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 domain list, you can find an exhaustive list of ccTLDs and detailed information about special cases. [...] ►
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 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. [...] ►
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? [...] ►
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. [...] ►
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 protect themselves from this dubious business model. [...] ►
It’s now easier than ever to register your own web address. Customers just need to apply to a web-hosting provider with their desired domain, and the rights to the address could be theirs in next to no time. But what processes are going on in the background? The application goes from pillar to post, beginning with the registrar, then sent on to a central registry for the chosen top-level domain, such as Neustar, which is responsible for a variety of popular TLDs including .co, .us, and .biz. The domain application finally ends up at ICANN – an entity which is often considered a ‘global governor of the internet’. In this helpful guide, we explain in detail how this process works. [...] ►
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? And why are countries like the USA, Canada, and the UK lagging so far behind the tiny South Pacific state? [...] ►
Buying domains or registering domains–what’s the difference? There are many ways to acquire a domain. While available domains can be registered with any domain provider, rights of use from already-registered domains have to be purchased from their current owners. You can find different market places and auction platforms online that are tailored to these purposes. This kind of domain trade is generally associated with much higher costs for the buyer than what’s typically expected from a domain registration. [...] ►
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.