TLDs

.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...

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...

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;...

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...

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...

What is a generic top-level domain (gTLD)?

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

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.

The importance of a domain name for SEO

What role does SEO play in domain selection?

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...

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...

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