Promote Your Cause With a .Earth Domain Name

From our partners at .earth

Why Choose .Earth?

Since its launch in November 2015, the .earth domain has focused on creating a unique place that unites like minds – brands or individuals – and allows them to promote their passions, causes, businesses, brands and stories for the overall betterment of our planet.

Over the past five years, the .earth domain has evolved into a growing community that expands well-beyond green/environmental organizations. Today’s users include geospatial companies, trade organizations, travel companies, engineering firms, new technology innovators, authors, artists, holistic healers, and much more.

The .earth domain also prioritizes web security, while allowing organizations to elevate their brands enhance overall awareness and revenue generation, expand their memberships, and grow their donor bases. 

Top Ways .Earth Can Help Your Organization

1) .Earth is Your Platform for Change

It allows all environmentally conscious citizens to share their voices about enriching life on Earth.

2) More Meaningful Than .com

Brand yourself “Right of the Dot,” and expand beyond the traditional “dot com” or “dot net.” A .earth domain extension is a simple and highly effective way of sharing your organization’s mission is to save the planet.

3) Make “Earth” Part of Your Company Name

Consider changing your branding to include “earth” in your organization or campaign’s name. Catalog.earth and Access.earth are prime examples of organizations that effectively use .earth as part of their overall brand.

4) Share Your Passion

The .earth domain reinforces the passion that many organizations and individuals have for the planet.

5) Opt for Affordability

Securing a new .earth domain extension will not break the bank – even for premium names.

6) Establish Trust

.Earth domain names convey a higher level of trust to your customers, partners, and constituents when they are seeking out information about your organization.

7) Put Earth First (Always)

In this day and age, it’s always good to remind ourselves that the earth does come first. Show your audience.

Creative .Earth Domain Users in Action

  • Space: While the .earth domain is all about promoting the betterment of life on our planet, many of our users are focusing their efforts in the stars, and beyond. From space-based educational organizations to astronomers, scientists, artists, and entrepreneurial visionaries, here’s our list of the top 10 space-related .earth domain users.
  • Reforestation Visionaries:  A number of reforestation organizations are using the .earth domain to enhance their overall marketing and brand awareness efforts, and they are very passionate about the domain.
  • Geospatial Imagery and Mapping: In today’s world, “where” matters, especially when it comes to obtaining driving directions to locating key assets for forestry management, utilities, and even for oil and gas exploration. This is why the geospatial technology arena has grown tremendously over the past 20 years.
  • Healers and Organizations Spreading Positivity Around the World: Since the .Earth domain is all about uniting individuals and organizations to make the world a better place, check out a few organizations dedicated to just that. Here’s the definitive list of the top 10 .earth users who making a positive change in our world.

Join the .Earth Community: Voices.earth Podcast Series

.Earth domain users are happy to share their stories about how the domain helps them advance their companies, brands, and causes. Take a listen to the Voices.Earth podcast series to hear their stories and learn more about their impact.

And for some added celebration, check out what .earth users have to say about their community.

The Small Business Guide to Content Marketing

By our partners at .us domains

The “content is king” adage isn’t going away anytime soon, and there’s a good reason for that – content marketing works! Large corporations and hot tech startups leverage this marketing approach often. But small business owners can benefit just as much, if not more, from content marketing efforts. 

What is content marketing exactly?

Content marketing is a category of marketing that focuses on the creation and distribution of quality and relevant content. Think of it as a way to connect with your customers in an authentic and relevant medium, to form a genuine relationship. You are offering your customers value, perhaps solving a problem they may have and you’re making a lasting connection in the process. Interested? Read on to discover industry insider tips from our partners at .us domains, and get this strategy working for you. 

When starting a content strategy, focus your attention on your immediate products and services. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel or conduct massive hours of research. Think about what you do every day, knowledge that may seem second nature to you could be very valuable to your target audience. 

Let’s say you’re a local pie company. A great idea is to share quick blog recipes like “how to create an easy pie crust,” or “the perfect whipped frosting in under 10 minutes.” 

What about a small social media agency? Create a cool infographic about “how to make your Instagram page look beautiful.”

Interior designers should consider creating a video series featuring instructions on simple ways to spruce up your home. 

You get the idea. Strategic content empowers businesses to share their brand story, enlighten their audience and establish themselves as industry experts.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you get started:

1) Keep content valuable and engaging.

Sit down and brainstorm ideas and blog topics that you can confidentially speak to as a small business owner. Think about educating your target audience and answering their most pressing questions. Quality blog content should position you as an expert in your field.

Plus, quality content written about your business, products and services, provide natural keyword relevancy to help boost your visibility in search rankings. 

2) Go beyond the blog.

Create resources that can help you gather information about your customers. This might require more in-depth, specialized content like whitepapers, checklists, and guides that can help your audience learn more about your industry, company, and services.

Also, think of going beyond the written word. Our smartphones have become great tools for recording high-definition quality video, so consider posting an instructional video to your website and/or social media channel. Give locals a video tour of your new brick-and-mortar. Again, get creative as video has become a dominant digital medium and an effective way to keep people engaged. 

You don’t need to be a big company with a massive ad budget to create these resources. Small business owners often underestimate themselves. If you’re a local florist, for example, think of creating a seasonal gardening guide. If you’re a nutritionist, consider creating a keto recipe booklet. These helpful resources might entice your customers to trade in their contact information for your valuable, gated content (see more below). 

* Because this type of content is more resource intensive, consider gating these resources behind a contact form so you can collect your customer’s names and contact information for email follow-up and building your newsletter list. This means, visitors will be required to enter the contact information in order to download your content.

3) Let the small business marketing campaigns begin.

Once you gather your leads’ information you can engage with them further, be it to alert them about a sale/deal, product launch, fundraiser, etc. For example, if you capture a customer’s email, you can store it in your customer database. Then, when it comes time to build a newsletter or e-mail marketing campaign, this customer will automatically be among the subscribers, and up to date on all your business has to offer, especially when it comes time for a sale.

As you create these emails, just be sure that each has one call to action that leads recipients back to your website to engage with you further or prompts them to schedule a call. A critical step for any email marketing campaign to work is to ensure you are sending from a business email account. This is not the time to leverage your @gmail or @hotmail personal address. If you haven’t already, secure your custom business email address with a domain as unique as you.

4) Bring your content to social media.

While blogs, whitepapers and videos will result in a resource-rich business website, you must also think of larger distribution. In addition to e-mail campaigns, look to social media as a great (and usually free) vehicle for sharing your small business content. 

Post and share any new blogs or content pieces on your social channels to draw more eyes (and potential visitors) to your content-rich website.

5) Be consistent.

Whether you start small with a free blog or have a long-term plan of building up to a gated e-book or podcast series, make sure you’re consistent in the publishing, sharing and distribution of your content. In other words, don’t leave your audience hanging. Think of a packaged content series that covers a given topic in depth. 

Also, as an entrepreneur, time management is everything. Allocate a set number of hours each week to content creation. 

6) Be authentic.

Again, content marketing is an indirect form of advertising because it’s encouraging the business and the customer to form a connection beyond the transaction. As business owners we invest so much time to convince people to buy your product, but if we invest time and effort in educating and helping them to solve problems, overtime you’ll build greater brand loyalty, which is absolutely priceless for small business survival. 

Looking to launch a new blog site?
Get online with a domain as unique as you are.

The .art community reached over 100K members!

The .art domain zone, created for professionals in the art world and the creative community, confidently entered 2021, passing the mark of a hundred thousand users. 

There is continuous innovation happening in the .art domain zone. We’ve selected some of our top .art stories that will hopefully motivate you to get creative or bring inspiration for your hobbies. 

1. Crypto artist Matt Kane released his record-breaking Bitcoin-based artwork priced $100K on volatility.art. 

Chicago-based artist Matt Kane began a classical painting career before moving to IT. He combined his skills and became a “creative programmer”. Kane’s Right Place & Right Time, 2020 work is programmed to reflect Bitcoin’s price volatility. The work and the domain volatility.art, on which it was created, were sold to a private collector TokenAngels for over $100,000. 

2. The circa.art, a project that supports the creative community suffering from the pandemic by raising money through charity sales, appeared recently on the iconic Piccadilly Circus digital billboard. 

All the legendary brands such as Coca-Cola, Kodak, eBay, Nescafé, Hyundai, L’Oréal Paris, McDonald’s, and many others have marked this London’s central tourist location. Since October 2020, visitors and residents of the capital can regularly view a new circa.art’s monthly video of a work by a renowned artist on sale. Artists such as Ai Weiwei and Patti Smith have already taken part in the project. The artworks on view are available for as little as $100. 

3. .art received a patent for its unique ART Digital Twin solution. 

The past year has become significant for .art in terms of innovation. The domain zone received a US patent for a developed method of storing and identifying objects using additional Whois fields, launched as “.ART Digital Twin“.

 4. The Observer lists .art founder Ulvi Kasimov in the Top-50 Arts Innovators of 2020.

The Observer, a leading international publication, has released its newest edition of Arts Power 50. The founder of the domain zone, Ulvi Kasimov, was included in the list among the most influential artists, curators, heads of museums and non-profit organizations, politicians and innovators operating in technology related to art. 

5. .Art’s charitable project “Flowers for Medics” goes viral. 

.Art zone co-founder and a trustee of the Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM), Reikhan Kasimova, launched a charitable project titled Flowers for Medics amid the rise of the pandemic in 2020. Together with MAMM, .ART launched an exhibition of works submitted within the framework of the project. A sold-out charity auction to support medical workers and artists in need also followed the show. The initiative further strengthened .art domain zone’s authority as an innovator across both art and tech communities.

Easy WordPress: Simplified Web Hosting for 50% Off

Ah, the wild world of web hosts! If you’re eager to publish your site, navigating hosting plans can seem a bit overwhelming. So we’ll keep it simple: try WordPress. WordPress hosting offers expert-level features in a beginner-friendly package, bundled with all the support you need to get started.

Right now, get your annual WordPress plan at 50% off!

A third of the web relies on WordPress, from hobby blogs to global news sites, and you most likely fall somewhere in between. We’ve built a dedicated WordPress hosting environment from the ground up, with security and performance as our top priorities. If you want WordPress, you want Easy WordPress — it’s in the name!

Choose your plan.

The right hosting plan ensures your site works quickly and securely. We’ve kept our options simple to ease your search. If you’re setting up a personal blog or portfolio site, our Starter Yearly Plan is for you. Bigger businesses expecting more site traffic or ecommerce capabilities? Pro Yearly it is!

Both plans include all the features you’ll need, plus a free 15-day trial:

Questions on how to get started? Check out our step-by-step guide.

You expect it. We deliver.

Whichever Easy WordPress plan you choose, you’re well-equipped with all of the following:

Super Simple Installation
Why complicate things for no reason? Get right to work with just one click.

Optimized for High Performance
Quick response times, speedy downloads, and fast updates. Like you, we’re big fans of instant gratification.

Intuitive Control Panel
Navigating an admin panel shouldn’t feel like rocket science. We’ve built an intuitive interface so you can get started quickly — no (de)coding required.

Enhanced Security with AWS Backend
Backed by the leader in cloud computing, trust that your content is securely stored and easily manageable.

Mind-Blowing Support
It’s our trademark for a reason! Questions? Concerns? Compliments perhaps? Bring ’em. Why go in alone, when you’ve got a hand at the ready, here to help.

Comprehensive Account Management
Simplify your accounts and manage all your website needs in one place. Need to change plans? No problem. Want to add another domain? Do it! Consolidate those logins and keep everything easily accessible under one perfectly pink roof.

When we say easy, we mean it. Get started with our biggest hosting sale yet. Try Easy WordPress FREE for 15 days, then 50% off for the full year.

It really is that simple.

Do business with the domain that means it: .inc

New year. New you. New business plan? Sounds like it’s about time for a new domain name to match. Built for business, but open to anyone, .inc domains offer instant credibility among an elite community of corporations and brands — think the black card of the Internet.

From now until February 12th, take 50% off your first year of .inc.

Comprehensive business solutions.

With just three widely recognized letters, .inc is the domain that quite literally means business — accompanied by all the professional perks you’d expect:

  • Instant Credibility
    Purchased by more than 51% of Forbes Most Valuable Brands, .inc stakes your place at the pro’s table. Graduate from that startup garage space to the main stage with a domain name your customers and clients know to trust. In this reliable, professional namespace, you’ll stand out from your competitors, proving you’re invested in your work.
  • Increased Security
    As a premium domain extension, .inc prioritizes security and aims to eliminate cybersquatting — empowering businesses like yours to purchase the domain you want, when you want it. Save time and money by avoiding pre-owned domains and private sellers entirely. Join major brands such as Nike, Facebook, Amazon, and American Express in protecting your brand with a .inc registration.
  • Great Availability
    We’ve all excitedly searched for our preferred domain, only to face that dreaded “unavailable” message. Rather than parse through less-than-ideal alternatives, with .inc, you’re far more likely to get your first choice upon that first try. While a .inc domain is an investment, if you’re looking to secure your exact brand name, it’s well worth the expense. Less pricey than other premium alternatives, .inc offers an extensive selection of available names, giving you ample opportunities to find your perfect match

Dream big, beyond business.

Contrary to popular belief, .inc domains are not limited to corporations alone. Anyone can register. And with those three easily memorable letters at your disposal, their possibilities are as wide as your imagination. Who says inc has to mean incorporated? Get creative with page titles and offer your visitors a bit of welcome wordplay… .inc/omparable or .inc/lusive or .inc/orrect. You could even celebrate your favorite mineral on z.inc. Oh the opportunities!

Whether you have a propensity for puns, or a brilliant business mind, the benefits of .inc extend beyond name recognition. 

  • Boost your branding.
    Use an exact match to your brand name for a domain that’s as easy to remember as it is to type. Startups like Exo.inc (formerly exo-imaging.com) and Air.inc (formerly aircamera.com) have both secured new rounds of funding since upgrading their domain to a perfect match.
  • Benefit from shorter domains.
    Use .inc to be more mobile-friendly, authoritative, and memorable — like Dental.inc (formerly IntegrativeDentalSpecialists.com) and FMG.inc (formerly FTRmedia.com), or one of our favorites, th.inc (formerly thinc.digital) — now that’s easy to remember!
  • Improve your SEO.
    Rank higher on results with a name search engines trust. Collab.inc ranks #1 in Google for “Collab” — above Collab.com. Fluency.inc ranks #1 for “Fluency Inc” — ahead of TryFluency.com and GoFluently.com.
  • Rank internationally.
    Unlike most country-specific domains, .inc ranks internationally in Google and carries the same weight as .com. SF.inc (formerly SF.com.tw) and Event.inc (formerly EventInc.de) no longer have the geographic search limitations from their prior country code extensions. 

Build your brand with .inc. 

Commit to your company. Get creative. And go big with the domain that’s dressed to impress. Grab this offer to secure your perfect match before it’s gone.

Get a Free .design Domain Name for Your Website!

It’s the season of giving, and Porkbun is offering designers, artists, and creatives the rare chance to score a .design domain name for free!

With this special offer, you get the .design domain name of your choice free for one year, plus tons of other exciting goodies like a free Weebly Site Builder trial, email hosting and free email forwarding, free WHOIS privacy, free SSL security, and free hosting options. Now that’s a big holiday bonus!

If you’re a designer, you understand the importance of smart presentation. This special, limited-time offer is the perfect opportunity for you to spruce up your digital portfolio or refresh your online branding. A .design domain allows you to create a more succinct, powerful, and memorable URL and email address. It’s a great way to assert yourself and improve your contact with customers, whether you’re a freelancer, web developer, or a creative studio — or maybe you just have extremely good taste in domains! 

Even if you’re not a designer, the fact you’re reading this now means you probably have designer friends in your life — the freelancers, the one’s with the endless side hustles, relentlessly asking for your input: “Pantone 2034C or 4059C?” “Does this filter look retro-enough?” “Should I keep the generic arrow curser or make it a slice of pizza?!” Share this offer with them to support your favorite independent web designer, UX and UI designer, architect, interior designer, or illustrator!

Joining industry leaders is your first step to becoming one yourself: the adoption of .design by globally recognized companies means that your domain will be in good company. Check out the amazing sites at spotify.design, adobe.design, npr.design, airbnb.design, cloudflare.design, amazon.design, dropbox.design… We could go on! 

But while the big brands may be impressive, it’s the sites from independent freelance designers that we find especially inspiring. For example, Steph Salileng is an illustrator and UX/UI designer with a sharp, minimalist site at stephdoes.design.

Her outstanding portfolio is made even better by the detailed explanations that accompany each project. Steph walks you through her process start-to-finish, sharing key insights that take you into the mind of a designer. Plus, with a domain this memorable, none of her contacts will forget that Steph does, indeed, do design! Now that’s our kind of branding.

Remember, this offer won’t last long, (but your domain will!) so seize the day and seize the deal! Register your free .design domain name today!

Domain Swag Alert!

Find the latest and greatest domain-branded gifts at Porkbun.shop.

Who needs a pick-me-up!? Get your fill of Bun-infused love now available in mug, apparel, and sticker form. Head to Porkbun.shop, or select “Porkbun Merchandise” from the products drop-down menu on Porkbun.com, and enter the glorious world of goodies that awaits.

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping and gift your loved ones a treasured piece of swag, featuring the world’s cutest logo. Or, take this as a welcome excuse to treat yourself — because this year, you definitely deserve it.

Up first in the swag collection: mugs.

We all have that one decades-old, coffee-stained souvenir mug from a family Yosemite trip that no one really remembers. We’re not telling you to throw it out… but I think we can all agree it’s about time for something fresh. Whether you need a new coffee vessel, desktop pencil holder, or miscellaneous organizer, we’ve got you covered with an ample selection of Buns and logos to welcome into your mug collection. (All jokes aside, coffee really does taste better in these. We think it’s the pink.)


Set on mugs? How’s your wardrobe looking these days?

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the almighty comfort of the T-shirt shall forever reign. Dress to impress (your couch), while dawning your favorite logo. Even better, throw on a snapback and start living large — the Porkbun way.


And last but not least… did someone say stickers!?

Obviously a Porkbun shop wouldn’t be complete without our famous stickers! Don’t worry, we’ll keep out sending out freebies as long as you keep asking for them, but if you’re longing for a little extra, order your favorites online. The perfect addition to any laptop, travel mug, bicycle helmet, notebook, random wall, or stop sign — Porkbun stickers are the timeless accessories you didn’t know you needed. Dream big, and decorate lavishly!


We’re currently updating our collections, so be sure to check back for the latest additions. As always, stay fresh, Bun Club. Oink!

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!