TLDs

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...

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...

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.

What is a domain registry?

Domain registry – the what’s and the whys?

The ever-developing and ever-changing landscape of the internet means that new systems and terminology are constantly emerging. This article deals with the issue of domain registry – more specifically, domain name registration and administration. Here, we outline the definitions of registry, registrar, and registrant, and explain the exact differences between them. We also provide general...

The most important tips for domain registration

First important tips for domain registration

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.

You've been trumped! Domain grabbing in the US election

The digital election: domain grabbing in politics

The internet has completely changed political elections across the world. Online media offers candidates the chance to get closer to their voters, providing an essential communication channel for the electoral battleground. But the freedom of information online means that you’re always susceptible to the dangers of manipulation and slander via anonymous channels. A relatively harmless, but rather...

The basics of domain redirects

Domain redirects via .htaccess, PHP, HTML, and JavaScript

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...


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