What is DNS?

The Domain Name System (DNS) is defined by Wikipedia as:

a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most prominently, it translates easily memorized domain names to the numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. By providing a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of the functionality of the Internet.”

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Four Obscure But Useful WordPress Plugins

by Marko from Support

On a daily basis, we receive calls from customers asking about WordPress and a good portion of these questions are focused on useful plugins.

With millions of different plugins available on WordPress and thousands of popular plugins, I could have easily created a comprehensive list that included an SEO plugin like Yoast or a great and free form generator like Contact 7, but these plugins have already been reviewed and included in a number of review sites.

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New Cybele Negris Article: Online Tools and Resources to Help Owners of Small Businesses Know What They Don’t Know

Webnames.ca President and Co-Founder Cybele Negris’ new article, “Online Tools and Resources to Help Owners of Small Businesses Know What They Don’t Know” is now available on Business in Vancouver. In this article, she talks about different resources entrepreneurs and small businesses can use to grow their business. 
While there is a large number of resources available for small businesses, most owners don’t know that these exist. 
In this article, Cybele discusses the following resources and tools: 

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.CA To Be Released Domain Picks for August 21st, 2013

Below are our “top picks” from this week’s CIRA TBR (to-be-released) domains list.

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The TBR list for August 21st has lots of great names, so pre-book your favourite .CA domains early.

We
publish a “top picks” list each week after CIRA publishes its latest
batch of expiring dot-CA domains. CIRA adds more domains to the TBR list each day until the date of release, so you may want to check the CIRA TBR for new selections.

Our favourite names from the list are in bold below. Read more on .CA To Be Released Domain Picks for August 21st, 2013…

Webnames.ca Launches 12th BIV Ad Campaign Featuring 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Webnames.ca has launched an advertising campaign in Business in Vancouver that will be running from September 2012 until August 2013. When we were considering a campaign with BIV, we started to think about who we are and what makes Webnames, well, Webnames! Immediately we thought about our customers!

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.CA To Be Released Domain Picks for August 14th, 2013

Below are our “top picks” from this week’s CIRA TBR (to-be-released) domains list.

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The TBR list for August 14th has lots of great names, so pre-book your favourite .CA domains early.

We
publish a “top picks” list each week after CIRA publishes its latest
batch of expiring dot-CA domains. CIRA adds more domains to the TBR list each day until the date of release, so you may want to check the CIRA TBR for new selections.

Our favourite names from the list are in bold below.

anacondas.ca
athletezone.ca
belch.ca
betrothed.ca
bsk.ca
canadacorp.ca 
chowdeals.ca
coarse.ca
condors.ca
currencytraders.ca 
ecochannel.ca
eggsbenedict.ca 
foodfind.ca
gleam.ca
gradiant.ca
hares.ca
healthresorts.ca
hunch.ca
informer.ca
labeled.ca
mixologists.ca
moneytracker.ca 
newseditor.ca 
newswriter.ca
pathogens.ca
phonetics.ca
privatenetworks.ca 
pubmail.ca
quarterlife.ca
refinances.ca 
sabers.ca 
salamanders.ca
shortening.ca
shove.ca
tdv.ca
topconsultant.ca
unearthed.ca
walruses.ca
winedeal.ca
yaks.ca

These domains are available for pre-booking NOW at Webnames.ca, and will be released by CIRA on Wednesday, August 14, 2013!

To pre-book a To-Be-Released .CA domain from the above list:

1) Go to Webnames.ca’s To-Be-Released .CA Domains page.

2) Find and click on the domain(s) you wish to pre-book and they will be added to your cart.

3) Review your shopping cart. Login or create a Webnames.ca account. Complete your transaction as though you were registering new domain(s).

Or,

Look up the domain you wish to pre-book in the Webnames.ca WHOIS. On your WHOIS search result page you will be asked “Do you want to pre-book this domain,” select “yes” to proceed.

If
your pre-book is successful you will be notified by CIRA after the
Wednesday registration period. Within 24 hours of receiving this
notification, Webnames.ca will charge your credit card for successfully
registered domains.

Note: You will only be charged for pre-booked domains that are successfully registered.

If you have any questions about the TBR pre-booking process, or want help completing your pre-book, simply contact support@webnames.ca or call 1-866-221-7878.

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.CA To Be Released Domain Picks for August 7th, 2013

Below are our “top picks” from this week’s CIRA TBR (to-be-released) domains list.

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The TBR list for August 7th has lots of great names, so pre-book your favourite .CA domains early.

We
publish a “top picks” list each week after CIRA publishes its latest
batch of expiring dot-CA domains. CIRA adds more domains to the TBR list each day until the date of release, so you may want to check the CIRA TBR for new selections.

Our favourite names from the list are in bold below.

afz.ca 
appmaker.ca
asklawyers.ca 
bookfair.ca 
buyable.ca 
cached.ca
cafenatural.ca
cashtrack.ca
coordination.ca
dairyfactory.ca
digitalwireless.ca
dreampictures.ca
gameface.ca 
homerelief.ca
implacable.ca
inkstore.ca
lawtoday.ca
lints.ca
livejobs.ca
lunchorder.ca
masterbuilt.ca
naturesound.ca
neonsign.ca
newlearning.ca 
oinked.ca 
plox.ca 
qualityfitness.ca
rattling.ca 
realitytalent.ca
returninghome.ca
screenshopper.ca
selfabsorbed.ca
sesamechicken.ca
speedgeek.ca
stashed.ca
steelconstructions.ca
studentleaders.ca
superfile.ca
supremelife.ca 
sushis.ca
techinvestor.ca 
thegeneration.ca
underlined.ca
vgv.ca
wasteless.ca 

These domains are available for pre-booking NOW at Webnames.ca, and will be released by CIRA on Wednesday, August 7, 2013!

To pre-book a To-Be-Released .CA domain from the above list:

1) Go to Webnames.ca’s To-Be-Released .CA Domains page.

2) Find and click on the domain(s) you wish to pre-book and they will be added to your cart.

3) Review your shopping cart. Login or create a Webnames.ca account. Complete your transaction as though you were registering new domain(s).

Or,

Look up the domain you wish to pre-book in the Webnames.ca WHOIS. On your WHOIS search result page you will be asked “Do you want to pre-book this domain,” select “yes” to proceed.

If
your pre-book is successful you will be notified by CIRA after the
Wednesday registration period. Within 24 hours of receiving this
notification, Webnames.ca will charge your credit card for successfully
registered domains.

Note: You will only be charged for pre-booked domains that are successfully registered.

If you have any questions about the TBR pre-booking process, or want help completing your pre-book, simply contact support@webnames.ca or call 1-866-221-7878.

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New gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse: What you need to know

It has been years in the making but new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) are set to launch this year. Once all the new domain extensions begin to launch things will happen at a furious pace. The first domains are expected to be released between the end of September and the end of October 2013. The first extensions out of the gate will be Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs); in other words, a domain extension in a different character set such as Chinese, Russian, Korean or Cyrillic. The IDN gTLD launch will be followed by the more standard gTLDs such as .BLOG, .APP  or .WEB. Overall, the gTLD launch will release close to 1300 new domain extensions over a period of three to five years.

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.CA To Be Released Domain Picks for July 31st, 2013

Below are our “top picks” from this week’s CIRA TBR (to-be-released) domains list.

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The TBR list for July 31st has lots of great names, so pre-book your favourite .CA domains early.

We
publish a “top picks” list each week after CIRA publishes its latest
batch of expiring dot-CA domains. CIRA adds more domains to the TBR list each day until the date of release, so you may want to check the CIRA TBR for new selections.

Our favourite names from the list are in bold below.

bereave.ca
biofoods.ca
blogcanada.ca
callbacks.ca
canadafund.ca
canadajustice.ca
captivatemedia.ca
cheapbeer.ca
communityforce.ca
complements.ca 
custodian.ca
departing.ca
disowned.ca
distinct.ca
ecopreneur.ca
endeavors.ca
excerpts.ca 
fervent.ca 
homebrands.ca
huntr.ca
kash.ca 
knock.ca
lastnight.ca
lastround.ca 
mealticket.ca
mediaworks.ca 
oldmovie.ca
onlinemagazine.ca 
onlinereading.ca
organically.ca
paperstack.ca
parentals.ca
rawdiet.ca
realcomedy.ca
realvoice.ca
retrogaming.ca
roxs.ca 
scrubber.ca
slay.ca
stockcharts.ca
sweetings.ca
teaser.ca
telling.ca
upgrader.ca
voiceactors.ca
whisks.ca

These domains are available for pre-booking NOW at Webnames.ca, and will be released by CIRA on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013!

To pre-book a To-Be-Released .CA domain from the above list:

1) Go to Webnames.ca’s To-Be-Released .CA Domains page.

2) Find and click on the domain(s) you wish to pre-book and they will be added to your cart.

3) Review your shopping cart. Login or create a Webnames.ca account. Complete your transaction as though you were registering new domain(s).

Or,

Look up the domain you wish to pre-book in the Webnames.ca WHOIS. On your WHOIS search result page you will be asked “Do you want to pre-book this domain,” select “yes” to proceed.

If
your pre-book is successful you will be notified by CIRA after the
Wednesday registration period. Within 24 hours of receiving this
notification, Webnames.ca will charge your credit card for successfully
registered domains.

Note: You will only be charged for pre-booked domains that are successfully registered.

If you have any questions about the TBR pre-booking process, or want help completing your pre-book, simply contact support@webnames.ca or call 1-866-221-7878.

Read more on .CA To Be Released Domain Picks for July 31st, 2013…

.CA To Be Released Domain Picks for July 24th, 2013

Below are our “top picks” from this week’s CIRA TBR (to-be-released) domains list.

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The TBR list for July 24th has lots of great names, so pre-book your favourite .CA domains early.

We
publish a “top picks” list each week after CIRA publishes its latest
batch of expiring dot-CA domains. CIRA adds more domains to the TBR list each day until the date of release, so you may want to check the CIRA TBR for new selections.

Our favourite names from the list are in bold below.

acceptable.ca
already.ca

attacked.ca
augment.ca
billcheck.ca
bly.ca
businessform.ca
calculations.ca
canadianreview.ca
consumed.ca
finalscore.ca
foodreview.ca
foodshows.ca
further.ca
gqb.ca

healthreview.ca
impale.ca
lifeshots.ca
manageable.ca
marketguide.ca
months.ca
naturalcleansing.ca

netportals.ca
organisations.ca
paperphones.ca
partyblast.ca
photoboards.ca
pitzone.ca
prestigeliving.ca
publicinternet.ca
pureinnovation.ca
qdx.ca
qtw.ca

revolvingdoors.ca
righteousness
rlx.ca
safeshop.ca
scouted.ca
sweeter.ca
thn.ca
torontoexperts.ca
vyu.ca

wingmen.ca

These domains are available for pre-booking NOW at Webnames.ca, and will be released by CIRA on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013!

To pre-book a To-Be-Released .CA domain from the above list:

1) Go to Webnames.ca’s To-Be-Released .CA Domains page.

2) Find and click on the domain(s) you wish to pre-book and they will be added to your cart.

3) Review your shopping cart. Login or create a Webnames.ca account. Complete your transaction as though you were registering new domain(s).

Or,

Look up the domain you wish to pre-book in the Webnames.ca WHOIS. On your WHOIS search result page you will be asked “Do you want to pre-book this domain,” select “yes” to proceed.

If
your pre-book is successful you will be notified by CIRA after the
Wednesday registration period. Within 24 hours of receiving this
notification, Webnames.ca will charge your credit card for successfully
registered domains.

Note: You will only be charged for pre-booked domains that are successfully registered.

If you have any questions about the TBR pre-booking process, or want help completing your pre-book, simply contact support@webnames.ca or call 1-866-221-7878.

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Moving from Web Builder to WordPress: Kaminsky and Co.

In 2011, Webnames.ca launched our latest WordPress web design
service called FastTrack. FastTrack was designed with small businesses
in mind and aimed at fulfilling the needs of our customers while still
making it affordable.

One of the things we did when we introduced
this product was to transition some of our Web Builder clients (a legacy product) to a WordPress website.

A client who we had the pleasure to work with was Kaminsky and Co.
In order to determine how to best meet the needs of Kaminsky and Company, we
asked them a couple of questions about what they wanted to
get out of their new website and any current issues they had with their
old one. (Before on the left, after on the right – below).

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http://www.kaminskyco.com/: From Web Builder to WordPress

Issues:

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