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Posted by Kate on 16th April 2014

Join Us in Support of Earth Day

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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!

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 14th April 2014

Focus on Fun Stuff: New TLDs for April 15

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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.

Posted by Matt Russell on 14th April 2014

Dyn discontinues free DNS. FreeDNS with Namecheap will remain free

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.

 

 

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 7th April 2014

New TLDs: Early Access & More

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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.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 1st April 2014

We Totally Have .selfie & .zombie TLDs

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.) generic_FBimage_4

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 .uhuhSee if you can register some new domain names right now!

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 31st March 2014

TLDs for Campers, Educators & Industry

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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.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 24th March 2014

More Options for Builders & Other Professionals

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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.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 18th March 2014

$0.98 .BIZ/.US Domains – Limited Time Only!

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Been thinking about registering a .BIZ domain for your online business or setting up a .US website for your US-specific content? Now is definitely the time to do it. For a brief while (limited time only, while supplies last), you can register these two powerhouse domains for only $0.98 each. The offer applies to first-year registrations only and includes two months of free private email. A deal this good won’t last long, so go find and register your new domains right away! Limit five .BIZ and five .US per customer. Email renewals available at regular price.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 13th March 2014

Would You Like to See a .menu?

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Around the globe, right now, millions of people are at their computers, doing important things: Coding, blogging, sending email, shopping, laughing at pictures of wet cats. As the hours pass, these brave souls begin to feel peckish, and then their bellies start to rumble. As they become light-headed with hunger, a terrifying thought enters their minds: “There’s nothing to eat around here!”

Fortunately, there is hope. On March 17, the new TLD .menu becomes available for general registration. If you’re a restaurateur, caterer or cook, here’s how you can help: Register a .menu domain through Namecheap, add a dash of Onepager or web hosting, and post your menu online for all to see. Help end the internet hunger crisis – register your .menu domain right away.

Posted by admin on 11th March 2014

Drivers & Domainers Deserve New Domains

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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?