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Namecheap Announces Birthday Sale

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Namecheap sent out a press release today announcing some special offers for legacy TLDs, including .com, .net, and .org, in honor of the company’s 19th birthday. The special prices are valid for new domain name registrations as well as for transfers. The deals are only available today. More specifically, the offer runs from October 15, 12:00 AM ET and ends October 16, 11:59 PM ET.

Here’s a copy of the press release, which has all of the details about the birthday registration and transfer pricing offer:

Namecheap Introduces “Beast Mode”

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Namecheap sent out a press release this morning introducing a new bulk domain name search tool that the company says could help domain investors. The tool is called “Beast Mode,” and it is bill as “one of the fastest and most comprehensive bulk-search tools on the market.” Users can search up to 5,000 keywords at a time in multiple extensions. By comparison, GoDaddy’s bulk search tool (which I use occasionally) allows 500 domain names per search.

In addition to the press release I shared below, Namecheap also posted a video to show how visitors can use the bulk search tool to find domain names:

Namecheap CEO Personally Responds to Criticism via Twitter

Namecheap is one of the largest domain name registrars with more than ten million domain names under management. The company boasts an active Twitter account, which is quite engaged with its customers. Namecheap CEO and founder Richard Kirkendall also engages with Namecheap customers, and I was impressed by the way he responded to a customer’s criticism this morning.

A Twitter user mentioned the @namecheap account on Twitter to criticize the timing of the company’s “scheduled maintenance” that took place the morning after a bank holiday and temporarily took down his email:

Namecheap Move Your Domain Day Raises Over $50k

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Namecheap held its annual Move Your Domain Day (MYDD) yesterday. While the event is used by Namecheap to bolster its registration numbers, it also raises funds for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Since 2011, the company has reportedly donated over $250,000 to the EFF as a result of this marketing effort.

During yesterday’s event, 33,428 domains were transferred to Namecheap using the EFF coupon code that was created for the Move Your Domain Day event. This means that Namecheap will donate a total of $50,845.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I understand that yesterday’s event was the largest to date, surpassing the initial event held in 2011.

According to a Wikipedia entry, the impetus for Move Your Domain Day was “initially in response to Go Daddy’s support of the Stop Online Piracy Act.” As you are probably aware,

Namecheap Ups the Ante for 2015 Move Your Domain Day

Since 2011, Namecheap has held its annual Move Your Domain Day, which has raised nearly $250,000 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). This year’s Move Your Domain Day will be held on January 27, 2015, and Namecheap has a special offer to increase the amount of money raised for the EFF.

There are three fundraising tiers based on the number of domain names transferred to Namecheap and hosting plans purchased. The company’s donation to the EFF will vary depending on the tier that is hit. The full details are below, but this has the potential to raise much more money for the EFF than in years past.

In addition to the fundraising aspect of this event, Namecheap will be hosting a Reddit AMA to answer questions people may have about the company. The AMA will begin at 11am (EST) on January 27th, and it will be hosted by Richard Kirkendall, founder and CEO, with the username NamecheapCEO.

Here are the fleshed out details that were provided to me for Move Your Domain Day 2015:

Namecheap Holding Annual Holiday Twitter Trivia Contest

If you follow Namecheap on Twitter, you’ve probably seen the company post trivia questions today. I saw the questions, and I visited their website to see what was happening and at stake. In case you aren’t aware, Namecheap just began its annual holiday Twitter trivia contest, and the company is giving out prizes for answering correctly.

Here’s how the company describes the trivia contest on its website:

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