TLDs

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...

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...

punycode

Punycode

Since the introduction of internationalised 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 criticised so often? We’ll tell you.

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...

Domain parking – earning money with domains

Domain parking – earning easy money with unused domains

Just because a domain has expired, doesn’t mean it has to be kicked to the curb immediately. It is worth considering turning the internet address into a parked domain for a certain period of time in order to generate advertising revenue. This allows domain owners to bide their time and come up with a new web project for the domain or to find a suitable buyer.

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.

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...

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.


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