August 29, 2014 Chris Hall

New domain extension trends: cities, non-Latin are in, retail is not

New domain extension trends: cities, non-Latin are in, retail is not

If you're interested in domain names or like to follow the domain name industry, it's good to take a step back every once in a while to look at the new gTLD (generic top-level domain) trends that are emerging. iwantmyname's business model really doesn't benefit from the popularity of one domain extension over another, but for us, this is perhaps the most exciting namespace expansion we'll ever see. I mean, there's a real chance that decades from now we'll all look back at the early days of the internet and laugh about how everything used to end in .com. We're still at the beginning of this whole "internet naming" thing, but the scaffolding for the future is being constructed before our very eyes. Here are some of the trends we're noticing today.

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August 21, 2014 Chris Hall

Hyperlocalize your domain name with a city TLD

Hyperlocalize your domain name with a city TLD

Amongst the craziness that are the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), cities seem to be a bastion of pragmatism. They just make sense—if your company or brand is localized to a city, a city TLD gives your site an easily remembered identifier in a namespace that will have much less competition.

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August 19, 2014 Lenz Gschwendtner

iwantmyname culture: On hiring and hierarchy

Team

The one truth about growing a company is that at some point you'll run out of qualified friends to employ. For us, our first hire outside of that group was a developer, because we badly needed someone who was good at the things we sucked at. And our hire was a good one, as he is an absolute expert in his field—but his most important trait was that he fit in really well with the team. Ever since our first hiring experience, we've made fitting in a top priority when adding team members, and it's worked out extremely well.

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August 18, 2014 Paul Spence

Codetoki, another JFDI Asia success story

Singapore

Last month my son and I jumped into a big silver bird and headed north to check out the start-up scene in tropical Singapore. During our visit to the business friendly island state we not only enjoyed the famous nighttime cuisine, but also made many new friends in the start-up community.

We were made welcome at co-working space JFDI Asia, also widely regarded as Asia's leading tech accelerator. The JFDI crew had only just recovered from their big demo day the previous week, so the place was still abuzz with "joyful" entrepreneurs, mentors and interns, especially so as there was also a visit by Dave McClure and Geeks On A Plane that same week.

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August 14, 2014 Chris Hall

Naming a website is hard—here are 6 tips to make it easier

Naming a website is hard—here are 6 tips to make it easier

Ask a random business owner or entrepreneur what the hardest part of their startup process was and you'll likely hear "naming". Naming your business, brand or simple blog can be extremely challenging because there's no exact science or guaranteed process to lean on. It needs to be unique but uncomplicated, easy to say but different enough to separate you from the pack, and ultimately, it needs to embody your story. Or maybe it doesn't.

One thing is certain though—when you're starting your naming process, you should always keep your domain name possibilities in mind. In this modern internet era, your website might just be your brand's most public portal, so you need to make it count.

Here are a few quick tips to make your naming process a bit easier.

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August 12, 2014 Chris Hall

HTTPS is now a Google ranking signal—learn how to make the switch

HTTPS is now a Google ranking signal—learn how to make the switch

Google rankings. Just say the phrase and you'll raise the blood pressure of countless website owners, because for as many professionals as there are trying to crack the search engine optimization (SEO) code, it's still a moving target. New updates to the ranking algorithm are coming out all the time, and SEO practices that are considered 'standard' one day might be damaging the next.

But every once in a while Google will announce a very specific algorithm change that can be applied by nearly everyone, without any drastic changes to content or site structure.

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August 11, 2014 Chris Hall

Don't be a victim of domain hijacking

Don't be a victim of domain hijacking

So first, a definition—"Domain hijacking or domain theft is the act of changing the registration of a domain name without the permission of its original registrant."

And yes, domain hijacking does indeed happen, so you should be absolutely certain that your domain is as safe as possible.

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August 9, 2014 Chris Hall

New domain extensions in the wild—an ongoing search

New domain extensions in the wild—an ongoing search

We've now launched more than 150 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and as expected, they're each experiencing different levels of popularity. Some, like .berlin, .club and .在线 are doing quite well, but none have blown up to the level of mass acceptance—none are considered normal yet.

To get to that point, we need to start seeing more of these sites in the wild. Ideally, a big brand will kickstart the movement by transitioning their .com to a new gTLD, but there are already a number of sites that have made the switch. Here are a few of the best/most interesting we've found so far.

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