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Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 17th February 2014

Powerful New TLDs on the 19th

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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.

 

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

More New TLDs on February 25th

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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.

 

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 11th February 2014

3rd Annual MoveYourDomain Day a Great Success!

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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!

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 10th February 2014

More New TLDs Arriving This Week

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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.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 4th February 2014

Fight for your right to a Free Internet! MoveYourDomain Day is February 5

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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.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 3rd February 2014

First Wave of New TLDs Hits February 5

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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.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 29th January 2014

Your Security is VERY Important to Us

With recent news about an external account intrusion on another registrar that was facilitated through a social engineering attempt, we at Namecheap want to educate our customers about our security policies.

First and foremost, we encourage all of our customers to use two factor authentication on their accounts. This means that if you want access to your account, you will get it only by using a password and by using a code that is sent to your phone. You will not gain access to your account through a password only; the numeric code that goes to your phone is an added layer of security. (Currently, we only accept SMS authentication but Google Authenticator, Authy, and TOTP authentication are planned.)

If you are at all familiar with social engineering tactics, this is done by speaking to a single support representative who is essentially tricked into believing you are a legitimate account holder of an account you are trying to seize control over. At Namecheap, security is of utmost importance to us, that is why all our security and support staff are well trained and well versed in these types of tactics to prevent and control these situations from happening. We also have a number of strict control, policies, and checklists that they must abide by.

We have gained our reputation of being an extremely secure registrar and web hosting company, and will continue to meet our customers’ expectations of ensuring that your account is never inadvertently or maliciously transferred to someone else at any time.

We know we’ve earned it, but we’ll say it again: we appreciate your trust in our business.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 23rd January 2014

Open-Xchange App Suite Completely Overhauled: Check it out!

We’re pleased to inform you that we have recently done a complete infrastructure revamp and UI overhaul of our popular OX App Suite. Our interface will now be more intuitive than ever to use and responsive, running on any type of device or platform you choose to access it from with one single click.

We’re also pleased to launch new features of OX App Suite:
* Document View – this is a document viewer that gives readers the ability to preview text, spreadsheets, presentation files, and media files from within the OX App Suite interface, and will choose the best preview format depending on the user’s device. It supports docx, doc, odt, txt, rtf, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, and the many different media files.
* OX Text – this is a cloud based and real time collaborative editor for text documents (docx, doc, odt, txt, rtf) with versioning support
* OX Drive – with Drive, your files can be synchronized across your various devices to the OX File Storage system on the cloud.

As a Namecheap user, you will be able to upgrade your subscription from any old plan to any new plan for free during the first two months of the promotion (January 24-March 24). Existing users can use their old subscriptions as well and they will be able to add mailboxes and edit aliases. The old web interface will be supported until December 31, 2014.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 20th January 2014

Namecheap’s New Redesign is Live!

We’re thrilled to announce that you’re looking at a fully redesigned Namecheap website!

We carefully analyzed your feedback (thanks for your comments!), and we’ve been working hard these past few months to build the site you asked for.

All your most-requested scenarios have been included in our redesign. The new site is responsive, which means you can access it from any device, mobile or desktop. It has a cleaner interface, making it easier to find and do whatever you need. You can buy domain names and hosting packages with ease, see SSLs at a glance, and so much more.

Please take a look at the new site and let us know your thoughts. We welcome your feedback and will continue to strive for excellence.

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Posted by tc on 25th November 2013

Bitcoin Black Friday: Why Namecheap is Participating

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: