It’s been a hot week here at XYZ’s sunny Santa Monica office, so we’re beyond excited for the fall cool down. As summer is ending, we all know what’s on the minds of students, parents, and teachers: back to school. (Not to mention, we’re pretty stoked for college football to come back, too!)
Speaking of going back to school, this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is dedicated to unique ways students can use their .xyz domain. Whether you’re a student looking to show off your skills, a high school student applying to college, or even a group running a project, having an online presence is the key to standing out.
That’s exactly what employers are doing when you’re a prospective employee. You might be thinking “eeks!” but no worries – this can be a good thing! Having a website for yourself or your organization is the perfect way to express yourself beyond the standard resume or job application. Protip: Make sure your domain name is relevant to you or your project and is memorable!
We’ve seen a lot of student sites being used as resumes, so here are 2 unique examples of students rocking their .xyz domains. We also love these because they incorporate XYZ into their social media accounts for a cohesive look across all their online channels! Talk about brand savviness.
Currently a college student, Melanie uses her website as a portfolio, blog, and resume. With an interest in marketing and design, her website shows off her creative thinking, projects, and fun facts about herself. (Bonus: have you seen her adorable pet hedgehog?)
Remember, you don’t even need to be a developer to have a website. Melanie is using Squarespace to power her site, and there are loads of other web builder options like WordPress and Wix.
Ubique is unique because they are an Australian high school organization that uses their website as a online platform for their student magazine. It’s been some time since the XYZ team has been in high school, but we sure didn’t have anything like this back then!
Submit it to The Challenge! We’re awarding $1,000 to the best registered .COM and .XYZ domain. Submissions close 9/3/15, so hurry!
#GenXYZ, have you taken TheChallenge.xyz yet? If you think you can register the best domain name – either in .com or .xyz – then enter your domain into The Challenge!
Why? Because the winner for each domain gets $1,000. These “best” domains will be determined by an industry expert based on the criteria of conciseness, memorability, and identifiability. You can check-out the full details on The Challenge website.
But on this fine #WebsiteWednesday, we’re showing off some great domains that our team thinks are awesome names.
Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Whether it’s your initials, first name, last name, or a combo of both, your name domain is a great way to kickstart your online presence. Take a note from David Andrews:
Then, of course, is how to represent your business online. What’s the name of your venture? This Canadian based restaurant just opened its doors on Backhouse.xyz:
There are many other things you can think about when coming up with your great domain name – just make sure that you keep conciseness, memorability, and identifiability in the back of your mind and you’ll be good to go.
Get creative and have fun with it! And don’t forget to:
Last week was our 1 year anniversary, meaning this week is the 1 year mark since our epic GoDaddy road show. This time last year, we personally folded and packed thousands of .xyz shirts and drove across to Arizona in our trusty RV. Do you remember this scene?
One thing that we didn’t have back then, were the hundreds of thousands of live .xyz websites we could’ve browsed through while we were on the road. It was especially rare to find .xyz sites that had an equally amazing mobile version of their website.
Have you ever noticed how a website looks different on your laptop compared to your tablet or cell phone? Your phone isn’t just automatically shrinking the original website, but actually, savvy web developers and designers magically code it so you can experience the same site in its best form – no matter what device you’re accessing it from. This is what they call “responsive web design” in the industry.
It’s pretty awesome to compare the different versions. Check out these .xyz websites and see how the full desktop browser version compares to its mobile counterpart.
It’s all about the details. Check out StudioNora.xyz and the attention they put into adjusting the newsletter form from your desktop browser to your phone.
Pretty cool, huh? With so many internet users on the go, it’s important to keep in mind how your website looks for the wide range of devices we use now-a-days. Do you have any web design advice you’d like to share? Drop us a line @XYZ on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Until next time, #GenXYZ. Ciao!
We were truly inspired when we heard Matt Marek’s story behind developing AndreaMaGee.xyz. Matt won 2nd place in the “Best Designed” category of the .xyz Web Design Contest with a site that he created for his friend – who’s also a budding actress and model – Andrea Ma Gee.
AndreaMaGee.xyz – GoDaddy customer (United States)
Matt shared with us that he “wanted to create a site that was as professional and unique as she was, and .xyz was a fun and unique way to make the domain stand out.”
Another drawing point to .xyz? The ring that .xyz has with her name. If you say it out loud, you won’t miss that catchy rhyme you hear with AndreaMaGee.xyz. How clever is that!
“I really hope that one day the .xyz website I designed lands Andrea a chance at a big role that will push her acting career to stardom. It would be awesome to know I played a part in helping someone achieve their dreams.”
Hats off to you, Matt! Have you ever designed a website to surprise a loved one? Share your web design inspiration stories with us through the usual social media suspects of Twitter @XYZ and Facebook. Until next time, #GenXYZ!
On this fine Wednesday, we have a special update for you, #GenXYZ! As you know, without each and every one of you building eye-catching sites, representing your unique self with a .xyz email address, or even taking advantage of .xyz as a URL shortener, the #GenXYZ community would not be as large, innovative, or diverse as what it’s become today.
To celebrate your amazing creations, we revamped the #GenXYZ page on our website to show a glimpse of what’s out there and what this growing community is all about. A little XYZ show-and-tell window, if you will :)
So hop on over to gen.xyz/genxyz and browse through some of our favorite .xyz sites. With so many to highlight, it’s hard to believe that .xyz domains weren’t even globally available this time last year!
With .xyz, we’re all about supporting online communities where people can come together and share their ideas, regardless of age or location. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday exemplifies exactly this with their .xyz site.
Across the pond in the UK, a team of passionate mothers has dedicated MUMS.xyz as an online resource for parents to turn to each other for advice. Covering everything from the latest educational toys, to fashionable sportswear for the moms (even special discount codes), this parenting blog connects mothers across the UK and supports them with advice, tips, and tricks.
said Emma who represents MUMS.xyz. When asked how they chose their domain name, she shared:
Show your support for devoted mothers by voting for their cause at Virgin Media’s #PitchtoRich!
Winning #PitchtoRich will let MUMS.xyz reach out to even more mothers out there, and offer them the advice, help and support they need in the daily parenting life.
Time sure flies when you’re busy growing the largest new domain extension! In less than 2 months, .xyz will be a full 1 year old, and it’s been quite the ride reflecting back.
One of the most exciting things about our day-to-day is seeing new .xyz websites go live. But do you know what’s even more exciting? Having front row seats to watching these sites grow and continuously develop into a more awesome version of its older self.
Back in October of last year, Haxor.xyz was registered and marked the beginning of a very promising 3D project.
We didn’t know what to expect from this unsuspecting site, which we revisited 6-months later. Haxor.xyz has become the home for Haxor, an innovative and intuitive software development kit developed by a Brazilian startup team.
As big fans (and even bigger advocates) of the Haxe computer programming language, the team combines Haxe with WebGL – which is the magic behind making interactive 3D graphics in your browser – so you have a powerful tool to create 3D applications for any browser.
The official release of the Haxor 1.0 is set to launch on May 7. In the mean time, their dungeon demo is a must-check-out, so you know what you can look forward to in the very near future!
This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is extra special – you might have already even spotted this amazing artist and website yourself!
Last week, CNET’s Stephen Shankland tweeted his .xyz discovery in the wild:
First .xyz domain I found in the wild without looking for it: Artist Charles Levalet. Fantastic street art in Paris. http://t.co/mxz5bQVNP4
— Stephen Shankland (@stshank) April 8, 2015
Charles Leval, aka Levalet, is a 27-year old street artist from northeastern France. His recent work covers the streets of Paris with his hand drawn characters that interact with the urban architecture. Levalet shared his art with the online world through Levalet.org, which he now moved to Levalet.xyz. On his newly designed portfolio site, he is certainly capturing more fans throughout the world!
Does his art look familiar to you? That’s because Levalet was recently featured in huge outlets like Huffington Post, Visual News, the Laughing Squid, and even on the main Instagram account where he racked in 615,000 likes!
French artist Charles Leval, also known as “Levalet” (@levaletdessinderue), is bringing new narratives to the streets of Paris with life-size black-and-white figures. “My task is to adapt each image to the physical limitations of the urban space through a kind of staging or dramatization,” he says. Charles uses India ink to draw his images in his studio, then pastes the characters onto places like walls, ledges and doors across the city. “First I spot a location, then I take some measurements and make a note of any other details about the place,” he says. “Next, I think of an overall plan and I draw the various elements that I want to appear before returning to install them on site. For the drawing, I work by following a photo, so usually I get people to pose in the situations that I want to portray.” Photo by @levaletdessinderue
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If you want to read more about Levalet, we recommend checking out this article on Smash from a few weeks back
On another exciting note, while we were researching through everything Levalet, we also experienced a .xyz meta moment of sorts. Another .xyz site called Alter Minds, which blogs about art, culture, history, and even about hyperrealistic paintings of greasy hamburgers (what?!) also featured Levalet’s artwork! That’s a .xyz reporting on another .xyz. How exciting is that?
Spring is in the air! We admit, it’s tough to keep track of the proper season when you’re in sunny Los Angeles, but we definitely feel the shift in seasons by the look of everyone’s springy new wardrobe (who’s seeing more florals lately?)
With so much breaking news and exciting announcements all around (.Rent, .College, the XYZ media frenzy, SXSW YouTube videos…phew), it’s been quite some time since we featured our favorite .xyz websites on #WebsiteWednesday.
Today’s #WebsiteWednesday is dedicated to one of our favorite women’s fashion sites, ameri.xyz, which recently revamped itself to introduce its vibrant vintage-inspired spring line.
Naoko Kuroishi, the former Visual Merchandiser at a popular fashion brand in Japan (EMODA), launched her own fashion line and eCommerce site, Ameri Vintage on ameri.xyz.
She’s a pretty big social media celebrity herself – an official blogger on Japan’s largest blog platform, Ameblo, and over 53,000 dedicated followers on Instagram. Naoko’s new venture has already been covered in the fashion industry blogs and brings a New York inspired look to her Japanese customers.
What do Lady Gaga and .xyz have in common? They’re both building communities over the web through Place.xyz, formerly known as Backplane.
Did you know that 46% of adult internet users post original photos or videos online that they themselves have created? That means that despite the uniformity of Facebook, Twitter and the like, nearly half of all adults are creating their own unique content. Shouldn’t there be a social network that provides a creative outlet for these users?
That’s where today’s very special #WebsiteWednesday, Place.xyz comes in. Place.xyz isn’t just any website, it’s the flexible platform for creating any themed social network. Place.xyz lets you express yourself, share your passions, have meaningful conversations with likeminded people, all while letting you explore and discover other networks! Their tagline says it all: it’s all about you.
“We’re trying to create this world where your social life is not about being part of the crowd,” said Scott Harrison, the new CEO, in a recent TechCrunch article. “We don’t have one face. We have many faces. We’re trying to let you express yourself very differently in different Places.”
With the creativity and versatility offered by .xyz, Backplane was able to reinvent and rebrand themselves with a short, memorable domain name that embodies their mission and vision. And that’s how Place.xyz was born!
Ready to find your Place on the web? Check out Place.xyz and be part of the beta group today.