March 10, 2015 Chris Hall

What should the internet do with its new .money?

Money bowtie

Money is a hard thing for a lot of people to talk about, so let's shift the focus a bit by putting a "." in front.

  • money = aghhhhhhh
  • .money = awesome!

So what should the people of the internet do with their new .money (domains... .money goes live tomorrow)? Let me count the ways.

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March 5, 2015 Chris Hall

New feature alert - domain hacks in search

work trip

In the world of domains, naming is a bit like an architecture project. The domain name has to stand on its own, make sense to those who use it, and be conventional enough to attract all types of potential guests. A standard domain name is much like a standard building—the outside can be nice, but it's really what's inside that counts.

But domain hacks are a bit different. They're the circular buildings with no conventional walls, the tiny houses that don't make sense to most, the underground mud huts that only the adventurous flock to. A domain hack will likely never be the primary domain of a multinational corporation, but for those who appreciate cultural oddities, there's simply nothing better.

So here's the deal. In our domain search, when you type in a word or brand, a single domain hack will now appear as the second result (if one is able to be made). It's nothing Earth-shattering—just a little something for your Thursday afternoon/Friday morning (depending on what side of the international date line you're on) pleasure.


March 4, 2015 Chris Hall

Price increase alert for .INFO and .MU

Heads up, folks. We're not fond of domain extension price increases, but we have two to announce, both of which affect the registration and renewal costs for the domains.

May 1, 2015 - .INFO

  • $15.50 to $16.50 USD
  • €11.90 to €12.90 EUR
  • £10.90 to £11.50 GBP
  • $19 to $19.90 AUD

April 1, 2015 - .MU

  • $99 to $119 USD
  • €89 to €129 EUR
  • $159 to $169 NZD
  • £78 to £89 GBP
  • $119 to $169 AUD

If you have any questions about the price increases, please get in touch.


March 2, 2015 Chris Hall

Trustworthiness as a factor in Google rankings

From Hal Hodson - New Scientist:

A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. "A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy," says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.

The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings.

So much time and effort these days goes into search engine optimization (SEO), but every time I see an article like this, I see a day in the far-off future where all the "tips and tricks" will be replaced by variations of a single question—is your website helping the world or hurting it?


February 27, 2015 Chris Hall

Leonard Nimoy's final tweet

From Bryan Bishop - The Verge:

Of course, it should go without saying that the sense of someone we get from their acting and public appearances often bears little resemblance to who they actually are. But what is undeniable is the emotional impact their work has on us. And for the millions of people, like myself, that grew up with Leonard Nimoy, those are the memories that we will carry with us throughout our lives.

It's a sentiment that Nimoy himself reflected upon on Twitter this past Sunday, in his very last post. "A life is like a garden," he wrote. "Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."


February 26, 2015 Chris Hall

Domain hacks and the new generic top-level domains

Domain hacks and the new generic top-level domains

Domain hacks aren't for the feint of heart. They disrupt the status quo of website naming, they're often hard to say out loud, and countless online guides have been written warning people not to get too clever with their domain names.

But...I'm just going to come out and say it...I love a good domain hack. They're counterculture without being overly brazen and they stick in my head forever (despite being hard to say sometimes). And with hundreds of new domain extensions to choose from with the launch of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), the domain hack possibilities are practically endless.

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February 24, 2015 Chris Hall

Question. What extension should I use? Answer. .QA

With all the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) coming out, sometimes we forget to celebrate the other domains we add to the site. Just last week, we added a wonderful new country code top-level domain (ccTLD), .QA, to the list.

.QA is the domain extension for Qatar, located on the Arabian Peninsula between Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Businesses and individuals in Qatar will certainly use the extension to establish a local presence, but for non-Qataris, .QA is the perfect acronym—Quality Assurance and Questions and Answers—for a host of professional websites.

If you're looking to start a related site, check out our .QA page for current pricing and transfer information.


February 20, 2015 Chris Hall

The simple guide to finding the right domain name for your podcast

podcast

Podcasts seem to be getting more and more popular by the week, with big shows and big names finally getting the mainstream media attention they deserve. But one of the best things about podcasting is that it can be done by anyone. There aren't any expensive broadcasting rights or legal hurdles to deal with—all you have to do is get a mic, learn how to use some basic audio software (free options like Garageband are readily available), and find a reliable platform to host your show.

But one thing that trips up many budding podcasters is the domain name. For the same reasons naming anything is hard, naming and finding a domain name for a podcast is a tricky balance between science and intuition.

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February 17, 2015 Chris Hall

A big WHOIS privacy update

Superhero

Privacy is rightly a huge concern for many people, and we're actively updating our platform to keep as much of your information off the Internet as we can. On the domain front, one of the easiest ways to keep your identity hidden is to use a WHOIS privacy service, which basically eliminates your domain registration information (name, address, phone number, etc.) from the WHOIS record altogether.

In the past, we've used our own WHOIS privacy service, which masked phone numbers and addresses, but still left names and email addresses in the WHOIS public record. For many, this worked fine, but we've received a number of requests for a more robust solution.

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February 13, 2015 Chris Hall

Found reviews - Fastmail, the "slickest web interface currently available"

FastMail

From Sebastian Lemery:

I pay $40 a year for FastMail. That's $3.33 a month for something I use every day, multiple times an hour. Because I pay for this product, I get:

  • Customer service oriented towards my happiness
  • No ads
  • A company focused on me, the customer, instead of advertisers
  • Features targeting users, not advertisers

I cannot stress this enough: pay for what you use. I love that I pay Fastmail to handle my email. I enjoy knowing their engineers are making money, improving the app I thoroughly enjoy using. When you don't pay for software, you create a void that must be filled by either selling your data or catering a product to advertisers. Even if you are indifferent, it still creates an environment where engineers are potentially assigned to features that appease advertisers over users.

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