April 15, 2014 Chris Hall

Which photography gTLD should you use?


What happens when you give a creative person too many ways to solve a relatively simple problem?

I can tell you firsthand. Panic attacks.

When the new gTLDs were announced a few years back, my hope was that they would all fit into tidy categories. Of course there wouldn't be any overlapping TLDs—that would be madness. Absolute madness!

Well, skip to today and check out my own personal nightmare. Instead of fitting a brand name to a catch-all gTLD, we have six good gTLDs for the photography category (and plenty more in close orbit, like .CAM and .CAMERA). We have:

So which one should a photographer choose? And what should people be thinking about when choosing one over another?

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April 14, 2014 Chris Hall

What's in a name? The case for gTLDs


I've spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about the future of these new gTLDs, and no matter where my mind takes me, I always return to one question—what's in a name?

Specifically, what makes one TLD better than any other TLD?

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April 14, 2014 Lenz Gschwendtner

The Heartbleed aftermath

As you likely know, we are now coming to understand the full implications of the OpenSSL vulnerability (aka the "Heartbleed bug") that was disclosed last week. Here is an excellent graphical explanation of the vulnerability. New angles of attack against vulnerable infrastructure come up every day.

(Have you patched your home router and updated your passwords after checking sites for vulnerability?)

At iwantmyname, we patched all servers the day the vulnerability was disclosed. However, we also did more. Read on for more in-depth information on how we handle our security, and recommendations for our customers on managing their accounts and passwords.

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April 11, 2014 Chris Hall

Next week is the biggest yet for new gTLDs

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I generally don't like to overhype things, but the sheer volume of gTLDs coming out next week is a big deal. Over the course of three days (April 15-17), 14 domain extensions will be going live, and a few of them are likely to be quite popular.

Here's the full list:

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April 10, 2014 Timo Reitnauer

Microsoft ends free email for custom domains. Here are 5 alternatives.

As reported by ZDNet, Microsoft ends support for custom domains in free email service:

According to Mike Schackwitz, Principal Group Program Manager for the Outlook.com service, Microsoft will “wind down the Custom Domains product” while continuing to support existing custom email addresses “indefinitely.” The service has been in existence since 2005.

So the good news is that existing accounts will remain active. However, if you were used to setting up your iwantmyname domains using Microsoft's email hosting service, you now need a new tool in your online toolbelt. Our own Chris Hall wrote a neat article on how to get a custom email address last year, which lists several alternatives:

Zoho Mail is the only one still offering free accounts, but we all know that this might change eventually. If you're not a fan of Google, we found FastMail a great alternative and Pobox will certainly do the trick for email forwarding only.

April 10, 2014 Chris Hall

New useful page: The gTLD launch calendar

It started with a big list. And we were quite pleased with our big list, but it needed more context. So we built categories and buckets for released and about-to-be-released gTLDs—and it worked out great. But one more thing was needed.

We needed a way to show all the gTLD launch information we know, and we needed it to update automatically so it wouldn't require insane amounts of time to manually maintain. So we built it, and we're really happy with how it turned out.

Say hi to our new gTLD launch calendar. It has launch dates and prices for all the gTLDs we have information on, and it's quite easy on the eyes.

Pre-orders for all listed gTLDs are open until the launch date given, so get your domain on the list before it's open to the public.

April 10, 2014 Chris Hall

Find a full-bodied gTLD for your craft beverage site


No matter where you travel in the world, there's one cultural constant you can always count on—people take their beverages very seriously. Whether it's coffee, beer, wine, vodka or drinks made of animal parts, there's always something you need to try.

And now, with the launch of the new gTLDs, drink makers can tap into this liquid love with domain names categorized for their craft.

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April 2, 2014 Chris Hall

End the domain-finding confusion with .COFFEE


This morning I woke up at 7:45 AM and—in zombielike fashion—walked directly to my coffee setup. It was fairly calculated this morning, with 45 grams of a delicious Kenyan roast and 650 grams of 205-degree water poured carefully into my trusty Chemex.

People close to me think I'm a bit neurotic about my coffee, but it's important to me. It's a hobby, a social scene and something to look forward to every morning—all wrapped up in a warm, brown liquid.

And next week, my hobby and job are colliding. .COFFEE is set to launch on April 9th, and I think a lot of coffee shops, suppliers and blogs would do well to take notice.

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