Domain administration

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. [...]  

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 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 about changing a domain name, and which aspects do they then need to consider? [...]  

Domain redirects via .htaccess, PHP, HTML, and JavaScript

So you want to redirect your domains or subdomains to other URLs, but you don’t know how? Essentially, domain redirects can be carried out on both a server-side as well as client-side basis. These are divided into two categories: the first one consists of redirects via .htaccess or PHP. Client-side options rely on the HTML meta tag, ‘refresh’, or JavaScript. Find out here which option is best for your website. [...]  

Owner, Admin-C, and Tech-C: requirements in domain registration

Admin-C, Tech-C, and Zone-C – these roles are all related to domain registration. They represent the important points of contact in domain operations, and their contact details can be found on every Whois entry. But what do these positions actually involve? Who are they filled by? And what rights do the Admin-C, Tech-C, and Zone-C really have? [...]  

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 specification, ‘Internationalising Domain Names in Applications’ (IDNA). [...]  

Website expansion: subdomains & Co.

As is often the case for website operators or e-commerce providers, changes in content or product selection may sometimes stray from your site’s previous theme or inventory. If this new material deviates from your current selection too dramatically, then it may be time to consider other options. Moving to a new domain/website or exporting content to directories or subdomains are common solutions to such scenarios. Find out which method is best for you and also discover how it may affect your new content’s SEO. [...]  

Domain locking: which locking periods are there for which domains?

Temporary domain locks and other locking periods for internet addresses are usually only a term for domain traders. But website operators wishing to start a website on a newly-registered domain should read up on locking periods. This is because a resale or a change in provider is not often possible so soon after purchasing a domain. But what exactly are these locking periods and which domains are affected? [...]  

Switching domain providers: what to keep in mind

Are you fed up with your current hosting provider? If so, you should consider transferring your domain. But don’t let the idea scare you off! These days, transferring an existing domain to a new hosting provider is easier than ever before. Check out our guide to ensure you’re up to date with the ins and outs of domain transfers. [...]  

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. [...]