Google is making SSL Certificates a bigger priority in search rankings


Google has just published an interesting blog post about SEO best practices on its Webmaster Central Blog, and one interesting detail is that Google is going to start ranking sites with SSL Certificates higher. Google is making this move because it believes in making the internet a more secure place, and a more secure web starts with more secure website connections. to be part of Rightside, a new domain services company

So as many of you know, was acquired this past January by Demand Media. Not too much has changed in our day-to-day operations since being acquired, except that we have been part of a much larger team and organization. Demand Media owns content sites such as and Society6, as well as Domain Services companies like eNomNameJet, and of course

With the introduction of New TLDs, the Internet is undergoing the largest change since its inception—with that, our company is changing too. Earlier this year, Demand Media announced it was contemplating spinning off the Domain Services side of the business into a separate publicly traded company. Today, it announced the name and the executives for that proposed company.

And with that, Rightside is born.

Rightside? A new parent company for WHAT DOES IT MEAN? #doublerainbow

So how do we feel? And more importantly how should you, our unique, loyal, and totally awesome customers feel? Frankly, pretty damn stoked. Rightside’s mission is to advance how consumers and organizations define and represent themselves online. In the old days we used to giggle when a customer would call in to our support line and say, “OK, I bought my domain name, now where’s my website?” but times have changed. With Rightside’s focus on end-to-end solutions we’ll have the resources, tools, team, infrastructure, and platform to serve our customers better than ever before. And as the former “Little registrar that could,” we’re pumped to finally be playing with the big boys. Having a parent company solely focused on domain name services will allow us to be the best version of yet—and that feels good.

We’re thrilled to share how all the puzzle pieces are finally fitting together. Worry not—we’ll still be us, kicking out ridiculous content and providing you with world-class customer support, but we’ll also be able to offer the products and services you’ve been requesting for years—like a new email product!

Taryn Naidu will be steering the new ship, and in the words of marketing manager Ashley Forker, “Taryn is totally @#$*&^@ awesome!” We’ve got some extremely intelligent, well-versed thinkers and doers on our team … we’re going places and would love for you to come along for the ride.

Plus it’ll totally be a party (getting online can be fun, for reals).

Colorado Flood Resources


Our home state was hit pretty hard with rain and the resulting flooding last week. We don’t like seeing our gorgeous state underwater, and we especially don’t like seeing our friends and family members in a state of distress. For people who are going through a rough time now, it can be intimidating looking for solutions. At we thought we’d lend a hand by providing a list of flood relief-related links.

New TLD registry agreements are being signed: A look at the newest ICANN timeline

The New Dots: Keeping you up to speed on new TLDs

During the Durban summit this month, four companies signed registry agreements with ICANN, moving forward to pre-delegation testing and launch for their respective new TLDs. What is a registry agreement, and what does this landmark mean for new TLDs and the expected timeline? Glad you asked! Here’s a quick run-down of the registry agreements: who signed, what they are, what they signify, what it means for the ICANN timeline, and some FAQs.

WordPress now powers 18.9% of the Internet


Ready for an absolutely mind-boggling statistic about WordPress? The blogging and website platform now powers 18.9 percent of the Internet, according to WordPress creator Matt Mullenberg.

“We’re now up to 18.9 percent of the web running WordPress,” Mullenberg said. “… We’re going to see the number of people who have WordPress as part of their daily habits grow exponentially.”

Mullenberg shared this staggering statistic at the annual San Francisco WordCamp conference. In the talk he also chatted about the next two versions of WordPress in the pipeline, including some insight about how the company envisions its own growth.

Most of the sites and blogs that use WordPress are in English—about 66 percent of them. Monthly pageviews for WordPress-powered sites is now massive, with 4 billion projected pageviews for all WordPress sites combined in 2013.

Our response to’s libelous accusations published an article today that suggested we are shifting our marketing strategy and will now focus on promoting our products and services by using titillating imagery.

This is categorically false. We consider DomainGang’s vandalism of the homepage to be extremely offensive, and we’re here to set the record straight. We are a wholesome company, and the images on our homepage will always be a reflection of our wholesomeness. We will not appeal to the lowest common denominator.

For instance, we believe in …

Supporting local farmers by buying local produce and dairy products …


#melons announces California-centric rebranding effort

DENVER—Following’s recent efforts to deliberately misconstrue rebrand .LA as the first city-based domain extension even through it’s actually the country code TLD for Laos and has been around since 1996 but let’s not get caught up in the details, has responded with a vast array of Southern California-branded domain extensions.

Along with the ability to register .LA domain names for Los Angeles-related websites, also recommends the following extensions, which are in no way a stretch and will definitely make people think of famous Southern California destinations, businesses, and stereotypes haha just kidding: