped outside the war room’s door on that brisk early morn. The cold calculating eyes of Paul and the icy tight lipped expression on Bo’s face froze the room like a winter’s storm. The last time the red phone rang it had been summer, it was mid-afternoon, and the warmth of the day made the already heated situation that much more unbearable. Scott didn’t know which incident was worse, then with the heat or now with the cold. He removed his gloves so that he could type but left his coat zipped up, then stepped into the war room where his fellow operatives were waiting.
“It’s a dot name,” Bo’s eyes never left the monitor but the former marine was well aware of Scott’s arrival. “DavidWalsh.name”
Paul pushed his glasses up higher onto the bridge of his nose, “thirty seven tweets, one hundred ninety three re-tweets, and counting. It’s a real cluster…”
“Who are the players?” Scott interrupted.
“From GoDaddy to us and then from us to 1&1,” Paul replied.
“GoDaddy,” Scott’s voice seethed and his face reddened. “I don’t care what happens, we get David Walsh his domain back.”
Bo looked up from his monitor, “let’s round up our posse and get started then.”
“I’ll bring my laptop,” Scott declared before walking out of the room.