How to switch domain providers

Switching domain providers: what to keep in mind

Are you fed up with your current hosting provider? If so, you should consider transferring your domain. But don’t let the idea scare you off! These days, transferring an existing domain to a new hosting provider is easier than ever before. Check out our guide to ensure you’re up to date with the ins and outs of domain transfers.

.swiss – the new Swiss top level domain

.swiss: more than just a domain ending

The past few years have seen a range of new domain endings emerging on the scene. Top-level domains like .cafe, .nyc, and .education not only introduce variety and individuality into the internet’s address book, but also allow users to identify companies easily – either thematically or geographically. The new .swiss domain ending allows Swiss businesses and institutions to communicate their...

Domain locking: which domains are affected?

Domain locking: which locking periods are there for which domains?

Temporary domain locks and other locking periods for internet addresses are usually only a term for domain traders. But website operators wishing to start a website on a newly-registered domain should read up on locking periods. This is because a resale or a change in provider is not often possible so soon after purchasing a domain. But what exactly are these locking periods and which domains are...

New top-level domains – what to keep in mind

How to avoid problems with the new top-level domains

New generic top-level domains (nTLDs) have been conquering the internet since 2013. Besides abbreviations like .com and .org, and the notorious country codes, website owners now have an even bigger choice of descriptive domain endings. Exercising caution when registering is important, since not every abbreviation is intended for general use. In a worst case scenario, your choice of domain could...

Desired domain already registered – what next?

Domain already registered? Just buy your desired website address directly from the owner

The right domain can be a deciding factor in the success of a web project. If it’s short, concise, and catchy it will stick in the mind of potential visitors. The most popular web addresses are usually already taken by website owners or domain traders, meaning that your desired domain could be unavailable. But this doesn’t mean that you have to start looking for a new name for your web project;...

What is the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)?

Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP): what’s behind the Whois alternative

For years, a successor to the domain query protocol Whois has been in development. For several reasons the protocol, developed at the same time as the internet predecessor ARPANET, is no longer regarded as modern or up-to-date. But now the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is being hailed as a promising candidate to fill this gap. But in what way is this Whois alternative different to its...

What is an internationalized domain name (IDN)?

IDN domains: web addresses with special characters

Internationalized domain names (IDNs) significantly increase the number of potential combinations for domain registrations. With this system, Spanish speakers are finally able to use accents in words and names like México or Bogotá. Non-Latin characters are also now possible under this mechanism. These profound changes are made possible through a translation process defined in the internet...

What is a domain?

The domain basics

What is a domain? Despite this word being mentioned so frequently, it’s often unclear what the functions and structures of domains are. Knowing the hierarchical structure of the Domain Name System (DNS) is fundamental for anyone working in IT or in any online industry. We explain the difference between top-level, second-level, and third-level domains, and how you can benefit from subdomains that...

Best domain providers

The best domain providers: A comparison

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.

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 1&1 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.

1&1 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.


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