Author Archives: Alex Franceschini

.XYZ Domain Names Are Just $5!

xyz-blog-header-Until September 1st, you can register a .XYZ domain name for just $5/yr.

.XYZ domains have been growing steadily in popularity and climbing up the ranks in our weekly Top 20 gTLDs reports since they first launched. People have been snapping up the .XYZ domain names that simply aren’t available in the other generic domain extensions. Unlike the more common gTLDs, like .COM and .NET, there are more names available in the .XYZ extension in spite of its increasing popularity. So there’s a better chance of finding the best possible domain name for your project.

Here are some more reasons why we think .XYZ domains make a great choice, and why you might think so too:

They’re generic

.XYZ domains are a little different from many of the other new top-level domains that have been launching this year. Unlike .XYZ, most of the new TLDs are descriptive of the website’s topic and have meaning built right in. .XYZ is unique because it’s truly generic and can be a good fit for nearly any project you have in mind.

They’re memorable

The new .XYZ domain extension stands out from what Internet users are used to seeing to the right of the dot. They naturally make your website more recognizable and unique. Plus, .XYZ domains are short and simple. All these things make it easier for users to find your website and visit it again and again.

They’re affordable

Right now, .XYZ domains are on sale for the price of a fancy latte – just $5 to register your domain name for the year.

Even when this promotion ends at the end of the month, .XYZ domains still make an affordable option. The regular price of a .XYZ domain is $13/yr, which is still less than a .COM.

Not sure what to do with your .XYZ domain?

Many of us weren’t so lucky to get our ‘LastName.com’ or even ‘FirstNameLastName.com.’ Since the .XYZ namespace isn’t so crowded, there’s a better chance that you can still grab ‘YourName.xyz’ – without making any compromises or variations.

‘YourName.xyz’ would make a great domain name for a directory of your personal links. You can create your own personal landing page that features a short bio and links to your personal networks. It’s free and simple to set up Hover’s domain forwarding to direct users to your social profiles, blogs, and even your online portfolio.

Try searching a few keywords for your own .XYZ domain name to use for your next project.

get started button3

 

 

 

 

Start Something! All New Domain Extensions Are On Sale Now

Starting today, ALL of the new domain extensions are on sale at Hover!

Summer is the perfect time to get started on your ideas. And with so many new domain extensions, it’s easier than ever to grab a clever word combination for your project. There’s a domain extension for just about every idea, whether it’s a new recipe blog or an underground club for ninjas.

It doesn’t matter if you have a big idea, or a small idea – what matters is getting started. So we wanted to give you a little encouragement.

From now until Labour Day (September 1, 2014), you can take advantage of greatly reduced prices on ALL of the new domain extensions.

Click here to see the full list!


Looking for some inspiration?

Your idea doesn’t need to be particularly grand or sophisticated. Some of the Internet’s greatest gems start with a simple idea that’s just decidedly awesome (like omg.coffee and thesaurus.land, just to name a couple).

And if you HAVE been thinking about launching a fancy new project or start-up, now’s the time to grab the perfect domain name for it. After all, if you don’t get those ideas out of your brain and on the Internet, it’s not going to get out there. Or somebody else might beat you to it.

Here are a couple of ways you can get started on your own project:

Start a micro-blog

Blogging gives you the freedom to post whatever you want, whenever you want. There are tons of low-cost or even free hosting tools available that can help you get your project going.

Tumblr makes it easy to get your ideas online and gives you the option to use your own custom Hover domain. It’s home to some of our favourite and most creative micro-blogs out there.

Update your current domain name

If you’ve ever settled for a domain name that was less-than-perfect, it might be time to grab one that’s better for your project. You can now get a shorter domain name that doesn’t include any unnecessary dashes or characters. All of these little things make your domain easier to remember and a little more magical.

So a domain like www.the-jamison-gallery-inc.com can be shortened and simplified to www.jamison.gallery.

If you’d like to set up both domain names for your site, we offer free domain forwarding that redirects your website traffic from one domain name to the other. You can forward visitors anywhere you’d like, such as your social media profiles or blog. We’d be happy to help you set it up if you need a hand.

Try searching a few keywords

Searching catchy domain names is a surefire way to spark new project ideas. Try typing a few keywords into the (newly revamped) Hover domain search to get some inspiration of your own!

get_started_button2

Domain of the Month, June: StayHome.Club

Wallflowers, this one’s for you.stayhome

This month we’re bringing you to StayHome.Club, the online shop for those of us who would rather just stay inside and do crafts with our pets.

StayHome.Club celebrates introversion with printed apparel and home accessories. The products are designed in-house by a talented group of contributing artists.

If your hobbies include home-marathoning TV shows and trying to close the elevator door before someone else comes inside, consider this your official welcome to the club!

stayhome.club

What we love about it

StayHome.Club uses the new .club domain extension in a really clever way. And that’s no surprise, really. Hover customers (like you) are always making awesome things happen on the Internet.

The .club domain reinforces StayHome.Club’s strong sense of community. The site says it best: “We are a club that never meets, but a club nonetheless.”

It’s a society where everyone can enjoy being alone – together. You even get a membership card with your first order. The irony is not lost on us. We love irony.

Submit your domain

Fill out the form below to submit your website for Domain of the Month:

Shorter Is Sweeter: New .UK Domain Names Are Here

You can now register and manage .uk domain names right here at Hover.domainfamily_uk

If you thought the United Kingdom already had dedicated domains, you’d be correct. “Second-level” .uk domains have been around for awhile for different purposes, like as co.uk and org.uk for businesses, or me.uk for personal websites.

The new .uk domain is a shorter, simpler option for registrants in the United Kingdom.

The rules for registering .uk domains are largely the same as the existing second-level .uk domains. But there are a few guidelines that make it a little different.

What you need to know:

If you already have a second-level .uk domain, don’t worry. You will automatically get the first dibs on your exact-match .uk domain name. Only domain names that do not have a corresponding second-level .uk domain registered are available.

There is a reservation period to claim the corresponding .uk domain name for any of your second level domains (.co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .ltd.uk or plc.uk). The .uk equivalent will be reserved for five years – that’s up until June 10, 2019 as long as your domain name is still registered.

To claim your corresponding .uk domain name, you need to make sure that the owner contact information for your new .uk domain is exactly the same as the owner contact information on your second-level .uk domain. So, if you already have myawesomewebsite.me.uk, the contact information for your new myawesomewebsite.uk domain needs to be identical.

To check if you have the rights to the new .uk domain, you can use the rights lookup tool.

 

Guest Post: Supporting Ladies Learning Code

Here at Hover, we love helping people do awesome things on the Internet. That’s what we’re all about. And with the current underrepresentation of women in the tech industry, we couldn’t be more excited to support Ladies Learning Code to make their latest event a big success.

We’ll let them tell you all about it in this special guest post by Nicole Belanger - TEDx Talker, writer, entrepreneur, and all around rockstar.

Early in the morning on June 7th, over 60 learners made their way to Ladies Learning Code’s home at The Lab for a brand-new two-day event called Hackapalooza.

For nearly three years, Ladies Learning Code has been offering beginner-friendly workshops where learners can develop valuable technical skills in a social and collaborative environment. In Toronto, thousands of people have already attended these workshops, and many of our learners were looking for that next step in their learn-to-code journey — and so Hackapalooza was born.

Two Days. One Website.

The mission of this two-day workshop-meets-hackathon for beginners was simple: over 48 hours, learners would build a beautiful website of their very own and launch it to the world. The weekend was filled with workshops, lightning talks, and open hack time, all facilitated by over 60 incredible volunteers from our community

Dozens of women (and men!) came from different backgrounds, industries, and walks of life, but all shared a common mission that weekend: to build and create.

From portfolio sites to business websites and beyond, each learner took a blank site and customized it over the course of the weekend, adding elements as they learned new skills like typography, CSS animations, and API integration. Interested in seeing some of those finished products? Check out the Ladies Learning Code blog.

llc

Making Internet Magic

It was so exciting to see the incredible creativity and talent of the learners throughout the course of the weekend. They had a lot of information thrown their way, and they tackled these new challenges with curiosity and grit.

With Hackapalooza, we wanted to give our learner community the opportunity to stretch the limits of their digital knowledge and creativity and build something brand new that was all their own. One of the most inspiring parts of the weekend was seeing learners launch their completed projects live for the world to see — a moment that was made possible without the generous support of our friends at Hover!


Through an exciting collaboration with Hover, we were able to provide our learners with one free year of domain services to help them get that much closer to bringing their website to life. It was a pleasure to be able to work with a local company like Hover to help give our learners that priceless moment of pride when they take their site live on the internet.

With events like Hackapalooza, Ladies Learning Code is on a mission to bring beginner-friendly tech education to women and men across Canada. And with the generous support of our community — from sponsors like Hover to our amazing volunteers — we can’t wait to bring digital literacy to more and more Canadians every year!

 

Domain of the Month, May: HipsterFood.Kitchen

HipsterFood.Kitchen brings you original vegan recipes that sound almost as delicious as they look. Each post features gorgeous food photography that’s been shot with a professional Nikon and carefully edited with Photoshop.

The idea for HipsterFood.Kitchen came about as a way to demystify veganism. It was a response to the stereotype about ethical eating as an obscure, fleeting trend. The blog aims to show everyone that a vegan lifestyle is totally doable and certainly not going anywhere. It includes accessible foods that won’t break the bank and recipes that can appeal to eaters of all persuasions.

HipsterFood.KitchenWith a beautiful design and impressive photography, the blog reads like a coffee table book. One that would look especially great on a DIY, repurposed vintage coffee table.

Why we love it

HipsterFood.Kitchen took a leap with a new domain extension and ended up scoring a downright great domain name.

After four years on Tumblr, HipsterFood.Kitchen decided they didn’t want to build their entire project on a social blogging platform, only to risk having it fade away like a Myspace band. They recognized that a new domain extension would give continuity to their blog’s hipster theme.

HipsterFood.Kitchen is a domain that stands out from the more common extensions, like .com or .net. It’s a catchy domain name that probably wouldn’t have been available in those more crowded namespaces. Plus, it’s descriptive and tells us what the website is about, while keeping that little bit of magic that makes you want to see it.

Like all great hipsters, the folks behind HipsterFood.Kitchen have an obvious eye for design.

Submit your domain

Fill out the form below to submit your website for Domain of the Month:

5 Apps for Busy Freelancers

When you’re a freelancer, being busy is great. It means you’re fully booked with client projects on the go. It also means you need to find the right tools to handle your workload effectively.

There’s a big difference between being productive and just being busy. Time management and organization are key to staying on top of your projects without letting other things slip – things like marketing, following up with clients, or even more important stuff like, say, you’re personal life. Or sleep.

As a freelancer, you need to manage client accounts, draw up contracts, track time and be awesome at all of it. And the right tools can help you do that.

Here are five of our favourite apps for freelancers:

1. Harvest

Harvest is a simple way to track your working hours and bill clients for it. You just click to start and stop timers throughout the day when you’re working, so you don’t have to lose focus. When you’re ready to wrap things up, you can quickly create invoices for your clients.

Harvest also gives you some pretty neat analytics to help plan your projects more efficiently in the future. When the time comes that your client asks about the progress you’re making, those reports are pretty handy to provide updates and screenshots.

As a freelancer, you tackle all kinds of jobs in a day and not just in front of your computer. Harvest works on your web browser, desktop or mobile device. It’s also compatible with a whole bunch of other tools you may already be using, many of which are included in this list.

HarvestApp

2. Square

Once upon a time, a guy missed out on a big sale because he was unable to accept credit cards. That guy was a friend of Jack Dorsey, Twitter Founder, who was inspired to create Square. Square is a pocket-sized card reader that allows you to sell from wherever you are. It’s an easy and cost-efficient way for freelancers to charge via credit card.

When you sign up for Square, you get a free card reader and the app for your iOS or Android device. You can pay-per-swipe or go for the monthly payment plan. We like the way that Square was designed to be simple, from the product to the pricing model. Nobody likes hidden fees.

squareup

3. Bidsketch

Bidsketch allows you to quickly create professional-looking proposals for your clients. It provides you with clean design templates that are ready for you to add your own images, colours, content, and even embed videos. All of your content is saved for you to reuse on future proposals.

Bidsketch is easy to customize with your logo and even your own domain name to make the whole proposal experience feel consistent with your brand. Since it’s quick and easy to send, you’ll close deals faster and your clients will save time too.

BidsketchApp
4. HelloSign

Sometimes there are other kinds of documents that need to be signed aside from just client proposals, like insertion orders, deliveries and other deals. You can create and share those other legally-binding documents using HelloSign.

Just like Bidsketch, your documents can be signed right in your client’s browser, saving the time and money required to print, scan and send. HelloSign keeps all your important info completely private and secure, and even supports two-factor authentication for your documents. Win.

HelloSignApp

5. Trello

When you’re managing a project (or twelve), it’s nice to be able to visualize what needs to be done. Trello allows you to create and organize your to-do lists. All of your clients and projects are organized into columns, with their individual tasks laid out on cards that are easy to customize.

When it comes to project management apps, it’s one of the most basic tools we’ve seen. The user interface is laid out in a way that just makes sense. If you’re working with a team, Trello offers collaboration tools too, so everyone can stay on the same page.

Trello is free to download with unlimited lists and usage. The paid version has some extra bits of functionality you might like (such as support for larger attachments) and some you’ll definitely like (custom emoji, obviously).

TrelloApp

 

 

 

We Stand Up for Net Neutrality and You Should Too

Today is (yet another) day of action to defend the Open Internet. Yes, there are a lot of these. Yes, they are important. Those wishing to limit the power of the Internet don’t stop, so we can’t either.

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules to allow Internet providers to discriminate based on content to deliver separate and unequal connection speeds. While providers will speak of “priority access” and “fast lanes,” the reality is that we’ll see SLOWER access to non-prioritized (i.e. paid) sites.

We (and our parent company, Tucows) are longtime supporters of an Open Internet. In a truly neutral Internet, all traffic is treated the same.

If you want to help the protest and show Congress you care about Net Neutrality, you can run the code on your website too. If you are in the United States you should contact Congress and let them know this is wrong. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #stoptheslowlane.

stoptheslowlane

 

.Club Domains Are Here

We launched .club domains this week and we’re pretty excited about it.

It’s one of our favourite new domain extensions and we’re not the only ones who feel that way – .club is already ranking the sixth most popular of all the new domain extensions, and they’ve only been generally available for two days. We love that it’s a name that can add meaning for all kinds of groups, businesses and associations.

In fact, we love them so much that we’re offering them for just $10/yr. That’s the lowest price out there for a one year registration of .club.

club2

What’s so great about .club?

.Club domains are perfect for member associations and groups of all types:

  • Country clubs
  • Sports clubs
  • Night clubs
  • Fan clubs
  • Book clubs
  • Loyalty programs
  • Affinity groups
  • Teams

Even online groups that are based on social media sites, like Facebook, can use .club to create a unique and dedicated domain. They’re instantly recognizable and tell everyone what your website is about.

It’s easy to get a great domain name with .club. Since there are plenty of options available, you have a better chance of getting an exact match of your group’s name without compromising. That’s not so easy in the more crowded namespaces of other generic domains, like .com (BieberFan.club is available, just saying).

There are no restrictions on .club domains, so they’re just as easy to get as the more common options. Just head over to Hover and search a few keywords for your club or group to see what’s available!

Also, the .club registry has a great jingle that’s not to be missed. We’ve been enjoying it here at Hover HQ.

 

 

 

Domain of the Month, April: Omg.Coffee

This month, we’re bringing you one of our favourite websites we’ve seen with a new domain extension.

Omg.coffee is a single-serving site that generates a new coffee animation every time you click. From vintage GIFs of espresso being brewed to your favourite coffee-related moments from popculture, they’ve got it. The site also works on mobile for all your procrastination needs.

It’s an infinite loop of caffeinated goodness. You’re welcome.

omgcoffee

Why we love it

This is exactly what we love about the new domain extensions (TLDs). You don’t need some brilliant branding strategy or startup idea to make the most of them.

We’ve seen lots of people adopting the new TLDs in lots of interesting ways, like updating their domain names to better ones, since they no longer need to settle for a domain that’s less than perfect.

We’ve also seen people just doing decidedly awesome stuff with the new TLDs. Stuff that just wasn’t possible with more limited domain options, where most short and meaningful keywords are already taken.

There are so many opportunities to create entertaining microblogs and single-serving sites with the new TLDs. It’s easier than ever to be part of the unique Internet culture of epic practical jokes, crowdfunding, LOLspeak, and other viral phenomena.

With a simple idea and a great domain name, omg.coffee is now part of the weird and wonderful web.

Submit your domain

Fill out the form below to submit your website for Domain of the Month: