Dynadot Articles
Jump into the past with our older articles on everything from ways to save on domain registrations,tech tips,and general domain related info to fun holidays events and good ole memes.



    • Sunday Punday on a Hilarious Holiday: It's Scrabble Day!

      Today is the day we celebrate everyone's favorite word game, Scrabble! If you have a game board, you should break it out today and play. Did you know that Scrabble celebrated it's 65th birthday last year in 2013? Here are some other fun facts about Scrabble: Scrabble was invented by Alfred Butts, who wanted to create a word game that combined crossword puzzles, anagrams, and chance. The original name for Scrabble was Lexico. The game was later renamed Scrabble, which means "to grope frantically." Alfred Butts used the New York Times to help him figure out the frequency and point values of each letter. For example, he discovered that E was the most frequently used vowel. Today, Scrabble is produced in 29 different languages as well as braille and low vision versions. The Guinness world record for the most Scrabble games played simultaneously was 521 games by 1,042 players. It was organized by Northland Secondary School, Mattel South East Asia, and Schools Scrabble Club in Singapore. So, now you're probably wondering how Scrabble can help you find a great domain name! Well, obviously it helps with the creative word skills you sometimes need to come up with an idea for an available domain name, but it's also helpful with coming up with domain hacks! A domains hack is a domain that combines the domain name with the top-level domain (TLD) to spell out a word or saying such as ComeWith.ME or Aweso.ME. If you're looking to register a fun domain hack, a helpful website to use is ScrabbleFinder.com. Scrabble Finder is great for cheating, er, helping with Scrabble and great for helping you figure out what words end in me for example. It even organizes the words by length! So, if you're looking for a word ending in me, us, ws, in, at, or any other TLD, I recommend using Scrabble Finder to help you come up with and register your next perfect domain hack! Want more fun puns? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting fun puns every Sunday with the hashtag #SundayPunday Want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting often with the hashtag #HilariousHolidays Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Meme Monday: One Does Not Simply Ignore Heartbleed

      In case some of you are still unsure as to what the Heartbleed bug is all about - it's basically a defect in security software which enables a potential hacker to retrieve information they should not be able to access from a remote service such as passwords, emails, documents etc. As a precaution, we have already made necessary adjustments to combat the Heartbleed issue. We also sent out a recent email to our customers recommending them to change their passwords to prevent their information from being vulnerable to attackers. We want our customers to be well informed on any issues regarding the safety and privacy of their information. And although we have no control over your password changing decisions, we can offer you some pointers on how to create a secure password with these 5 Password Tips. Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Meme Monday: Free Site Builder, Take It and Run!

      We strongly encourage customers to take advantage of our FREE website builder, available with the purchase of any domain! We're not hiding any fees and this isn't a late April fools joke - it's just one of the many perks to being a part of the Dynadot team- so use it to your advantage! Many businesses don't need a whole lot of computer experience in order to create content and develop a customized website for their domain. To help ease the process of creating your website, Dynadot provides a three page starter plan* to get your site up and running. Our site builder is so easy to use, practically anyone can figure it out. Simply select from the tools and drag them onto your pre-made template. As you become more comfortable with our tools, you can also integrate basic HTML into your design to add even more customization to your site. Site Builder Tools There's a lot of flexibility when it comes to deciding what information you want people to have access to online, and in some cases less is definitely more. Limiting your website to just a few pages can create less confusion and give web browsers direct information when visiting your site. For example, restaurant owners looking to attract more customers may benefit from the use of our three page plan. Use the intro page to educate audiences on the overall atmosphere of your restaurant, the menu page to display current entree selections, and a contact page to offer business information and hours of operation. The look and feel of your domain is totally up to you, so feel free to be creative and play around with the layout of your website until you are completely satisfied. There's no right or wrong way to designing your domain; everyone has a different approach. Whether you're are a first time buyer, or an experienced website designer, our tools will help guide your site into success. *Our site builder is only limited to three pages per domain at this time. However, we will be expanding page options in the near future so stay tuned for more info! Want more memes? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting every Monday with the hashtag #MemeMonday Posted Monday, April 7, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Meme Monday: Last Day to Register Your North American Domain on Sale!

      Another month has quickly flown by, but luckily you still have time to take advantage of all our amazing domain sales before the month is officially over! Throughout the month of March we've been happy to offer our Dynandot customers the pleasure of registering all of North America's domains at a discounted price! Sadly as the month comes to an end, so will our promotional pricing - so don't hesitate and wait a day longer because these amazing offers will be gone by tomorrow! Our sales are a few hours away from ending, so if you haven't already done so already be sure to visit us and register your North American domain TODAY: $8.99 .CA until 23:59 EDT $5.99 .US until 23:59 UTC $6.99 .MX until 23:59 EDT Want more memes? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting every Monday with the hashtag #MemeMonday Posted Monday, March 31, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Sunday Punday: North America is on Sale! We're Not Lion!

      Okay so maybe we're 'lion' a little bit (though it's really more like bending the truth) since you can't actually buy North America per say, but you can buy the domains of North America! That's right, .CA, .US, & .MX are all on sale now! Register your .CA for just $8.99 Register your .US for just $5.99 Register your .MX for as low as $6.99* *Our .MX sale price drops with multi-year registrations. Registering .MX for 1-4 years is $10.99/year, 5-9 years is $8.99/year, and 10 years is $6.99/year. All North American domain sales end on 3/31/14, with .US ending at 23:59 UTC, .CA ending at 23:59 EDT, and .MX ending at 23:59 CDT. Want more fun puns? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting fun puns every Sunday with the hashtag #SundayPunday Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Meme Monday: Don't Live Dangerously When It Comes to the Spelling of Your Domain!

      If you spend any amount of time on the Internet, you may have noticed that spelling and grammar mistakes run rampant. In fact, a school in Brazil used this to their advantage to teach students proper English by challenging them to play grammar cop to their favorite celebrities on Twitter. I think this is a great idea and more schools should do this. Maybe it will even get people to start using better spelling, grammar, and punctuation online! Personally, I still try to use proper spelling (no u, it's you), punctuation (commas save lives people, "let's eat grandma" needs a comma otherwise you're a cannibal!), and even capitalization (I not i, seriously this is a pet peeve of mine) as much as possible even on Twitter and when I text. Although I think everyone should always strive to do this in all of their writing, there is one place where it is especially important - your domain name. Now, you can't use punctuation or capitalization, so don't worry about that, but proper spelling is very important. When it comes to domains, you want to register something that is short, memorable, and easy to spell. This doesn't necessarily mean it's spelled correctly - flickr is a good example of this - but it does mean that you should pay attention and make sure you're registering the right spelling that you want before hitting submit. If you do want to go with a unique spelling, you should consider how this will affect your customer's ability to find your website. Is your unique spelling too complicated for customers to remember? You don't want to be losing out on tons of traffic going to the correctly spelled version of your domain name. Even if your domain isn't spelled wrong, you should also consider how customers might spell it wrong and potentially register your domain name in those possible spellings. For example, we also own dinadot.com and even dinodot.com. No matter what type of spelling you decide is best for your domain, again make sure it is the right spelling that you want before hitting submit. We have had customers who have contacted us after placing their order only to realize they registered jerrysrestarant.com instead of jerrysrestaurant.com. This is an easy mistake to make as we have all gotten used to autocorrect helping us along. Plus, if you've typed in several domain options, you may just not have noticed that one letter that's missing. And I'm sure many of you have seen a paragraph of words where only the first and last letter are in the correct place, yet most of us can still read the whole paragraph with minimal effort: fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. All I'm saying is when it comes to registering your domain, double and even triple check your spelling before submitting your order. Get a second set of eyes to look at it, copy and paste it into Google (you may need to add in the spaces), or even go old school and use a dictionary to check your spelling. Although we do offer domain grace deletion for several of our domain extensions, this is not something you should count on to "return" your domain due to a spelling error. In many cases, there will be a fee, plus there is no guarantee you'll be able to grace delete the domain since it is limited. Want more memes? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting every Monday with the hashtag #MemeMonday Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Sunday Punday: Nuts Are So Expensive These Days They Cost an Almond a Leg!

      Happy Almond Day! Nuts may be expensive, but when they're as delicious as the almond, it's worth it! Here are a few fun facts about almonds in honor of National Almond Day! Almost all almonds in the US come from California. (You're welcome.) Almonds require bees for pollination. In order to pollinate California's almonds, nearly 1 million bee hives are brought into the state from around the US each February. Almonds grow inside of a fuzzy hull and are technically a seed. Almonds are one of the best sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. One ounce of almonds gives you more than a third of the Daily Value. The main fat in almonds is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Almonds are used in many desserts around the world including some wedding sweets in Greece, pastry fillings in Morocco, and as a base for amaretti in Italy. Want more fun puns? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting fun puns every Sunday with the hashtag #SundayPunday And if you want more fun, crazy, and hilarious holidays, look for our #HilariousHolidays hashtag as well! Posted Sunday, February 16, 2014 by Robyn Norgan      Tweet

    • Meme Monday: Ehrmagerd .US is on Sale for $5.99

      Listen up American residents- this offer has your name written all over it! As many of us already know, .US domains can only be purchased by United States citizens, residents, organizations, or foreign entities- so if you meet any of these requirements you're eligible to purchase .US! Although the country code .US was originally created to represent the United States, many people have found other ways to interpret the domain extension. Domain hacks are a great way to personalize your website, and creatively find the perfect domain for your business. .US domains aren't limited to just businesses; they can be registered for personal use as well! How awesome would it be to create a custom YourFamilyName.US website for you and your family to share all your upcoming events and children's photos. Future newlyweds can also get in on the fun by showcasing all the amazing moments from their big day on their very own HusbandAndWife.US (which is actually available to purchase) domain. And let's not forget about the world travelers who are determined to visit all 50 states. What better place to blog about your adventures and share your experiences than a .US domain? We hope you haven't forgotten about our current $5.99 .US sale because it's only available for a limited time! No coupon code is necessary; simply search for and buy your .US domain for less! Don't wait any longer, our $5.99 .US sale ends 3/31/14 23:59 UTC, so register your .US domain today! Want more memes? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting every Monday with the hashtag #MemeMonday Posted Monday, February 3, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Sunday Punday: Looking for Domains In Alderaan Places?

      If you haven't heard of us already, you're definitely missing out! Dynadot is an ICANN accredited domain registrar, meaning we satisfy stringent technical and financial standards that are designed to ensure the stability of the Internet. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, our pet friendly office is fully equipped with knowledgeable staff members who are constantly working to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal here at Dynadot is to provide customers with world class registration and hosting services for a reasonable price. Overall, we want the domain registration process to be as simple and inexpensive as possible. Unlike most other registrars, Dynadot offers a free Website Builder with the purchase of any domain name. And the great thing about it- it's super easy to use! Just about anyone can figure out how the drag and drop tool bar we have set up on our pre-made template works. We've also added the ability to edit or resize the elements of your website. Once your completely satisfied with the look of your page click publish and you're all set. Here's a list of some of the awesome benefits you'll receive by registering with Dynadot: Free Website Builder Free Domain Parking Free Domain Forwarding Free Stealth Forwarding Free Grace Period Deletion Free DNS Settings Free Ownership Changes Learn more about our included benefits and register your domain today! But wait, there's more! As if that wasn't enough, here's two more reasons why Dynadot dominates in domain registry. To make things easier and safer for our customers we've created two awesome apps- one for your mobile device and another for your computer. Our Security Token App, which is available for iPhone and Android devices, adds an extra layer of security to your account. And when it comes to your computer, our Desktop Domain Manager App makes managing your account easier than ever. Want more fun puns? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting puns every Sunday with the hashtag #SundayPunday Posted Sunday, February 2, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet

    • Meme Monday: That Moment When You Win an Auction

      The waiting game can be a battle that seems to last longer than time itself- especially when you've got your heart set on a particular domain that's in auction with 6 hours and 23 minutes still left to spare. Sadly, no one's invented a machine that allows us to fast forward time, so in any auction you'll have to wait out the full seven days in order for the auction winner to be determined. Luckily, you can bid at anytime during this auction period. And to makes things a bit more interesting, you also have the option placing a proxy bid, which automatically places a higher bid than current minimum bid. So with that being said- let the bidding wars begin! After the seven days are over, the highest bidder has two days to pay for the auction. Once the auction is paid for, the domain will be moved into your Dynadot account within about four days. Even though you may have won the bidding war, the original registrant is given a grace period to renew their domain even if it's won in our expired domain auctions. Depending on the domain, the grace period typically lasts 40 days. If the domain is renewed within that grace period, the expired auction order will be cancelled and the payment will be refunded. Participating in auctions can be a time consuming task, but you never know what you're going to find. If someone forgets to renew their useful and creative domain- it's up for grabs! So be sure to check out our expired auctions from time to time to see what domains become available! Still feeling unsure about the expired auction process? Don't worry, we've got answers to all your expired auction questions in our help files! Happy bidding everyone (: Want more memes? Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we'll be posting every Monday with the hashtag #MemeMonday Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 by Kathleen Borg      Tweet



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