nTLDs

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;...

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...

ccTLDs: all you need to know about country code domains

ccTLDs – what’s the deal with country domain names?

ICANN manages a list of different top-level domains specific to varying geographic regions. The guidelines these country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) follow (examples: .us (USA), .ca (Canada), or .mx (Mexico), are individually determined by their respective countries, leading to some substantial differences in how they are managed. But what other ccTLDs are out there? And what are the...

Alternatives to the .com domain

Domain check: finding alternatives to a .com domain

What should you do if your perfect .com domain is unavailable? What are the alternative domain extensions? New top-level domains provide an answer to these questions. These recently introduced domain extensions give website owners many new, interesting possibilities, meaning you no longer have to rely on the classics like .com, .net, or .uk.

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.

URL hijacking: What is it really?

URL hijacking

If well-ranked sites suddenly disappear from the search machine index, it can be for a number of different reasons: In one case, the crawler could no longer check the pages in question, or in another case it could have identified duplicate content and removed one of the pages from the search results. Another reason, often unknown to the external developer, is so-called URL hijacking – a process in...

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...

.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...

punycode

Punycode

Since the introduction of internationalized domain names in 2003, Punycode has been ubiquitous on the internet. Internet addresses like look peculiar, but fulfil an important function: They encode non-ASCII characters into ASCII-compatible character strings and therefore ensure a smooth flow in the network. How does this work, and why is Punycode criticized so often? We’ll tell you.


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