When individuals and businesses shop around for a hosting company, they tend to look for things like uptime guarantees, an easy to use platform, good customer support, features and price. One aspect that doesn’t tend to be top of mind is the physical location of the servers that will be hosting the website, or what country the hosting company calls home. You may argue that it doesn’t matter where you host your website as it is mirrored all over the world to provide redundancy in case of outages. The reasons location matters, however, relate to a lot more than just redundancy, and primary among them are Canada’s stricter privacy requirements when it comes to handling personal data. But the benefits don’t stop there, so let’s dive right into the list shall we?
A bigger than usual list of expiring .CA domains this week (8500+) made it hard to narrow down our top picks this week. Worth mentioning that in addition to our list profiled above, there are many of 3-letter .CA domains on this week’s list too, including azr.ca, hgg.ca, siw.ca, tlv.ca, zqc.ca and maybe even a few more.
Launches of new generic top-level domains have slowed down considerably in recent years. And that’s a not a bad thing. With 500+ gTLDs now available, not including country-code extensions, there is a domain out there for almost about every conceivable vertical. And many of these domains have limited or narrow use cases. But every now and then, a new and important gTLD comes to market.
This week’s .CA TBR list has 7900 domains, with plenty of short, fun and one-word options.
To-be-released .CA domains enter general availability on Wednesdays starting at 2pm Eastern Time, and can be pre-booked ahead of time to increase your odds of securing the domain(s) you want. The price is the same as a standard. CA registration, no premium or additional fees apply.
Maintaining a robust online presence has become requisite to succeed in today’s digital-centric landscape. In fact, 2017 saw a record 1.5 billion-plus consumers purchase goods online. The bottom line: if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or running a small- to medium-sized business, you’re probably not going to make it without an effective website.
Say “hello” to a better, more powerful webmail client.
We are excited to be launching a new webmail platform this week that is both flexible and powerful enough to be used as your primary email client. Our new webmail features a clean and intuitive design, improved mobile experience, and a number of new features to help increase productivity and collaboration among email users on the same domain name.
A Message from Cybele Negris, Webnames CEO and Co-Founder:
As we wind down another year here at Webnames, I am keenly aware that we have much to be thankful for. This past year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of .CA, a domain my co-founder John Demco brought to life, and 17 amazing years in business. We also had a lot of fun celebrating Canada 150, highlighting some of our favourite customer-owned .CA domains and sharing our 150 Things to Remember When Starting a Business in .CA. And of course, there is you – our customers. You make coming to work every day both fun and rewarding, and keep us striving to do our very best.
Small and medium sized businesses are not actively being targeted by cyberattackers, so I‘ve got time to get my security measures in place, right?
You are not alone in thinking this however. According to a recent study conducted by Edelman Intelligence for the major US insurance provider Nationwide, 41% of business owners believe cyberattacks happen more frequently in large businesses than in small businesses. In actuality, small businesses are often more vulnerable to cyberattacks than large businesses because they lack the financial and technical resources to implement robust security infrastructures. And don’t think it’s any different in Canada.
A little over a year from now the most substantive changes to the Canadian Trademarks Act in over half a century will begin to take effect. Trisha Doré, a registered Trade-mark agent with Richards Buell Sutton who specializes in the preparation, filing and prosecution of trade-mark applications, recommends that Canadian trademark owners audit their portfolios over the course of 2018 in light of the forthcoming changes, taking advantage of lower government fees and educating themselves about opportunities to extend their rights into non-traditional marks not previously been registrable.
Last year Science World named world renowned paleontologist and science communicator Dr. Scott Sampson as its new President and CEO. Born and raised in Vancouver, with a PhD in zoology from the University of Toronto, Sampson has held positions at the Natural History Museum of Utah, the New York Institute of Technology, and American Museum of Natural History before assuming the helm at Science World.
The registry operator behind the popular .SHOP domain is celebrating their first anniversary with special promotion. For a limited time starting next week, premium 3-letter .SHOP domain names will be hugely discounted.
Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens are the founders and innovators behind Lunapads, a social mission driven business based in our hometown of Vancouver. They have been making and refining their lines of menstrual products, Lunapads and LunaUndies, since their first prototypes in 1993, believing that using reusable menstrual products are an empowering way to honor and care for women’s bodies and the planet.
2017 is a fantastic year to be celebrating milestones – both culturally and digitally. Canada is turning 150 years old this year and the dot-CA domain extension recently turned 30. These anniversaries remind us that we are a big country with a small population and we rely on nation building entities to keep us together.
As we all become increasingly addicted to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime, it’s a good time to review the Internet Service Providers that provide us with the ability to binge watch 20 episodes of The Good Wife in an evening, or (heaven forbid!) download the two most recent seasons of Game of Thrones. Is there a difference between them other than price? Do we have an actual “choice” when it comes to who delivers us our evening’s entertainment of hatewatching Scandal, or worse, Riverdale?
After a lot of hard work, we are proud to announce that last month we officially became Climate Smart certified. This was achieved through several training sessions, the creation of an exhaustive inventory of our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and of a GHG reduction plan. For those of you considering doing the certification – and we encourage you to do so! — the Climate Smart group, provides some very smart software for this purpose. Once you’ve collected all of your data and entered it to the system, it reveals not only an organization’s gross emissions for the year but an illuminating summary of where those emissions come from.