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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

It is possible for a company with a trademark dispute to take you to court over this, however I would not worry too much about it. They have to make a substantial claim that you have somehow violated ...
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Is it possible to register an ".er" domain?

No, it is not possible to register .er right now (Dec. 2016). One way to check how difficult is to register within a domain extension is to perform a search in google like "site:.er". For .er, you ...
JohnMal75's user avatar
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Is using two TLDs okay? (FQDN - DNS Hierarchy (gTLD + ccTLD) websites)

The DNS is a tree, inverted if you want. It starts with the root, aka ., typically written on top. Then just below you have TOP level domains, aka TLDs. You can find the list of them at https://www....
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Is registering an international domain (CCTLD) unsafe?

Each CCTLD is operated by a regional registry bound by local law, so this is really a question of whether a CCTLD registry is trustworthy and resides in a country with sane laws. So the answer will ...
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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

Your question is relevant but has mostly not definitive long-standing answer in either way. Nothing is eternal: registries can change and eligibility rules can change. Policies on dispute and ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Are there any restrictions for registering a .rs domain?

I notice it doesn't have a definition of "interested users" so it is likely safe to assume you are one. Unless my exchange calculations are wrong, the cost of around 500 Dinars is around $US4 so you ...
Steve's user avatar
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Is it possible to register an .au domain without the .com?

Stephen Ostermiller is correct...at the moment. However AuDa, the .au registrar has approved registration directly in the .au TLD See this https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-to-introduce-direct-...
Steve's user avatar
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Is it possible to register an .au domain without the .com?

You cannot register second-level .au domains. Only third-level domains may be registered in a small set of second-level categories such as .com.au .net.au .org.au .id.au .asn.au According to ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Unable to renew a .su domain

You can not renew this domain name so soon. See https://www.nic.ru/dns/service/prolong/en/detailed_description.html#ru (this applies to SU too, see header in webpage) : The Customer can also renew ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Clarify terminology: top level domain, second level domain, and apex domain

I think it is good to standardize on the terminology explained at https://url.spec.whatwg.org/#host-miscellaneous In short: A host’s public suffix is the portion of a host which is included on the ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

Once you register your name it's yours for as long as you keep the payments up to date. If you decide to register something that is trademarked by a big company, like campbellsoup.com, you should ...
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How do I register a domain for a (UK) organisation with no postal address?

If your organization is really formally structured it is registered somewhere. When you registered it, you also had to put a postal address for it, no? If so, use that one. The address requirement ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

If your name is actually Eugene, and especially if it is clear you are using the domain for a legitimate purpose (i.e. it has a website with your name on it), then any registry would be very hard ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Is it possible to register an .au domain without the .com?

We haven't heard anything specific about how the launch of direct registrations on .AU will go (sounds like they're still working on it), but recently .UK did the same thing. Direct registrations on ....
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Law applying to sites with ccTLD

Short answer, that is not legal advice: the host country of the ccTLD certainly has jurisdiction. When you register a name you must agree to certain terms. Usually the terms include abiding by the ...
Kate's user avatar
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Do I need to use "hreflang" when expanding a website to a new country using a different ccTLD domain

I'd strongly recommend it. What you describe — sites for different countries which speak the same language — is given by Google as a primary use-case for hreflang. See Google's relevant documentation: ...
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Do ccTLDs rank lower when searching for that country from outside the country?

.cr domains won't rank in Google for anybody searching from outside of Costa Rica. If you have a local business that caters to foreigners, you should use what Google considers to be a generic top ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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ICANN policies with respect of CCTLD domain locks

ICANN regulates only gTLDs. ccTLD registries are not under contract with ICANN. See https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/faqs-2014-01-21-en Two letter domains, such as .uk, .de and .jp (for example),...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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How to correctly select ccTLD domain for same speaking native language countries?

You cannot use country code domains for languages purposes and get SEO rankings outside the country of the domain. Google only shows example.com.es URLs in Spain. Those URLs won't show up in ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Does a country code secondary domain (such as .com.nl) have lower ranking than a ccTLD (such as .nl) with content specific for that country?

Note that com.nl is a private subdomain and not a real third-level domain extension like .co.uk or .com.mx. That means it is not endorsed by the Dutch registry, but rented to you by a private company ...
Kate's user avatar
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WHOIS personal information for .in domains

I can't say for sure; you would have to ask your desired registrar since different registrars mask information differently. However, I believe that most will mask most information from public searches ...
domdetailer's user avatar
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ccTLD (e.g. .it) instead of a gTLD (e.g. .com) for a multicountry AND multilang site

Short answer: it will, at least initially. Long Answer: ccTLD is a very strong country-targeting signal and making Google understand otherwise will require work and patience. You will need to employ ...
Kuba Serafinowski's user avatar
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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

Generally, the best defense against a domain name cybersquatting action is actually put your domain to good use. It is almost unheard of for the name of a going-concern business to be taken. The ...
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What Unicode is allowed in domain names under ccTLDs?

.WS is a very specific case, with very few others not following IDNA2008 (while some others may still be on IDNA2003 or not accepting IDNs at all). (Wikipedia says there are 8 TLDs in that case, see ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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.gg geo targeting in Search Console

Can I geo target a .gg domain to somewhere other than Guernsey No. Currently, .gg domains are not on Google's list of ccTLDs treated as gTLDs; as a result, their intrinsic geographic target can't be ...
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Could Brexit cause me (a UK resident) to lose a .pm domain name?

.PM is the ccTLD for "Saint-Pierre and Miquelon", a French overseas territory, and is currently being run by AFNIC as registry: https://www.iana.org/domains/root/db/pm.html https://www.afnic.fr/en/...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Should you chose gTLD rather then ccTLD even you're not targeting your market to global?

.com domains seem to succeed on an international level. If you use your nation's tld you're likely to generate more traffic from that country especially if you target it in webmaster console. .design ...
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How do I register a domain for a (UK) organisation with no postal address?

The UK registry is very strict about this and they do check the address you provide to them (and as I remember, PO Boxes and the such aren't allowed) so if you need the domain, you'll need to use one ...
Dynadot's user avatar
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International software sold seperatly for each country: ccTLD and gTLD setup

At the end of the day it comes down mostly to preference and what will work best for you and be the most intuitive for your customers. Your strategy for procuring domain names seems well thought out ...
richhallstoke's user avatar
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Is it better to have second-level or third-level ccTLD in terms of SEO?

Both will target the same country automatically, it means you can't change the location in your search console, once you choose .pk or .co.pk, Google will consider you're targeting only pakistani ...
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