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Posted by Kate on 17th October 2014

A handy ccTLD guide from Namecheap

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The internet is the natural habitat for the modern global citizen. Though the human race continues to physically migrate over country borders at an ever-increasing rate, the internet is one of the most potent tools of globalization. It fosters digital friendships between Lagos and London, and Bangkok and Baghdad, even between people who sit on opposite sides of the office.

However, the internet does still respect old-fashioned borders sometimes. One such example is the use of ccTLDs (country code top-level domains). These two-letter identifiers sit on the end of our domains, informing us of the country of origin or association. These ccTLDs help us decipher some of the mystery of the online global community. Stumble across a .ca domain, and you know you’re dealing with a Canadian site. But, of course, this isn’t a completely definitive rule. Many radio stations use the .fm identifier to convey their original broadcasting method, but that certainly doesn’t mean they’re all located in the Federal States of Micronesia.

So, .ru wondering what a particular domain stands for? Ever wonder if a domain owner is one of .us? Well, thanks to our guide, now it’s easy to find out everyone’s .id! Okay, .nf of that.

Take a little time to play with the map. It includes useful extra information, such as restrictions for acquiring certain ccTLDs. This could be helpful if you want to name your new domain creatively – in the same manner as last.fm and hongki.at – or it may simply improve your internet repertoire, allowing you to pinpoint locations for some of the cool pages you encounter while browsing.
Check out the map here:
https://www.namecheap.com/cctlds-map/

 

Posted by Kate on 22nd September 2014

New Namecheap iOS App

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You’re on the go, so you need to be able to handle business on the go. We get it. Our new iOS app provides the mobile freedom you crave: Use it to register domain names, manage settings, add funds to your account, even submit support tickets, all from your iPhone or iPad.

And for a limited time, you can register or transfer your .com domain for only $5.88 when you download the free Namecheap app. First, visit the Apple App Store and download it. Then, use the app to register or transfer your .com and enter coupon code NCIOS at checkout. Head to the app store now!

Posted by Kate on 2nd September 2014

Dear FCC: Please Don’t Flush Away Net Neutrality

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Here at Namecheap, we believe strongly in free and open Internet for all – and that’s why we think it’s vital to spread the word about net neutrality before it’s too late. Read on for more info!

What’s net neutrality?

Net neutrality is about equal treatment for all Internet users. It’s the idea that everyone should have equal access to all content on the Internet. We believe that Internet service providers should not be allowed to discriminate when it comes to content delivery.

Who’s this FCC?

The FCC is the Federal Communications Commission. They are the US government agency in charge of regulating wire, radio, TV, and cable communications for the nation.

What’s the problem?

Lately, the FCC seems intent on creating an Internet “fast lane.” This means that broadband providers like Comcast and Time Warner would be allowed to offer big companies faster content delivery, leaving smaller startups and individuals in slower tiers.

So let’s send the FCC a message!

If you think a slow lane is wrong, and if you want to continue having full access to the Internet you know and love, then help us tell the FCC not to flush away our rights. Visit netneutrality.com and…

• Check out the music video posted there – it’s a message for the FCC.  Watch it, share it, sing it in the shower.

• Help us raise funds for online freedom fighters Fight for the Future – and get a fab deal on a domain name at the same time. One-year transfers $3.88 and first-year registrations $5.88!

• Sign the petition to preserve net neutrality.

The fight is far from over. Stay tuned to Namecheap for more opportunities to take positive action on this important issue.

Posted by Kendra Hayes on 8th August 2014

Save $ and Elephants When You Transfer

What do domain transfers have to do with saving elephants? Not much. But here at Namecheap, we can’t help it. We love Planet Earth and all its inhabitants. We know it’s our responsibility to care for the world we live in. That’s why we recycle everything that can be recycled, in all our offices. That’s why we help raise funds for conservation organizations every year on Earth Day. And that’s why we’re honoring World Elephant Day this year.

World Elephant Day is August 12, 2014. Every day, 96 elephants are killed in Africa. We think that needs to stop. So, between August 12 and August 15, we offer this: Use coupon code SAVEDUMBO to transfer your .com, .net or .org domain to Namecheap for only $7.88 for the first year. We’ll give you the best customer service you’ve ever experienced in your life, and we’ll donate $1 to Save the Elephants for every transfer.

Click here to learn more. And thanks for helping Namecheap help wildlife.

Posted by Kendra Hayes on 8th August 2014

Auto-Renew Works for You

It turns out that even an awesome company like Sony can overlook important-but-mundane tasks, such as renewing their domain registrations. The company’s gaming website recently went offline (temporarily, of course) because the domain expiration notices were landing in an unread email box. Click here to read the full story.

It can happen to anybody. So, we offer this friendly reminder: Set all your domains to auto-renew. It’s easy. Have a look at our Knowledgebase article to learn how.

Posted by Kendra Hayes on 14th July 2014

CISPA is Back

Privacy-invasive legislation has come back from the dead. This week marks the US Congress’ fourth attempt in four years to pass “cybersecurity” legislation. The recently introduced Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) strongly resembles 2012’s CISPA, which Namecheap customers helped fight and defeat.

CISA goes even further than CISPA did, granting companies more power to gather user communication data and turn it over to the government without a warrant, including sending info to the NSA. CISA also gives companies broad immunity to spy on and even launch countermeasures against potentially innocent users.

Want to get involved? Click here to read EFF’s full article on the issue and/or click here to email your US Representatives and let your voice be heard. CISA is moving through Congress right now – there’s no time to waste. Thanks for joining the fight for our online privacy and internet freedom.

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

International Options & Other New TLDs

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A wide range of unique, useful and unusual new top-level domains are headed our way in June. On the 2nd, .xyz becomes available for general registration. And on the 4th, we have these seven new options: .futbol, .reviews, .social, .properties, .condos, .maison and .tienda. Visit the registration page to select your new domain names today.

Posted by Matt Russell on 1st April 2014

Don’t be fooled; our new Dedicated Servers are real!

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.

All our servers feature Intel Xeon CPUs

All our servers feature Intel Xeon CPUs

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

Matt

 

 

Posted by tc on 28th November 2013

Namecheap Swag: You Asked for It. And now we’ve got it.

Over the years, you may have wondered why you haven’t seen Namecheap swag out in the wild. It’s not uncommon to see tees, stickers, and hoodies from other tech companies that you love, so why not Namecheap? Well, frankly it’s long overdue but we are thrilled to announce the launch of our merch store, with fancy new t-shirts, hoodies, and stickers. As one of our holiday deals, we’ll be offering a 50% discount on select items from Friday (11/29) 12:00AM EST to Monday (12/2) 11:59PM. We have limited inventory so be sure to stock up to ensure that you get your items in time for the holidays.

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So now that you have the lowdown on the store, you’re probably wondering about the new logo that you see on all of the items. We haven’t publicly released it yet but you may have seen a sneak peek on our social media channels or in person at conferences. We will be launching a new site design soon, which will feature this new logo and a beautiful new clean layout. In the meantime, make sure you snag one of our super comfy tees or hoodies to be one of the first to don our new logo.

Note: The store is powered by the fine folks over at United Pixelworkers, purveyors of custom designed apparel.

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 26th June 2013

4 Reasons to Own a Personal Domain Name

If you’re building an online presence, your name is one of the easiest ways to maintain your online presence. Here are four reasons why you should own a personal domain name:

Protect Your Reputation

What are people finding when they search for your name? Are they seeing your Facebook page? Your Twitter feed? That picture of you partying just a little too hard in Vegas when you were 19 years old? (What happens in Vegas gets posted online these days.) If you owned your <firstname><lastname>.com, you could control your online reputation and push down all those negative search results.

How does that work? There are books and books in ORM (online reptuation management), but the idea is simple: put great content on your web page and link to the good stuff. There’s more where that came from, but that’s the idea.

Showcase Your Talents

Are you great at web design? A funny videographer? A budding artist? A poet? Or are you none of these, but still have a great curriculum vitae or resume you want everyone to know about? Create a web page that showcases your web portfolio, your video library, your paintings, and your published and unpublished works. This is your website and it’s where you can shine.

Establish Authority

More and more people these days establish themselves as authority figures by creating their own space on the web. One of the easiest ways to do that is with a blog. Write about your passions, your dreams, or your professional experience, and use that as a way to establish authority. You never know, if you keep it up, you may grow a following! Plus, this is how you protect your reputation and showcase your talents. You get it all.

Maintain a Professional [Email] Presence

I don’t know about you, but it looks better to have a <firstname><lastname>.pw email than a gmail.com or a yahoo.com. If nothing else, get a personal domain so that you have a professional email address. It’s that easy.

Here are examples of personal domain names from some of our Namecheap customers:

Chris Pederick
chrispederick

Jack L. Moore
jacklmoore

Jeff Epstein
jeffepstein

David Airey
davidairey

In short, a personal domain name helps protect your reputation and is a professional way to showcase your wares and to exert authority in the saturated online space. Why not buy your personal domain today?