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$7.49 GoDaddy .com renewal coupon code

Update: Here’s the latest coupon code of Godaddy – $1.49 / year .com

A quick deal for my readers. Found this coupon code of GoDaddy that enables you to renew .com domains at just $7.49:

Zine10

Just used it to renew tens of my .com names at $7.49 (plus ICANN fee $0.18) each. If you ever tried to look for one, you’d know it’s not easy to get a $7.49 .com renewal at GoDaddy now. Previously, the best code for .com renewal is this one for $7.39 each.

Otherwise, you can always find one or two working coupons of GoDaddy with which you can register new .com at $6.99.

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Domains HTTP Tips & Tutorials

2 reasons you should host all static content on a different domain

That is, to host all static content such as ready-made images, scripts, style sheets on a different domain rather than the primary one that hosts the page of the current URL. For example, if you intend to add static images to the web page located at http://www.example.com/page.html, you should not place the images on www.example.com, instead, put them somewhere else such as example-static.com or static.example.com.

The first reasoning for this is that browsers load web assets one by one or sequentially from a single host. They will not start requesting and downloading the next asset until they are finished with the previous one from the same domain. Therefore, doubling the hosts or domains can accelerate the downloading speed by about 100% because browsers can simultaneously download stuff from 2 different domains.

Another reasoning is that if cookie or session is enabled on your website, the browser would send the session cookie every time it makes a request to the domain, which sort of is useless because it’s static content – the server doesn’t need the cookie at all to serve static content such as images. It’s not only a waste of bandwidth but also a waste of communication time. To avoid this, serve all static content from a domain that is not cookie enabled. For instance, if you have set cookie with example.com, you can host all static content at static.example.com, however, if you have enabled cookie by *.example.com instead of just example.com, you will need to register a whole different domain to host the static content to steer clear of the useless overhead.

Not much for a small site, but this would be a major improvement regarding user experience for established, popular websites.

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Domains

Cool Suffixes and Prefixes for Brandable Domain Name Registration

With all the good ones taken, branding the common keywords / keyphrases may be a better approach in this era of web. Below is a list of short but sweet prefixes and suffixes that I have come up with and that you can use to brand the generic keywords to have an available domain name for registration:

#edge
very#
orbit#
#orbit
#scape
#walk
much#
quick#
rapid#
almost#
#hub
#pro
#book
#zilla
#direct
direct#
#wise
smart#
#guide
#kids
#kid
only#
super#
crazy#
#worth
#worthY
#away
#pulse
#hour
#time
#ever
ever#
#now
#web
#den
#world
#spot
#board
#station
#advisor
next#
find#
#plex
#ground
#academy
#school
#library
#desk
#tutor
#city
#park
#shop
#professor
#source
your#
wild#
insane#
#link
#pages
#page
#paradise
#radar
#planet
#space
#sea
#forest
#ocean
all#
#chat
#talk
#workshop
#muse
#brain
#talent
#stop
#site
#expert
#zone
#line
live#
killer#
#truck
#train
#reloaded
#mania
#mart
get#
#cluster
#junk
#yard
#junkyard
#junction
#ready
#mind
#lounge
know#
#bar
#house
kick#
rock#
#club
#chief
#index
#week
#one
one#
#path
search#
#search
#pedia
#spy
#mall
#central
#articles
#pool
#well
well#
#vision
#user
#land
#watch
#mag
#journal
#note
#mill
#factory
dear#
holy#
#depot
#max
max#
#queen
inside#
mighty#
#beat
#sense
#fact
#data
#eden
dot#
#ark
#clip
just#
#scout
#master
a#
b#
c#
d#
e#
f#
g#
h#
i#
j#
k#
l#
m#
n#
o#
p#
q#
r#
s#
t#
u#
v#
w#
x#
y#
z#

Simply copy and paste these into a text editor, then search and replace ‘#’ with the generic keywords you want. Copy and paste the results into the bulk domain search tool to search and register the available ones that look nice and brandable.

More prefixes and suffixes

#house
#central
#point
#home
#place
#garden
#site
#spot
#park
#dome
#bay
#web
#net
#cave
#base
#heaven
#portal
#world
#camp
#network
#county
#street
#city
#alley
#depot
#valley
#now
#resources
#tools
#source
#review
#system
#book
#guide
#talk
#data
#vision
#load
#box
#focus
#beat
#voice
#share
#cafe
#nexus
#zone
#sight
#link
#lab
#insight
#vine
#board
#flow
#signs
#network
#wire
#cast
#ville
#nation
#egg
#cove
#news
#today
#future
#fun
#watch
#story
#fever
#coast
#side
#road
#heat
#bite
#insider
#club
#connect
the#
my#
i#
#me
we#
you#
e#
top#
pro#
best#
super#
ultra#
all#
cyber#
simply#
free#
1st#
first#
meta#
re#
metro#
urban#
head#
hit#
front#
techno#
ever#
rush#
think#
solo#
radio#
vip#
hot#
smart#
#smart
cool#
hot#
fast#
fresh#
sleek#
first#
daily#
sharp#
light#
classic#
fast#
great#
quick#
ubi#
bis#
ad#
ambi#
inter#
liber#
mono#
poli#
tele#
omni#
exo#
extra#
hyper#
hypo#
intro#
proto#
intra#
micro#
macro#
multi#
neo#
iso#
mono#
#io
#virtus
#ego
#vox
ex#
#ex
#ideo
#novo
novo#
#novus
#pax
#rex
#velox
#verus
#vivo
#nova
pico#
nano#
micro#
milli#
kilo#
mega#
giga#
tera#
peta#
aero#
cosmo#
deca#
eco#
geo#
hex#
oxy#
uni#
poly#
#media
#direct
#access
#ez
#easy
#info
#interactive
#biz
#buzz
#bit
#byte
#up
#tech
#on
#out
#pulse
#venture
#trend
#life
#retro
secret#
#secret

Some of them can be used as both prefix and suffix, some of them can be used as only prefix or only suffix.

Commmon 3-letter Words

the#
and#
for#
are#
but#
not#
you#
all#
any#
#can
her#
was#
one#
our#
#out
#day
get#
has#
#him
his#
how#
#man
new#
#now
old#
see#
two#
#way
#who
#boy
did#
its#
let#
put#
say#
she#
#too
use#
#dad
#mom
#act
#bar
#car
#dew
eat#
#far
#gym
hey#
#ink
#jet
#key
#log
mad#
#nap
odd#
#pal
#ram
saw#
#vet
#wed
yap#
#zoo

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Computer & Internet Literacy Domains

How to get a web address (top level domain)?

There are millions of websites online, each of which has its own unique web address or domain. It’s what the visitors, us, use to type in the browser address bar and go to the site. It universally identifies a website on the web. And it’s something EVERYONE can have.

Yes, you can have one too, in just a minute or even less. You completely own the top level website address in regards to legal terms. It’s officially a piece of the online real estate.

All right, for those of you who can’t wait to own your first web address such as SuperHero.com or Jessica.com, here’s how you can get a domain name:

  1. Navigate to one of the best domain registrars. You may first register an account with them by Create an Account.
  2. Search for a web address or domain by typing it in the “Search For A Domain” text box. For example, mybestfriends.com, and click “Go!”.
  3. The system then prompts with all the results showing the availability of the web address which end in a variety of TLD (Top Level Domain). The domain of your choice may or may not be available with regards to its generic-ness because others may very probably have registered and owned it.
    You will also see .com is unavailable the most of time, so you may choose to go with other top level domains such as .net, .org or .us.
  4. After you have made the decision and selected one or more of the web addresses listed by checking the check box before them, you will click “Add to Cart” to process your order of the web addresses. At the same time, you may consider adding domain privacy which basically prevent others from knowing your ownership of the domain.
  5. The web address is now placed in your cart. Click “Checkout” to check out.
  6. If you have not registered an account with them, now is the time. After you have successfully created the account, you will be able to pay for the web address / top level domain of your choice.
  7. An order confirmation email should be sent to your email inbox to inform you of the your successful purchase of the domain name.

Well, if you have followed these steps to this point, you have had your first ever website address! You may create a website for it and spread the address to your friends! They can visit your website by typing the web address in the browser address bar!

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Domains Internet Tools

Bulk Domain Name Availability Checker Tool to Batch Search Available Domains

dynadot bulk domain checkerSomeone asks me via contact form how to check potentially hundreds of domains for availability at once, as it’d be a huge waste of time to check them one by one. For example, when you need to check if these 50 domain names are still register-able: californiainsurance.com, newyorkinsurance.com, virginiainsurance.com, … and so forth, you need a bulk search tool for available domains.

While an AJAX whois tool gives instant results for all major TLDs, a bulk domain name search tool queries for the availability of all the domains at once in larger volumes that’s preferably no less than 100 in a batch.

Dynadot free bulk domain search is just the tool you need in a situation like this. You can generate a list of most wanted domains, in 100, and input them batch by batch to their domain bulk checker.

Register an account at Dynadot, head to: Domain Names –> Bulk Search and you should be able to check 100 domains at a time.

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Domains SQL / MySQL Tips and Tutorials WordPress How To

How to Transfer / Move WordPress Blog from One Domain to Another

Basically, the root URL of your blog which is your domain or subdomain is changing here. Though this doesn’t seem like a sane decision considering the huge SEO impact that might fall upon your site but with HTTP 301 permanent redirection, this can still make sense in some situations.

Assume you won’t change the details of the WordPress database connection, then there’d be no need to change or modify any PHP files at all. Just the database tables and related values concerning the URLs.

The idea is to find all table field values containing the string ‘olddomain.com‘ which is your old domain and change it to the new domain ‘newdomain.com‘. Follow me:

  1. Copy all the WordPress PHP program files from the old directory to the new one which the new domain is pointed at.
  2. Connect to WordPress database by phpMyAdmin or plain mysql command or whatever you are familiar with. But this example will only go with phpMyAdmin.
  3. In phpMyAdmin, at the database level, click ‘Search‘ -> ‘Select All‘ -> Search for ‘olddomain.com‘ -> Click ‘Go‘. In most cases, there are just 2 tables that need to be modified accordingly: wp_posts and wp_options.
  4. Click ‘Browse’ to look for records with the string ‘olddomain.com‘ in them.
  5. For ‘wp_options’, edit each record and find all occurrences of the old string ‘olddomain.com‘ and modify it to ‘newdomain.com‘. Click ‘Go‘ to update.
  6. For ‘wp_posts’, you can leave the guid field intact or update it with the new domain string but it doesn’t matter much. The hard part is to update the post content of all posts and replace all occurrences of the old domain string to the new one. You can get all this done by the following SQL query: UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, 'olddomain.com', 'newdomain.com')

Now you should be set, fire up your browser and navigate to your blog at the new domain and check everything out to see if it’s working properly.

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Coupons and Promo Codes Domains

The best .com renewal coupon at Godaddy

For now, the best renewal code for .com names at GoDaddy is Zine10 for $7.49 / year.

Update: Just found a great renewal coupon code of GoDaddy for .com renewal at just $6.99. Simply use the code DNF5. However, a minimum of 5 domains is required to get the maximum discount.

Searched all day yesterday for a $6.99 .com renewal coupon to use for my 30 or so .com domains at Godaddy.

No luck.

Until I found something at this thread at namepros. But it’s just $7.39 (not including the ICANN fee) each for .com renewals with this code:

DNF2

The deal is not bad if not the best. I’m still keeping an eye on any working $6.99 .com renewal codes, if any one of you happens to have one, please kindly share it in the comments. Thanks!

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Affiliate Programs Domains My Personal Reviews

Dynadot Affiliate Program Review – Not Worth the While

I joined Dynadot at the commencement of .tel domains and tried my luck to get some domainers to register a domain with them.

Maybe it’s because they just don’t care about expanding via affiliates, the system might be a little buggy or not so affiliate friendly in that once the referred friend signed up an account with them, even if they have clicked through your affiliate link to register the domains at Dynadot, the newly registered domain and its commission will not be credited to you at all.

Therefore, make sure you send your friend or site visitors the affiliate link before they register the account with Dynadot. So, basically, they should register their account through your affiliate link. The other way won’t work for sure, but still I’m not sure if it works in this way.

Feels a little fishy with Dynadot domain registration affiliate program and totally not worth the while.

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DreamHost Review: Pros and Cons plus Uptime Charts

I’ve been DreamHost since 2006 and that’s more than 3 years of hosting experience with them on a shared plan ($9.95 / month). For those who’d prefer scanning instead of reading, I’ll sum up my points in short lists:

Pros

  1. Affordable price with generous offerings in disk storage and monthly transfer.
  2. Full pack of features – everything you can imagine for LAMP websites, they are there for you to access.
  3. 10 years of operating their own servers makes them extremely technical and the support is always to the point by knowledgeable staff.
  4. Proprietary control panel enables you to do everything without a hassle. Could be a Con though, as it’s too easy to use and somewhat addictive, once you get used to it, you’d be reluctant to switch.
  5. A lot of features are only found on DreamHost such as control panel API, Google Apps (I love it!), Jabber IM, Media Streaming and much more that are all automated and even a novice hoster can take advantage of.
  6. Open discussion forums.
  7. Very well documented wiki specifically for their users with detailed instructions to do everything.

Cons

  1. The average uptime is approximately 99.7% for shared plans – just so so.
  2. Sometimes it’s rather slow accessing your site. Blame the server load and amount of websites hosted on a single server. You can feel that you are in a shared environment without a doubt.
  3. I’ve experienced from 1 minute to 20 hours of response time from DreamHost email support. On average, it’s roughly 5 hours.
  4. Their referral program does work and the 2nd tier 5% forever rewards may successfully lock you with them “forever” because once you leave DreamHost, you leave the lifetime stream of 5% referral rewards. Pretty bad ass, huh?

DreamHost Server Stats Charts

All charts and data are gathered and provided by basicstate.com who pings (Spenser from basicstate.com points out that it’s not just pinging but also a full HTTP pull of the page) one of my sites hosted with DreamHost (shared plan) at 15-minute intervals.

DreamHost Uptime (shared)

dreamhost uptime chart

DreamHost Average Response Time (shared)

dreamhost average response time

DreamHost Total Response Time (shared)

dreamhost total response time

Conclusion

DreamHost (I can only speak of their shared plans which I have experience with) is absolutely worth the money if you are hosting hobbyist or personal sites that are not so mission critical. As a result of their sophisticated technical background, the hosting environment gives you as much freedom as you need yet balanced well in security and overall server well-being. It’s a paradise for web developers and non-technical users at the same time.

I’d especially recommend DreamHost to beginner webmasters for its affordable price and pack of features – you literally can’t find anything that’s offered by competitive hosting companies not in DreamHost’s menu. And, while you can do everything from the control panel, you can still utilize SSH to do advanced stuff. That said, the biggest drawback of DreamHost becoming a fantastic host is the reliability and performance issue that haunts its shared users.

DreamHost will be a terrific journey for you to learn and grow until you have to find a more solid pie to ensure your websites. I might go with their Private Server (Their way of VPS, a little more pricey than their shared plans in my opinion) plans soon, but with the same amount of money why don’t I go with another hosting company and try them out and in addition, to have a few different C-class IPs for the sake of SEO. 😉

Shameless Self Promotion: $60 DreamHost Coupon Code

Well, if you think my review is helpful and feel like going ahead, I’d very much appreciate it if you could use coupon CASH60 to sign up at DreamHost. It gives you an instant $60 discount with all yearly plans.

Here are some additional reviews if you would like to read more about DreamHost.

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VeriSign Data Analyzer – The Most Authoritative Type-in Traffic Analysis Tool for Unregistered Domains / Misspelled Domains

VeriSign, the central registry for COM domains, recently released a new tool called Data Analyzer. Data Analyzer allows you to check the amount of traffic a domain name gets, even if the domain does not exist.

So just the kind of traffic analysis tool that examines the type-in traffic of unregistered domains (.COM). Well, not just type-in. Imagine a domain that has some history but recently got abandoned, wouldn’t it be great to know that? To sum up, you can use this tool to:

  1. Grab valuable unregistered .com domains with decent type-in traffic.
  2. Know mistyped versions of your current domains, those your visitors tried but failed to get to your site.
  3. Hunt for abandoned or dropped domains that have a history and traffic.
  4. …

The tool has just now been released to domain registrar Dynadot at this address. If you are not already a Dynadot customer, sign up for an account.

Where does the data come from?

Verisign, being the central registry for COM domains, also runs the root name server for COM domains. Each time you type in a domain name in your browser, Verisign’s root name server will receive a query for that domain name. Verisign stores all queries, including those for domains that do not exist, in their massive Data Analyzer database.

How do I use the Data Analyzer?

You can find the Data Analyzer by logging into your Dynadot account and clicking on the “Search” tab and then “Data Analyzer Tool” sub menu.

On this page you can submit a list of domain names that you want to check the traffic for. They will send your domains to Verisign, and the next day you can sign back into your account and check the results. Each domain name will receive a score between 0 and 10. 0 means no traffic, and 10 means lots of traffic.

How can the Data Analyzer help me?

Say for example you own the domain name “acmewidgets.com“. You want to check to see if your customers are mistyping your domain name, and thus not getting to your website. You can submit a list of domains to the Data Analyzer such as:

axmewidgets.com
acmwidgets.com
acmewigets.com

If any of these domains return a high score, then you can register the domain name, and forward the traffic to your correct domain name.

How many domains can I upload?

You can upload as many domains as you want. In fact some customers have already uploaded millions of domains to be analyzed by the Data Analyzer. However, if you upload lots of domains, it may take many days to finish analyzing your domains. Verisign limits the number of domains Dynadot can submit to them each day.