Namecheap are offering a great chance to get a years extension on your .com/.net/.org/.biz/.info domains for just $3.98 by transferring your domain to them on Move Your Domain Day (27th January 2015).
This is something Namecheap have been promoting for several years with it first taking place in late 2011, after a movement sought to take domains away from GoDaddy after they announced support for SOPA (something that has since been backtracked on, and you can find insight from the new GoDaddy CEO on this here) and has proven to be very popular.
The Move Your Domain Day has since evolved, with Namecheap choosing to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading non-profit organization that seeks to defend civil liberties in the digital world. Surprisingly, this institution was founded all the way back in July 1990 in response to some actions by law enforcement agencies that proved they were gravely uninformed about emerging forms of online communication.
For every domain transferred, or hosting plan purchased on the 27th January 2015 at Namecheap they will donate $0.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, rising to $1 if the amount of Transfers purchases rises above 10,000. If the number exceeds $20,000 Namecheap will donate $1.50 for each transaction. You can see the total donations by Namecheap on moveyourdomainday.com, which shows $239,188 already raised for EFF.
How to take advantage of Move Your Domain Day at Namecheap
To transfer your domain to Namecheap just visit Namecheap.com, and select Domains -> Transfer, and then enter the domain you wish to transfer in the box as shown below:
On the next screen you will get details of the cost of the transfer, and you can then select “Add All to Cart” and proceed to payment. You will of course need to ensure that you unlock your domain at your current registrar, and you can find more details on this here. Also, you should note that if your domain is set to expire within 45 days you would not receive an extra year on your renewal. If in any doubt you can speak to Namecheap on livechat and they will be able to assist.
The coupons you will need to take advantage of both offers are:
Transfer your .com/.net/.org/.biz/.info for only $3.98 (plus applicable ICANN fees) with coupon code NC15MYDD
Shared hosting plans (Value, Professional, Ultimate) will all be 50% off with coupon code MYDDHOST15.
What else can you do to support the goals of Move your Domain Day?
In addition to the discounts on domain transfers, and cheap hosting Namecheap are endeavoring to create a Thunderclap. This is a goal for a wide reaching social media message by inviting participants to post a message on their social media channels on the 27th January 2015. You can find out more about this here. As of the time of posting this article they already have 111 supporters with a potential social reach of over 200,000.