Archive for June, 2008

25 years since DNS was first tested

Over on the Wired website they’re reporting that today marks 25 years since the automated Domain Name System (DNS) was first tested. The Domain Name System is one of the crucial elements of the internet as we know it today. It’s this system which translates easy-to-remember domain names (like into the numerical addresses which [...]

The benefits of a personal email address

Email is one of the main reasons people use the internet. Statistics suggest that over 180 billion emails are sent every day. Ok, so lots of them are spam, but even when you take them out of the equation, you’re still left with 40+ billion legitimate messages. That’s a lot of email. With so many [...]

Super Summer Sale is now open!

The 123-reg super summer sale has begun with 20% off all shared hosting, InstantSite and annual ecommerce accounts. It’s as simple as that! There are no gimmicks, no “buy this to get this”, or “first month only”, it’s a straight forward money off deal to celebrate (hopefully) a cracking summer ahead. Simply go to buy [...]

162 million and counting

VeriSign has just released its latest Domain Name Industry Brief. You can grab a copy here (PDF, 325KB) and see the previous editions too. This quarterly report takes a look at the domain name industry through “a variety of statistic and analytical research”. Basically, it contains a few interesting facts about domain name registrations. We [...]

The Chronicles of

The UK release of the next Narnia film is just round the corner and, in a handy piece of timing, the domain name is at the centre of a dispute. As reported by the Guardian, CS Lewis Ltd, which controls the rights to the works of CS Lewis, has threatened the current owner of [...]

Competition: How would you explain to my Gran what web hosting is?

**Please note: This competition is now closed for new entries and unfortunately any sent through from now on will not be considered for the prize. ** With summer knocking on our door, the season for family get togethers is upon us, be it weddings, christenings, family BBQs, birthdays… and those of us who work in the [...]

.eu domain names now only 99p!!

For a limted time only in June, you can buy a .eu domain name for only 99p. That’s a price so low it needed two exclamation marks in the title. The .eu domain extension is a great alternative to .com and is essential if you operate across European borders, or you want to make sure [...]

Top 6… tools to test your website

It’s important to test the various elements of your website as you build it, and double check everything both before you go live and after you’ve launched. There are lots of free tools around that can make this easier. In no particular order, here are six of the best. 1. Firebug and the Firefox developer [...]

Save money by choosing your domains carefully

You’ve settled on a domain name. You know it’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your website, so you’ve done your research. Your chosen name describes what your site is about. It’s snappy, memorable and – most importantly – is available. After registering the domain, you might might want to consider picking up some [...]

Comcast loses control of its domain name

You might have spotted that last week US communications company Comcast had its website redirected by hackers. Normal service has since been restored, but for several hours, people trying to visit were met by a message from the hackers in question. As the story has developed, it’s become clear that the hackers wrestled control of Comcast’s [...]