Category: Namecheap News
The year is almost half over, and we’ve been doing some amazing things, a few of which we think you’ll be pumped about. Check out what we have to offer up this month.
.ORG and .NET Registry Price Change – Discounts Available Before July 1
On July 1, 2013, the registries for .NET and .ORG are increasing the price for these TLDs. As a result, we will be adjusting the pricing on these extensions as well. Beginning on July 1st, .ORG and .NET domains will be $11.48 (plus $0.18 ICANN fee for .NET) for registration, renewal, and transfer.
Purchase, transfer, or renew your existing .NET or .ORG domains early and save. Special discounts are available from now through June 30, 2013. The earlier you participate, the better your savings, and multi-year registration or renewal discounts go even deeper all year round. Get your coupon code now and take advantage of the savings!
New TLDs Added to the Namecheap Family
We know many of you often request support of additional TLDs. Today, we are excited to inform you that we continue to expand our ccTLD offerings and are now offering new registrations for .CH, .FR, .LI, .SG and .COM.SG ccTLDs. If you want to protect your brand, solidify your online presence in a specific geographical location, or just get that domain that simply fits you better, these may be the ccTLD options for you.
Dedicated Server Special Extended
We love our new power and express dedicated servers. Have you had a chance to try them out yet? Well, the deal we’re offering will make it worthwhile. Get 50% off the first three months of dedicated servers using coupon code SUMMERSALE. Never before has it been so affordable to try a dedicated server at Namecheap.
Moving to Namecheap has never been easier. We offer a free server migration for anyone looking to transfer to a cPanel-based dedicated server. Our migration is hassle-free and can be scheduled at a time convenient for you. You give us your confidence, we take care of the rest and move you to a powerful new server. We can’t wait to serve you.
Namecheap Deals Adds CrazyEgg
Another month, another new Namecheap Deal partner. We’re pleased to welcome CrazyEgg to the family. CrazyEgg is a website tracking tool that creates heatmaps, arming you with powerful details about where users click when they visit your website. Learn more about your website! What are the popular sections of your site? What parts of your website aren’t working at all? CrazyEgg is a small piece of code that will give you big insights into your website. WithNamecheap Deals, you’ll get an up to 90 day free trial, so try it out today.
Namecheap at the Bitcoin Conference
A few weeks ago, as the first major domain name registrar to accept Bitcoin, Namecheapattended the Bitcoin conference in San Jose, CA. We wanted to share some photos below of a Bitcoin ATM (yes, they exist), the bags we made for attendees, and a shout out to Namecheap for being a sponsor. We’re firm believers of innovation and were really excited that we’re pioneers in supporting new technologies. Check out our blog post for more info.
Spotlight on: Igor E, Infrastructure Manager
I joined Namecheap in 2011. My responsibilities include development and maintanance of the technical infrastructure for most of the services provided by our company, planning technical team activities, and assuring that our customers get the best technical support.
I have worked in IT since 1994 and have worked as both a Technical Team Lead and CTO in hosting related companies since 2005. I’m proud to be working as part of the Namecheapteam and be a part of continually improving our services.
Coupons for June
June is here and we’ve got coupons to share! SUMMERSMASH is our standard coupon for domain discounts (.COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ registrations and .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ transfers).
Enjoy the month!
As the first major domain name registrar to accept Bitcoin, we attended the Bitcoin conference last month in San Jose, California, with over 1,000 other attendees. Besides the few photos you see below, we wanted to share some details on the development of Bitcoin.
(Yes, that is a Bitcoin ATM machine)
For those of you interested in Bitcoin, we discussed the challenges of making Bitcoin more accessible. A panel titled “Improving Ease Of Use” highlighted some of the challenges that the community needs to overcome to make Bitcoin more universal. The panel suggested that Bitcoin fills the void in “high friction” industries, where transactions are slow and fees are high. For example, Bitcoin can be used to quickly donate funds for disaster relief or as an agent for international remittance to replace high fee services like Western Union.
Most of the attendees recognized Namecheap as a major retailer that accepts Bitcoin, which was quite nice for us to see. We’re quite proud to be an innovator and supporter of upcoming technologies and are excited that we are able to help pave the way into widespread adoption.
Even so, we think many would agree that while Bitcoin is 4 years old (which is forever in Internet time), it’s still very young.
Its future is still to be determined, but everyone in the community is hopeful and optimistic.
May is here and it’s already a busy busy month here at Namecheap. We’ve launched new dedicated servers, are running a dedicated server promotion, have a new Namecheap Deals partner, and we’re always busy at work making sure we always put our customers first.
Domains for Less!
For the rest of May, get $1 off select country code top level domains (.com.au, .net.au, .org.au, .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .eu, .us, .ca, .es, .com.es, .org.es, .nom.es, .de) registrations and transfers at Namecheap! Simply use coupon code GOLOCAL. The coupon code will be $1 off the minimum yearly commitment (1 or 2 years). Using a ccTLD is a great way to establish a local presence.
Dedicated Server Launch
We’ve been working behind the scenes for several months to refresh and expand our dedicated server configurations. We now offer a range of servers ranging from entry level dual core CPUs to 12 x core Xeons! To celebrate our new dedicated servers, we’re offering 50% off the first month on any dedicated server using coupon code SERVEROFFER. These servers are based in our fully redundant Phoenix datacenter and offer great network performance, the latest energy-efficient hardware and a range of software options to suit all needs. To find out more and to order visit our dedicated hosting page.
SERPs is Namecheap’s Newest Partner
On a daily basis, Namecheap staff is going out and building alliances with some amazing companies that can help your website soar to greater heights. The Namecheap Deals program continues to impress our customers and we hope you are truly taking advantage of all we have to offer. Our latest partner in the Namecheap Deals program is SERPs.com, an online tool that lets you see the effectiveness of your search engine optimization. It features a beautiful dashboard that needs no code to install. For those of you looking to improve your SEO results, SERPs.com is a great option. With Namecheap Deals, you can get up to a 75 day free trial of the service. Log inand cash out!
Spotlight on: Sveta, Billing Manager
I joined Namecheap in 2010 as a hosting billing support representative, given my background in billing and accounting. Today, as a billing manager, I manage and coordinate the billing team as well as work on improving of billing processes to help provide the most effective workflow. My main goal is ensuring the highest level of support with all billing related questions that exceeds our highest expectations. I also enjoy reading, cooking, travelling and doing exciting things that make me happy.
Retweet Deal Coming Soon
Interested in $0.98 com/net/org registrations and transfers? We thought so! Later this month, we’ll be having a retweet deal at Namecheap. You’ll find out more on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow us!
Coupons for May
In May, our standard coupon codes are as follows:
- MAYFLOWERS gives you standard discounts off com/net/org/biz registrations and com/net/org/info/biz transfers.
- HOST247 will give you 20% off the first billing cycle of shared hosting.
- XENOPENVZSALE will give you 10% off the first billing cycle of VPS servers.
Social Fun with Namecheap
And that’s all, folks! Till next month…
That’s right, we have two coupon codes. DONATE2WWF is the coupon to use if you want to donate to WWF. SAVETHEFOREST will support the Rainforest Alliance.
Not only that, these coupons are also valid on hosting plans too! Use the coupon codes to get 60% off your first billing cycle of web hosting — plus we’ll honor our commitment and donate $1 per plan to the organization of your choosing.
What is WWF?
WWF stands for World Wildlife Fund and has a goal to save our endangered species and to restore and conserve the environment. Their mantra is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
What is Rainforest Alliance?
Update: Thanks for all of your support! You raised $895 for the Rainforest Alliance and $438 to WWF.
* An additional $0.18 ICANN fee is charged to .com and .net transfers.
** Limit 10 domains per household or business entity across both coupons. Limit 1 hosting plan per household or business entity across both coupons.
*** Domains transferred out of Namecheap previously are ineligible to participate in this promotion.
This time, we feel that the Internet community is the only force that can stop this privacy-destroying legislation.
Why are “we the users” the only ones left?
It’s quite simple. SOPA threatened to cut corporations off at the knees, preventing them from collecting payments and advertising online if they didn’t police potential infringement of Intellectual Property by their users.
Naturally, this policing came with a cost, a cost that no one wanted to incur.
CISPA addressed this problem head-on, and instead of threatening corporations into enforcing IP violations, it recruited them into the plan to share information at will and make privacy obsolete.
Under CISPA, corporations aren’t threatened with being cut off from processing payments or advertising. Instead, they are granted broad immunity from liability that may arise from sharing a broad range of personally identifiable information with the government, so the government can investigate further.
Our CEO, Richard Kirkendall, said:
“Ask yourself this…if a company is legally immune from the consequences of sharing your identifiable personal information with the government, what incentive do they have to protect your privacy?”
The earnest and frightening conclusion to this development is that the people, the users, are the only remaining force that can resist the removal of any semblance of privacy we still have.
This is why we at Namecheap are spreading the word and urging every user of the Internet to:
- Educate yourself and your friends about CISPA with the EFF CISPA Overview and General FAQ;
- Use the EFF tool to Take Action; and inform your representatives;
- Spread the word about CISPA with Twitter and Facebook on our #CISPAAlert page;
We, the users, are the only ones left who can protect our privacy!
We’re pleased to announce that we are now accepting Bitcoin payment methods on Namecheap. We’re the first domain name registrar to do so and the fifth largest site in the world accepting Bitcoin, so we’re really proud of our innovative approach and this accomplishment.
Bitcoin is a peer to peer decentralized currency that enables instant payments to anyone anywhere in the world. Bitcoin has no central authority, so managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the P2P network. It was hugely demanded of Namecheap, so we’re happy to announce that it’s ready.
We’ll be donating
$0.10 $1.00 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for every retweet and share of this post and for tweets mentioning the hashtag #CISPAalert. In addition, coupon code CISPAalert will save you a dollar on all com/net/org registrations and transfers and we’ll donate $0.10 $1.00 to EFF for every domain registered and transferred on top of that.
As many of you are aware, Namecheap has taken a stance against SOPA and related legislation. In 2012 and 2013, we donated over $100,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help ensure that the fight stays alive.
SOPA has died. But a more ominous threat, CISPA, which stands for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, looms ahead.
CISPA, which emerged in 2012, has been rebirthed this week as an even bigger threat to online freedom. If CISPA is passed, the US government gains the power to ask your ISP about any/all of your online activities and personal information. Advocated under the premise of anti-terrorism legislation, this legislation is so broad that it threatens to endanger the privacy of every individual and ordinary and law abiding citizens. This act makes your private online activity now public, giving ISPs the right to share your personal information completely without your knowledge, due process, or authorization.
Namecheap continues its fight against all such legislation, and we stand tall to raise the alarm against any and all of the legislation that promotes censorship or threatens the privacy of the individual. We will continue to call out the need for due process, bring awareness to any such threat and donate to the cause.
Our CEO, Richard Kirkendall, says:
CISPA is just another re-hashed version of SOPA, which was vehemently opposed by the entire internet community. This is another attempt by congress to backdoor this anti-privacy and pro censorship legislation while everyone is sleeping. We want to sound the alarm and bring attention to this while we all can still take action.
Shari Steele, Executive Director, EFF, says:
EFF is pleased to stand with Namecheap in voicing strong opposition to the CISPA legislation recently re-introduced in the House. We thank Namecheap users for their much-needed support and generosity. With the support of the Namecheap community, EFF can continue the fight for digital rights on behalf of all Internet users.
We must unite to ensure that this threat to our liberties does not see the light of day.
Namecheap’s 2nd Annual Move Your Domain Day exceeded expectations. We donated $44,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help continue the fight for an Open Internet. The infographic below summarizes the events and shows the impact of #myddnc.
Thanks to everyone for making it a huge success!
Namecheap’s web hosting division maintains multiple data centers throughout the US. One of these data centers is located right outside New York City in Clifton, NJ. Like most of those living on the East Coast in the United States, we’re also monitoring Hurricane Sandy’s progress and have rolled out a hurricane response plan to be fully operational throughout.
All of Namecheap’s data centers have fully redundant power systems which are equipped with UPS devices and a generator backup. Clifton, NJ is sufficiently inland so it will not be at risk from storm surges. Also, the building is hurricane resistant but we’re aware of the possibility that we may lose grid power as a result of the hurricane.
Bearing these details, we have taken a number of precautions:
- Our generators are tested regularly and have been retested for readiness.
- All generators, UPS, and transfer systems have had an extra maintenance check which was made in addition to regularly scheduled checks.
- We have brought in extra diesel fuel on site to power the generators for up to a week. We have always had a refueling contract in place.
Our thoughts are with everyone located within the storm’s path. Stay safe!
Namecheap is turning 12! To celebrate our birthday, we’re running a trivia starting on 10/24 (EST)! We’ll be asking Namecheap-themed questions every hour for the 24 hours and giving away domains and an iPad to the top winner! In the event of a tie, we’ll randomly select one winner among the top scorers.
We’re also having a renewal coupon. BDAYPARTY will be valid for 24 hours starting at 00:00AM EST (10/24). Pricing on com/net/org renewals will be $8.88 (plus $0.18 ICANN fee). Offer is limited to 5 per person and is limited to one year renewals.
Enjoy the festivities!