What is an .io domain?
What is a .io domain?
  • Domain extensions

A distinctive web address that is optimally tailored to your business or project is one of the most important building blocks for online success. As an alternative to classic endings such as .com or .net, the domain .io has also attracted attention in recent years. But what does .io actually stand for? And who would benefit from registering this domain extension?

What is a .io domain?
Get rich by selling domain names?
Domain trading: How can you make money with domains?
  • Domain news

Does a website have a price? Yes, and you can make money buying and selling domains. If the demand is high enough, you can even make a high profit with domain trading. However, it isn’t enough to have any web address and just hope for the best. To buy and sell domains successfully, a few things must be considered. So what do you have to do to sell a domain?

Domain trading: How can you make money with domains?
Domain registrar
What is a domain registrar?
  • Domain administration

An appealing website needs a distinctive domain name. If you want to register your domain, you can do so with the help of a domain registrar. Domain name registrars are registered with the registry for top-level domains ICANN or IANA and are in charge of domain leasing. They mediate between users and domain registries. Here you can find out everything you need to know about domain registrars.

What is a domain registrar?
Minecraft: Server domain
Assign a Minecraft server to a domain
  • Domain extensions

Minecraft is way more fun when you play the creativity and adventure filled game with friends. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up your own server. In order for you and your fellow players not having to enter a bulky IP address for the connection, you can link the Minecraft server to a domain. To do this, you just need to create two DNS records.

Assign a Minecraft server to a domain
NFT domains
NFT domain: a new generation of domains
  • Domain news

While classic websites and online stores with domain names ending with .com or .co.uk are hosted across central servers, NFT domains provide entirely new possibilities. Not only does the ending differ but an NFT domain is also stored in a decentralized manner and is based on blockchain technology, similar to cryptocurrencies. Read on to find out how the domains work and what their advantages are.

NFT domain: a new generation of domains
Domain mapping
Domain mapping: What is it and how does it work?
  • Domain administration

Domain mapping is becoming more and more relevant. When used correctly, domain name mapping simplifies your web presence by uniting your various domains under a single umbrella. This means that you can manage updates and maintenance for separate domains in one place. Keep reading to find out how it works.

Domain mapping: What is it and how does it work?
Blockchain domains
What are blockchain domains?
  • Domain news

The Domain Name System (DNS) ensures that we can use domain names instead of IP addresses to surf the Internet. But the web now has some stiff competition in the form of the blockchain. Blockchain domains are decentralized and are not managed by a single organization. Another advantage is that you buy them as opposed to renting them.

What are blockchain domains?
Best domain providers
The best domain providers: A comparison
  • Domain administration

All you have to do is find the best domain provider before you can start with the perfect address. Choosing the right domain names and endings for your internet address is a key factor for success. However, since the publication of new generic top-level domains, website operators have almost unlimited freedom when it comes to finding a name. So here’s our domain provider comparison.

The best domain providers: A comparison
Most popular domain extensions
Would you have guessed? These are the most popular domain extensions!
  • Domain extensions

The most popular domain extensions (also called “top-level domains” or “TLDs” for short) have been available on the Internet for over thirty years. Millions of websites have opted for these endings. Country-specific domain extensions are up high in the top 10 list – is the .us extension there, too?

Would you have guessed? These are the most popular domain extensions!
What is .com?
What is .com? The most popular top-level domain in the world
  • Domain extensions

The .com domain extension is the most used domain ending to specify web addresses. But what is .com and when did the top-level domain emerge? Find out what a .com domain is, why it is popular, and how you can register your own domain with .com.

What is .com? The most popular top-level domain in the world

Domains

Domain expertise: a closer look at website addresses with IONOS’s Domain Guide

Domains represent the basic name of a website (e.g. ionos.com). They are clear and unique addresses that are extended through subdomains and subpages. They can be purchased from a domain provider as long as you comply with certain criteria. There are many things you should know regarding web addresses; it isn’t as simple as choosing a domain name and then registering it. As part of the IONOS Digital Guide, our domain portal provides comprehensive information about internet addresses and their components. Under the ‘Domain’ category you will find both basic articles and more complex ones for more advanced readers.

IONOS’s Domain Guide at a glance

Our Domain Guide is divided into four subcategories. The heading ‘domain extensions’ deals with the various top-level domains, like .org or .com. Besides the (traditional) generic and country-specific top-level domains, we also introduce many new web address extensions and examine their potential. Under the heading ‘domain registration’ you can obtain advice on domain registration, forwarding, and transfers as well as other administrative matters relating to internet addresses. News and backgrounds can be found in our ‘domain news’ section. Finally, we provide you with facts, suggestions, and recommendations with regard to naming and registering your internet address. All together, these subcategories form an extensive domain portal where you can expand your knowledge on domains.

Domain expertise for everyone

The target audience is just as varied as the contents of the Domain Guide, as it’s made up of small and medium-sized businesses as well as website operators, domain traders, and inquisitive readers. As is the case for all categories of IONOS’s Digital Guide, the domain guide also caters to both novices  and experienced users. Posts such as ‘What is a domain?’ Or ‘The most important tips for domain registration’, don’t require any previous knowledge before reading. Articles like ‘How to protect your domain from ‘typo squatting’ or ‘Domain parking: earning easy money with unused domains’ appeal more to skilled readers. Our domain guide is an extensive online reference that should come in handy for both private and business contexts.