Domains

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 predecessor? [...]  

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 amusing technique is ‘domain grabbing’, in which candidates try to secure special web addresses either to use against their opponents or to protect their own name. The master of this in the 2016 election in the US was of course Donald Trump. [...]  

.web sold to Nu Dot Co – for 100 million pounds

How much is the top-level domain .web worth to the US company, Nu Dot Co? £100 million to be precise! The auction that took place in July 2016 saw ICANN take home a record-breaking sum for the popular generic top-level domains (gTLD). There were seven other competitors in the running for the sought-after .web domain: Google, Donuts, Afilias, Radix, Schlund Technologies, Vistaprint, and Web.com. [...]  

Expired domains – a success story from the US about expired websites

Buying expired domains can be a profitable business – just look at this example from the US. University graduate, Cameron Harris, was able to earn more than $20,000 (£15,000) with an expired domain. But how did Harris actually make this small fortune? This article reveals what happened. [...]  

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. [...]  

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 which incorrectly set redirects play a large role. [...]  

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 domain list, you can find an exhaustive list of ccTLDs and detailed information about special cases. [...]  

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 allocation: how are Neustar and ICANN involved?

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. [...]  

Domain grabbing & cybersquatting: the difference and legal consequences

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. [...]  

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.