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!

5 Apps That Will Make 2020 Your Most Productive Year Yet

Now that the calendar has flipped over to a new year, countless resolutions have been made by professionals and individuals alike. While it’s exciting to set these goals for ourselves and map out plans to make the upcoming year the best it can be, the key to realizing our New Year’s resolutions can often lie in our preparation and the tools we have at our disposal.

Whether you want to launch a new business, bring your app idea to market, or simply be more efficient in your day to day activities, we’re going to introduce you to five .xyz and Porkbun customers whose apps can help get you on a productive path as you stride toward achieving your 2020 goals.

Amplify your message with MakerAds.xyz

The “Maker Movement,” a cultural intersection of developers, inventors, gadget-builders, hackers, and DIY tech enthusiasts, has grown steadily throughout the last decade into one of the most popular online niche communities. As savvy online marketers know, it can also be one of the best places to find tech-minded clients.

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Reaching this audience has never been easier than it is with MakerAds.xyz’s platform. The service sells paid advertising space to established businesses who wish to market to MakerAds.xyz’s audience of over 50,000. In addition, MakerAds.xyz allows makers to post ads for their products completely free, and redistributes 90% of all profits to the paid referrers who help power the platform. 

By using MakerAds.xyz’s service, a business or entrepreneur can promote their product or service to a valuable audience while gaining goodwill among its members through their support of the maker community. Whether you are a maker yourself in need of a way to share your idea or an established company branching into the maker market, MakerAds.xyz’s platform is ready to help you accomplish your professional goals in the New Year.

Spend less time scrolling web pages with BackToTop.xyz

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No matter what kind of mouse you use, scrolling up long web pages can feel like an unnecessary chore you’d rather just have a quick solution for. If that sounds like you, then you may want to check out BackToTop.xyz.

BackToTop.xyz is a browser extension created to scroll to the top of a web page in one click. Once you’ve installed it, you can scroll to the top of any page by simply clicking the little arrow next to your URL bar. The tool’s scroll speed is not affected by any extra added animations, so once you click the BackToTop.xyz button you’ll be sent right back to the top of the page in the blink of an eye.

Generate ultra-secure passwords in seconds with SimplePass.xyz

Following internet safety best practices starts with choosing strong passwords. However, we all know how tough it can be to think of a password that is both easy to remember and strong enough to stand up to hackers or bad actors. Enter SimplePass.xyz.

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SimplePass.xyz is a handy tool that works to automatically generate highly secure passwords using memorable terms and phrases. This is a commonly recommended system for choosing secure passwords that can be remembered by a human user, but near-impossible for a passcode cracker to guess. If you need a quick suggestion for a secure password, no matter where you are, all you have to do is put SimplePass.xyz in your web browser and boom – you have a secure and memorable password!

Spruce up your Twitter feed with CleanMyFeed.xyz

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If you’ve been a Twitter user for at least a few months, then you’re likely following a few accounts that make you regret your decision to have hit the “follow” button on. It may be that influencer who posts way too much or your uncle who really likes sharing daily pictures of his cat. Doing regular checks on the list of accounts your following can help, but it can also be difficult to decide who to unfollow.

CleanMyFeed.xyz is a helpful tool that is designed to help you declutter your Twitter feed. First you’ll need to log into your Twitter to allow the tool to access who you follow, which can easily be done right from CleanMyFeed.xyz. Then you’ll be launched into CleanMyFeed.xyz’s UI which displays a single page of tweets from an account you follow, allowing you to page through them one at a time. You can choose to keep following or unfollow these accounts via the simple click of a button, and you can narrow the number of accounts you see by clicking the button to hide accounts that also follow you.

Expand your knowledge with SparseApp.xyz

No matter what level of expertise you have in your chosen field, there is always room to expand your knowledge base and pick up a new skill or two. If you want to try listening to a few new podcasts that can add to your skillset, but you need some guidance for where to start, then SparseApp.xyz is the tool you need.

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In today’s golden age of podcasting there are so many helpful shows and podcast episodes that offer tips, share expert experience, and inspire new ideas that it can be tough to know where to start. SparseApp.xyz’s simple interface allows you to shuffle through suggestions of user-recommended podcast episodes podcast episodes and discover new shows on topics ranging from digital marketing to UX design to financial independence and beyond. Even if you have no set idea of what you are looking for or just want to dive into podcast-listening headfirst, SparseApp.xyz can help you stumble upon an episode or show that could make all the difference in your work and help you unlock your most productive mindset.

As the New Year begins and you are filled with excitement at the possibilities for growth and success in the fresh year ahead, remember to set yourself up with the tools you’ll need so you don’t fall off the wagon on your resolutions. These five services are helpful to keep in mind as you gear up to accomplish your goals for 2020, and can offer quick and easy solutions to some of the common productivity roadblocks you may face.

Feeling inspired and ready to launch your next business, app, or idea online? Follow in the footsteps of these .xyz adopters and secure your own brandable and memorable .xyz domain from Porkbun for just $1.99. 

CTA: Launch your next online venture with a .xyz domain

 

7 Creatives using .design domains well + tips for a high-converting portfolio

I work with hundreds of freelance designers every day on my blog and online community. And, I have to be honest, it’s scary just how often I hear something like this:

“I want to reach out to new clients, but my site’s just not ready.”

So today, I’d like to offer a few stellar examples of designers using the new .design domain extension to showcase their work. Some of the examples are extremely simple—in a good way—proving you don’t have to spend months redesigning (or designing for the first time) your portfolio site.

After highlighting a few great examples of just what you can do with a quality .design domain, I’ll quickly share some of my best tips for making the most of your design portfolio site.

Jump to my top tips for converting portfolio site visitors into paying clients.

Without further ado, here are 7 designers & agencies using their .design domain to boost profits & grow their business.

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Live Chat With Porkbun

Have you ever been browsing a company’s website and want to ask a question, but you don’t really want to talk on the phone? And, instead of writing an email that might take a day to get an answer, you would like a way to get more prompt feedback? To accommodate this, Porkbun is pleased to announce that we now offer live chat support on our website, porkbun.com. This post discusses briefly how our chat system works and what it means for you going forward.

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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

Making Content Marketing and Social Media Work In Harmony For Your Small Business

Do you struggle with integrating multiple marketing efforts to achieve maximum results? As a small business owner, you wear multiple hats—and some fit better than the others. You’re not alone when it comes to struggling with the nuances and complexities of online marketing. Taking on the role of a marketer is not easy. There are more ways than you can imagine to reach consumers online and putting all the marketing practices together to work in harmony can be challenging.

Content marketing and social media are two must-haves in a small business’ marketing kitty. You can build a strong online marketing plan by combining content marketing and social media. When used in harmony, these two marketing tactics can engage your audience and bring the good kind of attention to your business. But before we get into how to integrate the two, let’s understand the core of each channel.

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How to Make The Most of New Domain Extensions For Your Marketing Strategy

Let’s talk about Lucy. She is a pastry chef who recently moved to Chicago from Paris. She set up her bakery a couple of months ago in a quiet suburban neighborhood and is pleased with the response she has received so far. What started out as a hobby back when she was a teenager has now become her passion and profession. The business is thriving, she loves what she does and is excited about what the future holds for her.

It is likely that your brain has visualized this story as you were reading it and will retain those images for you for a long time to come. On other hand, your brain has presumably forgotten the name of this person (unless your name is Lucy or you have a specific reason to remember that name). The reason is that your brain selectively retains information that it finds meaningful and discards anything that it classifies as useless. This continuous process of dumping redundant memories and data is what makes the brain efficient. It’s not surprising that this intel into the functioning of our brain is the genesis of ‘marketing with storytelling’.

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5 Ways To Achieve Lasting Legacy With Your Domain Name

What’s in a name?

 

When you’re born, you inherit a name and a surname in which you (usually) have no say. It’s the byproduct of being born in a certain family. Now you may like this name or you may spend years thinking of names that could have better fit the personality you’ve worked so hard to build.

 

The process of coming up with a domain name too falls somewhere on the same wavelength. But here the situation is a bit different. This name isn’t inherited. It has to be created, which requires thinking. And thinking is often hard, but you can do that.

 

Domain name selection can be a tortuous, caffeine-infused process where multiple lattes are consumed while brainstorming on a whiteboard in a brightly lit conference room. You then think of  a name and pop over to a domain registrar’s website only to find that it is already taken.

 

So we’re back to square one, or are we?

 

This ‘domain name block’ does not have to stop you from choosing a name that you love for your exciting startup, and this article will show you how. However, before we dive into that, let’s understand the two key aspects of a successful domain name:

 

  1. Searchable: a successful domain name must be searchable. This means you need to take SEO principles into account and choose a domain name that has the right keywords which allow you to maximize search engine performance. And as we move into an era of voice search, your domain name needs to be such that Alexa and Siri can understand it at one go.
  2. Marketable: your domain name must connect with your target audience and properly reflect what your brand stands for.

 

How do you select a domain name that fits the bill?

 

  1. Brevity is key

Brevity requires creativity. Short, simple and clear names stand out and are memorable. Visitors will most likely forget a long, vague or misspelled domain name. This is where domain extensions come into play. Chances are a short domain name on a usual extension might be expensive or, worse, unavailable.

 

To avoid this, pick a domain extension that highlights your industry and establishes your niche. The benefits of doing this are truly exciting.

 

  • They are easily available at standard prices
  • They enhance your business persona
  • They help in brand awareness and overall brand recall

 

To get you started, check out some of these new extensions that you can choose for your domain name.

 

 

 

  1. Memorability is imperative

 

An emotional response to anything makes it memorable.  A good domain name should therefore evoke  some sort of an emotional response too. It doesn’t have to make the reader break down in tears or burst out laughing. It just has to instigate  a  thought process. It has to make people want to dig deeper or find out more.

 

New domain extensions such as .TECH, .STORE, .PRESS, .ONLINE, .SITE, .WEBSITE, etc help induce that emotional response because they stand out — something that you are working so hard to do.

 

For example, if you sell funky or a sitcom inspired apparel you can go with:

 

For almost $6 dollars that’s a pretty sweet deal.

 

  1. Keywords help with SEO

 

Remember searchability? This is where it comes in. Keyword rich domain names help in getting on-topic backlinks which adds a lot of SEO juice to your website.  It’s great to include relevant keywords if they naturally fit into your domain name. The new domain extensions help with that in a big way. This benefits both the key components of a domain name – searchability and marketability.

 

Additionally, for Google to give precedence to your website over your competitors, your website needs to be really good in terms of content quality. So, your website should be like a quality store which is:

  • appealing to the eyes,
  • well-laid out,
  • filled with easy to understand words and descriptions.

 

  1. New approach impresses

 

The new domain extensions help with establishing a clear branded online presence that can include your full business name. These new domain extensions lend a chance for you to stand out in a way that strengthens your brand positioning. Businesses that adopt these new domains can easily incorporate them into their branding efforts. Here are some top players that are doing it:

 

These extensions act as a hook to draw both potential and loyal customers into a conversation that can lead to conversion. Additionally, it offers an opportunity to engage with them which is what you want.

 

  1. Relatable and intuitive

“If you believe that a member of your target audience could immediately associate the domain name with a good guess of what they think you do, that is a big positive,” explains Rand Fishkin, co-founder of Moz. “Meaning they could look at your domain name and say, ‘Oh, I’m guessing they probably do this. This is probably what that company is up to.’”

The chances of you attracting organic search engine traffic from people who are unfamiliar with your brand increases when your domain name is creative and intuitive.

 

Your ideal domain name should be short, simple, descriptive and memorable from a branding perspective. It should also act as an SEO boost to help your business get discovered in the search. To come up with a name that checks out on all these parameters, start by giving a serious thought to your brand value proposition. Once you have that in place, get your team in a room to choose your new domain name.

 

Alisha Shibli is a Content Marketing Specialist at Radix, the registry behind some of the most successful new domain extensions, such as .TECH, .STORE, .ONLINE, .SITE, .WEBSITE, .PRESS, .HOST and .SPACE. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.