How to switch domain providers
Switching domain providers: what to keep in mind
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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.

Switching domain providers: what to keep in mind
Domain locking: which domains are affected?
Domain locking: which locking periods are there for which domains?
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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...

Domain locking: which locking periods are there for which domains?
What is the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)?
Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP): what’s behind the Whois alternative
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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...

Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP): what’s behind the Whois alternative
What is an internationalized domain name (IDN)?
IDN domains: web addresses with special characters
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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...

IDN domains: web addresses with special characters
Domain grabbing & cybersquatting
Domain grabbing & cybersquatting: the difference and legal consequences
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Domain grabbing and cybersquatting are often used as synonyms, but there is a slight difference between the two. The former is a term for perfectly legitimate domain trading, whereas cybersquatting damages name rights and trademark laws and usually leads to disputes in court. We explain the difference and what trademark infringement can mean for you.

Domain grabbing & cybersquatting: the difference and legal consequences
How to change your domain name
Domain change: how to set up your new web address
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If you own a website, you should know that it needs to be continually maintained and adjusted. But in addition to normal tasks such as administration, maintaining content, and web design, sometimes radical, fundamental changes need to be made. These are especially necessary if you decide to rename your website, a process which is known as a domain change. But how exactly does a website operator go...

Domain change: how to set up your new web address
The basics of domain redirects
Domain redirects via .htaccess, PHP, HTML, and JavaScript
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So you want to redirect your domains or subdomains to other URLS, but you don’t know how? Essentially, domain redirects can be carried out on both a server-side as well as client-side basis. These are divided into two categories: the first one consists of redirects via .htaccess or PHP. Client-side options rely on the HTML meta tag, ‘refresh’, or JavaScript. Find out here which option is best for...

Domain redirects via .htaccess, PHP, HTML, and JavaScript
Admin-C and Tech-C: Whois requirements explained
Owner, Admin-C, and Tech-C: requirements in domain registration
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Admin-C, Tech-C, and Zone-C – these roles are all related to domain registration. They represent the important points of contact in domain operations, and their contact details can be found on every Whois entry. But what do these positions actually involve? Who are they filled by? And what rights do the Admin-C, Tech-C, and Zone-C really have?

Owner, Admin-C, and Tech-C: requirements in domain registration
Website expansion: subdomains & Co.
Website expansion: subdomains vs subdirectories? Or a new domain?
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As is often the case for website operators or e-commerce providers, changes in content or product selection may sometimes stray from your site’s previous theme or inventory. If this new material deviates from your current selection too dramatically, then it may be time to consider other options. Moving to a new domain/website or exporting content to directories or subdomains are common solutions...

Website expansion: subdomains vs subdirectories? Or a new domain?