is one of the fastest growing domain names on
the Internet. Have you registered yours?
What is a .DE domain?
The .DE domain is the country code top
level domain (ccTLD) for Germany. Located in Central Europe,
bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, Germany is
nestled between the Netherlands and Poland, south of
Denmark. Germany covers 137,846.58 square miles, an area
slightly smaller than Montana. According to a census in June
2008, the country's population was 82,369,552 people, making
Germany the second most populous country in Europe after
Russia. Although, other dialects are spoken, the native
language is German.
Why should I register a .DE domain name?
Deutschland is the German word for Germany, hence DE
being the country code. DotDE is the second most popular
ccTLD in the world, after .CN, and the third most popular
TLD (after .COM and .CN). This extension has taken off and
is extremely in demand with 12,448,242 registrations as of
December 31, 2008. Naturally, it is popular in Germany, but
has also swept the domain market in many other countries.
This is partially because 'de' translates to 'of' in many
languages including Portuguese, Spanish, French, and
Protecting your identity is crucial. That is true for
your personal identity as well as your online identity.
Safeguarding your assets is non-negotiable in today’s world.
By registering your trademark in ccTLDs, you are taking one
more step toward protecting your business. You have enough
to worry about in business. Don’t let having your
competitors acquire your name be one of them. By holding
your trademark in ccTLDs, you will not have to concern
yourself with attempting to acquire your name after someone
else has registered it.
We all know that highly coveted domains are those that
are short or have common words. These types of domains are
almost impossible to acquire in heavily populated domains
like .COM or .NET. However, the chances of finding your
domain in a ccTLD are exponentially better. Because most
ccTLDs are continuing to grow, it is easier to register
short or keyword-rich domains. Country code TLDs are
extremely popular for domain hacks. Their short extensions
lend themselves to registering domains such as marina.de,
abi.de, or longitu.de.
Are there any restrictions for registering a .DE?
Yes. To register .DE
domain names, you must have an administrative contact
located within German borders. This includes a postal
residence, not a P.O. Box.
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