nTLDs

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 alternatives? 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 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?
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
ccTLDs: all you need to know about country code domains
ccTLDs – what’s the deal with country domain names?
  • Domain extensions

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...

ccTLDs – what’s the deal with country domain names?
punycode
Punycode
  • Domain administration

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.

Punycode
URL hijacking: What is it really?
URL hijacking
  • Domain administration

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...

URL hijacking
How to switch domain providers
Switching domain providers: what to keep in mind
  • Domain administration

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
.swiss – the new Swiss top level domain
.swiss: more than just a domain ending
  • Domain extensions

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...

.swiss: more than just a domain ending