Small Business Winners! (Part One)

We’re excited to announce the weekly winners for the first two weeks of our Name.com Loves Small Business contest!

100% Aviaci’f3n Colombiana is a Colombian Aviation website that is dedicated to everything about aviation in Colombia: news, history, articles, photo gallery, forums and more! (twitter.com/pablo_andres)

ITSSRI Technologies has been in the development business for quite some time with projects ranging from web and software development to GIS projects for the national parks and forest departments in India. (twitter.com/itssri)

The Weblog Press is a blog about computer software, web tools, productivity applications, blogging tips, social media, and the internet. (twitter.com/sagargholap)

GoFast is a time saving tool that lets you extract the original URL from advertisement websites so you don’t have to deal with ads and being redirected. (twitter.com/eslam_mahmoud)

Now some of our winners are still in development on their websites, so we can’t post them here just yet, but you can check them out on Twitter.

twitter.com/abrahamvizcarra
twitter.com/iraqdesigns
twitter.com/amiecn
twitter.com/markdanthony

Huge thanks to everyone that has participated so far! You can enter your business in our contest until the end of the month. We’ll be announcing more weekly winners next week and then at the beginning of next month we’ll pick the 25 winners for the Crush It/Trust Agents prize packs. Until then, cheers!

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. 🙂

Change is a Comin’

We’re excited to announce that on Tuesday, February 9th our sister companies DomainSite.com and Name.net will have a brand new look! We will be upgrading the entire environment of these two sites to match Name.com.

What does this mean for Name.com customers? Well…not much. 😉

But for customers on DomainSite.com and Name.net, this means significant upgrades to the domain management tools and options, as well as a slew of other features to help improve the overall experience. The really exciting thing is this is just the first step in a series of upgrades, so there are more cool things to come!

We realize that big changes mean a lot of questions — we encourage you to post any questions, concerns, or feedback in the comments and we will do our best to help you through this transition.

.ORG Chinese IDN launch!

Starting on January 23 at around 19:00 UTC/GMT, you can register a .ORG Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) with Name.com!

Why go with a .ORG Chinese IDN?

For just $9.99 you can register a domain in the most widely spoken language in the world using one of the most established and recognized top level domains. This gives you the potential to reach literally billions of people and turn them into readers and customers.

You can read about the .ORG extension here and we have more details about .ORG Chinese IDNs here.

Please feel free to post any questions in the comments, or you can always contact us on Facebook and Twitter.

Need a .ME for your ego?

.ME is about you! Yes you. If you have a personal website or blog and it needs that extra personal touch, then a .ME domain is a great choice!

Right now Name.com is offering .ME domains at the special rate of $9.95 for 1 year registrations. It’s a domain with a huge amount of potential and if you’re creative and original with the name that you choose, it can work wonders for your personal sites.

You can search for your very own .ME domain here and if you’d like to know a little bit more about the domain itself, you can check out our handy extension page here.

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.

Is Tuvalu Sinking Or Is Godaddy Just Slinging Mud?

Godaddy recently made waves by taking their anti-.tv rhetoric to a new level by including a hover blurb stating “the island nation of Tuvalu is sinking” and recommending other extensions.

Is .TV going away? It’s possible, but unlikely.

I’m not worried about .TV going away. Tuvalu may very well be threatened by global warming, but smarter people than I will need to determine that for sure. According the the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition that “fact” is under debate:

A tide gauge to measure sea level has been in existence at Tuvalu since 1977, run by the University of Hawaii It showed a negligible increase of only 0.07 mm per year over two decades It fell three millimeters between 1995 and 1999. The complete record can still be seen on John Daly’s website: http://www.john-daly.com.

From John Daly’s website:

Tuvula sea levels

So why is the number one domain registrar in the world slamming an extension that it’s sold tens of thousands of domain names under? Is there some altruistic notion guiding Godaddy in this decision to diss a popular ccTLD like .TV? Unlikely.

Godaddy has a financial stake in the .ME TLD and it’s success. After a botched launch the TLD is enjoying strong numbers, in part because of the heavy promotion that Godaddy has put behind it.

Interestingly, Montenegro, the country behind the .ME extension has a long and storied past under many names and a handful of different extensions including .YU and the never used .CS. Croatia, Serbia, Yugoslavia and now Montenegro. I’m not worried about .me going away, but it’s certainly a possibility with further evolution of area into yet smaller factions.

Doesn’t it seem odd that Godaddy would put so much emphasis on a ccTLD tied to a country with such naming instability during the last decade while in another breath they are telling the world not to register a domain under a TLD which has maintained the same name since it’s independence from the UK in 1978.

What else might be going on? Godaddy once sold .TV for as little as $14.99, which is well under the wholesale cost of the domain. I’m sure they were getting a significant incentive from the regsitry in order to do this. Now they are charging $39.99, which is at the high end of the price spectrum for a .TV domain. Why? Could they be pulling a Walmart and squeezing their supplier? Using their size to twist the arm of the registry to provide better pricing/margins to gain a competitive/financial edge over other domain name registrars? Possibly.

In the end Godaddy is doing what Godaddy does best’85 stir up controversy.

Name.com Launches Blog Hosting With Rapid Blog

We’ve been busy since the new year.

We’ve rolled out some new features:
– Improved exportable list of domains, including expire date
– Tracking of login attempts for added security
– Push button Adsense For Domains setup
– Payment profiles to make buying domain names at Name.com even faster

We’ve introduced some new products too:
– .TEL landrush with industry leading price – $295!
– NameSafe 2nd factor authentication to keep your account super secure

And now we’re excited to announce that we’ve just launched Rapid Blog, powered by the world’s most popular blogging software, WordPress.

Setting up a blog on your own domain name can leave many people confused and frustrated. We’ve taken the pain away. In just three simple steps your blog will be installed and set up on our servers, ready for you to login and begin writing and sharing.

Even better? Rapid Blog is cheap! For less than $3 per month you get your own domain name, an ad-free version of WordPress and the friendly service and support of the Name.com staff.

Visit us for more information: https://www.name.com/wordpress-hosting

Name.com Launches New Level of Account Security

Domain Name Hijacking has been an issue for almost as long as domain names have been around. In 1995 sex.com was stolen from it’s registrant in a very high profile case. It was still happening in 2001. In 2003. 2008 was a rough year from Godaddy – they were hit hard twice, in February and again in November and December.

The December incident, arguably one of the most troubling domain thefts in history made us realize how lacking domain registrars have been in dealing with account security.

But a domain name doesn’t have to be stolen to be problematic. USA Today addressed cyber criminal attacks being on the rise today and highlights the recent CheckFree.com fiasco:

In another recent attack, someone acquired the user name and password for a system administrator at CheckFree.com, the nation’s largest e-bill payment system. Using those log-in credentials, an intruder gained access to CheckFree’s domain name service account ’97 an account that permits the administrator to redirect traffic trying to access CheckFree’s home page to other legitimate company pages.

For several hours, the intruder redirected anyone typing www.mycheckfree.com to a Web server in the Ukraine that tried to install a password-stealing Trojan. Although as many as 160,000 customers may have been affected, none had any of his or her data stolen, says Lori Stafford-Thomas, a spokeswoman for Fiserv, the parent company of CheckFree. “CheckFree sites are all up and running properly and securely,” she says.

But the attempt was a sign of things to come, says Amit Klein, CTO of security firm Trusteer.

“The moral of this attack is that it’s so easy to take over your (website),” Klein says. “I just need to get ahold of your user name and password once. And we all know how easy it is to get your credentials.”

Name.com has long offered some of the industries best tools to keep entire accounts safe with login tracking/emails, history and IP restrictions. We’ve demonstrated once again why registrants trust us with their valuable digital assets by partnering with Verisign to offer their VIP (Verisign Identity Protection) service branded under NameSafe.

The NameSafe service offers a two factor authentication – combining something you know (your username and password) with something only you have access to (your one time randomly generate password) to create a more secure registrar experience. Currently both keyfob and credit card form factors are available for a nominal fee, and soon mobile phone options will be available for even greater convenience.

.TEL Landrush Pre-orders Now Being Accepted

We’ve begun accepting Landrush pre-orders for .tel domains. TEL is a very special type of domain name that allows both individuals and organizations the ability to have their contact information on the web without the need to build a website. By utilizing the telHosting Platform you can easily enter and format information in a clear and concise manner. You can find more information on how to use .tel on our .tel information page.

During Landrush the registration price is set at a premium and we’re charging $295 for the three year minimum term.

Landrush pre-orders will be processed on February 3, 2009 on a first come-first serve basis. Any domain names that are not successfully acquired for our customers will be eligible for a refund less a $10 processing fee.