Sometimes registering a domain name can be a little bit frustrating as you rack your brain trying to come up with the perfect one; something that’s succinct, yet strong, appropriate, relevant and most of all not already taken!
This is a common inconvenience and, more than likely, nearly everyone who attempts to register a new domain is going to come up against some kind of disappointment in finding their ideal .com or .net has been snagged by someone else. Even more aggravating is noticing your ultimate domain name is tied to a rather ridiculous website.
So, before you start to get too stressed out just thinking about it, allow us to make your day with this little announcement:
You will soon have the opportunity to purchase an industry-specific domain extension from over 700 NEW domain extension possibilities! We’re talking about domains that end with .family, .web, .online, blog, .tech and more!
This means that if you’ve been itching to finally start your gourmet cooking blog with a .cooking or a site that teaches the proper marketing techniques with .marketing, you can pretty much have your pick of a domain that is practically custom-made for your business. Let’s take a look at each phase of the registration process so you can make sure to join with us at Midphase to take advantage of getting that ultimate domain!
Watchlist (Do This Now)
Start by creating a watchlist of all the domains that you might want to register (you can do this now, and you should!
During the first phase, the majority of domains will not be ready for purchase but, by setting up a domain watchlist you can keep an eye on when they become available and how to order them when they do.
If you already have a registered trademark in place you’ll want to make sure to do what you can to protect your brand; which means buying the domains before they are offered to the public. It’s during this “Sunrise” period you can stake your claim on desired domains.
This is the time when the doors are officially opened to buyers and the general public has a chance to snatch up domains. If many people are all vying for the same domain, it will go to auction and the highest bidder will get it.
During this time registration is open to anyone and is first-come, first-serve. If you weren’t able to order your domains during the Sunrise or Landrush phases, this is your chance. We’ll work together to comb through your watchlist and attempt to register every domain you seek as quickly as possible.
Each phase requires specific pre-registration fees, some which can be refunded if your purchase is unsuccessful. Now is a good time to create your watchlist and get in contact with us to make sure you’re prepared to grab the domains that will help your business solidify its place in the online market. We’ve had a huge registration success rate of 87% in past domain launches and are excited to help you secure your future sites!
Create your watchlist now and Contact us today to answer any questions you have regarding each phase… and make sure you’re ready to win the race!
Brrrrrrrrr, do you feel that? How can you not! It’s hard not to notice there’s something in the air right about now; a sweeping freeze affecting the nation. No, we’re not talking about the weather outside; we’re referring to our sudden PRICE FREEZE!
The temperatures from state to state have dropped significantly, and as a result, so have our prices! Not only have our prices dropped, they’re frozen at lower rates from now until February.
This freeze favors no one, and none of our products have been spared either. So, while it might be hard to see the bright side on such cold days, we’re sure you’ll warm up to this offer while it’s available!
We’re offering discounts on everything including all of our hosting services, website building services, domain names, cloud services and dedicated servers. For those looking for either a new hosting plan or a reseller plan, you can save 30% off our original prices now through February PLUS an additional 25% off of your first month of cloud and dedicated server options!
So come on, if you’ve been putting off building your new website this is a great time to just get it done! We have all the tools and services you need to get your business up and online in no time. Instead of sitting inside, avoiding the cold and trying to fight off the boredom of being housebound, why not use this time wisely to get started on your New Year’s resolution early by creating or growing a website that can help your business plans thrive!
Here’s a breakdown of our coupon codes:
If you have questions about the best way to either get started or how to add onto the efforts you’ve already made toward your current website, give us a call:
You’ll want to take advantage of this offer before the freeze thaws out!
Change can put a bad taste in your mouth but, when you do a huge revamp of your look, change couldn’t be a more delicious word!
For the last few days we’ve been indulging on the aesthetics of the best looking and most functional web hosting website on the wide world of the web.
You can too; feast your eyes on this;
We’re biased you say? Well let’s put it next to another website on the Internet and see if you agree the new Midphase.com truly is the best.
Ok, joking aside, we are very happy to introduce the look of our new brand based on extensive user testing and 15 years of experience in the hosting industry. The key focus of the website is to help our website visitors, who typically don’t know a lot about website hosting, to find their way to the right information and eventually develop the trust needed to join our loyal client base.
One of the most exciting parts of the new website is that it’s responsive, meaning the entire layout of the website changes based on the visitor’s screen size (and one of our designer’s desk looked pretty epic while it all happened). When visiting Midphase.com on a desktop with a normal monitor you’ll see it in the way I’ve shown above but if you’re on a mobile device it’ll look like this;
In addition to a new site we also moved to version 3 of our logo. We won’t take away your artistic liberties to study its design but check out how awesome it looks when considering the new UK2 Group, our parent company, logo:
Last but not least, we wrapped several big changes into the new redesign.
Now that I’ve gushed about the new website and all the new offerings; we would love to hear what you think, for better or worse!
Tell us what you think.
Today the United States celebrates Veteran’s Day. A chance to reflect on those who serve our country in the armed forces and their contributions to the freedoms we enjoy.
Here at Midphase we thought we’d spend some time talking to our resident veteran, retired Navy Lt. Doug Ruegger. Doug is our senior tech support manager and has brought some incredible experience and perspectives to our company through his time as a communications officer in the military.
Doug spent 20 years in the Navy, including 10 years at sea. He was stationed in Hawaii and California, and served on 3 ships including the U.S.S. Nimitz, an aircraft carrier.
As a communications officer, he specialized in tactical communications and worked frequently with special forces teams—could talk about that too much . On board the Nimitz, Doug had the opportunity to run all comms and signals; which included overseeing the launch and recovery of aircraft and overall navigation.
In laymen’s terms, he drove a freakin’ huge boat!
While acting as the Systems Test Officer on the Nimitz, Doug says he dealt with outages on ship much like he deals with Midphase technical challenges. “I preached customer service in the Navy, you can have 364 days of everything working great, but that one day when it goes down you are on the bottom of the pile,” he describes.
In the Navy, Doug says he worked to manage all mission goals from his superiors, as well as understanding the responses of those he was interacting with. “I’ve always been able to take on challenges” he says.
Here at Midphase, our motto is “We Make Hosting Easy,” and Doug has been able to take that mission and make it happen.]]>
We’d like to introduce you to Doug.
As a small business owner Doug has a lot on his plate. After meeting with clients, fulfilling orders and courting future customers, Doug hardly has time for anything else; especially managing his website.
Web hosting should be the least of your worries, which is why Doug recommends Midphase. With Midphase, our friend Doug has all the tools he needs to be successful online.
Today we’re celebrating him, and many other small business owners, with a special deal so you too can be successful online. Get Doug’s Deal today with the coupon code DOUGSDEAL.
Like Doug, you can benefit from a free domain, 24/7 support and the peace of mind that comes when you use Midphase. With our Business plan at $7.95/month or our Personal plan for $2.95/month no matter how long you choose to sign-up—whether one, two, or three years—this is a great time to get your business online.
Copy the code “DOUGSDEAL” choose your affordable web hosting plan and paste the code in the order form.
So you’re starting a business and have high hopes for turning your ambitions into reality? It’s exciting to venture into the world of entrepreneurism and announce your presence to an online business world. Perhaps you spent hours coming up with the perfect domain name that illustrates what your business stands for while keeping the name succinct and easy to remember. Everything seems to be in order, but did you consider buying not just the “.com” domain name but the “.net” to go along with it? If you haven’t done so, consider these five reasons why doing so is probably a good idea:
Establishing a recognizable and memorable brand means coming up with a clear message about what your business provides. It also means maintaining recognizable and consistent images, logos, colors and fonts. By claiming a .com as well as a .net, you can be sure that you don’t leave the door open for a similar domain claimed by a person or business that has nothing to do with your services.
If you don’t secure both the .com and .net, you make it possible for someone else to purchase the same domain name with the only difference being the extension. Don’t wait until it’s already happened and you have to deal with the aggravation of someone else trying to ride your coat tails by getting hits to their site from people thinking they’re reaching yours.
Another good reason to protect your .com with a .net is preparing yourself for possible expansion of your online presence. Perhaps you eventually want to start a blog on your .net domain or offer a different range of products with the same company name under the .net address.
Any extra SEO effort you can make to help your business rank high in the search engines is going to help out when done right. Say you submit your listing to a big search engine such as “Yahoo” and are listed at #3 for your category. You can also submit your .net address separately to be listed again under a different domain while linking back to your main company site. Note that if you follow this strategy you’re secondary site will need to be positioned differently than the primary one. If Google finds two sites with the same content, it’ll pick one and devalue the other.
Let’s face it, sometimes people struggle remembering their own phone numbers let alone remembering the exact URLs of every site they want to keep tabs on. New customers in particular might take a few tries before they remember your domain without hesitating. By purchasing a .net in addition to your .com you can set up what’s called a “303 redirect” to have the .net address take them directly to your .com.
Needless to say, we own the .net equivalent of Midphase.com and chose to principle #5 in the above list. If you haven’t secured your .net then check out the domain registration page or login to your account and get moving!
A lot of the press around ICANN’s decision to take applications for new top level domains has centered around the effects on brands. But there is also so-far untapped potential for new geo-TLDs that reflect a real world location for an online website. One of these new region-specific TLDs set to hit the market is .nyc, the new domain for New York City. Neustar Inc. has made the application on behalf of the city and expects the domain to be a big success.
The advantages of a .nyc TLD should be obvious. As one of the focal points of global industry, trade and culture, New York is loaded with meaning and possibility. Organizations and businesses located in the city can proudly display their allegiance to the City That Never Sleeps, from ad agencies to charities to your local deli. New Yorkers will be able to see immediately that you are a local business that they can be proud to be associated with.
This will also be a huge boost for SEO. With such a clear indicator of location, it should come as no surprise if Google and other search engines begin to favor websites with an .nyc domain in New York related searches. Customers looking for a restaurant or supplier within the Five Boroughs will be directed to those businesses with the forethought to grab themselves a clear, identifiable New York-based domain name.
These domains are expected to become available later in the year after ICANN has approved the city’s application. At first they will only be open to organizations officially affiliated with the city such as government agencies, but in 2014 the Sunrise phase will open to trademark holders. Following that a Landrush phase will let businesses and organizations with a New York City address register domains before the General Availability phase around May 2014.
With a whole new domain landscape on the horizon, the .nyc domain is sure to be one of the best pieces of online territory going. Keep your eyes on Midphase to be sure you’re first in line to grab a slice of the Big Apple.]]>
Two worlds just collided in the website world; professional design meets do-it-yourself.
Up until now it was easy to compare websites that were built with a website builder and those touched by a professional designer. Website builder websites were boxy, compartmentalized, lacked features, and definitely weren’t anything to look at.
Today we’re pleased to announce you can now easily build your own website that looks like a seasoned web design professional did it for thousands of dollars; hello Midphase Website Builder.
Giving all you need to succeed online, the magic of the website builder begins with choosing the look and feel of your website. For all who want more direction we provide hundreds of templates, designed by experienced designers, so you can literally drag-and-drop your content and move on with an amazing website. Here’s my favorite template (but there are A LOT more):
On the other side of the spectrum, all who have a specific idea for their website can start from scratch and build the site with no experience in HTML, PHP, ASP, and all those other coding languages! During testing we even copied our own website and it looked nearly perfect.
Naturally with a new product we’re offering a 20% discount to get started. If you don’t have a website or you emptied your bank account to have one created a few years ago now is the time to fully utilize the web and create a website that looks as awesome as your business!
Now through the end of August, all Midphase website hosting plans are 30% off during the Summer Sale.
Available on any new annual hosting package with the coupon code 30OFFSUMR, getting nearly a third off the price of hosting affords businesses and personal website owners an opportunity to take some of the expense out of getting online this summer.
If you’re not harnessing your online potential, or have a friend that could easily benefit from having a website, the Summer Sale is your chance to make a change for you or your friend. With our wide range of web hosting packages including the Business Hosting plan, which includes a free domain name and all the resources you need to start selling online, finding the perfect fit is simple.
In addition to finding the right plan, all the usual Midphase benefits such as 24/7 expert support, website uptime guarantee, and the unique benefits we’ve arranged through the Perks Program, make an unbeatable ROI.
The coupon code is valid until August 31st so get going before the month slips away.
Being able to easily interact with our supporters is something of great importance to us. Social media is a great way to do that! Plus, you get the latest and greatest news on web hosting and other techie content!
For easy communication, follow us on the following social media websites:
You’ll find all sorts of cool updates by following us on Google +! It is one of our newest social media networks and is full of great up-to-date news from the company and other cool news sources. Some may wonder how Google + is different from other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. One difference is the simplicity of separating your friends and interests into different groups called “circles.” Instead of having one jumbled group of friends, you get to put people in the group that you want them to be in. For example, you can have one “circle” for all of your co-workers, one for all of your interests, and one for all of your other friends. Organization at its finest!
Twitter is a quick and simple way to communicate with the world. We kept our twitter handle nice and simple too – @Midphase. Not only will you hear about cool up-and-coming stuff within the company and the tech world, but you will also be able to interact with us easily! We’re always on Twitter and are happy to answer any questions/concerns that you might have.
Ah, the beloved Facebook. It’s a useful tool to stay in touch with friends, share videos, and learn more about your interests! We are constantly posting content to keep you updated on the latest web hosting goodness; as well as other cool fun technological news. But don’t forget that this is also a great way to communicate with us. Just like Twitter, we are always on Facebook ready to help you out!