TLDs

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?
Types of domain
What are the different types of domains?
  • Domain extensions

When discussing web addresses, you’ll often come across terms like top-level domain, second-level domain, sub domain, ccTLD (country code top-level domains), and gTLD (generic top-level domains). What do all these different domain types mean and how many domain endings even exist? Our guide will help you find the right domain type for your project.

What are the different types of domains?
Domain registration: behind ICANN and Neustar
Domain allocation: how are Neustar and ICANN involved?
  • Domain news

It’s now easier than ever to register your own web address. Customers just need to apply to a web-hosting provider with their desired domain, and the rights to the address could be theirs in next to no time. But what processes are going on in the background? The application goes from pillar to post, beginning with the registrar, then sent on to a central registry for the chosen top-level domain,...

Domain allocation: how are Neustar and ICANN involved?
The most important tips for domain registration
First important tips for domain registration
  • Domain tips

First impressions count and that also applies to domain names. They should be short, concise and creative and obviously not be in use by anyone else. There are countless possibilities to create a good domain name thanks to new top-level domains, special characters and lots more. Just make sure to bear in mind name and trademark laws.

First important tips for domain registration
Alternatives to the .com domain
Domain check: finding alternatives to a .com domain
  • Domain extensions

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.

Domain check: finding alternatives to a .com domain
The importance of a domain name for SEO
What role does SEO play in domain selection?
  • Domain tips

For a site to position well in the search results, there are many technical, strategic, and content-related requirements that need to be fulfilled. The problem is that these factors – over 200 of them in total – are not all known. Google keeps many of them a secret in order to prevent manipulation and deception of their search engine. Is the domain name a factor? Is there such as thing as the...

What role does SEO play in domain selection?
What are expired domains?
Expired domains – hot tip or a fire hazard?
  • Domain tips

Many people regard expired domains as website addresses that were previously in use, but have become available for re-registration after the contract was terminated or ran out. The life cycle of a recently-available domain can have a positive as well as a negative effect on the search engine ranking. The focus is primarily on inbound links that come from other websites.

Expired domains – hot tip or a fire hazard?
What is a domain broker?
Domain brokers – what are they and what do I need to know?
  • Domain administration

A domain broker can help you navigate the wild world of domain name trading. It might be news to you that there’s money to be made in domain names (trust us – there’s lots!), but this field requires some expertise and negotiation skills if it’s going to work out well. Let’s take a look at domain brokers’ responsibilities, and how they could benefit your business.

Domain brokers – what are they and what do I need to know?
The Tokelau domain miracle
Tiny island, massive domain: why millions of domains are being registered in the Pacific
  • Domain news

How does a small, secluded island state in the South Pacific become responsible for the second most popular top-level domain ending on the World Wide Web? The Pacific island Tokelau may only have 1,400 inhabitants in its 10 km² of tropical paradise, but it’s responsible for 31 million registered domains – the highest of any country-specific domain ending. So how did the .tk TLD become so popular?...

Tiny island, massive domain: why millions of domains are being registered in the Pacific
What is a generic top-level domain (gTLD)?
gTLDs: what you should know about generic top-level domains
  • Domain extensions

What do the first registered domains from 1985 have in common? They all end with generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Unlike TLDs, which are country-specific, gTLDs focus on international web addresses. There were originally less than 10 different gTLDs, but this number has risen to several hundred thanks to new generic top-level domains.

gTLDs: what you should know about generic top-level domains