How do you buy a domain name?

How do you buy a domain name? A guide

 

A suitable Internet address is the be-all and end-all when it comes to being found online. Thanks to new, modern top-level domains such as .beauty or .blog, the possibilities for finding a suitable name for your own web project have increased considerably in recent years. How do...

 

Most popular domain extensions

Would you have guessed? These are the most popular domain extensions in 2021!

 

The most popular domain extensions (also called ‘top-level domains’ or ‘TLDs’ for short) have been available on the Internet for over thirty years. Millions of websites have opted for these endings. Country-specific domain extensions are up high in the top 10 list – is the .us...

 

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 keep in mind name and trademark laws.

What are expired domains?

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.

What is a domain broker?

Domain brokers – what are they and what do I need to know?

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.

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...

Internet lite: North Korea’s 28 Domains

North Korea: 28 domains for 25 million inhabitants

In so far as is possible, the communist state of North Korea has managed to shut itself off from the rest of the world. However, a western IT expert recently succeeded in sneaking a peek at their internet domains and as a result we now know that there are only 28 domains for the entire country. From recipes to maritime affairs, here you’ll find an insight into what a North Korean can find online. ...

The Tokelau domain miracle

Tiny island, massive domain: why millions of domains are being registered in the Pacific

How does a small, secluded island state in the South Pacific become responsible for the second most popular top-level domain ending on the World Wide Web? The Pacific island Tokelau may only have 1,400 inhabitants in its 10 km² of tropical paradise, but it’s responsible for 31 million registered domains – the highest of any country-specific domain ending. So how did the .tk TLD become so popular?...

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.

ccTLDs: a list of every country domain

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 recognised by the United Nations. However, among the existing domain extensions, there are some that are no longer in use. In this top-level...

ccTLDs: all you need to know about country code domains

ccTLDs – what’s the deal with country domain names?

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...

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 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.

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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