Design a Collectible Coin & Win

We want to encourage our customers to enter a contest on coin.design since we know that you all stand a great chance of winning the prize: a trip to NYC to attend the premiere Digital Collectibles event, NFT.NYC.

Honestly, if you’re interested mostly for the pizza, bagels, and pigeon-watching, we don’t blame you. We’re located on the other side of the USA but everyone here loves a visit to NYC. Do it for the plane ticket and hotel – there’s no shame in your game!

But, we want you to understand what the heck is actually going on over at Coin.Design and so we’re walking you through the process below. After all, we almost, kinda, mostly understand the blockchain, just like you, right?

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The .cloud Trend Continues

Cloud technology is redefining the future of business. If you don’t believe us, here’s some fun stats:

  • According to Forrester, 50% of all enterprise businesses will rely on cloud technology in 2018.
  • AI machine learning will constitute the majority of cloud activity by 2020.
  • The total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018.

That’s a lot of activity happening on data centers and servers, all quietly humming away out in the desert somewhere. While this type of technology may be a foggy concept for most, it’s understandable to witness companies branding themselves with a .cloud domain name. The .cloud domain name is quite fitting for cloud-based companies because it is general enough to connote “anything related to cloud technology” but also specific enough that it signifies what type of technology it is. The cool thing is that companies from wildly different industries are adopting a .cloud domain name. Even though the products themselves are different, the structure used to deliver those products is the same. Check out these three use cases of companies adopting a .cloud domain name below. Continue reading

Getting To Know The Porkbun Domain Management Console

When you purchase a domain name, you own the keys to your website kingdom. Your domain name tells the world what your website is about, and gives you a brand name. From a technical perspective, you can do a lot of things with your domain name. You can connect your domain name to a website that you’ve built with another web service like Wix or Weebly. You can use it as a re-direct if you own another domain name. You can integrate it into eCommerce shopping platforms so that your customers only see your professionally branded storefront. However, sometimes performing these tasks can be tricky for the novice user. Some registrars don’t make these tasks any less tricky when they make you go through multiple webpages and convoluted instructions to make basic changes. To combat this, we re-engineered our domain management console to make it easier for you to manage your domain names. Read on to get to know the new Porkbun Domain Management Console. Continue reading

4 Reasons to Use a .online Domain Name

The number of people and businesses using the internet has skyrocketed over the last 40 years. In 1980, there were only about 50,000 internet users in the world. Now there are 3.2 billion users. Almost half of the entire world’s population will be online by the end of the year. With this trend, it’s important to think about the name you want for your website. In addition to .com, .net, .org, there are plenty of new options and domain name extensions. The .online domain name is a logical way of announcing that you are online. Whether you are a brick and mortar business looking to get online or you are a well established institution looking to reach people on the internet, there are 4 reasons to use a .online domain name.

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The .io Domain Name Is Powering The Next Generation of Social Websites

The .io domain name might seem like an odd choice as a domain extension for your website name. In fact, .io officially represents The British Indian Ocean Territory which is a set of islands between Africa and Indonesia. What’s interesting though, is how the .io domain name has started to gain wild popularity among the startup community, especially in Silicon Valley. There are tons of great websites and businesses that use the .io domain name. And a lot of these websites are creating a social component to them, where website visitors can interact and contribute their own content. Read on to see a few examples of how the .io domain name is powering the next generation of social websites.

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The One Tweak You Can Make To Your Website Copy To Get More Customers

If you’ve invested a lot of time into your website, chances are you’ve probably encountered this situation before: you are happy with how your website looks, what is says, and who might check it out. You may have even noticed that you’ve earned some visits to your website. However, not a lot of people are engaging with your content; they’re not contacting you or buying your product/service. What gives? While there are plenty of tools you can use to analyze your website visitor behavior, this post discusses how you can tweak your website copy to get more customers. Continue reading

Do New TLDs Impact Your Website’s Ranking?

Domain Names and SEO Ranking

If you’ve spent the time building a website, you know how important it is to rank high in the search results. We all want to be “seen” by Google and rise to the top position.

There are a ton of great resources out there to help you learn about improving your website’s SEO and visibility on the web. But one question you may have is what role your domain name plays in that ranking. Does Google count your domain name as a keyword? What about new TLDs (Top Level Domains), such as .design, .tech, .store? Do these new TLDs impact your website’s ranking? Continue reading

What to Do If Your .com Domain Name Is Taken

 

what to do if your .com domain name is taken

Let’s face it. .com is popular. Everyone knows what it is. You don’t have to explain it to anyone. .com is associated with how we think about the internet, simply because it has been around so long and because there are 126 million (yes, million) registered domain names. Maybe you’ve had inspiration recently to start a side hustle, or to showcase your artwork. Maybe you’ve got a business plan and want to launch your brand online. Either way, when you go to register the name you want, you find that your name isn’t available under .com. This article discusses what to do if your .com domain name is taken.

Word Hacks

Your first thought might be to do the classic word hack. If, say the name you want is “Smart Link”, you could get clever and snag a .ink domain name, and your website name could be smartl.ink. Another example of a word hack is if you had the name “Show Biz”, your domain name could be show.biz. Word hacks are tricky, though, because it all depends on the name or phrase you want. Keep an open mind, but don’t rely on this option.

Browse The New TLD List

A better option is to take a look at the long list of new TLDs (Top Level Domains) available. Browse the list and see which one stands out at you. You’d be surprised to find that the domain name you want is probably related to one of the TLD extensions on the list! For example, if you have a hobby of creating glass art, you could grab a .art domain name. In fact in that scenario, a .art name would be more relevant than a .com name because it describes exactly what you do in the address bar. You make it easier for people to get that “aha” moment when their brain is deciphering what you do.

Search For Your Name With a New TLD

Once you’ve spotted a few TLD extensions that are related to what you do, start searching for your domain name with those extensions. If someone makes 3D animation, for example, and they work with other people, they could get a domain name that has their business name, plus an extension of .studio. They could also get .tv or .video because they produce video, or they could get .design because animation is a form of design. These are just stream-of-consciousness examples, but you get the idea.

Spend some time to think about how your business or your activity can be categorized. What industry does it fall under? Chances are, there is a TLD that is relevant to what you do. The more closely related your business is to the TLD extension you choose, the better. Google will reward you as well, because it looks at the content on your website along with your domain name as it matches your website with users’ keyword searches.

The moral of the story is, don’t get discouraged if the domain name you want is taken under .com. There are plenty of other options that could be helpful. And it might actually be more unique.

 

 

 

 

Porkbun Launches .design Student Portfolio Competition

Announcement: the 2018-2019 .design Student Portfolio Competition Is Approaching!

IDEC .design student portfolio competition

Attention interior design students and teachers!

Porkbun has teamed up with IDEC.org to host a design challenge that will help get students set up with their very own online portfolio on .design.

For Educators…

this competition is a unique opportunity to help your interior design students prepare for today’s digital job market and incentivize them to take their online portfolio seriously.

For Students…

by entering the competition you get your first year of .design for free. This includes a website builder, email hosting, and a bunch of other features. The winner of the competition will win an Apple iPad Pro, valued at $1,400. 2nd and 3rd place will receive 10 years of free .design domain credits and email hosting, valued at $600 and $300, respectively.

Participants can submit their websites between June 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018.

For competition details, please visit idec.design

3 Useful Things You Can Do With Your Domain Name To Brand Yourself

You’ve just purchased a new domain name. You’ve launched your website and you’re ready to get your name out there. The question is, what are some effective ways to make your new website name known? There is the option of paying for advertising, but if you don’t have a large marketing budget or backing from investors, that might not be feasible. Instead, by applying guerilla marketing tactics, you can spread the word about your new website for little to no cost at all. Check out these 3 useful things you can do with your domain name to brand yourself.

Write Your Domain Name On Your Resume

By placing your domain name prominently on your resume, you instantly stand out. It shows that you’ve taken the time to build a website and provide extra content for people to learn about you. It communicates that you are an authority in your field. Your resume details your skills and experience, and adding your domain name will help build the brand of “you.” Even if you don’t have a formal business to promote, you solidify the idea of [you + your expertise] in your readers’ minds.

Print New Business Cards

Similar to placing your domain name on your resume, you should also place your domain name on your business card. The more clever your domain name, the more memorable it will be for the people who you give it to. And it’s relatively cheap to print new business cards with your new domain name on them. Lifehacker wrote a helpful article about the five best business card printing sites, and how to choose the one that fits your needs. Whichever route you take, business cards are still a relevant way to make a first impression. Your domain name on your business card can provide tangible information for clients and helps prevent your brand from being forgotten.

Post On Social Media

Another low cost way to brand yourself is to make a quick post on social media with your new domain name in it. People will see it, re-tweet it, and share it even more, all without costing you anything. Since it’s already an online-channel, people will be able to click through to your website easily. It’s a great excuse to post something, and it’s newsworthy because you’re giving people a destination to go to, with great content and information that is valuable to them.

 

What are some non-conventional ways you are using your domain name to brand yourself? Mention @Porkbun to keep the discussion going. #sweetdomains