How to register own domain name

Started by chrisnoblet3, Feb 08, 2023, 01:46 AM

Previous topic - Next topic

chrisnoblet3Topic starter

Hello there,
I was wondering if it is feasible to register a custom domain for your website, as opposed to being stuck with the ".de" domain. If it is possible, could you direct me to where I could do so?
Thanks in advance.


It's important to note that you can't actually "own" a domain name; they can only be rented or leased. While you'll have full use of the domain, it won't be granted to you as property.

Fortunately, there are options for registering a domain that won't break the bank - some registrars even offer free domain registration. However, it's crucial to keep in mind that if the domain isn't renewed in time, it will be released and up for grabs for others to claim. This applies regardless of whether the domain was acquired through payment or via a free registration.

If you're considering registering a domain, my advice would be to do your research and choose a reputable registrar that suits your needs. Along with offering domain registration and renewal services, many registrars also provide additional services like website hosting and email management.


It's worth noting that the original question is a bit off-base. While domain names cannot be "owned" in the traditional sense, they can be leased for a maximum period of 10 years. As for registering a domain in a specific zone, such as a country code top-level domain (ccTLD), you'll need to submit an application to ICANN. However, it's important to keep in mind that this process can be quite costly - potentially amounting to several thousand dollars.

In order to choose the right domain name for your website, it's important to think about factors like branding, SEO, and ease of use for your visitors. By finding a domain name that ticks all these boxes, you can set your site up for success from the start.


The issue of "domain theft" is a persistent one, with unauthorized changes to NS servers, registration errors, and other mistakes leading to problems. In an effort to provide guidance on proper domain registration, this article collects a variety of tips for beginners. Although some of the information may be obvious to those with experience, it's still important to have a comprehensive guide available for anyone new to domain registration.

When choosing where to register a domain, it's essential to work with a reputable registrar that you trust. Additionally, be sure to only register domains for the actual owner and carefully read the terms of any promotions you take advantage of. Always send scanned copies of any necessary documents, check the WHOIS data for your registration status, and make sure you have login credentials to manage your domain.

To keep your information secure, use complex passwords and avoid storing them in insecure locations like email inboxes or browsers. If you're registering a domain for a business, consider registering it under the company name rather than an individual's name. It's also worth taking the time to learn about the specific rules and requirements for domain registration in your chosen country or zone.

Finally, if you're planning to register multiple domains or want to take advantage of special pricing, becoming a partner of an accredited registrar can be a good option. Just be prepared to handle the paperwork associated with such an arrangement.

In general, by taking the time to research and choose a reputable registrar, as well as to follow best practices for domain registration and maintenance, you can help ensure the long-term success of your website.


Yes, it is absolutely feasible to register a custom domain for your website, even if you are currently using a ".de" domain. To do this, follow these steps:

1. **Choose a Domain Name**: First, decide on a domain name that you want for your website. Make sure it's relevant to your content or business and easy to remember.

2. **Check Domain Availability**: Use a domain registrar's website or a domain search tool to check if your desired domain name is available. Many domain registrars offer domain search tools on their websites.

3. **Select a Domain Registrar**: Choose a domain registrar where you want to register your custom domain. Some popular domain registrars include:

  - [Namecheap](
  - [GoDaddy](
  - [Google Domains](
  - [Bluehost](
  - [HostGator](

4. **Register the Domain**: Once you've chosen a registrar, go to their website and search for your desired domain name. If it's available, you can proceed to register it. You'll need to provide your contact information, and you'll typically have the option to register the domain for multiple years.

5. **Configure DNS Settings**: After registering the domain, you'll need to configure the Domain Name System (DNS) settings to point to your website's hosting server. You can usually do this through your domain registrar's control panel. You'll need to enter the IP address or nameservers provided by your hosting provider.

6. **Update Website Settings**: Don't forget to update the settings of your website to use the new custom domain. This might involve changing your website's configuration or settings within your hosting control panel.

7. **Test and Monitor**: Once everything is set up, make sure to test your website with the custom domain to ensure it's working correctly. Also, monitor the domain registration to ensure it doesn't expire.

8. **Renew Domain**: Most domains are registered on an annual basis, so be sure to renew your domain registration before it expires to avoid losing it.

9. **Choose the Right Domain Extension**: Consider the purpose and audience of your website when selecting a domain extension. While ".com" is the most popular and widely recognized, there are many other options like ".net," ".org," ".io," and many more. Some domain extensions are specific to certain industries or regions, so choose one that aligns with your website's goals.

10. **Privacy Protection (WHOIS Privacy)**: Most domain registrars offer a privacy protection service (often called WHOIS privacy or domain privacy) that hides your personal contact information from the public WHOIS database. This can help protect your privacy and reduce spam.

11. **Domain Transfer**: If you already have a domain registered with a different registrar, you can transfer it to your preferred registrar. The process usually involves unlocking the domain, obtaining an authorization code (if required), and following the transfer instructions of the new registrar.

12. **SSL Certificate**: If you haven't already done so, consider securing your website with an SSL certificate. Many hosting providers offer free SSL certificates, and having one is essential for encrypting data transmitted between your website and its visitors.

13. **Content Migration**: If you're migrating an existing website to a new custom domain, ensure that all content, links, and media are updated to reflect the new domain. This includes updating internal and external links to avoid broken links.

14. **Branding Consistency**: Your custom domain is a key part of your online brand identity. Ensure that it reflects your brand and is easy to remember for your target audience.

15. **Legal Considerations**: Be aware of trademark and copyright issues when selecting a domain name. Using a domain that infringes on someone else's trademark can lead to legal problems.

16. **Renewal Reminders**: Set up automatic renewal for your domain to avoid accidental expiration. Missing the renewal deadline can result in losing your domain to someone else.

17. **DNS Records**: Familiarize yourself with DNS settings and records, especially if you need to configure subdomains, email forwarding, or other advanced DNS configurations. Most registrars provide DNS management tools.

18. **Domain Email**: Consider setting up custom email addresses associated with your custom domain (e.g., Many registrars offer email hosting services, or you can use third-party email providers.

19. **Mobile Compatibility**: Ensure that your website is mobile-friendly, as a growing number of users access websites on mobile devices.

20. **Backup and Security**: Regularly back up your website data and implement security measures to protect it from hаcking and malware.

21. **Domain Renewal Alerts**: Keep track of your domain's expiration date and set up renewal reminders with your registrar. Missing the renewal deadline can result in losing your domain, and some registrars may charge additional fees for domain recovery.

22. **Ownership and Control**: Ensure that the domain is registered in your name or your organization's name, and that you have full control over it. Avoid registering domains under third-party entities or services that retain control.

23. **Multiple Domain Extensions**: If you want to protect your brand, consider registering multiple domain extensions (.com, .net, .org, etc.) with your chosen domain name to prevent others from registering similar domains and potentially causing confusion.

24. **Domain Forwarding**: You can set up domain forwarding or URL redirection to redirect traffic from one domain to another. This can be useful if you have multiple domains but want them all to lead to the same website.

25. **Internationalization**: If your website targets an international audience, consider registering country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) for specific countries (e.g., .de for Germany, .fr for France) to cater to local audiences.

26. **Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)**: DNSSEC is a security protocol that adds an extra layer of protection to your domain's DNS records. It helps prevent DNS spoofing and other malicious activities. Check if your registrar supports DNSSEC and consider enabling it for your domain.

27. **Domain Transfer Lock**: Enable domain transfer lock or domain protection features provided by your registrar to prevent unauthorized transfers of your domain to another registrar.

28. **Domain Expiry Grace Period**: Be aware of your registrar's grace period policies. Some registrars offer a grace period during which you can still renew your domain after it has expired, while others may immediately release the domain for registration by others.

29. **Terms of Service**: Read and understand the terms of service and policies of your chosen registrar. Different registrars may have varying policies regarding domain ownership, renewal, and dispute resolution.

30. **Dispute Resolution**: Familiarize yourself with the dispute resolution processes for domains, such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). These processes can be used in case of domain name disputes or trademark conflicts.

31. **Regular Audits**: Periodically review your domain registration details to ensure accuracy. Contact information changes or errors can lead to administrative issues.

32. **Backup Domain Credentials**: Maintain a secure record of your domain registration credentials, including login details, authorization codes, and any relevant account information. This will be crucial if you ever need to make changes to your domain settings.

33. **Professional Assistance**: If you're not comfortable managing domain settings or DNS records, consider seeking assistance from a professional web developer or IT specialist to ensure proper configuration and security.