.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