May is here and it’s already a busy busy month here at Namecheap. We’ve launched new dedicated servers, are running a dedicated server promotion, have a new Namecheap Deals partner, and we’re always busy at work making sure we always put our customers first.
Domains for Less!
For the rest of May, get $1 off select country code top level domains (.com.au, .net.au, .org.au, .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .eu, .us, .ca, .es, .com.es, .org.es, .nom.es, .de) registrations and transfers at Namecheap! Simply use coupon code GOLOCAL. The coupon code will be $1 off the minimum yearly commitment (1 or 2 years). Using a ccTLD is a great way to establish a local presence.
Dedicated Server Launch
We’ve been working behind the scenes for several months to refresh and expand our dedicated server configurations. We now offer a range of servers ranging from entry level dual core CPUs to 12 x core Xeons! To celebrate our new dedicated servers, we’re offering 50% off the first month on any dedicated server using coupon code SERVEROFFER. These servers are based in our fully redundant Phoenix datacenter and offer great network performance, the latest energy-efficient hardware and a range of software options to suit all needs. To find out more and to order visit our dedicated hosting page.
SERPs is Namecheap’s Newest Partner
On a daily basis, Namecheap staff is going out and building alliances with some amazing companies that can help your website soar to greater heights. The Namecheap Deals program continues to impress our customers and we hope you are truly taking advantage of all we have to offer. Our latest partner in the Namecheap Deals program is SERPs.com, an online tool that lets you see the effectiveness of your search engine optimization. It features a beautiful dashboard that needs no code to install. For those of you looking to improve your SEO results, SERPs.com is a great option. With Namecheap Deals, you can get up to a 75 day free trial of the service. Log inand cash out!
Spotlight on: Sveta, Billing Manager
I joined Namecheap in 2010 as a hosting billing support representative, given my background in billing and accounting. Today, as a billing manager, I manage and coordinate the billing team as well as work on improving of billing processes to help provide the most effective workflow. My main goal is ensuring the highest level of support with all billing related questions that exceeds our highest expectations. I also enjoy reading, cooking, travelling and doing exciting things that make me happy.
Retweet Deal Coming Soon
Interested in $0.98 com/net/org registrations and transfers? We thought so! Later this month, we’ll be having a retweet deal at Namecheap. You’ll find out more on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow us!
Coupons for May
In May, our standard coupon codes are as follows:
- MAYFLOWERS gives you standard discounts off com/net/org/biz registrations and com/net/org/info/biz transfers.
- HOST247 will give you 20% off the first billing cycle of shared hosting.
- XENOPENVZSALE will give you 10% off the first billing cycle of VPS servers.
Social Fun with Namecheap
And that’s all, folks! Till next month…
That’s right, we have two coupon codes. DONATE2WWF is the coupon to use if you want to donate to WWF. SAVETHEFOREST will support the Rainforest Alliance.
Not only that, these coupons are also valid on hosting plans too! Use the coupon codes to get 60% off your first billing cycle of web hosting — plus we’ll honor our commitment and donate $1 per plan to the organization of your choosing.
What is WWF?
WWF stands for World Wildlife Fund and has a goal to save our endangered species and to restore and conserve the environment. Their mantra is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
What is Rainforest Alliance?
Update: Thanks for all of your support! You raised $895 for the Rainforest Alliance and $438 to WWF.
* An additional $0.18 ICANN fee is charged to .com and .net transfers.
** Limit 10 domains per household or business entity across both coupons. Limit 1 hosting plan per household or business entity across both coupons.
*** Domains transferred out of Namecheap previously are ineligible to participate in this promotion.
We were initially rather silent on the attack itself. Others were quick to jump on the PR bandwagon but we were busying ourselves on the fix itself. It is important, though, that I write this blog post to highlight just what the Namecheap technical team achieved.
We were the first to release a working fix that:
- 1. Identified the difference between the attacker’s requests and regular ones
- 2. Created effective firewall (IP tables) rules that locked the attacker out
- 3. Accomplished the above without overloading/crashing the server
A big thumps up to the Namecheap technical team behind the WordPress fix!
Everyone knows that finding the right products and services can be difficult and taxing on your brain. Namecheap has come up with a way to remove the need for you to think at all. Today they announced the most innovative solution to hit the market, yet – the Guesstimator™ (patent pending).
Like magic, the Guesstimator™ instinctively knows not only everything you want but everything you need both for your website and your life, in general. Need every domain extension known to man? We know you do. Need 20 random applications for your web hosting? You bet it’ll add them for you. Forgot your father’s birthday? The Guesstimator™ just knows and will automatically add that Chia® Pet, electronic shaving kit, and subscription to the fruit of the month club right to your cart. Who could ask for anything more?
No more worries about those missed opportunities. The Guesstimator™ has you covered. Don’t take our word for it, though. Try it today and experience the magic for yourself!
Thank you for playing along.
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This time, we feel that the Internet community is the only force that can stop this privacy-destroying legislation.
Why are “we the users” the only ones left?
It’s quite simple. SOPA threatened to cut corporations off at the knees, preventing them from collecting payments and advertising online if they didn’t police potential infringement of Intellectual Property by their users.
Naturally, this policing came with a cost, a cost that no one wanted to incur.
CISPA addressed this problem head-on, and instead of threatening corporations into enforcing IP violations, it recruited them into the plan to share information at will and make privacy obsolete.
Under CISPA, corporations aren’t threatened with being cut off from processing payments or advertising. Instead, they are granted broad immunity from liability that may arise from sharing a broad range of personally identifiable information with the government, so the government can investigate further.
Our CEO, Richard Kirkendall, said:
“Ask yourself this…if a company is legally immune from the consequences of sharing your identifiable personal information with the government, what incentive do they have to protect your privacy?”
The earnest and frightening conclusion to this development is that the people, the users, are the only remaining force that can resist the removal of any semblance of privacy we still have.
This is why we at Namecheap are spreading the word and urging every user of the Internet to:
- Educate yourself and your friends about CISPA with the EFF CISPA Overview and General FAQ;
- Use the EFF tool to Take Action; and inform your representatives;
- Spread the word about CISPA with Twitter and Facebook on our #CISPAAlert page;
We, the users, are the only ones left who can protect our privacy!
Do you know everything there is to know about domain names? Perhaps you do, but perhaps you don’t. Our team has put together the most exhaustive domain name infographic ever, covering everything from the pros and cons of generic TLDs to the top gTLD registries to details on ccTLDs, to the traffic by TLD, and more.
Check it out. For the full sized graphic, click here.
We’re pleased to announce that we are now accepting Bitcoin payment methods on Namecheap. We’re the first domain name registrar to do so and the fifth largest site in the world accepting Bitcoin, so we’re really proud of our innovative approach and this accomplishment.
Bitcoin is a peer to peer decentralized currency that enables instant payments to anyone anywhere in the world. Bitcoin has no central authority, so managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the P2P network. It was hugely demanded of Namecheap, so we’re happy to announce that it’s ready.
We’ll be donating
$0.10 $1.00 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for every retweet and share of this post and for tweets mentioning the hashtag #CISPAalert. In addition, coupon code CISPAalert will save you a dollar on all com/net/org registrations and transfers and we’ll donate $0.10 $1.00 to EFF for every domain registered and transferred on top of that.
As many of you are aware, Namecheap has taken a stance against SOPA and related legislation. In 2012 and 2013, we donated over $100,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help ensure that the fight stays alive.
SOPA has died. But a more ominous threat, CISPA, which stands for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, looms ahead.
CISPA, which emerged in 2012, has been rebirthed this week as an even bigger threat to online freedom. If CISPA is passed, the US government gains the power to ask your ISP about any/all of your online activities and personal information. Advocated under the premise of anti-terrorism legislation, this legislation is so broad that it threatens to endanger the privacy of every individual and ordinary and law abiding citizens. This act makes your private online activity now public, giving ISPs the right to share your personal information completely without your knowledge, due process, or authorization.
Namecheap continues its fight against all such legislation, and we stand tall to raise the alarm against any and all of the legislation that promotes censorship or threatens the privacy of the individual. We will continue to call out the need for due process, bring awareness to any such threat and donate to the cause.
Our CEO, Richard Kirkendall, says:
CISPA is just another re-hashed version of SOPA, which was vehemently opposed by the entire internet community. This is another attempt by congress to backdoor this anti-privacy and pro censorship legislation while everyone is sleeping. We want to sound the alarm and bring attention to this while we all can still take action.
Shari Steele, Executive Director, EFF, says:
EFF is pleased to stand with Namecheap in voicing strong opposition to the CISPA legislation recently re-introduced in the House. We thank Namecheap users for their much-needed support and generosity. With the support of the Namecheap community, EFF can continue the fight for digital rights on behalf of all Internet users.
We must unite to ensure that this threat to our liberties does not see the light of day.