We’ve got some exciting news for you, #GenXYZ! Starting August 1st, a specific set of premium .xyz domains will be available to register that renew with our standard .xyz prices. The domains will be priced in tiers as follows:
That means you can buy the domain you want from this new set of premiums today at your favorite registrar, and in 1 year you can renew it for the standard .xyz renewal rate. Our existing tiers of variably priced premium .xyz domains have the same price to both register and renew, but this new set of names only has a premium cost to buy, then renews at the same amount as any standard priced .xyz domain.
So, whether you’re a startup looking to brand on an especially short or highly valuable keyword domain or a domain investor looking to get your hands on premium .xyz names, this new set of premium tiers allows you to renew your premium domains at an even more affordable price!
Want a taste of what kind of domains you can expect to register in this new set of premium domains? Here are a few notable domains from the list, all of which will be available to register at 00:00:01 UTC on August 1st:
Don’t miss your chance to invest in some incredible .xyz names, then take advantage of their more than affordable renewal prices! Remember to mark your calendar for August 1st, and get ready to get the next big thing at a small new price!
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Most of us nowadays share almost every aspect of our lives online. We take pictures of our food and share pictures from our travels. We write about our views on current events and give our opinions on the latest new movies, music, or pop culture happenings. And while we can communicate these things via social media, those apps only tell part of our story and don’t paint the whole picture.
The most free and unlimited way to express our full personalities online is through our own personal website. Need some proof, or maybe some inspiration for what to do with your own personal site? Then look no further than this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, CTorres.xyz.
C Torres does everything with his personal site, CTorres.xyz; he documents his travels, recaps his awesome experiences as a young photojournalist in Southern California, gives an intimate look at his fashion sense, and shares his views about life and current events as well. He’s able to do all this through blog entries, and he’s divided his site into the categories of travel, festival, lifestyle, and fashion, with each covering a unique aspect of his personality.
But beyond just sharing these experiences and photos, C Torres is able to completely shape his image and brand on his site. He’s used this unbounded artistic freedom to paint a full picture of his life, and share that life with the full color, excitement, and uniqueness that defines C Torres himself. His site also works in perfect tandem with his Instagram page, so his over 7,000 followers can go beyond the photos he posts and get the story and meaning behind them on CTorres.xyz. Speaking of C Torres’ Instagram, be sure to check out his takeover of XYZ’s Instagram for our #TakeoverThursday series if you missed it!
“I was inspired to start CTorres.xyz because I wanted to share my adventures, in hopes of inspiring others to go on their own. The goal of CTorres.xyz is to ultimately become an e-magazine, covering travel, festivals, lifestyle, and fashion! I plan on featuring different artist and creatives, ultimately giving them a space to showcase their talents and message.
I chose to build my site on the XYZ domain because it’s unique & memorable! It’s very eye-catching, which I believe makes people interested in viewing the site!”
– C Torres, Creator of CTorres.xyz
While his photography and blog posts alone give a look at his personality, having it all perfectly come together on CTorres.xyz gives C Torres a real presence online that is all his own. CTorres.xyz gives Torres’ friends, family, co-workers, casual acquaintances, and even complete strangers a full view of who he is. Torres portrays his brand exactly as he wants and has total control of his image on CTorres.xyz, something a simple page of pictures or feed of posts could never offer.
Want to give the world a real view of who you are and take control of your image online? Then get started building your own personal .xyz site today, and once you’re finished submit it to us and you could win an iPad Pro in our giveaway contest!
Whether you’re a casual internet browser, a parent teaching your children how to use the computer, or an experienced website designer, we all share the fear of losing sensitive documents or personal information to a hacker.
Fortunately, there are many online safety precautions you can take that don’t require too much effort. Here are 10 tips to help you stay safe online.
This tip is number 1 for a reason! Password security is vitally important to staying safe online and protecting your data. Do you know how secure your current password is?
Creating strong passwords:
To stay safe online, it’s often recommended to have multiple lines of defense against attackers. Antivirus programs can be very useful to help identify and catch threats you don’t even see before they get a chance to infect your computer.
Lists of the best available antivirus softwares can be easily found online if you’re unsure which to choose, and doing some research to find the best one in your price range can be more than worth it.
Avoiding careless clicking is regarded as one of the easier ways to stay safe online. It’s advised that you be sure you know what will happen when you click any link online. Spam emails, “free” offers, and 419 scams (aka Nigerian Prince scams) commonly ask you to click dangerous links that ask for personal information.
If you want to double check a link, one easy step is to copy the link and run a search for it (make sure you don’t just paste it into your browser’s address bar though!)
Thanks to widespread anonymity online, you need to be sure who you’re talking to, before you share sensitive information like bank details, addresses, or passwords. Make sure sites you are sharing credit card information with are using an encrypted connection (HTTPS), and be sure you’re on the correct website.
In the unfortunate event your documents or information are compromised, it will be a lifesaver to have those files backed up and accessible. There are many services online that let you back up your data remotely, and it never hurts to have things backed up on an external hard drive as well.
Two-factor authentication will tie your accounts to your phone number or email address, giving you an extra security net and adding another layer of protection against hackers.
Login notifications alert you when your account has been logged into at a location different from where you usually log on, which will help you detect potential attacks right when they happen.
If you’re building or already own your own website, it is beneficial to have an SSL certificate. More than 50% of the web is now encrypted, so don’t be the one lagging behind!
If you’re browsing the web, and especially if you’re buying things or exchanging sensitive information, make sure the website you are accessing is using HTTPS. Some browsers show this as a little green lock in your address bar.
Keeping the software and scripts you’ve installed on your website up-to-date is key to keeping it protected and safe online. If you built your site with WordPress, don’t just disable plugins that you’re not using, uninstall or delete them altogether.
Remember to also back up your data before updating software so you are safe in case something goes wrong with the update.
If you’re a developer or built your own site from scratch, be sure that you used the correct file permissions and double check who has access to each file.
Credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other highly valuable information, is vulnerable if stored in your database. It’s commonly recommended that you don’t store this information in your database.
No matter what level of computing skill you possess, there are threats online that could affect you or your website if the proper measures aren’t taken. Use these online safety tips as part of your protection strategy, and look to build on it as much as possible.
Once you’ve finished brushing up on ways to stay safe online, head to gen.xyz/giveaway and find out how you could submit your .xyz website to win 1 of 4 iPad Pros in our website building contest! Hurry though, entries close on July 31.
In this edition of the XYZ Quarterly, you’ll get an update on the success our end users have had and see the huge impacts they’re having on their respective industries, get an overview of XYZ’s success by the numbers, take a closer look at our historic 4th birthday sale and other marketing initiatives, and hear about our wonderful registrar/reseller partners!
The XYZ team was at Anime Expo for the 2nd year in a row and the #XYZsquad, of course, came along to mix it up with the thousands of characters and anime enthusiasts also attending the event. After starting a few dance parties outside, the team went inside the expo to look at various shows’ booths and let the attendees know how they could win an iPad Pro in our website building contest.
Check out the full recap video below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss XYZ’s next adventure!
The #GenXYZ community is filled with inspiring individuals, businesses, and organizations that aim to make the world a more efficient, more connected, and overall better place. It comes as no surprise, though, that in many parts of the world people live in dire circumstances and deal with great stress and adversity every day. Our #WebsiteWednesday this week, JoyInc.xyz, has used this unfortunate reality as inspiration to make their home continent of Africa a more joyous place.
JoyInc.xyz is a business registered as a “benefit corporation” that leverages books, television shows, films, events, and more to support better education, develop healthier psychology, and generate impactful social movements in Africa. JoyInc.xyz’s business model is to first provide their own media and teaching products to schools in Africa, then partner with companies and provide their products or services in classrooms, and finally invest the profits from those partnerships into charities and educational institutions across Africa.
While many charitable organizations rely on a classic donation model to provide better opportunities for underprivileged communities, JoyInc.xyz believes a classic business model generates more overall good thanks to the higher profits obtained. JoyInc.xyz’s commitment to putting 100% of profits toward their charitable causes is the key that brings a greater benefit, and more joy, to the communities they are aiming to help.
JoyInc.xyz was founded by Chude Jideonwo, a Nigerian lawyer and Yale University graduate who was selected as one of 18 members of the African Leadership Institute’s 2018 TuTu Leadership program, and was also named to Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2013 as one of Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.
Finding the inspiration to exact positive change in the world can come from anywhere. As JoyInc.xyz shows, that place can even be your backyard. Have you stopped to look at your surroundings and found something that you think could be made better? Then follow JoyInc.xyz’s example and get your idea online with your own .xyz domain to reach a massive audience and start bringing about that change.
After a month of exciting celebrations, our spectacular 4th birthday celebration came to an end on June 30th. We can’t thank the #GenXYZ community enough for your participation in our anniversary campaign sale, which helped us raise more than $10,000 to protect the future of the internet.
When we set out to find a perfect way to celebrate our 4th anniversary, we thought about what would mean the most not only to us here on the XYZ Team, but to all of you who have helped .xyz grow to become one of the most popular domains in the world in just 4 short years. We knew that it had to be something that would not only support your innovative ideas and allow you to continue to express them on your .xyz sites, but it also had to be something that was true to the mission we’ve had for .xyz since we pushed the button to launch it to the world.
That’s why we’re so proud of your participation in our anniversary sale. We wanted to have a sale that would give all of you in #GenXYZ 2 years to build your projects without worrying about renewals, and the donations you helped raise for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Tsinghua x-lab will shape the future of the internet in a positive way for years to come.
One of the greatest strengths of .xyz lies in the community of its adopters, and on this anniversary we are so glad we were able to celebrate together with you and work towards a gift that all of us can enjoy; a better internet today, and for every day to come. The work isn’t done, however, and if you want to keep supporting EFF you can do so at the XYZ donation page here.
The festivities aren’t completely over yet though! Our anniversary website building contest is still running until July 31st, when we will judge all the .xyz sites that have been entered and pick 4 lucky winners who will each receive an iPad Pro! The full details and rules are all available at www.gen.xyz/giveaway. If you haven’t entered your .xyz site into the contest yet, what are you waiting for?! Head to the contest page now and don’t miss your chance to win!
Happy Independence Day to all of the American members of #GenXYZ! Today the U.S. is celebrating the day that a group of inventors, pragmatists, and dreamers united and declared independence from Britain, and who went on to found what has become one of the most powerful nations in history. So, what better way to celebrate than to look at an .xyz adopter who also decided to declare independence from traditional social media and founded a new company that is aiming to disrupt the way we use our favorite social apps: ID.xyz.
ID.xyz is an app that centralizes your offline and online identities under one ID, meaning you can access all your social media apps, phone numbers, emails, and more all in one convenient place. But that’s not all, as ID.xyz also has a messaging feature with media playback, and an “invisible data” service they call XYZ. The XYZ feature hides your data and content without deleting it, meaning you can access it when you want, but you can keep it under wraps when you don’t.
You can have unique usernames and profiles for all your social media apps, email, etc. on ID.xyz as well, so you can have a profile to connect with friends, another to connect with family, and another to connect with co-workers all in one easily accessible place, without the hassle of switching apps and changing logins.
Another unique feature of ID.xyz is the ‘AIR’ feature, which allows you to take multi-media from your device and drop it into your surroundings via Augmented Reality. You can select a video and put it on the street in front of you, and you’ll be able to see it play as if it were really there.
Freedom and independence are great motivators that many of the brightest minds throughout history have used to bring about radical change to society. ID.xyz is hoping to found something great that will transform how millions of people live their lives both online and offline, and their intrepid spirit is another example of #GenXYZ’s impact in shaping our future.
Want to get your hands on your own 2 letter .xyz domain? Check out the 2 letter .xyz’s still available now at https://gen.xyz/premiums. And don’t forget, you can still enter your .xyz site into our iPad Pro giveaway contest, where we’ll be grading all sites submitted to us until July 31st and naming 4 winners who will each get their own iPad Pro! For all the rules and details go to https://gen.xyz/giveaway.
The secret behind every great website is a top-notch design. You could have a memorable domain name, set up promotion campaigns to direct traffic to your website, and have an awesome product or service to offer, but if your website doesn’t have an intuitive and appealing design then visitors will bounce from your page as quickly as they arrived.
Fortunately, designing a website that looks good and works well isn’t difficult. Make sure your website design is the best it can be by following these tips:
Designing your website with a minimalistic approach boils down to keeping your website uncluttered and simple. This is especially important on your homepage, where you’ll want to space out images and text to keep an even and organized feel that guides your site’s visitors to the different subpages you want them to click on.
For a great example of minimalistic homepage design, check out Milk.xyz’s homepage below.
When you design your website with a minimalist style, that doesn’t mean you need to cut out having text. Wherever you do plan on putting content, though, just make sure the paragraphs aren’t too long or filled with difficult language and jargon.
Accessibility is key to getting visitors to stay on your page, and a welcoming website design is one that uses short paragraphs of text with concise sentences.
We’ve talked about the importance of designing your site using “Mobile first” in the past, but it bears repeating here. Odds are the majority of your website’s visitors will be accessing your page via a mobile device, so designing your website to look appealing on a mobile device first, then scaling the design up to look great on desktop is the best way to ensure your site keeps visitors no matter where they’re accessing your page from.
Supernova.xyz is a great example of the kind of beautiful look you can get by designing your website with mobile first.
When you design your website, imagine it’s like a map. You are drawing the lines of the streets and where they lead, but the user is the one driving the car. Set up eye-catching call-to-action (CTA) buttons leading to important subpages, and use text placement along with enticing, clickable images that lead visitors to the information you want them to see or the pages you want them to dig deeper into.
One great example of a well-mapped site is MIT’s Engine.xyz.
Adding the personal touch of your brand, your idea, or even you yourself when you design your website will endear visitors to the content you’re displaying and make them more interested in engaging with what you’re showing them.
For ideas on how to design your website with a unique personal touch, check out JovelRoystan.xyz.
You’re going to be putting serious effort and time into designing your website. Make sure it’s worth your while and take full advantage of tracking tools like Google Analytics to see where your site traffic is coming from, which pages visitors stay on the longest, and what pages users navigate to and from the most. This will help you identify what is working on your site, and let you see exactly what tweaks need to be made to get the most from every visitor to your website.
These tips will help you design a website that not only looks fantastic, but works to get you the results you want. Now that you’re ready to design a beautiful website, choose the perfect .xyz domain to launch it on! Use promo code DESIGNXYZ at checkout to get your domain for $1 for the 1st year.
If there’s one thing we know #GenXYZ loves, it’s video games! So the team from XYZ headed across town to the LA Convention Center for E3 2018. This is the first time E3 has been opened to the public, and the tens of thousands of gamers in attendance enjoyed getting down with the #XYZsquad in between playing demos of all the biggest upcoming game releases.
Check out the full video recap of our trip to E3 below!