Why .cloud?

Digital Trends, Uses, and Strategies for Forward-Thinking Success

Welcome to the Digital World

As life and commerce embrace digital platforms faster than ever, it’s crucial to stay up to speed with modern online tools designed for innovation. No longer a luxury, cloud computing has become an imperative for long-term business success. None of this is news; we’ve all been living in the land of social distancing, ecommerce, TikTok obsessions, and infinite Zoom calls for months now. Big brands, budding startups, and enterprising individuals alike are making increasingly digital advances to stay in business, in touch, and well connected. 

As we’re forced to rethink the status quo of business and engagement, companies worldwide have flaunted their creativity with new means of connection. Couches and home offices have replaced company conference rooms. Students shift out of classrooms and onto screens. Financial institutions now rely on mobile and online banking solutions. Window shopping has taken on a new virtual connotation. Even concert stadiums have migrated to livestreamed living rooms.

Regardless of the industry, brands are rebuilding their businesses under one universal technology: cloud computing.

The Domain Name for Forward-Thinkers

That evolving term cloud has become a mainstay buzzword among shrewd brands and their users. Some of us are experts in cloud-based software, some of us understand the concept only in terms of our depleting phone storage, but the savviest of us instantly recognize the word cloud as a slick domain name for forward-thinking brands. 

Simply put, .cloud is the smart domain for modern business. No matter what lies ahead, the importance of distinguishing yourself online remains essential. While we’re all familiar with the instant recognizability of the “dot com” crowd, .cloud offers a reliable, creative alternative that differentiates your brand in ever-crowded marketplaces and helps you make your mark in the digital economy.

Distinguish Your Brand 

From small businesses and rising startups to well-founded enterprises, pioneering companies establish themselves with a modern domain name. A .cloud domain helps your brand:

  1. Embrace the future.

    Cloud is the foundation of modern technology and is at the forefront of future technologies. Make a powerful statement by putting the keyword cloud into your domain name.

  2. Highlight your innovation.

    Have you reinvented a product or modernized a service? Are you digitally transforming your industry? Highlight your brand with a .cloud domain.

  3. Clearly define what you do.

    For Cloud, SaaS and technology businesses, startups, developers and creative professionals, a .cloud domain clearly shows what service you provide.

  4. Build a connected business.

    There’s no better way to show that you are connected and future-oriented. Expand your reach with a .cloud domain.

Secure Your Premiums

This past May, .cloud released more than 100,000 premium domain names — succinct and catchy, highly sought-after names, essential for promising startups and digital launches. 

Take the words of Mou Mukherjee, .cloud’s Head of Registry Services,

“Our premium domain release includes many short and memorable domains such as atom.cloud, pix.cloud, vid.cloud, simply.cloud and financial.cloud. These prized domains could serve as an enterprise’s key brand asset.” 

Building.cloud and simple.cloud are some of those recently coveted premiums. Even more favored are short names with 3-4 characters, including one of our favorites from Porkbun — 420.cloud. There are still plenty more gems to discover! Start exploring .cloud’s premium domains today.

Embrace Your .cloud Future

With a wealth of potential assets at your disposal, a .cloud name could be the start of your journey to digital success. No matter your industry — cloud computing, business and finance, internet of things (IoT), gaming, education, or entertainment — .cloud’s competitive prices and reasonable renewal rates make it easy to snag your preferred name and keep it. 

Grow your brand and highlight your innovation with the domain name designed to embrace the future. Secure your .cloud today.

Find Your .ORG

From social enterprises to professional associations – the .org domain is the TLD that helps purpose-driven people and organizations connect with communities around the world .

At Porkbun, we pride ourselves on being different, providing worry-free support and comprehensive resources to those looking to register a domain name. Similarly dependable, the .org domain is home to anyone working toward a greater good and eager to share their story online.

Many of these forward-thinking global businesses, individuals, and organizations (not just charities) turn to Porkbun for their .org domains. Below are a few examples of likeminded organizations we support – from community groups to cultural institutions – exemplifying that anyone with a mission to bring their vision to the world has an online home with .org. 

1. Hands on Crafts

Hand on Crafts (handsoncrafts.org) works to make the world a little greener by repurposing typically-overlooked household items into something crafty and useful. Every year, the world tosses out 2.6 trillion tons of garbage and only 1% of that waste is recycled. Hands on Crafts provides creative project ideas and easy-to-follow tutorials that help households make the most of recyclable items that would otherwise be discarded – turning trash into treasure in pursuit of a greener, happier place for us all.

2. Explore Romania

Many small businesses use the .org domain to increase their local and global footprint. Explore Romania (exploreromania.org) is a tour and travel agency that offers Romania visitors the ability to explore the country with minimal impact on the environment. With help from local guides, the organization curates experiences that preserve Romanian communities, support local farmers, and offer tastings of the country’s famous cuisine. With each tour, Explore Romania connects communities across historical, global, and cultural differences through a common pursuit of adventure and authenticity.

3. Freeport Community Band

Also popular among musical groups, the .org domain allows the Freeport Community Band, (freeportband.org) based in Freeport, New York, a platform to broaden their reach. The organization is a volunteer-based concert band made up of musicians from all walks of life, all of whom share a simple love of music. They offer free public concerts and learning opportunities for seasoned musicians and novices alike, and are always eager to welcome new members. First formed in 1921, the Freeport Community Band has since continued to read multiple compositions together, building repertoire, community, and camaraderie with every note.

Engage, Educate, Connect

A powerful stage for any individual or group, .org inspires connection and offers opportunities to share in collective passions and interests online. Whether you’re seeking to engage, educate, build trust, or simply connect with your desired audience, .org helps you highlight your work and share it with the world.

If you are one of these forward-looking folks – nonprofit or otherwise – our team at Porkbun would be happy to help you find your name within the .org collective. Connect with us today! 

How Online Teachers Can Be Effective in the Digital Classroom

There is a lot of information about the benefits of working remotely, but what about learning remotely? 

While working from home has become more mainstream, online learning is a new technological frontier for many teachers and institutions. Despite the challenges, remote learning is a rewarding opportunity to create a more accessible and inclusive educational environment — while also teaching students the digital communication skills that will be essential in their future careers. 

Whether you’re a K–12 teacher, a higher-ed professor, or offering professional development and continuing education, it’s never been easier to buy your own domain name and make your website a one-stop resource for all your students. 

How is teaching online different from face-to-face?

Teaching online is a big transition from traditional classroom teaching, and it’s important to find the right ratio of synchronous and asynchronous communication. Synchronous communication (like a chat room or videoconference) is real-time, while asynchronous communication (like email or a message board) doesn’t require an immediate response. Successful online teachers utilize the strengths of both communication styles.  

…put yourself in your students’ shoes and set reasonable expectations.

Asynchronous learning is beneficial for students who want to learn on their own schedule and for adult students who may be juggling work or childcare. Be sure to structure your asynchronous communications in bite-size pieces. (Don’t just record a video of yourself giving a long lecture and expect your students to pay attention to the whole thing!) Build in time for students to take a break from their screens and move around. Home environments may be unpredictable or distracting, so it’s important to put yourself in your students’ shoes and set reasonable expectations. 

There are still times when synchronous communication is absolutely essential. One-on-one videoconferencing is the best way to build personal relationships, share critical feedback, or help a struggling student. Group videoconferencing helps create camaraderie among students and foster a classroom community. Just be sure to keep the synchronous discussion groups to a manageable size — break up larger classes into smaller working groups.

What online educational resources are there?

Educational technology services offer many tools to help you organize your online classes and engage with students. These edtech companies produce software called learning management systems that often include website templates, grade books, assessment tools, discussion forums, chat rooms, and live and recorded video. 

For a deep dive on everything from LMS software to lesson planning to engagement strategies, be sure to read the Chronicle of Higher Education’s guide to online teaching. The Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository is another great resource for ideas and best practices.

…the best way to make [your course materials] accessible to students is to direct them to a website with an easy-to-find domain name.

If you need additional teaching materials accessible online, try OER Commons, a public digital library of open educational resources. For higher education resources, check out the Open Textbook Network

How can teachers buy a domain for remote learning?

Once you’ve selected your learning management system and planned your online course, the best way to make it accessible to students is to direct them to a website with an easy-to-find domain name. 

Make your site a one-stop destination for everything your students need. With schedules, lessons, materials, grades, and contact information on your website, you’ll have a simple, centralized portal to communicate with students, and you won’t have to manage unwieldy email threads. 

If you don’t have access to an institutional .edu domain, create a website with a domain like .study or .courses so that your domain name reflects your content.

From April 1–21, if you register your .courses or .study domain name through Porkbun you’ll get a discounted first-year registration and low renewal rates after that. And every Porkbun registration comes with a bundle of complementary services including:

  • free SSL security;
  • free WHOIS Privacy protection;
  • a 3-month trial of personalized email hosting; and
  • a 3-month trial of Weebly’s website builder.

If you get stuck, Porkbun’s world-class customer service will help you out. 

It doesn’t have to be perfect just try it!

If you’re a classroom teacher just dipping your toes into the world of remote learning, don’t be intimidated. Start small using what you know and try new things as you and your students get more comfortable with the technology. One of the best things about digital learning is that it is flexible, adaptable, and editable. You can always make adjustments as your students give you feedback about what works and what doesn’t. 

The best practices for learning remotely also apply to working remotely in the business world. The technology and communication skills that today’s students acquire through online learning will set them up to be successful in their future careers — whether they work from home or not!

Happy 9th Birthday, .co!

In 2015, the internet welcomed 500+ new Top Level Domain endings – new gTLDs – giving people more options to choose from when registering a domain name. In addition to .com, .net and .org, people could choose from anything from .love to .marketing. But even before that, in 2010, there was another alternative to .com that was already making waves in its infancy: .co. In its 9 years being available to the public, .co has become a popular domain name choice for many startups as well as enterprise brands. This post share some fun stats about .co and why you should consider one for your entrepreneurial endeavor.

.co Stats, By The Books

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How ThoughtLeaders.io Is Changing the Online Marketing Landscape

Are you a business trying to get your product or service in front of the right people? Sometimes throwing up some ads on facebook doesn’t do the trick because it’s not where your customers hang out. Moreover, banner ads on major platforms feel intrusive. Native advertising is definitely a smoother experience for the user, especially if it integrates with blogs and newsletters that people love to follow. That’s where ThoughtLeaders.io comes in. ThoughtLeaders connects brands with the websites and blogs who publish content that is related to their product or service. Not only does ThoughtLeaders present a novel solution, but their domain name extension of .io helps them to stand out as a leading edge tech firm.

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Read This Before Deciding On Your Startup’s Name

You took your idea and put it together in a business plan. After long, grueling hours or market research, analyzing your competition, coming up with prototypes, you’re finally ready to put this plan into profitable business action.

You even have a plan to raise funds to get your idea off the ground. But… before you proceed any further, you need a name for your startup. Sure, you may have an idea or two but how do you know it’ll work?

Most entrepreneurs consider naming their startup as the most undervalued aspect of their business. On the contrary, this name is going to stick with your business for its whole life. It’s the most valued aspects of your business. You need to get it right from the beginning.

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7 Tips for picking the perfect blog domain name

One of the most exhilarating things about starting a blog can be picking the perfect domain name.

With literally hundreds of domain extensions (like .com, .club, or .ink), it’s never been easier to get ultra-creative when naming your blog.

So why is it that landing on the perfect domain name can still often be a struggle? Why do many bloggers end up regretting the domain name they originally came up with, and change it months or years later?

The answer lies in what’s going through you mind when you’re learning how to start a blog.

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