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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?

Posted by Juliet, Director of Internal Operations on 31st March 2013

Namecheap Announces Their New Crystal Ball Technology: The Guesstimator™ (patent pending)!

Everyone knows that finding the right products and services can be difficult and taxing on your brain. Namecheap has come up with a way to remove the need for you to think at all. Today they announced the most innovative solution to hit the market, yet – the Guesstimator™ (patent pending).

Like magic, the Guesstimator™ instinctively knows not only everything you want but everything you need both for your website and your life, in general. Need every domain extension known to man? We know you do. Need 20 random applications for your web hosting? You bet it’ll add them for you. Forgot your father’s birthday? The Guesstimator™ just knows and will automatically add that Chia® Pet, electronic shaving kit, and subscription to the fruit of the month club right to your cart. Who could ask for anything more?

No more worries about those missed opportunities. The Guesstimator™ has you covered. Don’t take our word for it, though. Try it today and experience the magic for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for playing along.

To learn more about the real Namecheap, check out the links below or return to our real homepage now.

About Us: Learn about Namecheap 

Fight Against CISPA: Join Namecheap and EFF in the fight to protect privacy & Learn more about how you can help


The Namecheap Team

 

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 13th March 2013

Want to know more about domains? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you know everything there is to know about domain names? Perhaps you do, but perhaps you don’t. Our team has put together the most exhaustive domain name infographic ever, covering everything from the pros and cons of generic TLDs to the top gTLD registries to details on ccTLDs, to the traffic by TLD, and more.

Check it out. For the full sized graphic, click here.

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Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 29th January 2013

Join Us This Weekend for Our Super Weekend Trivia Contest

Hey Namecheap fans! We’re posting to let you know that our annual Super Bowl themed trivia is happening THIS WEEKEND! Starting midnight EST on February 2nd, we’ll be asking trivia questions hourly for a chance to win domains, Apple products, and a one year advanced dedicated server!

The rules are simple: follow us on Twitter and answer our questions. We’ll be awarding domain name credits to the first four who answer correctly AND we’ll also be choosing four random winners among those who answered correctly for a chance to win a $10.87 domain name credit. You can win up to 2 domain name credits in this contest, one per day.

We’ll also be awarding grand prize winners an iPad 3, an iPad mini, and a 1 year plan on our advanced dedicated server.

For more information on our contest, visit the Super Weekend Trivia Contest 2013 page.

You will join us, right? We hope to see you! Enjoy the Super Bowl no matter where you are on us! :)

Posted by Matt Russell on 23rd January 2013

Our Winter Hosting Sale

Looking for a good deal on hosting? Or perhaps you have your sites hosted elsewhere and suffer from shoddy performance or unreliable uptime? There’s never been a better time to move your website hosting to Namecheap. Our Namecheap Winter Hosting Sale is offering even greater discounts on many of our different hosting types.

 

If you are looking to move to Namecheap, we’ll help you switch

  • We’ll transfer your account (or accounts) from another provider to our servers, free of charge
  • We’ll move all files, emails and databases over
  • We’ll help you configure DNS/Nameservers
  • We can assist with any email/FTP configuration issues or questions you may have

 

If you have hosting for multiple websites, you may wish to consider our reseller hosting platform. Originally designed as a way offering hosting to your own clients and becoming your own web host, reseller hosting is increasingly popular with clients who prefer to pay a single monthly fee to host multiple accounts. Our reseller platform is based around WebHostManager/cPanel and the following screenshots show you just how easy it is to host multiple accounts.

Create an account in seconds. Choose the domain, features and package limits on a per account basis.

List all of the accounts you’ve created and organize by domain, username, size and more.

Need to modify an account quickly? This and more is done through WHM.

Each account that you create comes with it’s own cPanel login and all of the features/functionality of a regular shared hosting plan. And with the first month of any reseller plan costing just $1, the time to sign up is now!

Posted by Tamar, Namecheap Community Manager on 14th January 2013

Namecheap Announces 2nd Annual Move Your Domain Day

Last year, our customers helped us raise more than $64,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the fight for our Internet freedom. With SOPA lingering, we told our lawmakers that we do not want a closed Internet.

SOPA in its iteration in 2012 may have been squashed, but we continually face threats to our Internet freedoms.

That’s why, in 2013, Namecheap plans to fight again for an open Internet with a new fundraiser for EFF. On January 22nd (EST), we will be observing our second annual Move Your Domain Day. Domain transfers during that 24 hour period for com, net, org, info, and biz domains will be $3.99*. In addition, we will be donating $0.50 for every domain transfer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

But that’s not all. If there are more than 10,000 transfers to Namecheap on January 22nd, we will be donating $1 per domain transfer to EFF. If there are more than 20,000, we’ll be donating $1.50 for every domain transferred to us.

We hope you can join us in solidarity to ensure that our Internet stays open and free.

For more information regarding the 2nd Annual Move Your Domain Day, visit us here.

Prepare for your transfer by reading this document with our transfer tips.

* Limit 50 domains per household/business. ICANN fee of $0.18 will be added to .com and .net domains.