Do I Really Need a .COM Domain?

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There’s no question about it: .com is by far the most popular top-level domain (TLD) on the Internet. It’ll probably be a long, long while before it moves from its #1 spot on our weekly TLD rankings…if it ever happens at all.

That being said, the question remains: Do I really need a .com domain? This is no doubt a hot-button issue, with some that would argue you don’t and others that would say you’re crazy for even considering not having one.

Rather than giving you a definitive Yes or No (because, you know, I’m the official authority of the Internet and therefore am qualified to decide), let’s take a look at the issue before arriving at any conclusions.

Why is .COM so popular?

To start, let’s think about why .com is so popular in the first place. It’s pretty crazy to think about, but .com was introduced way back in 1985! It was one of the first set of top-level domains introduced, which also included .edu, .gov, .mil, .org and .arpa. Unlike the other options, .com was originally intended for commercial websites. Since there were many more commercial use cases on the web than education, government, military, organizations and technical infrastructure (what the other TLDs were used for, respectively), it’s natural that most websites began adopting .com for their domains.

Because it was introduced so early on, .com became the go-to TLD because it was essentially the first out of the gate. By the time most of the public was even able to to come online in the 90s, .com had already been established as the standard for what a domain should look like. A website in 1996 that didn’t end in .com would have felt to someone like listening to an album on vinyl instead of a CD (this was before vinyl became cool again…and back when people still used CDs).

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“If I had a million dollars…I’d buy you a domain name.”

Here’s a stat to help you comprehend how popular .com has become: Over 113 million .com domains have been registered to date (compare this to .net which is in second place at 15 million)! With so many .coms registered it can at times be damn near impossible to find one that’s available. And these aren’t just taken up by websites; people snap up domain names because they know other people are going to want them, with no intention of doing anything other than waiting for the highest bidder to come along. Just how much are people willing to pay for a .com, you ask? It depends on the domain, but consider that vacationrentals.com sold for a record $35 million – and this was purchased by HomeAway mainly just to prevent Expedia from registering the domain!

What makes a great domain name?

When it comes to getting a great domain name, there’s two things you need to consider: memorability and brandability.

Memorability

It might seem fairly obvious, but people need to be able to remember your domain name in order for them to go to it. There’s no worse scenario than meeting someone in person, telling them about your website, and then they can’t for the life of them remember what it is when they get home. It’s why you would never register lkajdslfgkjsdlfkjwrjweoihwt.com for your website, because there’s no chance anyone will remember it.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re using .com, .photos, .menu or any other TLD; whatever you choose, make sure that it’s the most memorable option available. If the only similar .com domain available is super long – for example, TheOfficialDowntownBistro.com – then it would probably be in your best interest to go for a shorter domain like DowntownBistro.menu instead.

Brandability

Let’s take a break from all this domain talk and think about a company that’s looking to open a store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Does the business absolutely need to be on Fifth Avenue? Probably not. But because of the aura and prestige associated with having a business on the famous street, businesses like Louis Vuitton or Versace will feel the need to set up shop there no matter what the cost. Yes, rent will be 100x more expensive than it would be on the other side of town, but that doesn’t matter. Fifth Avenue is an upscale street, so upscale businesses need to be on it.

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Giorgio Armani: “I think we’ve found the perfect spot for our flagship store!”

Now, if you owned a Chinese restaurant, would you also need to be on Fifth Avenue? Probably not, especially since the rent would be so expensive it would be seemingly impossible to stay open for longer than a month. Luckily for you, there are a ton of other locations for you to consider. You could find a quiet neighbourhood that doesn’t have a similar restaurant, or you could set up shop in Chinatown where you would be among similar businesses. In fact, you might even be able to attract more business in Chinatown because people visiting the area are likely seeking out your type of cuisine.

What all these examples show us is that in real estate it’s important to find a great location in a great neighbourhood. Similarly, your domain needs to find a great “neighbourhood” as well. If .com is Fifth Avenue, then alternative generic top-level domains (gTLDs) represent more niche neighbourhoods. Depending on who you are and the goals of your website, it might serve you well to start looking at alternatives.

For example, let’s pretend for a second that I’m a photographer and am creating a website to advertise my services. I could register MichaelKeshen.com, but this does not communicate that I am a photographer. Alternatively, MichaelKeshenPhotography.com is better, but it’s pretty long. Using a gTLD, I could go with MichaelKeshen.photography or even MichaelKeshen.photos, which lets people know that the website they’re about to go to is all about my photography. You can think of this as similar to conveying that your restaurant is Italian because it’s situated in Little Italy; a domain that’s within a .photos TLD signifies that it is about – you guessed it – photos.

No domain left behind

Even if you’ve decided to skip getting a .com and instead go for another TLD, that does not mean that you can forget .com altogether. Think about it from your audience’s point of view; if they were to forget about your gTLD and enter .com, what would happen?

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Just like a Rubik’s Cube, look at the situation from all angles. Not that I know how to solve those damn things – but that’s a whole other topic.

Last.fm is a great example of a brand using an alternative TLD to better brand its service – a music discovery website. Even though this is their main domain, they have also secured Lastfm.com, which just redirects to Last.fm.

Because .com is so common, people will inevitably make the mistake of entering .com instead of whichever other gTLD you’ve chosen. If you have the resources available to acquire that domain, then it’s worthwhile to grab it just in case. If it’s not in the cards to get the .com, make sure that it leads to somewhere that is very clearly a different website. It would be a shame to attract potential visitors only to send them straight to a competitor!

So…do I need a .COM domain?

No. Technically speaking, you do not need a .com domain because there a ton of other TLDs to choose from (and even more on the way).

Of course, it’s definitely not that simple! The real answer here is “it depends who’s asking.” There definitely is an elite and official quality to .com that other TLDs have not yet matched. If you’re a world-class organization then having a domain ending in .com will help cement this status to others. Consider the exorbitant costs that you might incur acquiring your domain name just one part of your marketing budget.

If you’re not in a position to drop $300,000 for a domain name then things can get a little more complicated. If the .com domain that you’d like is available for a reasonable price then great, stop reading this right now and go buy it (from your good friends at Hover, of course)!

When the .com option is not available, don’t settle on a weird alternate version of what you’re looking for just for the sake of grabbing a .com. Remember, it’s all about memorability & brandability. Adding extra words or abbreviations will start to confuse your audience. Instead, it would be better to find another TLD that really speaks to you and utilize it to make your domain really stand out.

What do you think? Am I crazy for even suggesting that you might not need a .com domain? Know any great examples of sites that use other TLDs? Let me know in the comments below!

*Scale designed by Erin Gillaspy from the Noun Project

Top 20 gTLDs: July 28 – August 3, 2014

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It’s time for another instalment of Hover’s weekly Top 20 gTLDs, and last week there definitely was not any shortage of activity! Here are a few of the major highlights:

And, of course, you can check out the full list below:

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Domain of the Month, July: Missing.Bike

Domain of the Month: July 2014At Hover (and our parent company, Tucows) many of us are avid cyclists. One of the great perks we have is secure indoor storage for our rides; however, once we take our bikes outside of our little domain name paradise, bike theft is a very real concern. No matter what type of locks we use, there’s always someone out there who can crack them open and ride away with our bikes.

The Company

Project 529 is looking to change all of this with its anti-theft software & app. A cyclist simply takes a picture of his or her bike & records its serial number. In the event that the bike is stolen, the person can then send out an alert to nearby Project 529 users to be on the lookout for the stolen bike. In other words, with just a few taps you’ll be able to gather a group of crime-fighting cycling vigilantes – sign me up!

Of course, the effectiveness of the system can be questioned, particularly if the bike was stolen by a network of thieves that sell it for parts; however, when it comes to theft prevention, anything extra that you do can make all the difference.

The Domain

If your bike is missing, it can be pretty overwhelming deciding what to do next. Do you put up flyers? Send out a tweet? Search Craigslist to see if someone is selling it? Start saving for a new bike? All of the above?

The folks at Project 529 take advantage of the .bike top-level domain to offer the most straight-forward spot on the Internet to go to: Missing.Bike. It’s simple, eye-catching and easy to remember – perfect for when you’re panicking because you have no idea who has your bike!

What’s also notable about this domain is that it’s not the name of the company behind it; in fact, it’s not even their primary domain. When a person enters missing.bike, it then forwards the visitor to the company’s main website, project529.com. A lot of us think that we just need a domain that matches our company/brand name. Missing.Bike is a great example of how additional domains can help direct people towards your website before they even know to look for you.

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Top 20 gTLDs: July 21 – 27, 2014

At Hover, we want to cure your Monday Blues with the most exciting thing we can think of: Generic Top-Level Domain rankings, of course! We debuted our very first edition last week and there’s been a flurry of activity for edition #2. Here are some of the key highlights from this week’s rankings:

  • Debuting on this week’s Top 20 are .moe, .consulting, .pro & .solutions [Click to Tweet]
  • Rising through the ranks this week were .net (+1), .biz (+8) & .link (+4) [Click to Tweet]

And, of course, here’s edition #2 of the Top 20 gTLDs: Top 20 gTLDs July 21-27, 2014

Top 8 Excuses For Not Starting Your Idea

Not Starting Your Idea Whether you’re planning on writing a song, starting a business or throwing a party, we all have ideas for projects that we’d like to bring to life. If you’re anything like…well, everyone else, chances are many ideas have come and gone without ever seeing the light of day. I know I’ve had my fair share.

That being said, I like to think of myself as a “doer.” I’ve learned graphic design, creative writing, played in bands, DJ’d, and become the “bike guy” for my friends. By no means am I claiming to be an expert at any of these things; in fact, there’s a ton of people out there who are way better than I am at all of the things mentioned. What I am suggesting is that all of these experiences have taught me a thing or two about getting over the initial hump and getting started with an idea.

Here’s a collection of 8 excuses I’ve identified as the main reasons why most of us never start an idea:

“I’m not capable/skilled enough”

Above all, this is the one excuse that always used to hold me back, mainly because most of the time it’s true. The key word is what’s missing at the end of that sentence: ‘I’m not capable/skilled enough yet.’ Right now, you probably don’t have the skill to draw that painting or write that book; however, over time, you will.

I remember when I was in one of my previous bands I would often get a guitar part that I thought there was absolutely no way I’d ever be able to play. It was too fast, too technical, and my fingers just couldn’t move in that way. Since I was in the band, though, not learning it wasn’t really an option. So, I’d practice the part over and over again and, sooner or later (the latter more often than not) I’d be able to play the part.

The key takeaway here is that you can’t think in terms of not being skilled enough to do something. Skills are learned over time, and the only way to master them is to keep trying.

“I don’t have enough free time”

This one will vary from person to person, but I’d be willing to bet that you have more free time than you think. For starters, really think about what it is that’s filling your time. Do you watch TV for 3 hours in the evening? Do you sleep in until 1 on the weekends? If so, these are obvious things that can be trimmed down in order to free up more time.

If your day is completely packed with one task after the next, take a critical look at your processes and question whether you’re being as efficient as you can be. Do some research and see if there are tools available to help automate the time-consuming parts of your day. For example, when I was managing multiple social media profiles I would spend hours signing in and out of accounts, searching for keywords, opening different lists, and on and on. Once I discovered Hootsuite, I was then able to set all of this up into a couple of dashboards that told me everything I needed to know at a quick glance. What would have taken me half an hour now only took me a couple of minutes, giving me a lot more time to pursue other things.

“I’ll start once I get _________”

For whatever reason, many of us have it ingrained in our heads that in order to do something you need to have the best tools available. I really noticed this for the first time when getting into electronic music production. Despite having a computer and software that were fully capable of producing music, I could only start playing around once I tried another music production software. Once I tried that, I could only start once I got a MIDI keyboard to play on. Once I had that, I couldn’t start until I had a microphone. Then I needed studio headphones. And on and on.

While these accessories certainly helped, none of them were essential for what I was trying to do. Once I actually got started, I barely even used them. When it came down to it, all I needed was the passion to just get started and work with what I had. In most cases, you really don’t need the best tools available.

Jack White is a great example of someone that creates art with the most minimal of tools. In It Might Get Loud, he explains how he purposely makes things more difficult in order to challenge himself creatively. If it only takes 3 steps for him to jump from the piano to guitar in the middle of a song, he’ll push it farther back so it takes 6 steps. In the end, if there is passion and meaning behind what you are creating, this will resonate better than a lacklustre idea produced with top-of-the-line machinery.

“I don’t know where to start”

This can definitely be a tricky one, especially if the idea you are looking to start is complex. What I’ve learned from my own experiences, whether writing a 50 page research paper or learning a new musical instrument, is that doing anything is a great place to start. When it comes down to it, if you are doing anything even vaguely related to your idea, it is by definition better than doing nothing. It seems fairly obvious when you think about it, but you’d be surprised how often people never get past this step.

Starting an idea is rarely like the start of a race – 3…2…1….GO! Actually, even a race doesn’t start that way. A runner has to start going to the gym, eating right, going on practice runs, get the right pair of shoes, read tips from the pros, figure out transportation to the race… Only after all that will he or she be ready, and all of that takes much longer than the race itself. So, to get started just start, no matter what it is that you’re doing.

“It’s been done before”

So? Unless you’re creating the printing press, chances are your idea is not 100% unique. And even the printing press first needed handwritten books, which needed scrolls, which needed cave drawings…you get the idea. If people didn’t create things because they had been done before, we would only have 1 movie, 1 song, 1 TV episode, 1 book and so on.

What will make your project unique is that it is made by you. And, just like your mom always told you growing up, you’re special! All cheesiness aside, unless you’re blatantly trying to copy something, you’re going to add your own opinions, influences and style to whatever it is that you’re creating. If I never did anything because it had been done before, you wouldn’t be reading this blog post right now. The “How to Get Started” style of blog post has been done a thousand times over, but what keeps people reading them is what each author can bring to the discussion.

“Now’s not the best time to start”

Oh, come on. It’s never going to be the perfect time to start. You’re always going to have things going on in your life. Sure, there will definitely be times where you’ll have to put your idea on hold, like a death in the family or a new baby. But if you keep letting this be your excuse, it’s never going to be the best time to start. We’re all busy and have a lot going on, so the chances of your obligations magically going away and freeing you up to pursue your no idea are pretty much nonexistent – there’ll always be something new that comes up. In the end, you’re just going to have to roll up your sleeves and get started, regardless of what else is going on at the time.

“What if it fails?”

Here’s the bad news: Your idea will probably fail, at least statistically. For example, venture capitalists won’t see a return on investment for 95% of companies they fund! Does that stop them, though? Of course not, because for all the failed investments, there’ll be one that is a huge hit and recoups all of the lost money.

Plus, let’s not forget that ‘failure’ is a subjective term that is dependent on what you define failure as. If success means critical and commercial success, then perhaps your idea failed; but, if success means bringing an idea to life, then it is definitely not a failure. The more ideas you start, the better you’ll get at it, so in the end you really can’t go wrong by trying.

“I don’t want to do it”

Ultimately, this will be the #1 reason why you won’t start your idea. If it’s a personal project, then this might indicate that you’re not overly passionate about the idea so maybe it really isn’t worth pursuing after all. More often than not, though, you don’t want to do it because of all the work that’s involved. Just remember the end goal, and that every little bit of work that you do will help you achieve your goal. If you keep working at it slow and steady, you’ll eventually get there. Try your best to not get overwhelmed and chip away at your project bit by bit and I promise you’ll get there eventually.

SHAMELESS PROMO: Ready to finally start your idea? Be sure to secure the perfect domain with Hover – all new domain extensions are on sale right now!

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

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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!