Category: Namecheap News
As the first major domain registrar to accept Bitcoin as a payment option, we are huge proponents of the currency and its potential to disrupt the payments ecosystem. This week, we will be teaming up with Bitcoin Black Friday to offer a sweet deal to our Bitcoin users. For us, this isn’t just another marketing campaign, it’s a meaningful initiative to not only get more people involved in the currency but to raise awareness of all of the great merchants out there that accept Bitcoin.
We will be launching our deal on Friday, which will give you a 10% bonus for adding at least 0.1 bitcoin to your Namecheap funds. In addition, we’re giving away free domain coupons, starting right now. Details on how to participate in that giveaway are listed below.
For a chance at winning a free domain coupon, reply to this post with the link to an image (hosted on http://imgur.com/) that you captured and created that falls into any of the following categories:
Bitcoin Black Friday Propaganda (‘Bitcoin takes on Black Friday, hoorah’ sort of stuff.)
General Bitcoin Propaganda
“Purchased with bitcoins” (action shots of you using Bitcoin)
Extra points if you somehow include Namecheap into any of those submissions. These submissions will be judged by Bitcoin Black Friday founder Jon Holmquist and the Namecheap staff. Low-quality submissions will be denied.
So make sure you fire up Bitcoin Black Friday at 12:00AM EST on Nov. 29 to take advantage of our offer.
Not sure what Bitcoin is? This video will help you get started so you can take advantage of the deal that we will be announcing next week:
Our customers have been clamoring for them, and making customers happy is our top priority. That’s why we’re so excited to announce: Multi-domain SSL certificates are now available at Namecheap. Why multi-domain SSL? If you’re serious about doing business on the internet, you need SSL. And if you’re operating multiple domains across one or more IP addresses, multi-domain SSL is a dreamy solution. A multi-domain certificate saves you time (all your domains go through validation at once) and money (additional domains cost less). Your customers know there are security threats lurking all over the web, and they feel safest doing business with sites that display SSL certification credentials. Now you can lock down all your domains – and ensure total peace of mind for all your customers – with one multi-domain SSL certificate.
Namecheap offers the lowest prices, 24/7 support and a 15-day refund policy. We’re an official partner of all the most popular Certificate Authorities. Visit https://www.namecheap.com/ssl-
Namecheap has joined the new TLD initiative, which will allow customers to buy hundreds of new top level domains. You will be able to buy TLDs such as .online, .music, .inc, and so much more. Choose the domain name that perfectly suits your needs and be adventurous with those never-before-available one word domain names.
The new TLD initiative works like this. ICANN approves a TLD (IE: .car, .lawyer, .online) and the registry announces its launch plan. While this plan may differ slightly with each TLD, most will go through 3 phases. The Sunrise phase allows trademark owners an opportunity to register domains containing their mark. The next phase is Landrush, opening up the ability for anyone to secure the name they want before the TLD goes live. Finally, the domains go into General Availability, where the general public can register these domains in real time.
How is Namecheap involved?
You’ll be able to pre-order domains you want, track news regarding specific TLDs using our checklist feature, and more. Let us know which TLDs you are interested in and we’ll keep you updated on when those particular extensions become available. Learn more here.
We have a sponsorship program at Namecheap. And we get a lot of people writing to us requesting sponsorship. We read and review each application for sponsorship. Causes we deem worthy include charities, non-profits, open-source organizations and anything that touches our hearts. We’re kind people so we give back when we can.
A while ago, SMF approached us about sponsorship to help them out. As a personal long-time fan of SMF, we were happy to. I use the forum myself on some personal sites and we host thousands of SMF instances across our hosting network (SMF can be installed in 1-click via our Softaculous installer).
So all things considered, our decision to partner with and help SMF out was a no brainer. We admire what they do and the opportunity to jump in and help is something we snapped up. We have some exciting plans for this partnership, plans that we’ll be making public in the future. We’re helping them out with domain names for their project, SSL certificates to secure their project and dedicated servers to act as fast download mirrors for SMF users installing the platform the hard way
You can read and learn more about SMF at http://www.simplemachines.org. Look out for some Namecheap banners and a coupon code within their community.
To install SMF using our 1-click installer, you need a hosting account first. When you have a hosting account, login to cPanel > go to Softaculous > locate the SMF icon under message boards and just enter the username/password that you wish to use. It’s that simple.
We know it’s been long requested, and we’ve been working on it for a really long time to make sure it runs perfectly: two factor authentication is now available at Namecheap. In short, for those of you who don’t know what this means, it’s another layer of security that’s required to access your account. A password only goes as far as the person who knows it. And if that password gets leaked, your account information is vulnerable. 2FA adds a second layer of security: phone authentication, making sure your account is only accessed by the person who knows the password AND who gets the text message we send you upon an attempt to access your account.
We’re really excited to roll this out. It’s disabled by default, but you can turn it on by logging into your Namecheap account and accessing Two Factor Authentication under Personal Settings. More details can be found here.
The rest is up to you. We hope you’ll try it out in the name of security, as we want your domains to stay safe and sound in your account — don’t you?
The techSTYLE Lounge at 2013 New York Fashion Week held earlier this monthat the House of Bumble, an eight floor building in the Meatpacking District housing a jet-set editorial team, model and non-model clientele, a café, shop, and school. Attendees were able to connect, experience style, and enjoy refreshing coffee or tea in the lounge, all sponsored by Namecheap. Professionals from fashion companies such as Bella Terra, PinchMe, Julie Brown Designs, and Just Soles, among others, were also present.
A retreat for elite fashionistas in the city, the techSTYLE Lounge offered .ME domains, female tank tops, and tote bags courtesy of Namecheap as fashion and tech people mingled. The domains allow young professionals and freelancers, and the most chic of artists, designers, and stylists, to showcase their portfolio and resume online. Tote bags given to attendees provided them with something to carry presentations on designers, new products, and more. In effect, they helped people better market themselves and become better connected in the New York fashion scene.
For a very limited time (while supplies last), we’ll be offering one year .US registrations with private email for $0.98.
Why get a .US domain? It’s a great way to create a domain with a play on words, assert your American identity, establish your US business presence, and so much more. .US is also widely recognized by search engines as being aligned with American websites, so ranking on search engines is just a bit easier. More benefits for .US can be found our $0.98 .us promotion page.
The coupon code for this .US promotion is GETUSONLINE.
Offer is valid while supplies last at this price and limited to 5 per customer. Valid on new registrations only, not transfers or renewals.
Launched less than a year ago with six partners, the newest addition of Twitter ads ($50 credit to new US customers only) is a great way for our customers to advertise on Twitter. The addition of Twitter ads on Namecheap deals gives our customers the ability to reach out to their target audience through geography, interest, keyword, and much more. This is an excellent way for you to capture your target audience for your business or even your personal pursuits. Our customers who sign up with Namecheap deals can get a $50 ad credit.
Boasting more than 500 million users, Twitter is one of the best places you can use to reach a target audience for just about anything. Try it out. We are sure you’ll like it.
Offer is only valid to US customers; this is a Twitter restriction, not a Namecheap one!
Twitter Ads is our most recent addition, but we’d like to remind you what other Namecheap Deals we offer:
- Up to $150 in AdRoll credit
- 30% discount on TemplateMonster templates
- Up to 4 months free of Moz
- Up to 70 free image credits on depositphotos
- 15% discount on SEEvolution
- Up to $100 ad credit for new Google AdWords advertisers
- 45 day free trial of UpCity
- Up to 75 day free trial of SERPs.com
- Up to 90 days free trial of CrazyEgg
- $50 in ad credit on Twitter
If you haven’t taken advantage of our offerings through Namecheap Deals, there’s no catch. This is how we reward our customers for their loyalty. We think you rock, and we continue to create partnerships that will benefit our customers.
As we enhance our service offerings, we’re always looking to you, our customers, for feedback as to how to do it even better. Today, we’re pleased to announce that we changed our Bitcoin Add Funds feature to run Zero-Confirmation transactions. In a nutshell, this means that your Bitcoin transactions with Namecheap are practically instant.
In the past, we had several confirmations, and this delayed the time it took for funds to reflect in your user accounts. From today onward, there will be no delay and you can enjoy your Bitcoin experience on Namecheap just a bit more.
P.S. Did you notice that we now added the Bitcoin logo to the footer of our website? It’s for real, and we hope you try it out.
For more information on Namecheap and Bitcoin, please see this blog post.
On June 30th, Namecheap joined forces with Mashable to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Social Media Day. Launched in 2010, Social Media Day is a way to celebrate the digital revolution in our lives.
Over the past 3 years, social media has consistently grown and spread worldwide, transforming all of our communications. Social Media Day is a means to celebrate this rapid transformation in ubiquitous communication, and many countries, cities, and states, officially recognize June 30th as Social Media Day. This year was no different. On six continents, events were created to unite social media savvy folks, and the hashtag #smday was used across social networks to unify all celebrants.
Namecheap was a sponsor of the New York City party, offering pretzels and ice cream to attendees. We also gave away T-shirts, domain names, and special prizes. More in these pictures below, and in Mashable’s blog post:
p.s. yes, that’s a new logo.