News / July 2007

The New Tucows Content Site

Screenshot of the new Tucows site.

It has been a long effort, but we are finally ready with the first phase of the new Tucows.com. This re-launch is a significant change for Tucows.

For almost 15 years we have been one of the top software download sites on the Internet, essentially providing software based solutions to common problems. This new site makes “Solutions” more prominent. We now feature informative editorial solutions to help you use the Internet and technology better. Some of these solutions may involve software that you can download, some may just be better ways of getting things done with the software and technology you already have.

Previously, Tucows relied on its team of software reviewers to rate and review software in house. While we still continue to rate and review internally, we now invite the public to contribute as well. We invite you to add your comments to any solution or software listing on site, as well as submit your own solutions.

I’m really excited about this first phase of our reinvention. I think you’ll find the new design much cleaner and easier to navigate as well as more informative than ever. Over the coming weeks, you will see many more new features added that will make things even better.


Squishy cows on a computer monitor.

We’ve recorded a screencast in which I highlight some of Tucows.com’s new features — click here to view it.

Tucows Gets Social, the Original Software Download Site, Launches Radical Redesign

Major Overhaul Puts Finding Solutions, Community and Search Front and Center

TORONTO – July 31, Tucows Inc. (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) announced today that Tucows.com, one of the most popular software download sites in the world, has been redesigned to enhance overall user experience.

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Social Media Release: Tucows Gets Social, the Original Software Download Site, Launches Radical Redesign

Major Overhaul Puts Finding Solutions, Community and Search Front and Center

  • The site has been redesigned to enhance overall user experience making it easier to find information about how to do things, software and services to help them do it, and community information to help them make decisions.
  • Since 1993 Tucows.com has been a popular directory of shareware, freeware, and demo software packages available to download.
  • Solutions to common problems are front-and-center on the homepage and profiled throughout the site.
Sample solutions:

  • New and enhanced community tools include user ratings (thumb’s up/thumb’s down), rankings for Solutions (on the Tucows 5-cow rating system), and user comments on Software and Solutions. Users will also be able to prepare and submit their own Solutions.
  • The Tucows software directory includes over 40,000 listings and has been improved and streamlined. Categories are: Audio and Video, Business, Design Tools, Desktop Enhancements, Development and Web Authoring, Games, Home and Education, IS/IT, and Internet. These categories are sorted into PC, Mac, Linux, Web and PDA platforms.
  • Tucows has content distribution arrangements with AOL, Microsoft’s Window’s Marketplace and others.
  • Since its inception, Tucows has been committed to providing a quality experience for Internet users, each title in the Tucows software directory is checked for spyware, malware and viruses.
  • Software developers have new opportunities to advertise and sponsor placements on the site to maximize their opportunities to reach the Tucows global user base. Tucows continues to support software authors of all sizes with its self-service author resource center. http://author.tucows.com

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Elliot Noss, President and CEO, Tucows Inc.:

“Tucows has always been about helping people use the Internet better. Broadening our focus from software downloads to Internet solutions will keep true to that spirit and by providing access to resources and the invaluable input of other users in the community we will help people make better decisions in a complex environment.”

“Over the thirteen year history of the site, we’ve responded to a number of changes in the way people use the Internet. By incorporating more community, search and social features in redesigning the site we’re confident that we’ve made the site more useful for everyone.”

Greg Weir, Director, Content Services, Tucows:

“This redesign reflects changes in how people search for answers online. We’ve optimized the site to deliver a high-quality experience for users typing a common challenge, for example “How do I remove spyware?” into a Search Engine.”

“We’ve completely overhauled our extensive editorial content. By providing Solutions to challenges and encouraging the community to contribute comments, rankings, reviews and their own Solutions, we‚Äôre creating a tremendous resource to help people get things done on the Internet and with technology.”

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Tucows Inc. is the largest Internet services provider for hosting companies and ISPs. Through our network of over 7,000 service providers around the world we provide millions of email boxes and manage over seven million domains. Tucows is an accredited registrar with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Tucows remains one of the most popular software download sites on the Internet. For more information please visit: http://tucowsinc.com.

Contact:

Leona Hobbs
Director of Communication
Tucows
(416) 538-5450
lhobbs@tucows.com
http://tucowsinc.com

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Tucows Second Quarter Investment Community Conference Call is Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 8:30 A.M. (ET)

TORONTO, July 30, 2007 – Tucows Inc. (TSX: TC, AMEX: TCX) plans to report its second quarter fiscal 2007 financial results via news release on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at approximately 7:00 a.m. (ET). Company management will host a conference call the same day at 8:30 a.m. (ET) to discuss the results and the outlook for the company.

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Tucows Acquires ItsYourDomain.com

We're pleased to announce today that Tucows has acquired ItsYourDomain.com (IYD). We've pulled together all the details here for you, including a news release and FAQ.

About the Acquisition:

IYD Acquisition FAQ

Here are answers to the more common questions surrounding the acquisition:

Q. Who is IYD?
A. ItsYourDomain is a privately held, top-25, profitable ICANN-accredited registrar offering domain services through an affiliate network.

Q. How does the IYD system work?
A. IYD uses a model that provides a “reseller in a box” or readymade storefront solution to its network of affiliates around the world. The company has traditionally catered to the small to mid-sized reseller as opposed to larger hosting companies and Internet Service Providers.

Q. Why is Tucows buying IYD?
A. Tucows is always looking for ways to build and increase relationships with service providers. This transaction brings Tucows a wealth of those customer relationships.

Q. How will Tucows benefit from this transaction?
A. Tucows expects to add approximately US$7 million in yearly revenue and between US$1 and $2 million in adjusted net income in the first 12 months.

Q. Will Tucows begin offer any of IYD's services to its wholesale customers?
A. Tucows will evaluate the services and technology currently used by IYD and is always looking for ways to enhance the services we offer our customers.

Q. When was the IYD acquisition completed?
A. The IYD acquisition was completed on July 27, 2007.

Q. What are the financial implications of the transaction for Tucows?
A. Tucows will pay US$10.35 million for IYD with the opportunity for IYD to realize an additional US$1.05 million based on specific targets being met.

Q. Is this a change in Tucows’ business strategy?
A. No. The addition of IYD fits within the current Tucows strategy of offering a full range of competitive wholesale domain registration and email services to its customers.

Q. Will Tucows add any employees or facilities as a result of this transaction?
A. No. Current key IYD staff will remain available to Tucows throughout a transition period, but no current IYD employees will be joining Tucows.

Q. Is Tucows planning any additional acquisitions?
A. Tucows is always looking for opportunities, especially those that can expand the number of its customer relationships.

IYD Acquisition FAQ

Q. Who is IYD?
A. ItsYourDomain is a privately held, top-25, profitable ICANN-accredited registrar offering domain services through an affiliate network.

Q. How does the IYD system work?
A. IYD uses a model that provides a “reseller in a box” or ready-made storefront solution to its network of affiliates around the world. The company has traditionally catered to the small to mid-sized reseller as opposed to larger hosting companies and Internet Service Providers.

Q. Why is Tucows buying IYD?
A. Tucows is always looking for ways to build and increase relationships with service providers. This transaction brings Tucows a wealth of those customer relationships.

Q. How will Tucows benefit from this transaction?
A. Tucows expects to add approximately US$7 million in yearly revenue and between US$1 and $2 million in adjusted net income in the first 12 months.

Q. Will Tucows begin offer any of IYD’s services to its wholesale customers?
A. Tucows will evaluate the services and technology currently used by IYD and is always looking for ways to enhance the services we offer our customers.

Q. When was the IYD acquisition completed?
A. The IYD acquisition was completed on July 27, 2007.

Q. What are the financial implications of the transaction for Tucows?
A. Tucows will pay US$10.35 million for IYD with the opportunity for IYD to realize an additional US$1.05 million based on specific targets being met.

Q. Is this a change in Tucows’ business strategy?
A. No. The addition of IYD fits within the current Tucows strategy of offering a full range of competitive wholesale domain registration and email services to its customers.

Q. Will Tucows add any employees or facilities as a result of this transaction?
A. No. Current key IYD staff will remain available to Tucows throughout a transition period, but no current IYD employees will be joining Tucows.

Q. Is Tucows planning any additional acquisitions?
A. Tucows is always looking for opportunities, especially those that can expand the number of its customer relationships.

Tucows Acquires ItsYourDomain.com

Adds Thousands of Wholesale Customers and Over 700,000 Domains Under Management

TORONTO, July 27 /CNW/ – Tucows Inc. (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) announced today that it has acquired ItsYourDomain.com (IYD), a privately held, profitable ICANN-accredited registrar offering domain services through a worldwide wholesale network of over 2,500 affiliates.

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Elliot Noss @ Supernova: “Dark Matter: Are We Missing the Real Internet Economy?”

Supernova conference logoBack in June, we told you about the panel discussion our CEO Elliot Noss participated in at Supernova 2007 entitled “Dark Matter: Are We Missing the Real Internet Economy?”

Here's the abstract for the session:

“Could hidden practices ‚Äî some legitimate and some criminal ‚Äî be the real economic backbone of the Web? Max Levchin (Slide), Andrea Matwyshyn (Wharton), Elliot Noss (Tucows), and Ellen Siminoff (Efficient Frontier) reveal the scope of search optimization, widgets, domaining, phishing, zombie nets, and other under-appreciated aspects of the Internet economy.”

The video of that discussion is now online at the Supernova blog “Conversation Hub”, and under the terms of their Creative Commons license, we've mirrored the content here:

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