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Did you have a favorite Super Bowl commercial, #GenXYZ? Ours is a toss up between the (almost) clever man on the airplane with Doritos, and the commercial about avocados being drafted by the country of Mexico (if that sentence sounds all too strange, you have to check-out these ads – it’ll all make sense).

While huge corporations spend millions of dollars on these short commercials, many small businesses and startups need a more cost-effective way with a longer shelf-life to promote their business. And the internet makes all this possible, even with a budget far less than 0.1% of what these companies spend on Super Bowl ads!

You guessed it. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re focusing on small businesses. Whether you’re a Mom and Pop Shop or a freelance web developer offering your services, having an online presence is an easy and cost-effective way to get your name in front of your customers.

Groovy.xyz

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Originally GroovyWebDesign.com, this graphic design and branding professional snatched Groovy.xyz to rebrand and promote his services. Now on a shorter and memorable domain name, visitors can quickly access this revamped site that showcases the business’s strength in design.

And ICYMI, the XYZ HQ has officially moved to Santa Monica! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to catch glimpses of our brand new office. We’ll be sure to share more photos soon!

Wish you had more time for the .xyz Web Design Contest? We hear ya!

Due to popular demand, we’re extending the deadline to submit your live .xyz site to March 31. The entry form will also remain open through March 22, so you have plenty of time to register if you haven’t already!

All the great perks and prizes stay the same. Now you’ll have more time to flex your design skills and up your chances of winning!

Whether you’re working on your blog, portfolio, product site, startup idea, or something completely innovative that the world hasn’t seen yet, take advantage of the extended deadline and bring your best design foot forward.

Have any questions about the contest? Take a gander at our Contest FAQ page. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to reach us through the usual channels of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Happy designing!

The numbers have lined up and we’ve hit 777,777 .xyz registrations in 7 months of launching! January 2015 has certainly turned into one of our luckiest months yet. Can you guess what the winning .xyz domain was? It’s a pretty awesome domain that we can’t help but try to imagine what’s to come. Drumroll, please…

NinjaWarrior.xyz

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We want to spread this good fortune and wish all the .xyz Web Design Contest participants the best of luck in snatching those prizes! Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late!

Sign up NOW before the entry form closes in 3 more days. Remember, to get your contest entry going, all eligible participants will receive for FREE:

  • a GoDaddy hosting account
  • a .xyz domain name
  • 30-day access to General Assembly’s online courses
  • up to $500 in General Assembly tuition credits

Are you in the LA area?

Please join us at the…

General Assembly + .xyz Web Design Contest Mixer
Wednesday, January 28 | 7-9 PM | FREE
GA DTLA
1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Whether you want to learn more about the amazing prizes, need help claiming your free GoDaddy hosting account and .xyz domain (all contest entrants receive these for free), or just want to mingle with the .xyz and General Assembly communities over drinks, everyone is invited!

Looking forward to meeting you all there!

Hey there, #GenXYZ!

With so many exciting updates – from the NamesCon auction (the highlight was student.xyz selling for $1000) to the .xyz Web Design Contest – we haven’t had a proper #WebsiteWednesday in quite some time.

But first. Check out this awesome video fresh on YouTube. You might’ve already heard that .xyz is the largest and fastest growing new domain extension, but how large and how fast, you ask? This video will show you exactly that – and also give you a better glimpse into all the awesome .xyz websites going live around the world.


Now for our very first #WebsiteWednesday of 2015!

SimplyJules.xyz

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For all the fashionistas out there, there’s no denying that your favorite bloggers have become daily inspirations for your #OOTDs. Julia Daoud aka Simply Jules, is not only a fashion blogger, but also a junior at DePaul University studying to complete her degree in Health Sciences.

Julia successfully juggles the life of a busy student and being in the spotlight as a blogger, but continues to focus on a minimalistic lifestyle and outlook on fashion. When asked how her SimplyJules.xyz domain helps represent her online presence, she said:

I chose my domain when I decided to start a fashion/lifestyle blog. My style is very simple and I strive to live a minimalistic lifestyle so thats where SimplyJules came from. I chose .xyz because I loved the idea behind the creation of .xyz and because it’s so simple and easy to remember… .xyz just makes sense.

There you have it, #GenXYZ. The first of many amazing #WebsiteWednesdays to come for 2015. Did you find any great .xyz websites in the wild over the holidays? Let us know @xyz through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Thank you to everyone who attended the contest launch party at General Assembly – it was a great night of mixing, mingling, and bouncing off amazing website ideas for the contest!

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ICYMI, the night started off with an interactive presentation about the contest with CEO and Founder Daniel Negari. It was followed by lively discussions between designers, developers, curious entrepreneurs, architects, students, educators, artists, marketers, professionals, and authors. There were guests from all walks of life and with one thing in common – their interest in creating a website for their personal or business ideas.

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With the successful launch party behind us, the .xyz Web Design Contest is now officially open to all!

You have until January 30 to register, but don’t wait! Claim that .xyz domain you’ve been eyeing and start designing now. Are you thinking about building your portfolio? Snatch YourName.xyz or YourProfession.xyz. Have a startup idea? How about StartUpName.xyz or Keyword.xyz?

If you begin now, you’ll also have the upper hand and increase your chances of winning that Macbook Air, Xbox One, or Jawbone Jambox!

Learn more about the contest and sign-up today at