If you haven’t heard already, we don’t want you to be surprised, so here’s the deal:
Starting August 31, 2021, at 9:00 PM Pacific (September 1, 2021, at 4:00 UTC), .com domain prices are rising 7%.
We know, no one wants this news. If we could change it, we would, but this one really is out of our hands.
Why is this happening?
Verisign (the registry that owns .com) struck a deal with ICANN (the Internet Overlords) to allow for the increase of wholesale prices by 7% this year and each of the next three years. So by 2025, wholesale prices will likely be set at $10.26.
What does it mean for you?
Well, at Porkbun, we sell .com domains at cost — meaning we do not make a profit, so that we can stay competitive by giving you the best price. (All registrars handle pricing differently; this is not the case everywhere! If you want more insight into the complexities of domain pricing, check out our handy pricing explanation for additional context.)
As far as this .com increase goes, here’s what you need to know:
1. Come September 1st, .com registration prices will increase from $8.58 to $9.13 (and it’s not our fault!).
2. To save money and avoid the pending increase, renew your .com domains now. You can still register, renew, or transfer .com domains at $8.58 until September 1st.
If you’ve invested in .coms, renew in bulk.
If you’re not planning to switch up your domain any time soon, lock in today’s prices by renewing for years ahead. The max renewal period allotted per domain is 10 years.
If you’ve been eyeing a .com for awhile, buy now before the price change goes into effect.
3. If .com domains feel overly been-there-done-that, then feel free to disregard this PSA. Instead, choose from our extensive portfolio of creative, low-priced domain names. Ha, take that Verisign! …Just kidding, we’re still friends!?
So, you’re ready to publish your website! You’ve done your research, thoroughly mulled over your content, and are on your way to establishing a cohesive brand. Overflowing with excitement, you hit that publish button (!!!) and immediately expect to see your website appear in Google. That’s how it works right!? Well, maybe, but it isn’t a guarantee.
Search engines first have to “crawl” and “index” your site — simply the process of analyzing and categorizing your content — in order to include yours in relevant search results. This process will happen automatically in time, but to expedite and ensure results, you’ll want to manually submit your site to each search engine.
Our partners at .US domains have put together a beginner’s guide to walk you through each step in the site submission process. Read on to get started.
From our Partners at .US Domains
Search engines are the largest source of traffic for most websites, especially if you’re running a new venture. Think about it: if you’re a brand new, local jewelry shop, customers are more likely going to type in “local jewelry store” or “jewelry stores near me” instead of your actual business name. That’s why it is important to make sure that these website giants can easily identify and list your site pages in search results.
While most search engines can automatically find your website thanks to built-in bots, submitting your site manually will help you get discovered by search engines much faster.
Especially if you’re a new business owner aiming to boost your company’s online presence, getting listed on search engines is basically a free marketing move. This will save you from having to spend on online ads. Leverage the power of organic search.
Let’s get started.
For the sake of simplicity and practicality, we’ll start with how to get your site listed on Google, the largest and most important search engine of all. More than 90% of the world uses Google for search engine purposes. That’s a stat that simply cannot be ignored by business owners. If you haven’t already, reserve your business domain now to ensure you land a short and memorable URL for your business.
Submitting your website to Google
If you’re launching a brand-new site, first visit the Google Search Console and follow the steps to verify that you own the site. Google will require you to add a small snippet of code to your site to prove ownership. Once you’ve verified your site on the Google Search Console, follow these next steps:
Index new pages. Log into Google Search Console and select “URL Inspection” from the left side menu. Add your specific URL string to get Google to crawl your new page.
Then click enter and select “Request Indexing.” After Google processes the URL, it will say “Indexing requested.”
Click “Got it” and give it a few hours to complete the process.
Once you’ve added your website to the Google Search Console, you will also want to create a Google Business Listing for your property. Google My Business is a core element of SEO, especially for brick-and-mortar business. Think about those “coffee shop near me” searches. In order to ensure your business is included in local search results, create (and maintain!) an accurate and up-to-date Google Business Listing. Thankfully, Google has made this process quick and painless for busy business owners. Steps include:
Set up a Google account (if you don’t already have one).
Follow the steps to enter your business information including: Business Name, Address, Phone Number, Website and Hours of Operation.
Note: If you are an online only business, you can leave the address field blank, and check “I deliver goods and services to my customers” and then check the box for “Hide my address (it’s not a store)” option that appears below.
Choose your geographical service area and business category.
Then click “verify.”
After verifying your business, be sure to optimize your listing by adding photos, video, and a thorough business description.
Once you’ve gotten your website on Google, be sure to get on the other major search engines as well (including Bing, which is powered by both Yahoo and Microsoft).
Submitting your website to Bing
Similar to Google, the process to submit your site on Bing is even more streamlined. If you’ve already verified your website via the Google Search Console, simply import the work you’ve already done.
Log onto Bing Webmaster Tools, then click “Get Started.” You can verify your website using the Google Search Console Option or re-verify manually through Bing.
Once your site is verified, log back into your Bing Webmaster Tools account and go to “Configure My Site.”
Select “Submit URLs.”
Paste in the individual URLs into each line, then click “Submit”
Remember that it can take a few hours or even a few days to get indexed. But it’s worth the wait, and well worth the benefits.
Most importantly, to get indexed and stay indexed in a search engine’s results, make sure you are creating high-quality and purposeful content. Anything subpar will be marked as spam.
Ready to get started!? If you’re looking to launch your first site, make your message count with right extension. Secure your perfect domain today.
At Porkbun, we’ve always strived to provide industry-low pricing consistently and transparently. But domain industry pricing as a whole can be confusing. In this post, I’ll explain not only how the domain industry pricing model works, but how we provide exceptional value you can trust at Porkbun.
We haven’t seen a post like this elsewhere from our friends in the domain industry, so we hope it’s informative. Contact us on social for any additional questions!
Renewal pricing. The most important consideration is to check renewal pricing when you’re buying a domain.
Porkbun has the lowest renewal prices on more of its supported TLDs than any other registrar.
Of course with every domain we provide first-class support as well as tons of free services, (Whois Privacy, SSL certificates) affordable hosting, and website tools.
How Domain Industry Pricing Works
The domain industry is regulated: the registry is the wholesaler and the registrar is the retailer.
For example, the registry for .com is a company you’ve perhaps never heard of, Verisign, which has the exclusive contract to manage all .com names. Your favorite registrar, Porkbun.com, sells .com domains to consumers, paying Verisign the price that it has set for each name and setting our own retail price. The difference between the registry’s wholesale price and the registrar’s retail price is the retail markup aka registrar profit (for .com, ours is often $0).
First Year Discounts and Renewals
Since registries don’t have customers themselves (remember, they’re only allowed to do wholesale), they don’t have many ways to get consumer attention. They need to work with registrars, including the most exceptional registrar in any known dimension, Porkbun.com.
Registries have one effective tool: first-year pricing. This is one of the few ways they can make their product shine and sparkle on registrar sites. Most registries offer first-year discounts, and the registrar passes on those discounts. That’s why you’ll see lots and lots of first-year sales when shopping for domains.
Renewal discounts are generally not as common (due to industry regulation). So, if you’re buying a domain that you plan to use, build, or invest in, pay attention to the renewal price! That is the actual cost of the domain you’ll be paying every year. At Porkbun, we pass on first year discounts to our customers, and we also transparently show you the renewal price. We think this is the best way to save you money and allow you to make the right decision. Some domains are certainly worth the higher renewal pricing, just be aware of your options and consider your plans when making your decision!
Most price increases are likely due to registry decisions and not registrar decisions. Different registries have different contracts but all pretty much have the ability to raise prices over time. Generally speaking, registrars also have the ability to raise prices but in our experience most price changes are a result of registry updates.
We currently, and historically, have sold .com, .net, .org domains at cost. That means at the cost we pay the registry + fees we need to cover, such as regulatory taxes and card processing fees, without any profit for ourselves.
We do this to stand out in a competitive market.
When we mark up other, standard domains, typically the most we do so is $1 + those fees. We often do less than $1.
Once again, we do this to stand out in a competitive market. We are successful and growing thanks to our growing base of customers, not the markup we charge them, so tell your friends about us!
We try to have the lowest registration price whenever we can. This often involves registry deals, some of which are not always offered to us. Since renewal pricing is more regulated with fewer secret deals, we almost always have the lowest renewal pricing.
Another quick thing to consider is if you will be paying for WHOIS Privacy or SSL certificates for your domains. We offer those for free. We’re glad that free WHOIS Privacy is now more commonplace, but we were one of the first registrars to offer it. Why? Because it was always the right thing to do, even before privacy laws forced even the big registrars to get more creative in how they charge consumers for it.
More than Pricing
At Porkbun, we want to be affordable, but not cheap.
We want to have incredible customer support, and we do every day of the year via phone, chat, and email.
We want to offer cutting-edge products, and we have some of the most innovative offerings around, such as our free, easy wordpress.
We want to have fun at work and with our customers, and, well, you saw the pig butt, right?
It gets more confusing?!
I hope that clears up some of the mystery in our industry. I know many companies in the industry have made it intentionally hard to understand pricing practices, so we’re glad to try to level with you. But, nothing is simple in the domains industry. Here’s a few other oddball factors which can influence domain pricing. Tweet or message us if we can add more to this article!
Registries can designate names as premium names. Those names can have high registration and renewal pricing, or sometimes just a high registration price. They can be really high, enough to make you want to tap your screen and ask aloud, “really?” But sometimes, those short or highly desirable domain names make perfect sense for your business or project. Registrars tend to mark these up as a percentage rather than a dollar amount. That’s how we do it too, and it’s still a reliably low markup.
A registrant, the person that already registered a domain, can sell the domain to another person. In this case, they set the price and make it available via a number of platforms made for this purpose, including the Porkbun Marketplace.
“Free .com domain”, bundles, and more.
We’re pretty sure a free lunch exists (interested in a timeshare?) We know that a free .com does not. In most cases, you’re getting a “free .com domain” because you bought an annual hosting package or some other hosting product that was expensive enough that the company selling it just rolled the .com domain into the price of purchase. As always, pay attention to the renewal costs — sometimes those free domains renew with a non-hidden additional charge!
Think we explained this incredibly confusing, weird world of domains pretty darn well? Thanks! But BOOM, just like that, country-code top level domains — those ones that end in two letters like .us, .io, and .co— throw a wrench in it, because THEY HAVE NO RULES! Since they are national assets, they are not regulated like other domain companies. Any country can just make up pricing rules, and trust us, they do.
Over the past year we have seen digital innovation take center stage as we continue to transform into a digital-first economy. One of the popular domain extensions leading that digital race is .cloud. Is .cloud for startups? Yes. It is for household names? Yes. Is it for nephologists!? Obviously, yes!
Check out these 7 modern businesses using a .cloud domain name to highlight their innovation.
powercloud is the energy industry’s leading platform for simplified processing and billing services. Say goodbye to inflexible and outdated IT and hello a new energy standard you won’t soon forget.
By combining the strong keyword such as “power” with the domain .cloud, the brand successfully created a pretty unforgettable domain name — one that sounds like a modern-day superhero and packs an energizing punch! POWERCLOUD! BLAM!
A global leader in cloud solutions with an exceptional focus on innovation, blue.cloud helps enterprises migrate to the cloud. They offer the full sweep of services to simplify, modernize, and digitalize businesses.
As far as domain names go, blue.cloud is short, memorable, and comes with a satisfying visual (a sweet little blue cloud drifting by simplifying all your operations). Plus, the color blue in the tech world has come to be associated with trust and intelligence. Think of all the leading tech brands you know well, there’s a good chance blue is at least part of their logo (and if not, just think of another so my point still stands). I could lead you down a lengthy road of reasons why brands often opt for blue, but I’ll leave that for another post.
All to say — blue.cloud is a noteworthy domain that hits all the industry marks with just two compelling words.
ScreenCloud provides digital signage for smart organizations. Makes sense right? Digital screens. ScreenCloud. We love to see it. Insider knowledge: screen.cloud was the first ever .cloud domain to go live back in 2015 as part of the .Cloud Registry’s pre-launch campaign.
Watching this early stage startup transform into a sustainable and global business shows just how far the right domain name can take you. They weren’t afraid to select a new top-level domain over a more traditional domain choice, and for them, it definitely paid off!
Alchemy is an enterprise SaaS company that develops software to help modernize the specialty chemicals industry. As a company that powers the digital lab of the future, a modern domain name was a must.
Here’s another example of combining a powerful keyword with a tech-forward domain extension like .cloud to create a highly memorable domain name. As a company that accelerates digital transformation in the chemicals industry and is built on modern technology such as AI, Alchemy.cloud is equal parts magical and modern. Cue the bubbling beaker.
ReportingCloud enables developers to create documents with simple HTTP requests. We love to see .cloud leveraged for the developer audience.
ReportingCloud is the brainchild of Text Control, a leading vendor of word processing and reporting components for Windows, web and mobile development technologies. As a SaaS product specializing in reporting and templates, it makes perfect sense to brand their product Reporting.cloud. Simple, straightforward, and highly effective — that’s what the best domain names are all about!
Here’s another promising personal app that‘s currently in beta. Golf.cloud is your all-inclusive clubhouse for everything golf — including stats, analytics, coaching and news. That’s all we know for now! But we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on this one. Did someone say, “Fore”!?
Your Domain for Digital Transformation
Whether you’re looking to start your own .cloud enterprise, or just browsing for general domain tips, hopefully you now know right where to start. That button below awaits 😉
You have a marker in hand and a whiteboard in front of you, yet you’re completely stuck on what to name your new business. Don’t let the blank canvas overwhelm you. Here are some tools and techniques from our partners at .biz domains to help you name your next big business idea. A couple of pointers before we get started:
First, don’t brainstorm alone. It’s tempting to be a lone soldier and keep your ambitious goals close to your chest. But having a select number of trusted people to bounce ideas off of will open the floodgates. Involve your team or close friends with creative prowess.
Second, the web will be your best tool. That doesn’t mean you have to do away with your trusty whiteboard (or napkin) but do leverage the web for endless creativity.
Now, let the brainstorming begin:
Dust Off Your Dictionaries and Thesauruses
Well, thanks to the Internet, just go to both websites and save yourself some page-flipping. Before arriving at your brainstorming session, make sure everyone, including yourself already has a working list of ideas and terms. As each person shares an idea with potential, have the following websites ready: Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com and Google.com. These easy search sites can help you arrive at a plethora of synonyms and related words for your brainstorming session. If you come up with a business name, Google it and see what comes up. Is the business name already taken or trademarked? Is the domain available?
From Google To Glossary
Every industry has its own set of lingo and jargon. Let’s say you’re opening a new seaside bar and want to appeal to surfers. You make a mean fish and chips and can whip up great happy hour drinks, but you don’t have a clue about surfer-talk. Before settling on calling your beach bar something lame like Cowabunga or Hang Ten, you can Google “Surfing Terms” or “Surf industry glossary” or “Surfer’s lingo” or “surfing slang.” You’ll find an abundance of terms like Grey Belly (an experienced surfer) or Endless Summer (a classic surfer’s movie). Surfer’s Endless Summer already sounds much better than Cowabunga.
Envision Board It
We’ve all heard of vision boards for your life goals. No, you don’t have to start cutting up magazines and quotes to envision your business name. Instead type your business ideas into Google Images or Canva or any stock photo site. What kind of images come up? The photos of scenes and subjects can help spur further creativity.
As much as a roundtable in an office seems like the traditional setting for creating the biggest of ideas, naming a business is something that will require more time, heart and soul. A catchy, memorable name can determine so much about your company’s path, so it’s something that should not be done hastily. While the web can be your best friend, bring yourself to step away from the conference room and laptop, and immerse yourself in the real world. If you want to start a clothing company, walk the malls or an outdoor bazaar for inspiration. Sometimes even a nature walk or long drive can also help clear your head.
Back To The Drawing Board
Ah, so you’re back to that vast whiteboard. Boil down the best ideas from group brainstorming sessions and check which names are not yet taken. Which results spoke to your gut as the business founder? And because your company’s digital presence is more important than ever, consider which name options might work best for web, social media and search engine optimization purposes. This includes looking into the domain name availability. Nothing is worse than landing on the perfect business name only to find the domain is already taken. A short, memorable domain name will be key to driving traffic (and business) to your store. Consider domain extensions that can grow with your business like .biz.
Factoring these items can determine so much about your business’ future, from branding, to web domains and of course, how easily a customer can find you online. Now, get started!
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 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“.
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.
.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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Everything about your school’s online presence starts with your domain name. It’s the address of your institution online. Your domain is the name that students, faculty, and alumni will need to recall in order to easily find your school on the internet. To attract the best and brightest students to your institution in today’s connected world, it is crucial that your school stands out to them in this way. Many students’ first stop will be researching online when choosing their ideal educational fit. Schools that have an inviting and memorable online presence have an advantage when appealing to prospective students.
Besides winning the race to attract top students, institutions must also adapt to the rapid expansion of online services in the education industry. Many key initiatives for student retention have moved fully digital. This includes everything from online classes to student enrollment and even program organization and donation collections.
Unlock the full potential of your school’s online presence by building on a platform designed to bring freedom and flexibility to the education industry online.
How .College helps drive students to your school online
1. .College domains can make it easier to find you online
A .College domain helps you enhance your school’s brand online by making it easier to remember where to find your website. As the main information source for your school, your website should be at the center of all of your promotional activities – whether that’s sending direct mailers, running digital advertisements, updating social media pages, or attending college fairs and other events. Having a more memorable domain name to use in this promotion increases the stickiness of your marketing and keeps your school top of mind for potential students.
You can promote YourSchool.College in advertising campaigns as a branded link to collect applications. Giving out that same domain name on direct mailers and in-person visits can increase the likelihood that a student or parent will remember it later to research your school.
YourSchool.College is also a short and easily readable URL that will not take up too much space in social media posts. The flexibility and memorability of .College domains help you optimize all areas of your school’s branded promotion.
In order for your promotion to be effective, you need to have your school’s name top of mind for your target audience. One of the oldest ways to test if you have a memorable online name is the “radio test.” Your website name passes the radio test if someone who hears it in an advertisement on the radio would easily remember it and recall it again later.
.College offers you a unique chance to secure a domain name for your school that is both short and intuitive. In fact, many institutions can upgrade their web address to a domain name as short as three characters. One example of this is the Institute of Forensics College Corporate University, which promotes its forensics education programs through the short and expertly-branded domain ISF.College . Their 3-letter .College domain is easy for students to recall and type into their browser, sending them directly to ISF’s main recruiting page.
2. .College domains clearly communicate who you are
Your .College domain is made to help instantly connect your mission with prospective students and their families. A professionally branded .College domain signals to your website visitors that your institution is a part of the education community. This benefits many different kinds of learning institutions, from two and four-year universities and colleges, to private preparatory academies, to distance learning schools, as well as online educational resources.
One clear example of this branding power in action is Barker.College , which Pre-Kindergarten through Year 12 private education institution Barker College uses as their main online hub. Barker boosted their online image with a .College domain name exactly matching the name of their institution. Using the .College extension shows prospective student families that Barker provides education that puts their students on the path to higher learning.
Those in the distance learning and skill teaching sectors can look to LearnSkills.College . The domain is the online home of Learn Skills’ all-in-one education hub. As a distance learning platform geared toward high school graduates, the school offers courses on everything from business and finance to health and beauty, with specific interest courses on topics like computers and technology, writing, and even animal care. Learn Skills is able to attract students to the URL while also using it to offer a simple and memorable address for them to navigate to for their classes.
Institutions who offer various tools and guides for prospective students can do so via a .College name for each. A perfect example of this strategy in action is GuideTo.College . They promote their college application prep course through a .College domain that not only describes the product perfectly, but also doubles as a call to action. So students can simply type GuideTo.College in their URL bar and be taken right to the provider’s comprehensive guide to the college search.
Using a .College domain signals your commitment to providing top quality education that can make an impact on the career and future outlook of your students.
3. .College helps to make your domain SEO-friendly
The majority of internet browsing sessions begin through a search engine. This is where most go to get answers to their questions, find resources, and research beneficial opportunities. Getting your website to rank in search results for terms related to your institution is essential in improving web traffic.
Securing a geographic-specific domain like YourState.College or YourCity.College can strengthen your overall SEO strategy to establish your institution as the go-to in your area in online search results. These keyword phrases can match popular search terms for students.
Using a domain name that exactly matches these location-specific keywords can help your website rank at the top of search results for them. This is because the keywords in your domain name are relevant to Google and other search engines in their mission to show the best results.
Boosting your visibility in search engine results can help you save on advertising costs as well. Using these strong keyword .College domain names in conjunction with your overall website strategy can help your website rank above other institutions in your area for geographic searches. If you are naturally at the top of search results, you can get a lot of the traffic to your website naturally that you would otherwise get from buying ads.
If your school secures YourCity.College, that geographic keyword domain belongs to you alone, and prevents your competitors from getting it. You can then use your keyword .College name to help increase your site’s ranking and claim valuable real estate at the top of search results. To see what this looks like in practice, take a look at Bramcote.College in Bramcote, England. The school secured their exact match for their city, which doubles as the school’s name. This geographic keyword domain supports the school’s overall SEO strategy for their website by adding keyword relevancy in their URL. As a result, the school ranks first overall in search results for the search term “Bramcote college” as well as among the top three search results for the keyword “Bramcote.” This helps them appeal to students searching for a school in their region.
4. .College domains appeal to the new generation
Today’s students have grown up online, and they have high expectations when it comes to your institution’s internet savviness. New domain extensions like .College are the latest technological development in internet naming. Thanks to the memorability and flexibility they provide, they are gaining popularity and trust with the next generation of internet users. Build a positive association between your website and prospective students by showing you are ahead of the curve with a .College name. New domains are a favorite among innovators in the technology industry, and .College domains allow you to bring that innovation to your school’s online presence.
To do this for your school, take inspiration from Vanier College. The school uses its branded .College domain to offer a virtual walking tour to prospective students on Walk.Vanier.College. The site gives prospective Vanier students a way to view the campus and see if it is a fit for them without having to book a visit or travel to the school in person. This shows Vanier is committed to offering helpful solutions, and promotes them through the latest in domain technology.
How a .College domain improves the online experience of your students
The freedom and flexibility of .College domains give you many opportunities to enhance your students’ experience with your school online. An unrestricted .College domain affords your institution the freedom to set up pages to meet various student needs.
1. .College domains supplement your existing website
Utilizing a dedicated .College website gives your students and faculty a solution specifically built to take care of their academic needs. This way, your .College domain can provide an intuitively named page that supplements your .edu domain. Institutions who are unable to claim their own .edu domain can use a .College to upgrade their URL to an education-specific domain. Using .College domains marks their place in the higher education community better thanunrelated, generic extensions they may turn to if they can’t get a .edu.
A notable example of .edu domain supplementation in practice is Vanderbilt.College. Vanderbilt University operates the domain as a knowledge hub with important news, ongoing research initiatives, alumni and giving information, and admissions tools. The site creates a one-stop resource for Vanderbilt University’s students to visit and stay connected with their school.
2. .College domains are memorable names for information portals
Each college or school within your institution will have its own needs for its students. Some institutions show their commitment to the members of each department by launching educational resources on URLs named for each department. Institutions are only allowed to own one .edu domain, and so offering resources for different schools or departments on a single domain can require use of long URLs with lots of slashes and extra words. It’s not ideal if it’s difficult for students to remember or easily navigate to these resources that institutions put a lot of time and money into providing online. Placing them on simple, department-specific .College URLs makes it easier for your students to find the materials they need.
Cambridge University is a great example of this kind of .College usage. They chose MurrayEdwards.College to be a centralized location for the university’s women-only constituent college, Murray Edwards College. The college attracts potential students to the Murray Edwards College within Cambridge by promoting its advantages through this dedicated URL. They also use the site as a memorably named hub for news and information which current students and alumnae can access.
3. .College domains streamline virtual-learning link sharing
Virtual learning is fast becoming a staple of higher education. Bringing classes together through online video requires careful planning and setup to succeed. Your school can greatly simplify the video conference coordination for students and faculty by using branded video conference links like YourSchool.College. Long, random URLs generated by video conference platforms can be difficult for students and faculty to remember. This sets the stage for potential issues when classes organize online. Using a simple, branded .College URL removes this extra confusing step.
Simply use the branded YourSchool.College name with custom subdomains or subdirectories for each class conference link. Using .College domains in this way can bring classrooms together online efficiently and effectively. Best of all, only one link is necessary for all classrooms to keep track of.
4. .College domains are equipped to handle your school’s e-commerce
.College domains have no restrictions on commercial use. This makes them perfect platforms to use when creating online venues to:
Sell tickets to events
Set up e-commerce platforms for school merchandise
Collect university organization-related fees
Conduct other commercial transactions
The .edu domain ending is a classic, but can be complicated to obtain, and its use has restrictions, such as prohibiting any commercial transactions on the web address. As a primary or additional option, .College domains carry no such restrictions, making them perfect for any school-related commercial purposes.
Shop.Career.College perfectly illustrates this use of .College domains. The site serves as
Vancouver Career College’s online store. It provides students with a virtual marketplace to buy supplies, electronics, and school-branded apparel all from one central online hub.
5. .College preserves your school’s online reputation
.College domains offer unprecedented branding opportunities and memorable URLs for your institution. However, those unassociated with your school could seek to register a URL matching your school’s brand and conduct malicious activity like phishing and spam. By claiming your school’s brand on .College, you signify your school’s commitment to the new innovation happening in website naming. You’ll also prevent bad actors from seizing an opportunity to unfairly profit off or damage your school’s hard-earned reputation.
Thousands of universities have already locked down their institutions’ brands on .College. Centre.College , ranked among the Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges, claimed their exact matching .College name to use as a branded redirect to their existing online hub. Cementing your institution’s ownership of your brand on .College gives you the same opportunity to promote a branded URL.
Closing in on your .College name
.College domains help higher education community members attract prospective students and build a deeper connection with them. They also offer a memorable platform for online student solutions, which improves overall retention.
Memorable .College domains are your school’s tools to boost online promotion and advertising. Your .College connects closely with students by appealing to them with department or geographic specific URLs. Using the .College extension marks your institution as an adopter on the edge of the new wave in higher education naming online.
.College domains are free of restrictions, allowing you to provide all the services your students need. Your .College domain is your school’s home for commercial hubs, memorably branded virtual learning portals, and classroom resources. Securing your institution’s name on .College cements your mission and prevents bad actors from impersonating your school.
Your .College domain is the key to unlocking the full potential of your school’s online presence. The first step in realizing this potential is to secure .College domains for your institution, departments, and region for $9.99/1st year. Take advantage of this opportunity to cement your school as a top destination for students through a memorable, industry specific .College domain.