Namecheap believes in caring for the planet. So we invite you to join us April 22 for Earth Day – we’ll offer two great deals, and your purchases will help support worldwide environmental efforts. The deals: Just $5.98 gets you a one-year transfer for your .com/.net/.biz/.org/.info domain, and shared hosting packages will be available at 60% off. Some restrictions apply, of course. For every transfer and hosting package sold, we’ll donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (nature.org) or Water4 (water4.org) – you choose which charity. Thank you for being part of this important effort. See you on the 22nd!
To take your mind off the IRS, we present some new fun TLD options, available for general registration as of 4/15: .gift, .pics, .photo, .guitars, .link. Two more batches of new TLDs arrive later this week, so be sure to stay tuned. Here’s a sneak peek: .marketing on 4/16 and .pink on 4/17. Head over to the registration page and grab some new domains now.
Dyn, a popular provider of free DNS products recently announced that it’s free service will cease on May 7th, 2014. This means anyone using their free DNS hosting has to upgrade to a paid version or will get cut off. Their paid version costs $25 per year just for DNS services.
For years, Namecheap has offered a free DNS service – even for those that have no domain or other paid services with us. We’ve recently invested heavily into upgrading our Free DNS service and it is more robust and resilient than ever. We now have a large cluster of servers spread across North America and Europe, delivering fast and reliable DNS services. For free.
We also have a regular DNS product, hosted on a separate DNS cluster, for those who register and renew domain names through us. Like Free DNS, it is a product we’re investing heavily in, and it will continue to offer world-class DNS services.
Phases aren’t just for moody teenagers. Everybody and everything in life goes through phases. Today, we’re talking about the phases a new TLD (top-level domain) passes through on its way to General Availability. If you’ve ever wanted to be the first to register new domain names ahead of the pack, this post is for you.
Sunrise & Landrush
Once ICANN has approved a new TLD, it goes into Sunrise phase. Sunrise is exclusively for trademark owners, allowing them to register domains containing their marks. The next phase is Landrush. During Landrush, you can purchase priority registration for popular generic domain names for an additional fee. General Availability (GA) is the final phase, when domains become publicly available for anyone to register at standard rates.
If you missed out on Landrush for your desired domain names, we have good news for you: EAP, the Early Access Program. EAP opens a few days before GA for most (though not all) of the hundreds of new TLDs ICANN is rolling out in these early months of 2014.
All About EAP
With EAP, you have the opportunity to register highly desirable, non-trademarked names. You can grab names to protect your business or even dominate a market niche by registering industry-related terms before your competitors get to them. In most cases, the EAP fee is $105, plus the standard registration price and $0.18 ICANN fee. Of late, we’ve been opening EAP three days ahead of GA for new TLDs. So if your domain goes into GA on March 19, for example, it’s likely that EAP will start on March 16 for that domain. Keep in mind that EAP is not available for all new TLDs.
How can you keep track of EAP and GA dates for the domains you want? Bookmark the Namecheap new TLDs page and check our calendar regularly. And/or sign up for our Checklist service – we’ll be glad to alert you via email as new TLDs arrive on the scene.
Important: Critical OpenSSL security exploit
A serious vulnerability has been discovered in OpenSSL (the most popular SSL module used on Linux / cPanel servers). This exploit allows a third party to steal information that would otherwise be secured and encrypted with the SSL/TLS protocol.
Unmanaged/self-managed customers who have a VPS or a Dedicated Server with Namecheap will need to do the following to secure their server. We recommend you perform these steps immediately.
For customers with cPanel/WHM:
- Login to WebHostManager
- Go to cPanel in the left hand menu
- Click Upgrade to Latest Version
- Follow upgrade instructions
- Go to Software in the left hand menu
- Click Update System Software
- Follow upgrade instructions
For customers with the CentOS operating system:
- SSH in as root
- Run the command ‘yum update’ from the command line
- Yum will update the at-risk packages
For customers using the Ubuntu or Debian operating system:
- SSH in as root
- Run the command ‘apt-get update && apt-get upgrade’
For Managed and Fully Managed server customers, Namecheap has / is in the process of applying this security patch for you.
For more information and assistance with this issue, please speak to our support team via our Helpdesk.
Did you know most of the new TLDs being released these days have an Early Access Program? With EAP, you can purchase your new domain names before the TLD goes into General Availability, for an extra fee. In most cases, EAP starts three days before GA and the extra fee is $105 (plus the regular registration fee). These five enter EAP on April 6 and GA on April 9: .coffee, .florist, .house, .international, and .solar. Visit the registration page to get your new names now. And check out our New TLDs page to learn how you can stay informed about new domains entering EAP and GA.
Today, April 1, the head honchos of the internet have finally decided to lighten up and release some domain options that make sense for our times. Check ‘em out…
Do you wonder if you should post that photo of yourself shirtless in the bathroom? The answer is: Yes, of course the whole world wants to see your pecs! That’s why you need to register a .selfie domain. (Note: If all your selfies involve meat products, that means you’ve already moved on to the new porkchop craze and should register .porkchop instead.)
If you’re planning to launch a dead website – one that starts out great, but then you forget about it or never have time to update it, so it lingers online in a state of festering decay for who knows how long – the new .zombie domain is just what you need.
Want to launch a real slacker website that serves no purpose? When you get around to it, you could register a URL with the new .whatevs TLD.
Here’s a true story, dude: If you and your buds like to drink many beers and spin yarns, you should totally register a .coolstorybro domain name.
And when Mom tells you to be home by nine, if you answer “Uh-uh!” – then there’s even a new TLD for you today, missy. It’s .uhuh. See if you can register some new domain names right now!
That’s right. It may be April 1st but we’ve upgraded our entire dedicated server range to offer faster hardware, more bandwidth, more management options and the latest in server hardware.
Some of the features of our new dedicated server range are:
- The latest Intel Xeon E3 version 3s, starting from just $99 (E3-1230 v3 / 8GB RAM / 1TB Hard Drive is $99 per month)
- A range of SSD hard disk options
- The latest Intel Xeon E5 version 2s, starting from just $329 (Dual E5-2620 / 32GB RAM / 2 x 1TB Hard Drives is just $329)
- More management options. Choose from Self Managed, Managed and Fully Managed
- A range of Operating Systems, including the popular CloudLinux
- 20TB bandwidth as standard with each server
- Deployment time of 4 hours or under
- 100% network uptime guarantee
So don’t be fooled by our low prices for the latest hardware. Purchase your dedicated server today at https://www.namecheap.com/hosting/dedicated-servers.aspx
If you operate a summer camp for kids or work in the fields of education or industry, you’re in luck. ICANN heard your requests for more relevant domain extensions and will release these new TLDs (top-level domains) for general registration on April 2: .camp, .education, .glass, .institute, .repair. Visit the registration page to find your new domain name(s). And keep an eye on our New TLDs page for info on more new domains as they become available.
The internet belongs to everybody, and the broad scope of new top-level domains coming out this year means more relevant and specific site-naming options for more people. Here’s this week’s crop of new domains: .builders, .email, .solutions, .support and .training. All five will be available for general registration as of March 26, 2014. Declare your freedom from vague web addresses. Get the URL you really want! Register a new domain name today. And keep an eye on our New TLDs page for the news on other new domains as they become available.