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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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.

Typosquatting — the devil is in the detail

The practice of exploiting misspelled variants of popular websites for personal gain is known as typosquatting. Users who incorrectly enter URLs into a browser’s search bar may be getting more than what they’ve bargained for and end up on a squatted domain. We’ll show you how typosquatters exploit the simple workaday mistakes of internet users and how website operators and their visitors can...

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