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Automattic Becomes a Domain Registrar

October 27th, 2010 . by Claire

Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic and one of the creators of WordPress, announced that his company had become a fully accredited registrar. It can now register domains on its own without another company being involved. This move gives Automattic a competitive advantage over companies such as SquareSpace and MovableType’s TypePad service. What it Means to Be […]

7 Of The Rarest TLDs Around

October 20th, 2010 . by Claire

The most common TLDs are .com, .net and .org. Other well-known TLDs include .us, .ly and .to. But some TLDs are so rare, you would never be able to register one if you tried. Let’s run through some of the most interesting. 1. .AERO The .AERO TLD is dedicated solely to the aviation industry. If […]

The Future of .ly Domain Names

October 18th, 2010 . by Claire

Sex columnist and blogger Violet Blue registered the domain vb.ly. She didn’t anticipate too many problems. She was already well-experienced in hosting adult content legally. But NIC.ly, the domain registrar for the Libyan TLD .ly, revoked the domain. It said the URL violated Sharia law by having a policy that was open to adult-oriented content. […]

5 Ways to Get Your Hosting Account Terminated

October 15th, 2010 . by Claire

Sometimes we take risks with hosting accounts without even realising. Many hosts will tolerate mistakes; some will eventually run out of patience. Break any of these rules and you’ll most likely be looking for new hosting in no time at all. 1. Illegal Content Illegal pornography, illegal gambling, stolen content: no host will tolerate them. […]

Cryptome: Hacked, Defaced and Deleted

October 11th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Cryptome, a site dedicated to whistle-blowing and leaking sensitive documents on the Web, was hacked this week. Its front page was defaced (there’s a NSFW image here) and, according to the site’s administrators, some 7GB of data was deleted from the server, including all of the leaked files. According to reports, at least two different […]

5 Ways To Keep Your Host Friendly

October 8th, 2010 . by Jonathan

I’ve talked before about how a host/client relationship is a partnership. As customers, we spend a lot of time dreaming up ways our hosts could treat us better (faster, more reliable hosting with good service and fair pricing), but have you ever spared a second to consider what your host thinks of you, the customer? […]

ICM Announces New XXX TLD

October 6th, 2010 . by Claire

A new .xxx top level domain (TLD) is on its way, according to ICM Registry. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the new TLD, and ICM says it’ll sell .xxx domains sometime in early 2011. If all goes to plan, this could open up the door for a gold rush – or […]

How To Keep Your Emails Private

October 4th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Anti-piracy advocates tend to attract a lot of ire from a very tech-savvy audience. A group of users at the famous forum site 4Chan has been targeting various pro-copyright groups with denial of service attacks. Typically, denial of service attacks are annoying but little more. They work by overloading a server or firewall with too […]

Will Digg’s Downfall Change Hosting?

October 1st, 2010 . by Jonathan

Digg, while still a popular site, seems to have “dugg” itself quite a hole. Not only is site traffic down some 34% after a controversial redesign of the site, but content creators who get their work promoted to the coveted front page are seeing only 60-70 percent of the traffic they used to get. There […]