Domains

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 information on domain registration and domain registry services. [...]  

Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP): what’s behind the Whois alternative

For years, a successor to the domain query protocol Whois has been in development. For several reasons the protocol, developed at the same time as the internet predecessor ARPANET, is no longer regarded as modern or up-to-date. But now the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is being hailed as a promising candidate to fill this gap. But in what way is this Whois alternative different to its predecessor? [...]  

Expired domains – a success story from the US about expired websites

Buying expired domains can be a profitable business – just look at this example from the US. University graduate, Cameron Harris, was able to earn more than $20,000 with an expired domain. But how did Harris actually make this small fortune? This article reveals what happened. [...]  

URL hijacking: The reason you should keep your backlinks in mind

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 which incorrectly set redirects play a large role. [...]  

Country domains: a comprehensive ccTLD list

With the rapid global expansion of the internet, an incredible 200 different country domains are now in existence. These are known as country code top-level domains (or ccTLDs for short), and the 200 figure surpasses even the number of countries officially recognized by the United Nations. However, among the existing domain extensions, there are some that are no longer in use. In this top-level domain list, you can find an exhaustive list of ccTLDs and detailed information about special cases. [...]  

Registering an emoji domain – the way forward or just a gimmick?

Emoji domains immediately catch your eye. Why continue to register normal domains when you can get the message across with a few smileys? Registering a smiley URL doesn’t come without its problems though. In this article, we explain what is needed to set up an emoji URL, and explain the advantages and disadvantages of using emoticons in domain names. [...]  

Domain grabbing & cybersquatting: the difference and legal consequences

Domain grabbing and cybersquatting are often used as synonyms, but there is a slight difference between the two. The former is a term for perfectly legitimate domain trading, whereas cybersquatting damages name rights and trademark laws and usually leads to disputes in court. We explain the difference and what trademark infringement can mean for you. [...]  

Domain change: how to set up your new web address

If you own a website, you should know that it needs to be continually maintained and adjusted. But in addition to normal tasks such as administration, maintaining content, and web design, sometimes radical, fundamental changes need to be made. These are especially necessary if you decide to rename your website, a process which is known as a domain change. But how exactly does a website operator go about changing a domain name, and which aspects do they then need to consider? [...]  

Expired domains – hot tip or a fire hazard?

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. [...]  

Domain trade: making money off of domains?

Make millions in the domain business? While this prospect may sound exciting, such scenarios only materialize in the rarest of cases. Nevertheless, buying and selling domain names is still often touted as a lucrative business by those looking to get rich quick. The reason for this is simple: the right domains have been known to fetch up to seven or even eight-figure price tags. [...]  

Domain expertise: a closer look at website addresses with 1&1’s Domain Guide

Domains represent the basic name of a website (e.g. 1and1.com). They are clear and unique addresses that are extended through subdomains and subpages. They can be purchased from a domain provider as long as you comply with certain criteria. There are many things you should know regarding web addresses; it isn’t as simple as choosing a domain name and then registering it. As part of the 1&1 Digital Guide, our domain portal provides comprehensive information about internet addresses and their components. Under the ‘Domain’ category you will find both basic articles and more complex ones for more advanced readers.

1&1’s Domain Guide at a glance

Our Domain Guide is divided into four subcategories. The heading ‘domain extensions’ deals with the various top-level domains, like .org or .com. Besides the (traditional) generic and country-specific top-level domains, we also introduce many new web address extensions and examine their potential. Under the heading ‘domain registration’ you can obtain advice on domain registration, forwarding, and transfers as well as other administrative matters relating to internet addresses. News and backgrounds can be found in our ‘domain news’ section. Finally, we provide you with facts, suggestions, and recommendations with regard to naming and registering your internet address. All together, these subcategories form an extensive domain portal where you can expand your knowledge on domains.

Domain expertise for everyone

The target audience is just as varied as the contents of the Domain Guide, as it’s made up of small and medium-sized businesses as well as website operators, domain traders, and inquisitive readers. As is the case for all categories of 1&1’s Digital Guide, the domain guide also caters to both novices  and experienced users. Posts such as ‘What is a domain?’ Or ‘The most important tips for domain registration’, don’t require any previous knowledge before reading. Articles like ‘How to protect your domain from ‘typo squatting’ or ‘Domain parking: earning easy money with unused domains’ appeal more to skilled readers. Our domain guide is an extensive online reference that should come in handy for both private and business contexts.