Hover Email is Now Better Than Ever

Effective today, we’re making Hover email better, and changing the way we price it so it’s easier to understand exactly what each mailbox costs per year.

First, the “making our email service better” part:

New Mailbox sizes!

  • Forward Only: Get a custom email address on your own domain at a super low price. if you’re the kind of person who can’t live without the Gmail interface, or you want to keep using the email address you’ve had “forever”, Forward Only is for you. For just $5/year (less than pennies a day), you can create an email address at your own domain and we’ll forward mail to your existing email address.
  • Small Mailbox: It’s actually anything but small. With 10GB of mailbox storage, running out of space is not a concern for all but the biggest email users. For $20/year per mailbox, you’ll get a full mailbox that you can use on the web (with our brand new webmail), on the desktop email app of your choice and with the mail app built in to your mobile device (Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone and more). Your mailbox stays in sync everywhere thanks to standards-compliant IMAP, included with every mailbox.
  • New email options

  • Big Mailbox: More storage than you’ll ever need and then some. Forget gigabytes…our new Big Mailbox gives you a full terabyte mailbox for just $29/year per mailbox. Along with the big storage upgrade, you also enjoy shared calendaring and file storage. Like Small Mailbox, it works on the web, desktop and on the go. Never ever worry about running out of storage.

Easier Management

We’ve also made email accounts easier to manage. Email can be set to auto-renew along with the domain it’s attached to like before. But starting today, you can also turn auto-renew off for any email account. So if you don’t want it anymore, or aren’t using it, you can let us know and we’ll delete it at the end of the term (just like a domain name).

Second, the “changing the way we price” part:

Per email address, per year. That’s it. No more bundles. Want one Big Mailbox for yourself, two Forward Only accounts for your kids, and a Small Mailbox for your husband? You can do that in one easy transaction.

As before, the expiry of your email service is tied to the expiry of the domain name it’s attached to. If you add email to an existing domain, we’ll pro-rate the cost so you only pay for the time left on the domain registration.

Get more details on Hover email.

Already have Hover Email and wondering what happens to you?

Don’t worry — we’ve got it all figured out so that almost everyone pays either the same amount (or even a bit less) under the new per mailbox structure as you did before. You can’t imagine how much effort was required to make this happen (nor should you have to imagine it – that’s our problem).

It’s pretty simple to explain: existing customers with Hover Email will be converted over to per mailbox pricing as part of the switch.

You’ll receive an email sent to your account email shortly telling you how it all works. Watch for that, and if you find yourself needing more information, our support team is available to answer any questions you might have. Give them a call or email.

To sum it up, Hover Email is better, you’ll pay the same or less for the email you have with us today, and everyone is happier with straight per mailbox, per year pricing.

How to Write Content When You’ve (Supposedly) Run Out of Content

Out of Ideas

Let me guess: You’re staring at a blank document and transfixed by that vile blinking cursor. In a way, it’s even taunting you. “I can keep going forever and ever,” it says, “while you can’t even start!”

Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone. As a content marketer, my whole job is to come up with new content time and time again. If I had a dime for every time I’ve found myself in the above scenario, I could probably just solve my problem by outsourcing my work to someone else! Alright, that’s definitely an over-exaggeration but you get the point.

While there is no magical way to get over the ‘content slump,’ there are a number of tricks to help you create new content when your brain is seemingly empty. Below are just a few of the ways for you to get the creative juices flowing and get over the dreaded blinking cursor syndrome. If you’ve got any other tips then please share them below – I’m always looking for more!

Update Older Content

Over the course of a year, it’s natural to post content that pertains to that particular moment in time. Maybe you’ve made predictions about a (then) new product being offered, published a Top 10 list of products/services that were available at the time, or released stats about your industry for that month/year. While this type of content is great, after a while it will become irrelevant.

You don’t have to write these pieces off just because they’re now outdated. If people were interested in them when they first came out, chances are they’d love to see an updated version with new information. Bring your stats up-to-date for the current time period. Revisit lists with new products that have come out. Ultimately, this will give your audience a great reason to keep coming back to your website in order to get topical information that’s continuously updated.

Involve Your Community

Part of what makes the Internet so great is that it provides a level playing ground for everyone to instantly communicate with each other. Chances are you’re connecting with your audience already on Twitter or other social networks, so why not go one step further and involve them in your content creation?

A great way to come up with new content while also better engaging your audience is by asking them to participate in your content creation. Jimmy Fallon does a great job of this on the Tonight Show by tweeting out a unique hashtag on Twitter every Wednesday and then showing the highlights on the and the following night’s show. Plus, people will want to keep coming back to your website in order to see if they made the cut. If they were lucky enough to get featured, then it’s a safe bet that they’ll want to share the content with others, bringing it to even more people!

See What Others Are Up To

As the Buddhists say, nothing exists in isolation; everything is interconnected in some way or another. You don’t need to get philosophical, though, to realize that you are a part of various communities. Your content contributes to an overall discussion about your product, service, industry, interests, or pretty much any other aspect of what makes you you.

Pay attention to what others are saying about things that you write about. Personally, I love using Flipboard to discover new content relating to topics that matter most to me. I also follow key influencers and peers on Twitter to keep up-to-date with what conversations are happening (as long as we’re on the topic, connect with me @MichaelKeshen!). When you pay attention to what everyone else is talking about, you’ll be surprised how your own views can begin to take form as new pieces of content in order to add your voice to the conversation. Also, try and see what gaps there are in the content that’s out there and use these as prime opportunities to jump in.

As long as you’re doing all this research, put it to good use. I guarantee there are others that would like to know more about a topic but do not want to spend the time digging for content. Do the work for them by posting all of the great content that you’ve found in a round-up. This is another tactic to keep people coming back to your site, and it’ll also make the people you’re featuring want to share your content as well.

Repurpose What You Already Have

OK, this isn’t technically coming up with new content – and that’s OK! If you’ve got a lot of content already, revisit what you’ve done so far. Content comes in many different forms, and sometimes it can benefit from being transformed from one type to another. Some ways that I’ve personally used this strategy include:

  • Reworking a data-heavy blog post into an infographic.
  • Compiling multiple blog posts into an eBook.
  • Further exploring a blog post in a webinar.
  • Turning a webinar into a SlideShare presentation.

Breathing new life into existing content can help give it the chance for success it may have missed the first time around. Just make sure that it makes sense to repurpose a piece of content and that it will truly benefit from its new form; otherwise, you might get called out on repurposing without purpose.

Keep a List of Ideas

This is more of a long-term strategy that won’t help you come up with a content idea right now but, eventually, will be invaluable. Ideas are always popping into my head at random moments, whether I’m walking my dog, riding my bike or drifting off to sleep. It’s tempting to think “oh, I’ll remember that for later” but, believe me, most of the time you won’t. Whenever an idea comes to mind, please, I’m begging you, write it down! Be sure to use a solution like Google Keep, or another program that will sync across your devices.

Even if you think the idea might be total crap, write it down anyway. You’d be surprised how many times I’ve jotted down an idea that I thought might be dumb and my coworkers have praised as a stroke of genius. Plus, ideas can morph over time. Even if the initial idea isn’t great, there might be an aspect to it that inspires another piece of content.

Have any other tips for coming up with content ideas? If so, I’d really love to hear them – let me know in the comments below!

Top 20 gTLDs: July 14 – 20, 2014

This week we’re excited to debut our weekly series, Top 20 gTLDs! Each Monday, we’ll recap which top-level domains sold the best at Hover, and also report how they moved up and down the ranks. So, without further ado, enjoy our inaugural Top 20!

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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!

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Notes from the Product Manager for June, 2014

June was a busy month!

We rolled out a bunch of new things this month and we’ve got another whole bunch more stuff coming in July and August.

New Domain Search

First up was a brand new domain search experience that groups up all the new top-level domains into logical categories, and provides a nice progress bar so you know when we’re done digging up results. We’re going to continue to work on search, so expect to see some minor tweaks here and there when you search for a new domain name for your next project or business. Give it a try!

Volume Discounts

We also introduced Volume Discounts. Once you hit 10 domains in your account, we start giving you a discount on renewals. There are multiple tiers so the more domains you have, the more you’ll save. More on that can be found here.

New Webmail

Just this week we rolled out a brand new webmail experience for everyone who uses Hover Email. It’s faster, better, and more intuitive. Early response has been very positive. Find out more in this post.

If you are looking for completely ad-free email that isn’t used to create a profile of you for the benefit of advertisers, then take a look at Hover Email.

Plans start at just $20/year and you can use either webmail, your favourite email client on your desktop computer and your mobile phone thanks to the wonders of IMAP which keeps everything nicely in sync. Learn more.

Little Things…

In the “little things” department:

  • Introduced a simpler, clearer pricing page for domains.
  • Added some better error messaging when .uk domain registrations fail.
  • Added another dozen or so top-level domains to the list of extensions we support.
  • Improved the transfer request email to make it easier to understand.
  • Made domain searches “shareable” by adding the search string to the URL. Copy and paste it and share a search (and results). Like this!
  • Fixed up a few little things on the mobile version.

Until next month!

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!

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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:

New Hover Webmail is Here

Starting today, if you access Hover Mail via the web, you’ll be using the new Hover Webmail.

We’ve been running a preview over the last couple of weeks to give you a chance to try it out and get comfortable before we switched everyone over.

The response during the preview has been very positive! I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to provide us with feedback and suggestions. We’ve already made some changes and we’ll continue to tweak things to smooth out any remaining rough edges.

New Hover Webmail

The best way to see what’s new is to log in and try it yourself. The improvements are many:

  1. It’s faster — you’ll notice a big improvement in speed as you move around, reading and managing your email.
  2. It’s better looking — the theme is much more refined and modern.
  3. It’s easier to use — the settings area in particular is way more intuitive.

You’ll also notice some nice improvements to the Contacts section, as well as a better message editor. One of my favourite features is threaded conversations that group together messages in the same thread to make conversations easier to follow.

Need Help? We’ve got it!

There’s extensive help right in the Webmail application, and an really great help article about Webmail that our support team put together that you can find here.

As always, if you need it, help is just a phone call or email away. If need some assistance getting settled in to the new Webmail, we’re here to lend you a hand.

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.

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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!

 

Introducing Volume Discounts on Domain Renewals

Idea: the more domains you have in your Hover account, the less you should pay to renew them.

We thought that sounded pretty good, so starting today, we’re offering volume discounts on renewal. The savings start once you have ten domains in your account, and they go up from there.

There’s no promo code required, and the discount will apply automatically whether you let us renew the domain prior to expiry, or whether you choose to renew domains yourself manually at any time.

The discount tiers are as follows:

Domains in your Account Discount (off the renewal price/year)
10-24 $0.25
25-49 $0.50
50-99 $1.00
100-199 $2.00
200-299 $3.00
300-399 $4.00
400+ $5.00

Some Additional Details

In addition to these new volume discounts on renewals, Hover already offers a significant discount on most TLDs for transfers-in and also on quite a few TLDs for new registrations. And, unlike most other registrars, WHOIS Privacy protection is included in our prices (where supported).

Multi-year new domain registrations are treated as a single year purchase, with a bunch of renewals. As a result, the discount would apply to any years after the first year when you have the required number of domains in your account. There’s no need to do single-year registrations and then come back right after and renew it manually – we’ve got that covered so you don’t miss out on any savings.

Along those same lines, we also include any new domains in your domains total when doing those multi-year calculations. Let’s say you had 23 domains in your Hover account. Then you registered two more – the 24th and 25th domains. You’ll automatically get the volume discount for years 2-5 on those domains as you’d expect (since you moved up into the 25-49 tier).