What is an internationalized domain name (IDN)?

IDN domains: web addresses with special characters

Internationalised 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...

.eu domains and Brexit: What will happen?

EU domain names and Brexit: Will your domain name be revoked?

As of the UK’s withdrawal date from the European Union, individuals and businesses owning a .eu domain will face the risk of it being revoked should they fail to have an EU address. Read more about the European Commission’s communication and the steps to follow in order to protect your .eu domain.

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...

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...

Alternatives to the .co .uk domain

Domain check: finding alternatives to a .uk domain

What should you do if your perfect .uk 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 .co.uk.

FQDN | Fully Qualified Domain Name

Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) explained

A fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is a domain name that specifies the unique and complete address of a website. It consists of several name parts called labels, each separated by a dot. The FQDN has a hierarchical structure set by the domain name system (DNS). The mandatory parts of an FQDN are the host name, domain name, and top level domain of the internet presence.

Why you should register for a .uk domain today

Why it is absolutely vital to register your .uk domain right now

Cybersquatting, typosquatting or legal battles over domain names – these are the potential risks of not taking advantage of the right to register your site’s .uk domain soon. The rights of using the .uk domain name have been reserved for established websites since 2014, but not for long. Make sure you register your site’s .uk domain today. This brings with it not only immunity from cybersquatters,...

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...

What is the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)?

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...

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...

Domains

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

Domains represent the basic name of a website (e.g. ionos.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 IONOS 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 IONOS’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 IONOS’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.


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