September 18, 2014 Chris Hall

.NZ up 5 amazing domain hack possibilities

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As New Zealanders patiently await the .NZ launch on September 30, we'd like to give the rest of the world a chance to get excited about our newly shortened domain extension. So I present to you... my top 5 domain hack possibilities using .NZ.

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September 17, 2014 Chris Hall

Globe Runner sheds some light on the .COM vs. new gTLD debate


There was a time not so long ago when the domain selecting process was as easy as finding a short, available name that sounded good. But then came the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Do you go with the shortest, most brand-centric domain name in the .COM space now or do you get the exact name you want in a new gTLD like .CLUB, .LINK, or .TODAY? It's a big question that everyone in the space is asking, and now there's some data to help make your decision.

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September 15, 2014 Chris Hall

Ello, a new ad-free social network to say hello


From Gabriel Weinberg's Blog, in an article titled, "What I use instead of Google services"

Like most people, I don't like to be tracked more than I need to be. I believe in privacy policies that do the minimum collection needed as opposed to the maximum collection possible. I am also the founder of the search engine that doesn't track you, DuckDuckGo. For these reasons, I personally don't use Google services where I don't absolutely have to, and honestly it's not very hard to do because there are good alternatives. I get asked a lot what I use instead of Google services, and this post answers that question.

I don't think I need to introduce the importance of reducing unnecessary data collection in today's internet, but knowing which platforms to use can be tricky. The linked article above does a wonderful job listing out some great services for storage, cloud docs, email platforms, etc., so be sure to give it a read. But I just have one little addendum.

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September 11, 2014 Chris Hall

Ask iwantmyname: Blogging suggestions for occasional writers

Ask iwantmyname: Blogging suggestions for occasional writers


I have published articles occasionally online. So far, I've tended to write about football - here's my most recent effort: They don't get read by many people but they seem to be appreciated by those who read them. I chose Svbtle to write because I liked the minimalist design and, as it was an ad hoc project, I didn't want to pay. Now Svbtle have started to charge for new users and existing users have to cough up for extra services. As an occasional writer I'm reluctant to commit to paying $6 every month.

As I enjoyed writing those articles I'm planning to write more regularly and possibly about other topics. But, initially at least, not I don't envisage writing regularly enough to pay a monthly fee.

I think that one of the blogging services that you recommend may suit me: It has a similar minimal look which I like, most of the services are free, and I can add a domain, which is something that appeals if all goes well. However, you also recommend other similar minimalist sites, and there are many more out there. Also, most of the research I've done online recommends using Wordpress as it is more versatile in the long run.

So, my questions are:

  1. Do you think that is suitable for my current needs?
  2. Would you recommend a Wordpress site? Or would this be more suitable for a more regular blogger or if my output becomes more regular?
  3. Given my requirements, what would be the advantages of adding a domain to where I post my articles?

Thank you in advance,

Peter McFarlane

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September 8, 2014 Joel Pitt

How we upgraded our domain search using Erlang, RabbitMQ and Socket.IO

How we upgraded our domain search using Erlang, RabbitMQ and Socket.IO

A few weeks ago we quietly released an almost completely reworked domain name search engine. Our older system, of which there had already been several iterations, was no longer coping with our incremental growth and the dozens of new top level domains being released each month (with 500+ more still due to launch). Not only are more people searching for domains, but the number of domains searched was stretching our old domain search engine's limits.

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September 5, 2014 Chris Hall

The one-stop-shop for royalty free stock photos

If you maintain a blog or are working on a web project that requires good photography, you're probably well-traveled in the frightening world of stock photography. Giant sites, endless keyword results, and thousands upon thousands of pictures like this:


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September 3, 2014 Chris Hall

Meet the new domain extensions of September, including .london, .nz and .beer

Meet the new domain extensions of September, including .london, .nz and .beer

The world of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) is looking up in September, with a great collection of locations, professions and industries being represented. For starters, we have .london, ,yokohama, .vegas and .bayern launching, as well as .nz, New Zealand's newly opened second-level domain (not a gTLD, but still a very exciting September launch). Some other big expected TLDs are .digital, .guide, .life and .direct—all are fairly short, and have a wide range of uses for various industries.

Perhaps the tastiest gTLD of the month is .beer. We have an amazing craft-beer scene here in Wellington, and we'd love to see the industry adopt a domain extension with a little character. Our expectations are dampened a bit by the soft launch of .coffee (only 6,858 domains registered worldwide according to Domain Incite Pro), but maybe a more global beer scene will push its growth.

There are plenty more domains coming out though, so don't miss the rest of the list. And remember—pre-registration is still available, so if you have a specific domain in mind, this is your best chance to grab it before it opens to the public.

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September 2, 2014 Chris Hall

September domain discounts, featuring .CLUB and .TV


We consider discount-oriented online businesses to be an unhealthy model, but each month we do like to put a few domain extensions on sale as a market predictor of sorts. This month, we're really excited about a few country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) that double as generic phrases and a couple of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that we just like right now.

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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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