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Namecheap Announces $44,000+ Donation to EFF

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A week and a half ago, Namecheap announced it would make its “Move Your Domain Day” an annual protest. It was piggybacking on the success it had in 2011 in response to Go Daddy’s stance on SOPA.

This year’s Move Your Domains Day, held on January 22nd, raised funds for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The company announced that there would be a sliding donation scale for every domain name transferred to Namecheap based on the following:

  • For every domain transferred up until 10,000, Namecheap will donate $0.50 to EFF.
  • The donation amount will be increased to $1.00 per domain if 10,001-19,999 domains are transferred.
  • When the number of domains transferred in to Namecheap exceeds 20,000, we will increase the donation to EFF to $1.50 per domain.

By the close of business, Namecheap announced that 29,541 domain names had been transferred in to the company, and they made a donation in the amount of $44,311.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

It was a solid marketing effort that raised funds for a worthy cause.

NameCheap Makes “Move Your Domain Day” an Annual Protest

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A little over a year ago, Go Daddy’s position on SOPA brought quite a bit of negative publicity (deservedly)  onto the company, although it later changed its position and opposed SOPA. Go Daddy competitor NameCheap  spearheaded a domain transfer initiative known as “Move Your Domain Day,” and many people joined in and transferred domain names from Go Daddy.

I received a press release from NameCheap announcing that the company is turning its “Move Your Domain Day” into “an annual protest and a commemoration of sorts that will continue to shine a light on the issue of a free and open internet, an issue we at Namecheap strongly believe in.”

It’s a smart marketing move for the company to make since people tend to have short memories about this type of thing. Giving a financial incentive to transfer domain names is good marketing, and it will likely draw considerable attention in the coming days.

Go Daddy is by far the largest domain registrar, and some of its recent missteps (elephant hunting and SOPA to name two off the top of my head) have opened the door for smaller registrars to take some business.

Press Release:
Namecheap, a leading domain name registrar, announces its second annual Move Your Domain Day for January 22nd. In 2012, Namecheap launched the Move Your Domain Day initiative to remind its users about the dangers of a closed Internet as brought upon by the possible passing of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. While the threat of the SOPA act has passed, similar acts have been proposed that may continue to threaten the very liberties we have earned the right to enjoy.

“We want “MoveYourDomainDay” to become an annual protest and a commemoration of sorts that will continue to shine a light on the issue of a free and open internet, an issue we at Namecheap strongly believe in,” Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap, said. “Last year showed us what could happen when the entire internet mobilizes for a cause and we want to continue that spirit that inspired so many to make a stand. We donated over $60,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to continue fighting bills like SOPA. We invite and urge every registrar, hosting company, or online entity that shares these same beliefs to participate in their own way and every customer to vote with their choice in company they do business with. As long as it brings more attention and focus to this extremely important issue, everybody wins.”

In 2013, Namecheap continues to fight the fight against such legislation. On January 22nd, Namecheap will be running a transfer special for all com/net/org/info/biz domains to Namecheap. Domain transfers on this date will be $3.99. In addition, Namecheap will donate $0.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for every domain transferred to Namecheap. If more than 10,000 domains are transferred within this 24 hour period, $1 per domain will be donated to EFF. If more than 20,000 domains are transferred on that day, $1.50 per domain will be donated to EFF.

“EFF is pleased to join Namecheap in celebrating digital rights within the greater the Internet community. The funds donated from the moveyourdomainday effort will ensure EFF can continue to fight for free expression for Internet users worldwide,” said Shari Steele, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

About Namecheap

Namecheap is a Los Angeles-based ICANN accredited domain registrar founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. With over 800,000 clients and millions of domain names under management, Namecheap is one of the top domain registrars in the world and also offers web hosting services. Find out more by visiting us at http://www.namecheap.com.

NameCheap Black Friday Transfer Deal Sells Out: More Offers Coming

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It looks like the old saying, “you snooze, you lose” is true when it comes to the NameCheap Black Friday special domain transfer offer. As I mentioned earlier today, NameCheap was offering .com, .net, and .org domain transfers for less than $1.00 (plus ICANN’s fee).

According to the graphic on the special offer page, the limited time offer has sold out already.  The company gave warnings about how much time was remaining and how many deals were available, and it looks like customers were quick to transfer their domain names.  This was somewhat reminiscent of the plethora of  SOPA protest transfers a little under a year ago and the elephant protests of a little over a year ago.

Dot com transfers for under $1.00 is a pretty good deal, and NameCheap was recently voted the most popular domain registrar by LifeHacker readers.

It appears that NameCheap is planning to run other domain related deals later on today as well as on Cyber Monday, so if you missed out on this morning’s special offer, you might want to set a reminder. The company has scheduled a $.98 domain registration offer for 6pm Eastern this evening, and that is limited to 2,000 total usages (not sure if it’s 10 domains per usage or what the terms are). I don’t know what other offers they are planning, so you’ll have to check their website out for more details.

As you can see, this isn’t an affiliate link and NameCheap isn’t an advertiser. I happen to think it’s a good deal and have heard good things about the company.

NameCheap Offering Domain Transfers for Under $1.00

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Save the ElephantsThere always seem to be great deals, coupons, and special offers when you are looking to register a new domain name, but when you are trying to renew one of your domain names, renewal deals are as common as unicorns.

One way to save money when it comes time to renew your domain name is to transfer it to a different domain registrar. Yes, it might lock the domain name up for 60 days and prevent you from transferring it again, but if you aren’t looking to sell it, that shouldn’t be a big deal.

It looks like NameCheap is leading the pack when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. The company is offering a promo rate of $.98 for a transfer of a .com, .net, or .org domain name. There is a limit of 10 domain names per customer and a few other restrictions, so check out the sale page for more details and to take advantage of this coupon code “TRANSFERTIME.”

If I find any more domain registration, renewal, or transfer deals (that are actually deals), I will let you know.

Happy Black Friday!

Your Favorite Domain Registrar Is…

There were a couple of surprises when I asked for you to nominate your favorite domain name registrar. I wasn’t surprised that 15 registrars were nominated, but I was surprised that Moniker and eNom were not. Just a few years ago,  Moniker would probably have been a top 3 vote recipient. How times have changed.

After a few days of voting, the favorite domain registrar choice of those who voted was Go Daddy, by a fairly solid margin. The company offers 24/7 phone support, is generous with coupons and discount codes, and it offers dedicated account executives for many people who are active in the domain industry.

Here are the five best domain registrars from the poll I ran:

  • Go Daddy
  • Namecheap
  • Dynadot
  • Name.com
  • Fabulous

One thing to note is that with the exception of Fabulous, all of these companies have cultivated a strong following on Facebook and Twitter. For many people like myself, it does make a difference when dealing with companies that you “know.” These social media accounts take on a company personality, and that could help with brand loyalty.

LifeHacker Vote: Five Best Domain Name Registrars

LifeHacker is currently running a poll, asking readers to vote for their favorite domain name registrar. When the poll was last run in 2010, the winning domain registrar was Namecheap. The poll will close this year at 6am on Tuesday, so you should vote now.

There were only 9,142 votes cast in the 2010 poll, and there are already 11,217 votes in this year’s edition. I think social media has probably played a roll in this year’s voting. In fact, Namecheap is even offering a special promotion  via Twitter if it’s voted the best registrar and Name.com is retweeting comments from customers who voted for them.

The five finalists (chosen by readers) include:

  • Dreamhost
  • Gandi
  • Hover
  • Namecheap
  • Name.com

One interesting aspect of the vote is that LifeHacker isn’t hiding the vote totals. At the moment, Hover is the leading vote getter, followed by Name.com.

The only thing on the line here is pride, and likely additional business brought on by the added exposure. Vote for your favorite domain registrar today – I am sure each would appreciate your support.

PS: My vote is for Name.com because the company has been a sponsor of my blog for a few years, and the people at the company really seem to care about their customers.

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