We’re in week two of our 4-week #WebsiteWednesday series highlighting our .xyz 4th-anniversary website building contest winners, and this week is all about the artful creativeness of Keenetics.xyz! But what makes Keenetics.xyz and it’s creator Eric An so unique?
For our judges, it was his skillful presentation of his many artistic talents, his site’s modern look and feel, its easy navigability, and his superb branding with the clever name Keenetics.xyz. We wanted to discover the inspiration behind Eric’s brand and his work, so we sat down with him to talk about his life, his portfolio, and more.
XYZ: Between your videography, photography, and writing work, you’re truly an artist of many talents. Do you have a favorite among those three?
Eric: I moved around a lot growing up due to my dad’s work, so I picked up many hobbies during times where I was still in the process of making new friends. Out of all my hobbies, I would say videography is my favorite! I had a mentor who worked professionally under a film production company, and I became super fascinated by all the details involved in film making.
XYZ: What inspired the name Keenetics.xyz?
Eric: I am currently a part chemistry student, and in Chemistry, kinetics is defined as “rate of reaction.” I combined that word with the word “keen”, which means showing enthusiasm. I love how this word reflects how quick I am to being enthusiastic when it comes to capturing different parts of my life in the form of art.
XYZ: Where do you draw the inspiration for your work?
Eric: I draw inspiration for my work from respecting different cultures and being interested in what makes their culture unique. For example, I am personally not a very fashionable person. But having friends who love street style, I wanted to respect their passion for clothes and see what is behind the culture that catches their attention and make it my own.
XYZ: Do you have plans for your career post-college?
Eric: I interned as a web developer this summer and grew interested in digital marketing. I am going to look into a career in that field and hopefully I’ll be making websites and apps for businesses!
XYZ: What motivated you to create Keenetics.xyz and choose a .xyz domain?
Eric: I wanted a personal portfolio and thought a lot about what I wanted my domain to be. I wanted it to be unique. I came up with the word Keenetics before making my site, and when I searched for different domains my eyes drew immediately to .xyz. X Y and Z are the last three letters of the alphabet. In a sense, I took it as a “period” which goes at the end of a sentence. For me, .xyz is that period for my domain name.
XYZ: If you could give one piece of advice to the aspiring artists of #GenXYZ like yourself, what would it be?
Eric: One piece of advice I would give to aspiring artists would be to create, because it leaves memories. It’s easy to want more exposure on your work; and just as easy to be disappointed if that is your goal. But if, in the moment, you think of what you’re creating as what you’re leaving behind as memory, it feels worth it. I’ve gone back to photos and videos from my past millions of times, and every time I am so glad I decided to create content.
Your passion can guide you to create wonderful things, and it can also inspire that same passion in others. Eric’s portfolio serves as a great example to show aspiring artists everywhere that creating and showcasing their art is just a click away. Open your passion to the world on your .xyz domain and you’ll find, like Eric, that your potential to create and share your gift is endless.
Our 4th-anniversary website building contest ended last week, and as you’ll know, if you read last week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll be sitting down with each of the winners in the next 4 weeks to get a deeper view, not just of their .xyz sites, but of the creators behind them. This week we’re starting off with rising young developer Nadia Rodriguez’s handy mobile coding solution Codeful.xyz!
Our panel of judges loved Codeful.xyz’s sleek design and layout, as well as the very apt mobile coding solution it presents to a common problem developers face: the inability to code on-the-go. After sitting down to chat with Nadia, it was easy to see how her driven attitude toward coding led her to creating such a unique and useful site.
XYZ: What inspired you to become a developer?
Nadia: When I was in 11th grade, I took “Intro to Engineering” as one of my electives. My teacher eventually introduced us to coding. At this time, I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career, but after getting into HTML and CSS, I knew that I had found something that I really enjoyed doing. I started coding in class whenever I got the chance and started going through tutorials from codecademy, freecodecamp, w3schools, etc. Eventually, I got a laptop and started coding at home as well. What fascinated me was the ability to create something out of nothing.
XYZ: Do you have a favorite project to work on?
Nadia: I like working on personal projects the most. I do like working on client projects, but with personal projects you don’t have the same pressure. With personal projects, you don’t have any limits. You’re able to be 100% creative and the possibilities are endless.
XYZ: Outside of coding, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Nadia: Outside of coding, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my girlfriend and my family. I’ve also been trying to get in the habit of going to the gym (which I’ve been “trying” to do for a long time now). I don’t do much outside of coding other than that though, but I’m gonna try to change that!
XYZ: Tell us a bit about your Instagram profile.
Nadia: So in September 2017, I started realizing that there was a whole community of developers on Instagram. There were some profiles that I looked at and thought, “wow I want my feed to look like that,” or “well I wanna post about that, maybe I should!” So I decided to get out of my comfort zone and started posting about what I was learning development-wise. My first post was my Asus laptop hooked up to an ethernet cable, charger, and an external mouse and keyboard. I had just “hackintoshed” my laptop so that I would be able to learn iOS development. I then started writing on Medium, which I am planning to do more of as well since I only have 2 posts right now.
First time experimenting with the app Principle. Im thinking of this being the features section in the Codeful website. I want the shapes to morph smoother so when i actually put it into the website i was thinking of maybe using anime.js but I’m honestly not sure if that would be the best to use, any suggestions?
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When I started posting about development, I only had about 600 followers. Along the way, somehow people were actually liking my content. Now I have over 5,000 followers, which is still pretty unbelievable to me. To think that over 5,000 people looked at my profile and liked it enough to follow it is amazing. Growing on Instagram has led me to get my first client ever. It opened up so many opportunities that I am extremely grateful for. It has led to me to really grow even more as a developer.
XYZ: Do you have any advice for the aspiring developers of #GenXYZ?
Nadia: I was never good at advice, but I think it’s super important to not give up. You’re gonna come across a lot that you’ll have no idea how to do and you might feel like you’re not going to be able to figure it out. Development can be frustrating and, honestly, it will make you want to pull your hair out sometimes! But if you just keep trying, you’ll eventually figure it out, and when you do it feels like a huge accomplishment to just accomplish even that one small task. Also, don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone or to ask questions whenever you need help!
XYZ: What made you choose .xyz for the Codeful.xyz website?
Whatever it is that motivates you is worth not only pursuing, but sharing with others. Like Nadia, you can work on your passion and share it with others on your .xyz domain and take your ideas to the highest heights you can imagine. Ready to get started bringing your big idea to the world. Then get your own .xyz domain today and get started!
For the past two months, in conjunction with our 4th-anniversary campaign, we’ve been holding a website building contest. If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know that the 4 winners will each be receiving an iPad Pro and a $500 donation made to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on their behalf from XYZ.
Now that the contest has ended, it’s time for the really fun part: announcing the winners! When all was said and done, we had so many great entries, and it was difficult for our panel of judges to choose. They graded all of the submissions received, and chose the 4 winners based on the following criteria:
- Is the domain name short, memorable, and brandable?
- What is the purpose of the website, and does the design accomplish that goal?
- Is the website suitable for the business’s industry?
- Does the website match the target audience?
- Is the website easy to use?
- Do the links and shortcuts help the user navigate the website?
- Does the website thoroughly provide all necessary information?
- Is the content readable, useful, and concise? Are there relevant social media links?
- Does the website style match the business brand?
- Is the style consistent throughout the website, and does it appeal to the target audience?
With that criteria in mind, here are the winners of the XYZ anniversary website building contest!
It’s no secret that the world all but runs on technology nowadays, and with our greater reliance on smartphones and other internet connected devices, our personal information has been put at a higher risk than ever before. As a software engineer with a Master of Science, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Aral Tasher devoted his masters’ thesis to fixing this issue, and created ProjectPrivus.xyz to share not only his findings, but to give an easily digestible overview of his research, and a preview of his “Project Privus” service he proposed as a solution. Aral’s site has an impeccable modern style, well organized content, and an inviting color scheme, all on a perfectly branded domain.
Linking your social media to your website is a great way to unshackle yourself from the limits of social media platforms and create a truly unique experience, which is exactly what Sasha Tran did with her site ColorTuesday.xyz. Sasha connects her followers with ColorTuesday.xyz by having them choose a color they like, then shouting them out each Tuesday on her Instagram profile. Her domain name inspires curiosity and invites participation, and the unique color changing tool she created on the site is a great feature that strengthens her personal brand online and invites more visitors to her social media page.
With his mix of film, photography, and personal writings, artist and Keenetics.xyz creator Eric An has molded a superb personal site that brings you into his world, while offering an easily navigable layout that lets you peruse the online halls of his work. Add to that the clever portmanteau of “kinetic” and “keen” as Eric’s chosen brand name, and you get a truly complete representation of how to express your artistry on a personal website.
Many coders and web developers know the struggle of having a breakthrough idea about a project they’re working on… while they’re away from their computer with no way to work on it. Codeful.xyz is aiming to change that by developing a service that allows developers to work on their projects via their mobile device. With an easily navigable layout and straightforward domain name that provides all the pertinent details to its target audience, Codeful.xyz is a fantastic example of how to create a website that promotes your app or product.
Lawyers.xyz – Personal injury law-firm with an excellent keyword domain name to match.
OceanaLife.xyz – A digital oasis in both blog content and aesthetics.
Future16.xyz – A great example of displaying portfolio work in the entertainment industry.
W-T.xyz – This web toolbox is creative in its content and execution.
SoftWork.xyz – Call to action buttons make for a great website – it allows the visitor to clearly understand what the site’s purpose is. The CTA buttons on this site are no different.
AndreGonzs.xyz – This personal portfolio site is clean and easy to navigate.
Lisiri.xyz – A creative way to display social media links, and the customized cursor is a unique added touch!
HappyHealthyHolistic.xyz – This blog is an awesome example of how to bring your hobby to life on a .xyz domain!
ToTheRescue.xyz – A philanthropic platform for various charities and donation centers; an amazing way to give back to the community!
CAC.xyz – This social media-linked personal site draws visitors with a very short and memorable domain name.
Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to everyone who submitted their awesome .xyz sites and supported our 4th-anniversary campaign by participating. We’re so proud to have had the support of #GenXYZ in our fight for internet freedom and innovation online, as together we raised over $10,000 to donate to EFF and Tsinghua x-lab. Be sure to read our 4th-anniversary campaign recap if you haven’t already, and tune in the rest of the month as we’ll be highlighting each of the 4 winners sites in their own #WebsiteWednesday posts!
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:
- New Tier A: $3,000 MSRP to register | $10 MSRP to renew and transfer (download list)
- New Tier B: $700 MSRP to register | $10 MSRP to renew and transfer (download list)
- New Tier C: $350 MSRP to register | $10 MSRP to renew and transfer (download list)
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:
New Tier A:
New Tier B:
New Tier C:
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.
1. Use strong passwords
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:
- The longer it is, the harder it is for a computer to guess.
- A random mix of special characters, numbers, and letters are typically much stronger instead of easy to guess words like family names or dates like birthdays, graduations, etc.
- If you’re worried about not remembering your password, use 3 random words that you’ll be able to remember. It will take a computer millions or billions of years to guess (see comic below.)
2. Use an antivirus program
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.
3. Don’t click that!
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!)
4. Be a selective sharer
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.
5. Back up your data
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.
6. Use two-factor authentication and sign up for login notifications
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.
7. Get HTTPS for your site and try to always use an encrypted connection (for developers)
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.
8. Keep your software, scripts, and plugins updated (for developers)
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.
9. Ensure your file permissions are correct (for developers)
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.
10. Don’t store sensitive information in your database (for developers)
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.
One of the best parts about living in a city is the countless exciting events and goings on that you can take advantage of. New York City is world famous for the amount of activities it presents 24 hours a day for visitors and locals alike. But they don’t call it “The Big Apple” for nothing, so what should you do when you’re overwhelmed by the options available to you for a night out in Gotham? Get some help from this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Live.xyz!
Live.xyz is your one stop, fully comprehensive map of NYC with over 126,000 businesses pinpointed and categorized for you. From rooftop bars, live music shows, and street art works to fitness studios, salons, and trendy shoe stores, Live.xyz has it all laid out for you with helpful descriptions of each. But that’s not all, as Live.xyz gives you up to date happenings at each location and at countless other points around the city, so you can plan your whole night out without even having to leave your apartment.
The Live.xyz map was created by founder Robert Levitan and his team, who spent over 3 years walking the city and documenting each business while taking pictures to add to the map. Their hard work has been more than worth it, as Live.xyz has garnered 4.7 out of 5 stars in the App Store and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Business Journal, and AMNewYork.
Imagination paired with hard work breeds success in business and in life, and Live.xyz is another inspiring example of how the #GenXYZ community exudes both those qualities and works them seamlessly into their projects and startups. Want to harness your imagination and work ethic to create the next hot startup just like Live.xyz? Then grab your .xyz domain today and get started building your dream!
Have you already built your site and think it’s up there with the best on the web? Then submit it into our website building contest before July 31st and you could win 1 of 4 iPad Pros we’re giving away! Get all the details here.
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!