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    • What is a subdomain?

      A subdomain is a subset of a domain name. A domain name typically consists of a top-level domain (TLD) also known as a domain extension (such as .COM) and a second-level domain (SLD). For example, our domain name is dynadot.com with "dynadot" as our SLD and .COM as our TLD. An example of a subdomain would be example.dynadot.com with "example" being the subdomain. Want to create your own subdomain on dynadot.com? We offer free custom subdomains with our website builder. Please note that a subdomain is not the same as a third-level domain.

    • Why is my domain in "Buy Lock" status?

      When you purchase a domain through our marketplace, our system automatically places it on a "Buy Lock" for 60 days. The domain can still be used during this time - you can still set your name servers, DNS, etc - however, you will not be able to move the domain to another Dynadot account or transfer the domain to another domain registrar. The reason for this lock is to prevent fraud. This lock helps protect our sellers from not being compensated for their domain and then losing the domain because the buyer transferred it out. This is different than the "Auction Lock" that is placed on Expired Auction domains.

    • What is an IDN variant?

      An Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) variant is an alternative form of the domain name. The most common example is if you register a Chinese domain name. Chinese has two scripts for the same character, simplified and traditional. Someone may have already registered the simplifed version of a domain, preventing you from registering the traditional version. Unfortunately, due to the current design of Verisign, the central registry for .COM, .NET, .CC, and .TV, we cannot check if a variant exists ahead of time. We can only try to register the domain and if a variant exists, we get an error message (though sometimes you will see a variant error message in our search results if we received this error on that same domain name recently). Then we automatically give you an account credit for any domains we could not register.

    • What is a gccTLD?

      A gccTLD is a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) that is considered generic due to its branding and usage. That's what gccTLD stands for, generic country code top-level domain. gccTLDs are seen by search engines such as Google as generic instead of country-targeted for search. Basically, the top-level domain (TLD) is technically a ccTLD, but it is used and branded as a gTLD, so it's officially a gccTLD! An example of this would be Montenegro's .ME domain, which is branded for personal use, blog use, and it's even used by businesses such as About.me. Obviously the .ME domain is open for registration to anyone, but this alone does not give it it's gccTLD status (many ccTLDs are not restricted) - instead it's the way it is branded and used that gives it this status. And it's not alone... Here is the full list of gccTLDs that Dynadot supports: .BZ - Belize .CC - Cocos Islands .CO - Colombia .EU - European Union .FM - Federated States of Micronesia .IO - British Indian Ocean Territory .LA - Laos .ME - Montengro .SC - Seychelles .TV - Tuvalu .WS - Samoa See more info on gccTLDs from Google

    • What is a premium .TV domain name?

      A Premium .TV domain is a .TV domain that is designated as "premium" by the Central Registry, Verisign. These domains were reserved by Verisign, so any registration attempts for these domains were originally blocked. Verisign has since opened up these valuable domains for registration, but at a higher initial registration price than normal .TV domains. Initial registration prices vary depending on the premium .TV domain name and in some cases also apply to renewals and transfers. Renewals The renewal price for many premium .TV domains will be the same as any normal .TV domain. However, the renewal fee for certain premium .TV domains will be higher. The Central Registry decides which. If a domain is registered for multiple years in the initial registration, the additional years will cost the same as the first year premium price. Transfers Premium .TV domains can be transferred. If you want to transfer away from Dynadot, check the .TV transfer price with the receiving registrar. If you are transferring in to Dynadot, you will see the cost reflected in your shopping cart. Grace Deletions The grace period for all premium .TV domain names will be the same as regular .TV domains. Please note that premium prices are subject to change per the Registry. This applies to registration, renewal, and transfer pricing. Premium .TV domain names are NOT the same as premium domains. "Premium domains" are domains that are currently registered while premium .TV domains are .TV domains that were held back from registration by the central registry. This is also known as "registry premium domains."

    • What is web hosting?

      Web hosting - or website hosting - is a service that allows individuals or organizations to make their website available on the World Wide Web. Web Hosting services typically offer server space that can be purchased or rented to host your website. There is a range of options from shared hosting, which offers space on a shared server, to hosting on dedicated servers. Dynadot offers three options for web hosting: Website Builder with built-in hosting, which offers customers a simple way to drag and drop their way to a beautiful website. VPS Hosting, which offers customers full access to part of a server (mimics a dedicated server, but at a lower cost). Email Hosting, which offers customers unlimited email and a great platform to built a simple, static website.

    • What is a premium domain?

      A premium domain is a domain that has been previously registered, often because it has the potential of becoming a memorable web address. Premium domains have high marketing potential and many of them already receive significant traffic. Premium domains are also often referred to as aftermarket domains, secondary market domains, high-value domains, great domains, or top domains. When you buy a premium domain, it is placed into your Dynadot account, usually in 10-20 days. There is also another type of premium domain known as a "registry premium domains." These are premium domains that are set aside by the central registry and sold at a premium (higher) price. The majority of the new TLDs we launch have premium domain lists. Please note that premium prices are subject to change per the registry. This applies to registration, renewal, and transfer pricing.

    • What is a central registry aka domain name registry?

      We are considered a domain name registrar and we partner with several domain name registries, also known as central registries, to provide a variety of top-level domains (TLDs). A central registry is a company that maintains a database of all the domain name registrations for a TLD. They also store the DNS and Whois records for that TLD. You can find the registry info for each of our TLDs on their individual pages under the "Domain Information" section towards the bottom of the page. For example, you will see that the registry for .COM is Verisign. Many registries support more than one TLD. Verisign also supports .NET, .TV, and .CC. Find out more about the "3 R's" of the domain industry: registries, registrars, and resellers.

    • What is an IP address?

      IP addresses (also known as Internet Protocol addresses) are the principal communications protocols for the Internet. There are currently two types, IPv4, which are a combination of four sets of numbers separated by periods (for example, 207.44.214.87) and IPv6, which are represented as eight groups of four hexadecimal numbers separated by colons (for example, 2001:0db8:0000:0042:0000:8a2e:0370:7334). The latter was introduced because IPv4 has been exhausted due to the rapid growth of the Internet since each computer connected to the Internet has a unique IP address. An IP address is used as the computer's ID on the Internet so it can send and receive information from other computers on the network. Now while computers can store, recall, and work with multiple numbers very easily, humans have trouble remembering random series of numbers. To address this, the Domain Name System (DNS) was created.

    • What is a domain hack?

      A domain hack is a domain that combines the domain name with the top-level domain (TLD) to spell out a word or saying such as ComeWith.ME. There are many TLDs that can be used to create domain hacks. Most of our new TLDs can be used to create sayings as many of them are words such as .CAB or .HIPHOP. You can create domain hacks such as GrabA.CAB or Ilove.HIPHOP. Check out our list of domain hack TLDs or see our full list of TLDs to find more awesome domain hack opportunities! You can also see more examples in our domain hacks blog post.

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