If you’re in the business of buying and selling domains, or if you drive for a living, ICANN has a present for you this week. The new top-level domains .cab, .limo and .domains become available for general registration Wednesday March 12. Have you been dreaming of a new domain name? Why not register one today?
Waves of great new TLDs continue to roll in. The options ICANN is releasing these days provide a whole new world of flexible, relevant, memorable ways to name your website. Consider this week’s batch of new domains: .careers, .photos, .recipes, and .shoes all become available for general registration on Wednesday March 5. Don’t miss out – select your new domains right away. Check back regularly to see the hundreds of new domains arriving in the months to come.
Did you think it couldn’t get any better? ICANN says to think again. As of Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014, you can register your .sexy or .tattoo domain. And on Feb. 26, these new domains will be available for general registration: .diamonds, .enterprises, .tips, .voyage. Select your new domains right away.
ICANN keeps bringing us more new, relevant, memorable top-level domain options. As of Wednesday February 19, 2014, these seven domains will be available for general registration: .construction, .contractors, .directory, .kitchen, .land, .technology, and .today. Grab your new domain name right away.
It’s not over yet – more new domain extensions are on their way next week. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on Namecheap for further developments.
And the new TLDs keep coming! As of Tuesday February 25, 2014 at 11am EST, the shiny new domains .sexy and .tattoo will be available for general registration. Share the love – register your new domain.
More new domain extensions are on their way later this month. Stay tuned to Namecheap for details.
We’re thrilled to announce that the third annual MoveYourDomain Day was a huge winner for Internet freedom. On February 5 – MYDD 2014 – Namecheap customers transferred a total of 27,675 domains and raised $42,451.50 in donations for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that educates the public about digital rights. Congrats and thanks for your participation!
Exciting news! As of Wednesday February 12, 2014, seven more new TLDs (top-level domains) are available for general registration. They are: .camera, .equipment, .estate, .gallery, .graphics, .lighting, and .photography. It’s your chance to score a great new domain name!
Other new TLDs are on their way later this month. Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned.
Here at Namecheap, we’re passionate about digital freedom. SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act , nearly passed in 2011. SOPA would’ve changed the way the Internet works; it would’ve denied citizens the lawful use of innovative technology and made government censorship a day-to-day reality. We’re very proud to have been part of the effort to stop that faulty piece of legislation.
But the fight is not over. Since SOPA failed, our lawmakers have put forward other bills aimed at limiting the rights of average web users and subjecting us to unwarranted censorship. If you believe in free expression, if you believe–as we do–that the Internet belongs to everyone, then please join us on January 28, for Namecheap’s third annual MoveYourDomain Day. Some other domain registrars support SOPA and similar bills. If you feel the need to transfer away from any such registrar, MYDD 2014 is the day to do it. On February 5, you can transfer your .com, .net, .org, .biz or .info domain to Namecheap for only $3.98 using the coupon NCMYDD or HOSTWITHNC to get 75% off hosting. Yes, you read that right: 75% off hosting.
For every qualified domain transferred or hosting package sold–up to 10,000–on February 5, Namecheap will donate $0.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. For every 10,001 – 19,999 such transactions, we’ll donate $1. If that number exceeds 20,000, Namecheap will donate $1.50 to EFF per transaction. EFF is a donor-supported organization that works to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology and to educate the public about digital rights. For more info, visit www.eff.org.
Here’s to a free Internet, and thanks for being part of MoveYourDomain Day 2014.
We’ve got great news! As of 11am EST Wednesday February 5, 2014, seven new TLDs will be available for general registration. They are: .guru, .bike, .clothing, .holdings, .ventures, .singles and .plumbing. Be the early bird who gets the great new URL!
In case you were wondering, more new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) will become available later this month. A few highlights to get you thinking: .photography on the 12th, .tattoo on the 14th, .construction on the 19th, and .enterprises on the 26th. Stay tuned to Namecheap for more news as it happens.
A couple of months back I wrote a blog post on whether a registrar can make a good web host. I made a strong argument that a registrar could, provided the right investment into hosting was made.
Winning the accolade marks just how good our current hosting services are. But with Namecheap, better never stops. So I’m going to take the remainder of this blog post to tell you about what’s coming in 2014 and beyond.
Bringing services closer to home is important to us. We launched shared hosting and reseller hosting in the UK in 2013 and this has proved to be extremely popular with our European customers. We are expanding our product line to include UK dedicated servers. These will launch Q1 2014. We will also be adding business class hosting along with virtual private servers. And our business class product on both sides of the pond is being tweaked and overhauled.
We are also launching our first AsiaPac location in Singapore. Singapore is the best connected hub in all of Asia, making this an ideal location to serve customers from India, China, Australia and many other countries within the region. We will be rolling out our entire product range from day one. Shared, Reseller, VPS and Dedicated will all be available with the usual Namecheap commitment to quality backed with low pricing.
You may be wondering why I haven’t mentioned cloud yet. In short, it’s coming. But for a fuller explanation, we wanted to do it right. We’ve invested heavily in building a true cloud. A cloud that will scale, will have fault tolerance built in and that will offer real world advantages over the typical single server environment. We, and I, saw no point in building just another cloud with slow network connections and SATA disks. This type of cloud, which many of our competitors employ, will have an inferior performance level to the shared server environment because of the storage component.
So from the ground up, we’ve built our cloud to be fast. Very fast. Our storage is a SAS/SSD hybrid offering a significant speed increase over a typical SATA disk. Our storage is connected to our hypervisor nodes by a redundant 10 Gigabit network using Arista low latency switches. Why? Because 1 Gigabit Ethernet and other slower networking technologies just don’t cut it in performance terms.
Spinning up cloud instances will be a breeze. Fault tolerance will be included as standard and will work transparently. Two billing options will be available; a pay-monthly option and a pay-as-you-use option. Additionally, our cloud will also be available in multiple locations with fail-over between locations as one of the future features.
When will you see this? The answer is later this year. We aren’t rushing something unstable into production. We will have a period of beta testing before we make it a fully functional product. Existing Namecheap customers will be invited to beta test our cloud, free of charge. The final product will have a blend of performance, reliability and features at a cost you will love.
SpamExperts premium anti-spam protection is being rolled out across our hosting and our email forwarding infrastructure. It is currently protecting our email forwarding as I write this. And next, SpamExperts will be introduced across the rest of our hosting products — including our newly updated OX Private Cloud Email.
And lastly, we have some exciting developments coming from our recently created Transfer Concierge department. In 2014, it’s going to be easier than ever to transfer your domain and hosting (of any type/service) to Namecheap from a competitor. Transfer Concierge is worthy of a separate post of it’s own, so stay tuned for that.