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  • 1. What is a domain name?

    Just as houses have their addresses websites have domains. Your domain name is connected to a specific IP address (numerical address used by machines) of your website – it serves as the online address of your website. It is also the first online point of contact of your brand with your customers. The domain name of this website is “domain.me” and that's what you type in your browser every time you want to check out the latest posts on our blog. For Apple, that is “apple.com ”. mom.me is a domain name too. This domain name consists of two parts, a second level domain (SLD) and a top level domain (TLD). A second level domain is the name of your website, “mom” in this case, or “domain” in our case. Everything that comes after the dot is a top level domain, often called “domain extension”, and in this case that is .ME. Together, SLD and TLD form what is considered a domain name or your website’s address. If you want to know more, check out this blog post.

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  • 2. What is a .ME domain name?

    .ME domain name is a top level domain for Montenegro, a country in SouthEast Europe, but, because of its meaning it is considered a global domain name which people use as a personal choice, for their personal website like Stefania.me, or to personalize their services like PayPal.me

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  • 3. How domain name industry works?

    The domain name industry has 4 pillars - registry (the companies that handle domains database, like .ME Registry or Verisign for .com and .net, or PIR for .org), registrars (the companies that work with end customers and resellers to provide registration of domains, like GoDaddy, or Tucows, or Hexonet), resellers (the companies that resell domains from registrars to the end customers), and the registrant who is an end customer (a company or a person who registers a domain). ICANN is an organization "that enters into and oversees the agreements with registries and registrars." and has the responsibility of "overseeing the huge and complex interconnected network of unique identifiers that allow computers on the Internet to find one another."

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  • 4. What is DNS (domain name system)?

    Domain Name System (DNS) is a system of Internet servers which identify domain names and translate them into IP addresses. The DNS is made up of thousands of computers referred to as servers which host websites. It basically serves as internet phone book. Each computer on the Internet is assigned with their own address, an IP address, in a form of strings of numbers. Your domain name is connected to the specific IP address of your website – it serves as the online address of your website. Thanks to the DNS, instead of typing to enter this website, you can just type domain.me in your browser and learn all you need to know about domains. Back to Basics: What Are Domain Names and How Do They Work.

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  • 5. What is an IP address?

    To be able to communicate all computers and other digital devices on Internet have an address. That address consists of a series of numbers and is called Internet Protocol address or IP address. When you type in the domain name of the website you want to visit, it has to be translated into a number by a specific system. So, in order for the connection to get established - these names have to be translated to numeric equivalent, i.e. IP addresses. It is possible for one IP address to represent more than one domain and/or subdomain. You can do that by having control over an authoritative DNS server for the required domain and subdomain names. Then you'll have to point all those names to that single IP address and all subsequent name resolution request will point to the said IP address as the destination address.

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  • 6. What is the difference between a first-level, second-level and third-level domain name?

    The best way to explain this is through an example and the best one is Lea Verou with her http://lea.verou.me/. First level domain is .me, second level is verou, and third level is lea. Lea registered her surname verou.me and she can basically have all of her family on this one domain, ie. hersister.verou.me, which would be a different third level domain than lea.verou.me. Third level domains are sometimes called subdomains. For more details click here.

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  • 7. What is a subdomain?

    A subdomain is a domain that is part of a "larger" (root) domain; the only domain that is not also a subdomain is the root domain. For example, if we take blog.yourwebsite.me, .ME is a TLD or a first-level domain, yourwebsite.me is a second level-domain and blog.yourwebsite.me becomes a third-level domain. People occasionally refer to subdomains as third-level domains. For example, “blog” here is a subdomain of “yourwebsite.me”. At the same time, “yourwebsite.me” is the root domain or “blog”. While subdomain may be part of the main website, it’s considered a separate entity by search engines. People recognized this and decided to use subdomains for various organization purposes or even when they don’t want certain parts of their website to be indexed by Google with the rest of it. Subdomains are usually used to: create different websites for niches of users, separate your blog or e-commerce site from your main website, create a separate mobile site or if you have a large number of users that build profiles on your root domain. Find out more here.

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  • 8. What do I use a subdomain for?

    While subdomain is part of the main website, it’s considered a separate entity by search engines. People recognized this and decided to use subdomains for various organization purposes or even when they don’t want certain parts of their website to be indexed by Google with the rest of it. Subdomains are usually used to:

    1. Create Different Websites for Niches of Users -This is especially true if you cater to different regions and content and language of your website need to be customized for each region. Sometimes it’s easier, both cost and performance wise, to create several entirely different websites than to maintain one heavy multi-lingual site.
    2. Separate Your Blog or E-Commerce Site from Your Main Website You may wish to do this due to the size of your blog (which can grow to enormous proportions), different blog design, different CMS, or the fact that serves a completely different purpose than your main domain.
    3. Create a Separate Mobile Site You can use a subdomain to provide a mobile-friendly experience for your visitors. Instead on working on a responsive site with elements that work on all screen-sizes, you can opt for an adaptive approach that represents a unique experience for each screen size.
    4. If You Have a Large Number of Users That Build Profiles on Your Root Domains A downside of having many different subdomains, especially if you give or sell them to others for use is that there is one instance when subdomains and their root domains are regarded the same; in instances when a subdomain is flagged as for phishing by users. If you have 10 subdomains, and only one of them gets flagged for phishing, the root domain and the remaining 9 subdomains will be marked for phishing as well. If you want to learn more about subdomains visit our "What Are Subdomains and How do They Affect Search Engine Optimization" blog post.
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  • 9. What is the difference between a subdomain and a subdirectory?

    Subdirectories, also referred as subfolders, are extensions of the main, root domain, and they are also used to organize the content on your website. If we have “domain.me/blog”, “blog” is a subdirectory on domain.me. If you have blog.domain.me this is a subdomain. There is an endless debate on what is better to use to organize your site, subdomains or subdirectories, from the standpoint of search engine optimization. There are pros and cons to either approach. Check out more here.

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  • 10. How can one IP address represent more than one domain and/or subdomain?

    To be able to communicate all computers and other digital devices on Internet have an address. That address consists of a series of numbers and is called Internet Protocol address or IP address. When you type in the domain name of the website you want to visit, it has to be translated into a number by a specific system. So, in order for the connection to get established - these names have to be translated to numeric equivalent, i.e. IP addresses. It is possible for one IP address to represent more than one domain and/or subdomain. You can do that by having control over an authoritative DNS server for the required domain and subdomain names. Then you'll have to point all those names to that single IP address and all subsequent name resolution request will point to the said IP address as the destination address.

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  • 11. What types of domain names are there?

    Top level domains are the highest level in the structure of the Internet - the Domain Name System or DNS. There are two-letter domains like .me, .de and .cn, which all stand for countries and regions and these are called country code top level domains or ccTLD. .com, .net, .org and others are generic top level domains or gTLD. There are also IDN ccTLD - internationalised country code top-level domains or just IDN which means these domains can have Chinese, Arabic, Cyrilic or other Latin characters in them. The domains can also be first level, second level or third (or more) level domains, but also subdomains.

    Take a look at the life cycle of a typical gTLD domain name:

    life cycle of a typical gTLD

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  • 12. What can I use .ME domain name for?

    .ME domain name is a perfect choice for setting up your personal website, since it should be all about you. It can also be used for creating an online resume, personal blog, sharing your craft or setting up a family email adress. But, .ME also goes great with your startup or business website. A lot of big brands put their trust in .ME, such as Facebook, Time, Visa, Paypal, Soundcloud, etc. For more info on using .ME domain name, check out these blog posts - "Use .ME: Make Your Personal Brand AwesoME" and "Use .ME for Building a MEmorable Business Website".

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  • 13. What characters and symbols can be a part of a domain name?

    A domain name that is not an IDN (internationalized domains) can only have ASCII alphanumeric characters and hyphens. All other characters are not accepted. .ME does not have IDN domains yet.

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  • 14. How long can a domain name be?

    A domain name max length is 63 characters, including the dot and the domain extension. So if you are lucky to have a domain like me.me you have a 5 character domain. Many would say that it is a two-letter domain, but then the max domain length for .me would be 60. The complete URL length may not exceed 253 characters.

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  • 15. What should I keep in mind when choosing a domain name?
    1. Follow the short-and-sweet rule
      Although the length of a domain name is not an SEO factor, avoid names that are too long or confusing. Aim at one that’s easy to remember and natural to type in the search box. Set a limit to 15 characters.
    2. Avoid hyphens
      If your domain name consists of two words, you may want to separate them with a hyphen. However, you should know that hyphens are associated with spammy websites, so it’s not recommended to use more than one.
    3. Don’t use numbers
      When someone hears the name of your website, it might be confusing if they are supposed to type in numbers or words (e.g. 2 or two). You should shorten and simplify the road between the user and your website as much as possible.
    4. Do a domain name radio test
      Imagine your domain name gets pronounced on the radio. Will the listeners know what exactly to type just by hearing the name? It is advisable to avoid similar sounds (e.g. “C” sounds both like “see” and “sea”; “U” sounds like “you”), and dashes (they cause confusion).

    Find out more here.

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  • 16. Do I get a website when I buy a domain name?

    No. A domain name is an address that points to your website. Registrars often offer a domain with a website builder, hosting or other services that are connected with a domain, though.

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  • 17. How does a website domain name impacts its SEO ranking?

    Search engine optimization (SEO) is a set of techniques implemented with the goal to achieve better ranking in the search results page in order to maximize the number of website visitors. Before choosing the perfect domain name, you need to understand keywords in domains: According to our research, personalized domain names are gaining momentum: 72% of those surveyed stated they find it very important for professional success. If you can manage to incorporate keywords along with your brand - that’s great. But don’t insist on keywords at the expense of your brand: it’s simply not worth it. If you want to boost your ranking in the search results page, learning about SEO is a must. You can find everything you need to know in our free eBook "The Secrets of Better Rankings: SEO and Domains".

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  • 18. What is the difference between a domain name and a URL?

    URL or Uniform Resource Locator is the whole string of letters and numbers. It points to a location of a specific page/image/video, or resource in general, on the web. It is comprised of several components, all of which let the server know which resource you want and in which format it should be presented in. For example, https://domain.me/blog/ is a URL while domain.me is a domain name. https:// represents a transfer protocol and directs how data from a web page will be transferred to your browser. You can see that domain.me uses S, like in Secure – HTTP Secure protocol, which adds a layer of security on information that is being transferred from its server to you and back. This is especially important if you are on an e-commerce site or any kind of site that asks you to make a payment or send any kind of personal information. As for us, we just like to keep things extra secure for you. Find out more here.

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  • 19. What happens if I don't renew my domain name?

    If you do not renew the domain name it will expire and eventually get back to the pool of available domains. For instance, after a .ME domain expires it is automatically auto-renewed (provided that the sponsoring registrar allows for auto-renew period) and the domain holder can continue to use it after paying a renewal fee. If the holder does not renew it, the subject .ME domain will be deleted and it will enter a 30-day redemption grace period. During this period the domain holder may redeem the domain but for a higher price (prices are set by the sponsoring registrar). If the subject .ME domain is not redeemed it will enter a 5-day redemption grace period when no changes could be made to the domain. After the redemption grace period a .ME domain becomes available for public registration.

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  • 20. What is the difference between a registrar and a registry?

    Registry is a structured database of domain names, and registrar is a company that manages the reservation of internet domain names. For example, domain.me is a registry, and you can see the list of .ME accredited regitrars here: https://domain.me/accredited-registrars/. If you want to register a domain name, you will search if it's available at domain.me and if yes, then you'll go to a registrar's website to complete the registration.

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  • 1. How do I register a domain name?

    To be able to register a domain you would need to use a domain registrar, or a reseller that offers .ME. .ME has more than 350 registrars you can choose from and they have thousands of resellers. First you have to check if a domain you are looking for is available and if yes you can proceed with the registrations.

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  • 2. Where can I register a domain name?

    .ME has more than 350 accredited registrars you can choose from: https://domain.me/accredited-registrars/.

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  • 3. How to choose a registrar with which to register my domain name?

    Choosing a registrar is a completely personal decision. .ME has more than 350 accredited registrars you can choose from: https://domain.me/accredited-registrars/. Some of the registrars have resellers who work directly with the end -customers, so there is a big chance every registrar you find online offers .ME. However, there are some things you need to take into consideration. Protecting and securing a domain name has to be your top priority:

    1. Carefully read the contract and registration duration time. When signing up, it can be for one year period or more, depending on registrar’s year registration timeframes. Also check if there are any fees included.
    2. Check on privacy policies of registrars – what they claim to provide for privacy protection, but also their demonstrated performance in that area.
    3. Make sure to carefully check registrar’s transfer policy, because it is possible that you may want to change your registrar someday. Some registrars charge a transfer fee or don’t allow transfer at all.
    4. Check costs and additional services. Many registrars offer additional services, like hosting, website building, email services, SSL certificates, etc. If that is what you need, you will want a registrar which is a full-service shop. Just make sure to check annual registration costs (they usually don’t vary much with registrars). You will also need to pay attention to the cost of additional services you may want.
    5. You’ll want a registrar which acts quickly when your site goes down or you’re facing some other issue. That’s why it is important to pay attention to the registrar’s customer support when choosing the right place for registering a domain name.
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  • 4. What does this status code mean?

    Domain status codes are easy readable pieces of information that indicate the exact state of your domain. It’s like a domain health diagnoses: they help you figure out if something’s wrong or if there are some safety issues you should worry about (e.g. whether or not your domain is protected from unauthorized transfers or updates). They also inform you about any pending actions that need to be resolved, about possible reasons your domain stopped working, your domain’s expiration date, etc. Pretty cool actually – kind of like your domain’s personal ID you’re responsible for. For more details visit: "Domain Name Status Codes Explained".

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  • 5. Why do I need to pay a domain company an annual registration fee?

    Domain names are subject to lease and the lease fee has to be paid every year. Think of it as of a subscription-based service you need to renew.

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  • 6. My wanted domain name is already taken, what can I do?

    When a domain you looked for is taken you may contact the owner, if they left their contact details and ask them to sell the domain to you. There is no other way, except to wait and see if the present owner forgets to renew the domain.

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  • 7. I want to buy a domain name from someone. How do I determine its worth?

    There are a number of services that offer domain value. However, the domain's worth is a very subjective category, and it only depends on what the owner offers and a buyer wants to pay.

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  • 8. What is a WHOIS?

    WHOIS is a query and response protocol that is used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of a domain name.

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  • 9. Can people know I registered a domain name?

    Yes, if you are not using a privacy protection or proxy service at your registrar.

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  • 10. What is a root server?

    Root servers are the authoritative name servers that serve the DNS root zone. There is a network of hundreds of root servers around the world. The root servers contain the information that makes up the root zone, which is the global list of top level domains.

    The root zone contains:

    • generic top level domains – such as .com, .net, and .org
    • country code top level domains – two-letter codes for each country, such as .ME for Montenegro or .NO for Norway
    • internationalized top level domains – generally equivalents of country code top level domain names written in the countries’ local character sets.

    For each of those top level domains, the root zone contains the numeric addresses of name servers which serve the top level domain’s contents, and the root servers respond with these addresses when asked about a top level domain.

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  • 11. How do I set up a DNS?

    If you have cPanel, and are using it for DNS you just need to follow these instructions:

    • Log in your cPanel account (yourdomain.me/cPanel is the most often link)
    • Click on the Zone Editor icon that appears under the Domain heading
    • Click on the + A record link to add an A record (The same applies for CNAME and MX, for more records click on the Manage Button)
    • Type in the domain name you wish to the name field, and the IP address to the Address field. (The process is similar for other records).

    If you are not using cPanel for DNS but you want to, you need to have WHM too. This is a two part process. The first part of this happens inside cPanel and WHM (so you must have this installed). It consists of selecting your name server software and setting it up. The second part happens with your registrar, here you need to register your name servers that you have previously set up.

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  • 12. I want to transfer my domain to a new registrar. What is an “authorization code” and where can I find it?

    Authorzation code is a unique domain identifier required for a registrar to registrar transfer. The code can be obtained from the sponsoring registrar.

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  • 1. Who usually registers .ME premium domain names?

    Some of the .ME premium domains have been allocated to companies like WordPress, Google, Facebook, Visa corp, and Time Magazine. However, some of the applicants are startups and entrepreneurs who have a great idea. About.me was just a startup when they applied for this great premium domain. The decisions of premium name allocations are made based on a business plan, the quality of service to be provided and references of the applicants.

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  • 2. How do you decide on the price of a .ME premium domain name?

    There is no perfect answer to this question but criteria that should be considered when coming up with the price are: domain age, domain authority, domain hack value, existing valuations of the same/similar domains, previous offers and, most importantly, valuations provided by reputable domain auctioning platforms.

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  • 3. What makes me eligible for a .ME premium domain name?

    .ME accepts applications from small and big companies, established enterprises and startups. You can find the allocation criteria here.

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  • 4. What are .ME premium domain names?

    .ME Premium names are highly valuable .ME domains, such as key-words and generics, which naturally create call-to-action and catchy marketing message due to their memorability and meaning. Try to forget a service called About.ME, Return.ME or Join.ME.

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  • 5. How are .ME premium domain names different from regular .ME domain names?

    The meaning and often length of a domain determines its value, much like location determines the price of a physical property. .ME Premium domain names are valued as domains of higher value because of their meaning and memorability.

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  • 6. What is a .ME Premium Domain Name Program?

    .ME Premium domain program is designed to match the best .ME domains, which have been reserved by the .ME Registry and are not available to the public, with the best projects, services and websites.

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  • 7. How can I register a .ME premium domain name?

    You can submit an application here: https://domain.me/premium-domain-names-and-premium-domain-program/ to use one of these great, rare names. Once an application is submitted, the .ME team reviews it and the applicant is contacted.

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  • 1. What is a DNSSEC?

    When you type in the domain name of the website you want to visit, it has to be translated into a number by a specific system. So, in order for the connection to get established - these names have to be translated to numeric equivalent, i.e. IP addresses. The system that makes this happen is called Domain Name System (DNS). It is also known as the phone book of the Internet as it tells computers the exact location of the websites and shows them where to send request and retrieve information.

    In July 2008, the CERT Coordination Center announced that a fundamental flaw was found in the Domain Name System (DNS) protocol. A solution to this flaw has been proposed - DNSSEC. This was a way to bring cryptographic assurance to results provided by DNS. DNSSEC is a technology developed to protect against these malicious attacks by digitally signing data so users are sure it is valid. DNSSEC protects the internet community using a public key cryptography for digitally signing authoritative zone data and validating its destination. It means that response from root name server on question where .ME name server is includes a signature key from the .ME name server.

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  • 2. How can I keep my domain registration anonymous?

    WHOIS privacy is a protection service offered by most domain name registrars and third-party providers.

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  • 3. What are transfer protocols?

    File transfer protocols are used for transferring files between a server and a client on a computer network. The diversity of today’s numerous networks implies a usage of many different complex protocols because there cannot be only one universal set of rules via which we control and handle all data transferring.

    Today, the FTP is mostly used for downloading which actually means transferring a certain file from one computer to another. In most cases, you won’t even know the exact location of the computer you’re receiving files from. The computer designed for receiving the FTP connection is called an FTP site (or FTP server). It is like a huge library of files and an authorized person has the power to organize them according to their preferences, keep them locked (i.e. demands a User ID and Password) or open to the public (i.e. typing your email as username to get access).

    With FTP programs (e.g. WS_FTP), you can do several things, such as:

    • Publish a website
    • Upload and download media
    • Add images to online auctions

    If you want to learn more about File Transfer Protocols, check out this blog post.

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  • 4. What is an SSL certificate?

    SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to a website. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.

    There are a couple of types of SSL certificates. Those are:

    • Single Domain – can only secure one domain;
    • Multi Domain – can secure multiple domains and it’s a bit more technical;
    • Wildcard – can secure virtually all subdomains of a given domain.
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  • 5. Which SSL toolkit should I use?

    Price for an SSL certificate is in the range of 40$ to over a 1000$ depending on the type of the certificate and many other factors. For most sites and blogs cheaper ones are the way to go. And with Let’s Encrypt there is a free alternative. On shared hosting environments Let’s Encrypt support may be sketchy, but it is worth asking your hosting provider if they support this or you can check this list of providers that guarantee Let’s Encrypt support. And if you have cPanel and the AutoSSL plugin installed, you may install Let’s Encrypt certificate there.

    Of course, you can still opt in for one of the traditional certificate authorities, depending on your preferences. There are some advantages to them, like: better support, longer certificate duration, etc.

    Registrars are responsible for obtaining an SSL toolkit that is compatible with the development language and platform of their client system. The minimum requirement is that it must support SSL version 3.

    For C, C++ or Perl Environments:

    • OpenSSL is the optimal open source SSL solution.

    For Java Environments:

    • Sun’s Java Secure Socket Extension;
    • SSLava from Phaos Technology.

    SSLava is also the toolkit used in the development of the SRS.

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  • 6. Can I install one domain SSL certificate to another domain?

    Unfortunately, that is not possible.

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  • 7. What is domain cybersquatting?

    Cybersquatting is an act of registering or using a domain name with the malicious intentions of profiting from the goodwill of someone else’s trademark. Most commonly, it is a practice of buying domain names that use the names of existing renowned businesses and cashing in on somebody else’s success. If you are a cybersquatting victim, you have two options: For U.S. citizens: there is a federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) that enables you to file a lawsuit.

    For non-U.S. citizens: You can use the international arbitration system of ICANN. This procedure is typically shorter and you won’t be needing an attorney. For more details visit: "Ultimate Guide to Domain Safety".

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  • 8. What is domain name hijacking?

    Domain hijacking or domain theft is a cyber crime that implies the unauthorized change of the registration of a certain domain name, with the intention of using it for abusive actions. The dreadful truth is this: all an attacker needs in order to gain full control of your domain is your account and a password. With various techniques (e.g. phishing, social engineering), one can get a hold of your domain account and use it for spam actions, malware distribution, money stealing (e.g. if it’s e-commerce we’re talking about), and of course – to make any desired changes. Usually, the attacker performs an identity theft and impersonates the real domain holder in order to convince the registrar to change authority settings, i.e. status codes. However, there are some ways you can prevent domain theft. Read this blog post to find out more.

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  • 9. What is domain spoofing?

    Domain spoofing (a type of domain hijacking) redirects users to a potentially malicious website. For example a third-party domain name is sent in an e-mail message in order to pretend to be someone else. It is used the most in advertising where unscrupulous publishers, ad networks or exchanges obscure the nature of their traffic to resemble legitimate websites.

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  • 10. How do I keep my domain name safe from cybersquatting and hijacking?

    Cybersquatting is an act of registering or using a domain name with the malicious intentions of profiting from the goodwill of someone else’s trademark. Most commonly, it is a practice of buying domain names that use the names of existing renowned businesses and cashing in on somebody else’s success.

    If you are a cybersquatting victim, you have two options:

    1. For U.S. citizens: there is a federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) that enables you to file a lawsuit.
    2. For non-U.S. citizens: You can use the international arbitration system of ICANN. This procedure is typically shorter and you won’t be needing an attorney.

    Some of the advisable practices to prevent cybersquatting include:

    • Officially registering your trademark
    • Registering a domain under your own name (i.e. you are the official domain holder)
    • Buying different domain extensions under the same name (e.g. .me, .com, .net)

    Domain hijacking or domain theft is a cyber crime that implies the unauthorized change of the registration of a certain domain name, with the intention of using it for abusive actions. Here’s how you can prevent domain theft:

    • Protect your e-mail account: Ensure your password is of solid strength, and you may even want to change it once in awhile.
    • Check security protection options before registering your domain (e.g. call-back authentication, placing various domain locks).
    • Keep your eyes on your traffic: If you notice any highly suspicious traffic, reach out to your registrar to see what’s up.

    A good protective strategy is to keep your domain status code locked: it gives you full control and it is the basic security measure everyone should follow. For more details on protecting your domain name from cybersquatting and hijacking, check out our "Ultimate Guide to Domain Safety" blog post.

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  • 1. What are the pros and cons of rebranding?

    Rebranding or shifting to another domain can be an exciting new opportunity for your company, but this process can be quite a pain in the neck if you don’t have a detailed plan. Here are some of the pros and cons of rebranding.


    • Improving your brand position;
    • Increasing brand recognition;
    • New hires and layoffs;
    • Attracting new customers;
    • Increasing engagement;
    • Better visuals & desing;
    • Setting up new goals;
    • More percieved brand value;
    • A huge learning process.


    • Possibility of loosing a number of loyal customers;
    • Confused employees;
    • Complicated domain migration process;
    • Possibility of higher expenses;
    • Uncertainty; Resources;
    • Possibility of loosing brand awareness;
    • Search ranking.

    We at .ME support companies that have decided to rebrand, because sometimes it is the best thing you can do to "refresh" your brand and get things moving. For detailed rebranding guide, check out: "How to Make Rebranding Less of a Hustle with a Domain Migration Plan" and "The Art of Reinvention: Branding for Progress" blog posts.

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  • 2. How will a domain name change impact my website traffic and ranking?

    Domain name change can impact your SEO - meaning you could lose some of your website traffic and see the drop in your rankings. This is only temporary while the search engines get the redirects sorted out and permanently if you’re not able to redirect old URLs. If you continue to work on the site and produce good content you should recover any lost traffic in a reasonable length of time. In order to do so, there are some steps on the way you should get done properly.

    1. Look into your options carefully and find the right domain that will suit your needs;
    2. Set the 301 redirect;
    3. Take care of your internal and external links;
    4. Get your sitemap in order;
    5. Monitor the transition;
    6. Let Google know you have moved. If you manage to solve these issues properly, there will be no significant impact on your website traffic and rankings.

    Get detailed advice on domain name change and it's impact here: "Step by Step Domain Migration Guide".

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  • 3. How to migrate my website to a new domain name?

    Before you start moving to another domain, you need to set a 301 redirect which means a domain has permanently moved to a new location. It is important for a smooth transition and helps you avoid the dreadful 404 page not found: it directs both your website visitors and search engines to your new domain. The 301 redirect ensures up to 99% of your ranking power gets transferred to a new address and it’s easy to set since it implies only a few lines of code. Just like when you’re moving to a new home and you decide to simultaneously get rid of the stuff you don’t have much use of, in means of domain migration – check if there are some bad links from spammy websites pointing to your domain and get rid of them. So, here’s what you should do:

    • Crawl your site and get a list of all internal pages and redirects;
    • Look for crawl errors (use Google Webmaster Tools);
    • See what’s your most linked content (again, with Google Webmaster);
    • Check the number of your indexed pages;
    • Check the list of external links.

    Get your Sitemap in order. A sitemap is a file that tells Google and other search engines about the organization of your site’s content (typically in hierarchical manner), making it easier for them to crawl through it. Not all websites have a sitemap but when you plan a domain migration – you need one for a smooth transition. However, there are other benefits of having a sitemap:

    • It increases the chances of more of your content getting indexed by Google (especially if your website is huge, sitemaps help Google figure out its way through your pages);
    • If your internal links aren’t the strongest, listing them in your sitemap will help.

    Sitemaps provide a good source of additional information for Google (but keep in mind it’s not a guarantee all of your content will get crawled, nor being indexed) If you want to learn more about keeping your traffic after migration visit: "Step by Step Domain Migration Guide".

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  • 4. If I change a name server connected to my domain name, will that affect the email accounts associated with that domain?

    Short answer, yes it will.

    You can imagine name servers as boxes that contain records for many things connected to your domain. So there are A records that connect to your site, MX records for mail, CNAME records etc. So when you change your box, you have to put records in there too. Some registrars, have automatic processes for migrating records from your old name server box, but you will need to ask first.

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  • 5. How do I redirect my old domain name to the new domain on the same host?

    Most of the hosting companies have a simple process where you enter a new domain name in a designated field of the old domain control panel. So this is often pretty simple to do. If you can't find it you will have to ask your host for this.

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  • 1. How do I create a branded short link with my .ME domain?

    URL or link shorteners take our long web addresses and give us a simple short URL that will fit into any tweet and won’t break comments or blog posts. Branded short links are great for personal branding as your followers know exactly where the link will take them once they see it shared across the web.

    Here is how you can make your own branded short links with Bit.ly:

    1. Choose and Register Your Domain Name - Each Bit.ly account can be connected to one custom domain free of charge and it is pretty easy to set up. First step is choosing your domain name, which is the most important and the hardest part of this process. With Bit.ly, instead of appearing like this: bit.ly/awesome-post, your links will appear as: yourdomain.me/awesome-post.
    2. Set Up Your Branded Short Domain in Bit.ly - Register for free and log in to your Bit.ly account. Go to “Settings”, and then to “Advanced”. After you click on “Activate a Branded Short Domain for personal use” you will be asked to enter the short domain you wish to use with Bit.ly. After you click “Add” Bit.ly will ask you to manually set your DNS A Record to make your Branded Short Domain point to Bit.ly IP address.
    3. Verify Your Domain - It will take up to 48 hours for the change to take place, after which you will have to go to Bit.ly Advanced Settings again to check if your domain was verified. If you want more precise instructions, you can find them here.
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  • 2. How do I build my personal website?

    Having a personal website is not only a preemptive measure but can also get you benefits and there are many. 50% of personal website owners reported that they got a new job offer and more than half reported that they have attracted new customers as a result of having a personal website.

    Personal websites can also help you get recognized as a competent professional in your industry (53%) and gain access to network of likeminded individuals (52%). To make your life much easier, there are many free and affordable services that make your personal website just few clicks and couple of seconds away. Let us introduce you some of them:

    Find out more here.

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  • 3. Do you know any free services for building a personal website?

    There are many FREE services that make your personal website just few clicks and couple of seconds away. Some of them are:

    • about.me – If all you need is a simple landing page;
    • Vizualize.me – If you want to try something different, like a one-page infographic resume;
    • hearabout.me - if you want to build a personal website for free in 10 seconds;
    • wix.com offers everything you need to create a stunning website.

    Discover even more free services for making your personal website here.

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  • 1. How do I become a certified .ME registrar?

    Any company which fulfils Application Process requirements can become an accredited .ME Registrar. This can be completed in three easy steps:

    • Step 1 — Apply If you already have an ORMS account (Afilias Online Registrar Management System).
    • Step 2 — pass the Technical Process: OT&E Certification.
    • Step 3 — Go live Once all the requirements have been met, your registrar will be issued a production account.

    Read more here.

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  • 2. What finance-related issues should I, as a registrar, be aware of?

    Generally, registrars are required to submit the provided financial forms, which must indicate the desired funding level and notification thresholds for an account. Importantly, when a registrar drops below their requested low balance notification threshold, the Registry will automatically send an email alert to the designated contact. Please refer to the Credit and Payment Policies document provided by the .ME Registry for complete information on funding Registry accounts.

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  • 3. What is the port 43 Whois-Server?

    Whois servers usually accept connections on port 43, which means that your whois client should be able to transmit and receive data using this port. However, if you’re behind a proxy or firewall, it is possible that whois lookups may not work. If that’s the case, you can ask your system administratior to open up port 43. TCP port 43 uses the Transmission Control Protocol, which is one of the main protocols in TCP/IP networks. IP protocol deals with packets only and TCP enables hosts to establish a connection and exchange streams of data. Transmission Control Protocol guarantees both delivery of data and delivery of packets on port 43 in the same order in which they were sent. The port 43 Whois-Server can be located at “whois.afilias-srs.net”.

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  • 4. What time conventions are used?

    The .ME registry uses the UTC time for WHOIS and generally all data/displays. UTC stands for Universal Time Coordinated, which is essentially the same as GMT since both use the time in Greenwich, England as the base reference point.

    For more information on UTC, please reference the World Clock website.

    In the Web administrative tool, dates are formatted YYYY-MM-DD.

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  • 5. How does the registry control access to the Shared Registry System?

    Access to the Shared Registry System is restricted by 3 mechanisms:

    • Access control to the production SRS is restricted by IP address filters.
    • SSL encryption is required for the communication channels between the Registrar`s client system and the OT&E and production systems.
    • Authentication by means of a username and password is required for session establishment.

    The SRS requires the correct combination of the above three mechanisms before a registrar is granted access.

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  • 6. What is the purpose requirement of `SSL Client:YES` for the certificate I purchase?

    This defines the purpose of the certificate and whether it can be used as client certificate. The following is a sample of an expected output from the command:

    openssl x509 -in your_cert.filename -purpose

    Certificate purposes:

    • SSL client : Yes
    • SSL client CA : No
    • SSL server : Yes
    • SSL server CA : No
    • Netscape SSL server : Yes
    • Netscape SSL server CA : No
    • S/MIME signing : No
    • S/MIME signing CA : No
    • S/MIME encryption : No
    • S/MIME encryption CA : No * CRL signing : Yes
    • CRL signing CA : No * Any Purpose : Yes
    • Any Purpose CA : Yes * OCSP helper : Yes
    • OCSP helper CA : No

    Please ensure that the certificate you purchase has “YES” for SSL client. As noted, this certificate can be used for both server and client purposes.

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  • 7. Which cipher suites are accepted?

    To establish a SSL connection to the SRS, the Registra's client system must choose a cipher suite supported by the SRS. The SRS supports the following ciphers:

    • SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5
    • SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA
    • SSL_DH_anon_WITH_RC4_128_MD5
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  • 1. Who owns .ME?

    .ME is owned by the country of Montenegro, but the domain is managed by .ME Registry, aka domain.me, a private company which signed an agreement with the Montenegrin Government in 2007.

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  • 2. What is Domain.ME?

    Domain.me is a registry of all .ME domains. The company manages the .ME domain registration around the world.

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  • 3. How did Montenegro get a .ME as its domain name?

    By gaining independence in 2006. Montenegro got assigned with an ISO code ME and corresponding internet domain extension .ME.

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  • 4. How did Domain .ME become an operator for Montenegrin national domain name?

    Domain.me won in the RFP process published in 2007. by the Montenegrin government, among 3 different offers, and signed a 5 year agreement with the Government, which was amended in 2013 for another ten years.

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  • 1. Introduction

    The .ME WHOIS is a tool used to look up records in the .ME registry database. This database is a comprehensive, centralized database of all the .ME domain names that have been registered worldwide. You can access .ME WHOIS on this site. Advanced users can also access the port 43 WHOIS server at: whois.afilias-srs.net. Each record within the database has the domain name’s ID (a domain`s assigned unique identifier), at least one contact name for the domain, a record type, and additional information about the domain.

    • To search for a .ME domain name, simply type in the domain name you wish to look up.
    • The entered domain must be a second-level domain, for example “example.me” since WHOIS database does not contain third-level domains like “another.example.me”.
    • Do not enter the beginning of the domain URL, such as http://www.
    • If the domain you are searching for is not contained in the .ME WHOIS database, it is likely available for registration.

    To register an available .ME domain, please contact a .ME authorized registrar.

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  • 2. Searches

    Please be advised that searches are not case-sensitive, with the exception of Registrar searches, which require the capitalize word `Registrar` along with a capitalized spelling of the registrar’s name. Additionally, ASCII alphanumeric characters and hyphens are accepted in the lookup of a .ME domain. All other characters are not accepted. Each search will only return a maximum of 50 search results. The .ME WHOIS server only supports the following four types of lookup objects: Domain, Name Server, Contact and Registrar.

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  • 3. Keywords

    The default search for the .ME WHOIS is to look up domain name records. However, the .ME WHOIS is capable of performing specialized keyword searches. Keyword searches are helpful because they can yield fewer and more exact matches that one is looking for. The following keywords can be used to filter and narrow search returns.

    • To search by Domain, simply type in the domain name, including the “.ME” extension. Alternatively, using “domain example.me” will also work.
    • To search by Contact ID, type in the word “contact” and the contact identifier, such as “contact C100-ABCD”. – To search by IP Address, type “host” and an IP address like “host”.
    • To search by Host or Nameserver, type `host` and a nameserver, for example, `NS01.domain.me`; host name lookups can only be performed on .ME hosts and not on hosts for other TLDs.
    • To search by Registrar, type the word `Registrar` and the registrar`s name with the first letter in the name capitalized – “Registrar Registrarname”.
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  • 4. Modifiers

    Modifiers are used to further tailor your searches. You can use modifiers in conjunction with keywords.

    • ID
      Search ID fields. This applies to Contact IDs and Registrar IDs.
      Example: “contact C100000-LRMS”
    • FULL or =
      Always show detailed results, even for multiple matches.
      Example: “= domainnam%”
    • summary
      Using “summary”, “SUM” or “$” will return summarized results, even for multiple matches.
      Example: “summary name smith, john”. Can also work in conjunction with the ID modifier.
    • %
      Wildcard character and partial string searches. The “%” symbol is a wildcard and adding it as a suffix to a name or an ID will produce all records that start with the partial string.
      For example: a search for “Registrar domain%” will return a list or registrars which includes the names “Domain Bank, Inc.”, “Domain Registry.com Inc.”, etc.
      Please Note: the use of the wildcard character cannot be combined with use of the “Domain” keywords (see above), and is not allowed in the “.me” or “-LRMS” portion of the a input string. If “.me” or “-LRMS” is not included in the input string, it will be implied at the end of the string except for IP Addresses and Registrar Organization queries.
    • _
      Using the underscore symbol, “_” as a suffix, produces records that start with that input string and have one and only one additional character.
      Example: a search for “brand_” will return “brands.me”, “brandy.me”, etc.
      Please Note: If “.me” or “-LRMS” is not included in the input string, it will be implied at the end of the string except for IP Addresses and Registrar Organization queries.
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  • 5. Terms found in .ME WHOIS database
    • Domain Status: Normal operating domains have a status of “OK” or “Active”. Domains with other status values are typically domains with pending operations or have restrictions regarding the domain.
    • OK: This is the nominal status value for a domain object at all times, whether or not the domain has pending operations or prohibitions.
    • New: This is the nominal status for a newly created domain object. The domain can be modified unless locked.
    • Active: This is the nominal status for a domain object once it has been published in a zone. The domain has a zone file and can be modified.
    • Locked: A locked domain cannot be transferred, renewed or deleted though the status value can change. Hierarchical and associated objects cannot be added or removed from the domain object as well. Domain names involved in Sunrise and other disputes may be locked, subject to registry policies.
    • Hold: The domain will not be published to a zone to allow for DNS resolution. Names without at least two nameservers may be placed in Hold status via submission of data through your registrar. pendingTransfer: A transfer request has been received for the domain, and completion of the request is pending. The domain cannot be renewed, deleted or updated while in this state.
    • pendingDelete: A delete request has been received from the registrar for the domain. The domain has been removed from the zone, but has not yet been purged from the registry database. The domain cannot be renewed, deleted, transferred or updated while in this state.
    • clientHold: The domain will not be published in a zone for DNS resolution. This status is placed on the domain by the registrar.
    • clientLock: The domain cannot be transferred, renewed, deleted or updated. This status is placed on the domain by the registrar. An update command may be used to change the status value. Hierarchical and associated objects cannot not be added or removed from the domain object.
    • ID: Each database record has a single field (its `ID`) that uniquely identifies it. The ID is shown in parenthesis following the record`s name. For example: Doe, John (C100000-LRMS) The `C100000-LRMS` is the ID. There is an ID associated with each `object` in the registry. An object can be a domain, host or contact. For example, you can use the ID modifier (see above) to search for contact and registrar IDs. Individuals owning multiple domains will also have multiple domain IDs, though they may have either one or possibly many contact IDs depending on how the registrar system created the registry information.
    • Sponsoring Registrar: A registrar that administers a domain name on behalf of the registrant is a Sponsoring Registrar. In the case where a reseller of a registrar registers a domain name, only the reseller`s registrar will appear in the Sponsoring Registrar field.
    • Trademark Information: Owners of registered trademarks and service marks have been allowed to register their corresponding domain names as a way of protecting their intellectual property. In such cases, the domain record will note the trade or service mark name, the date of registration for the registered mark, the country of registration, as well as the registration number.
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  • 6. A note about the use of .ME WHOIS

    WHOIS terms & conditions

    Access to .ME WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the .ME registry database. The data in this record is provided by .ME Registry for informational purposes only, and .ME Registry does not guarantee its accuracy. This service is intended only for query-based access. You agree that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances, will you use this data to:

    1. allow, enable or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail, telephone, facsimile, or other electronic processes of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations to entities other than the data recipient’s own existing customers; or
    2. enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that send queries or data to the systems of Registry Operator, except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or modify existing registrations.

    All rights reserved.
    .ME Registry reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.
    By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.

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  • 7. WHOIS limit exceeded error messages

    The .ME Registry`s WHOIS service is constantly being monitored for abusive practices like data mining. And as a result, on September 24, 2007, the .ME Registry took substantive action against users who had abnormally high or abusive usage of the public WHOIS service.

    The Registry stays vigilant against WHOIS abuse, by constantly upgrading our detection methods, as well as, improving operational practices to ensure security and protection of the public WHOIS service (web and Port 43). The .ME Registry retains the right to apply WHOIS abuse measures on a real-time basis, which may affect users for short periods of time. System messages will be available when the WHOIS is down for upgrading. Importantly, accredited .ME registrars will not be affected and will continue to have access to domain, host and contact information via EPP and their authorized credentials.

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