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.de Domain Registration - German Domains - Brand Protection Services for Germany

European Domains: Germany (.de)

  

Important: When entering your search string don't write “www” or the German domain type, ie. “de”. Therefore to search “www.bb-online.de” enter “bb-online” and nothing else.

The only letters allowed within a domain name are: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED.

.de Registration:

To register .de domains your future German domain, click here!

Once the domain is registered

All German domain names registered with us are stored on our international server. Domains registered with us are automatically provided with their own under-construction page - this notifies potential registrants that the name has been acquired and is now registered. The under-construction page is offered free of charge and may be used indefinitely.

It is possible for Web and/or Mail forwarding to be provided for German domains.

Domain transfer/release fees are charged are by a majority of registrars, but BB Online make no charge to transfer a domain to another German domain name registrar.

Background

Very popular in Germany

To register a .de domain name, you need to have a local contact in Germany. If you have no local contact, it may be possible for us to provide you with one so please enquire about this.

Due to very specific requirements regarding the name servers used with the desired domain name, the name servers need to be properly set up, in accordance to the registry rules and one of the name serves has to be in a different sub-net before applying for the domain name.

Below there will be an extract from a working .de zone. Areas of importance are the 'slave refresh period', 'slave retry interval', 'slave expire time' and 'negative response TTL'. There are special requirements that name servers need to respect if you plan to use a commercial web or e-mail hosting provider to host your .de domain name’s services. This must be done before the DeNIC (the German registry) will attach the name servers to the desired domain name.

xxxxxxxx.de.       86400  IN  SOA    ns1.bb-online.net. bob.mail.bb-online.net. xxxxxxxx.de. ( 
   2007010801   ;serial number (version) 
   14400        ;slave refresh period (4 hours) 
   7200 ;slave retry interval (2 hours) 
   635800       ;slave expire time (1 week, 8 hours, 36 minutes, 40 seconds) 
   86400        ;negative response TTL (1 day) 
   ) 
xxxxxxxx.de.       86400  IN  NS     ns1.bb-online.net. 
xxxxxxxx.de.       86400  IN  NS     ns2.bb-online.net. 
xxxxxxxx.de.       86400  IN  NS     brain.bb-online.co.uk. 
xxxxxxxx.de.       86400  IN  A      194.168.163.55 
mail.xxxxxxxx.de.  86400  IN  A      194.168.163.57 
www.xxxxxxxx.de.   86400  IN  CNAME  xxxxxxxx.de.

German domain names can be registered on a yearly basis and are available to anyone on a 'first come first serve' basis. They a registered directly under .de as a second level.

The maximum length of a .de domain name is 63 characters and the minimum is 3. The only exception of this 3 letter minimum is db.de (Deutsche Bahn), ix.de and hq.de which were registered before this rule was adopted. A .de domain name cannot be exclusively composed of numbers. Combinations of letters which are used for road-vehicle license plates to indicate the district they were issued in are not allowed to be used. Similarly, any combination that would result from replacing an umlaut with a two-letter equivalent (i.e. ä with ae, ö with oe or ü with ue) cannot be done.

All diacritics of the German language can be used in a .de domain name. In many languages, e.g., Spanish, French, Romanian and Portuguese, 'de' is used as a noun. This is used in many registrations under the German TLD for romance language web hosts. Sites like 'elforo.de', meaning theforum.of, can be used in a clever manner. Encoding site names into the URL path can lead to such websites like elforo.de/wikipedia which means theforum.of/wikipedia. The Federal Republic of Germany's country code top-level domain (ccTLD) is .de. The Network Information Centre responsible for the .de domains, DENIC, doesn't require specific second-level domains.

The domain name .de is based on the first two letters of the word 'Deutschland' which means Germany. Before the year 1989, East Germany, though having its own ISO 31661-1 code (dd), was never assigned its own ccTLD meaning that .de is and was the the only German ccTLD that existed. It is the second most popular ccTLD which is show in terms of number of registration. In first place is .cn. Out of all TLD's, it is third after .com and .cn. uni-dortmund.de was one of the first domain names of this type registered, a website for the Department of Computer Science of the University or Dormund. Though .se registrations can be done directly from DENIC, it is always faster and cheaper to do so through a DENIC member (registrar).

Over 12 millions .de domain names are now registered.

 

Important Note:
Some domain names may be classified by the registry as a premium domain name and will command a higher price. If you request a premium domain name we will contact you before completing your order.

In addition, the registry may at any time reserve domain names from registration or the sale may be restricted to comply with ICANN requirements.

.de is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Federal Republic of Germany. DENIC (the Network Information Centre responsible for .de domains) does not require specific second-level domains, as it is the case with the .uk domain range for example.

The name is based on the first two letters of the German name for Germany (Deutschland). Prior to 1989, East Germany had a separate ISO 3166-1 code (dd) but it was never assigned its own ccTLD; de is the only German ccTLD that ever existed.

.de is currently the second most popular ccTLD in terms of number of registrations, after .cn, and is third after .com and .cn among all TLDs.

The first point of registration for .de domains was at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Dortmund. uni-dortmund.de was among the first registered .de-domains.

.de registrations may be directly ordered from DENIC but it is faster and cheaper to do so via a DENIC member (registrar).

The domain name must have at least 3 letters and may not be exclusively composed of numbers. The only current known exceptions are db.de (Deutsche Bahn), ix.de, and hq.de which were registered before the three letter rule was adopted.

Registrations of internationalized domain names are also accepted so that all diacritics of German may be used.

In many romanic languages, e.g., Spanish, French, Romanian and Portuguese, "de" expresses the genitive of a noun (like "of" in English). This is exploited in domain registrations under the German TLD for romance language webhosts that offer customized sites, like elforo.de (theforum.of), cleverly encoding the site name into the URL path, such as elforo.de/wikipedia, meaning theforum.of/wikipedia.






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