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Domain Basics

These articles discuss the basics of domains under 101domain management.

What is a ccTLD?

Every nation in the world has a country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) consisting of two letters representing the country on the internet. 

Some Country Code Domains are restricted, meaning there are certain requirements you have to fulfill in order to register a domain name for that region such as having a presence in the country, for example, a physical address or a business license. Other Country Code Domains are unrestricted meaning anyone can register one. We have connections across the globe and offer our exclusive Trustee Services so you can register a domain in any country of the world even if you don’t live there.

Many of these Country Code Domains are also available as Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), which allow the domain name to be registered using characters that are native to the alphabet of the country in question. 

Each and every one of our Country Code Domains has their own webpage on our website. Once you have located the country and Country Code Domain you are searching for, you can click on it to see all the associated second and third level domains that are available. Second level domains like .gov and .mil have very specific requirements and many restrictions when paired with Country Code Domains. 

What is an IDN?

IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names) are domain names that are created in the local language of the internet user instead of Latin characters only. Any domain name that contains characters that are not found in the English-based alphanumeric system (English letters, and numbers such as 1, 2, or 3) is considered to be an IDN. The two major types of IDNs are below.

Latin-based Characters: Puny code encoding is used for ISO IDNs - domains containing Latin-based characters such as áéíäö, etc.  

Non-Latin Characters: UTF-8 is a way of coding special characters and this type of coding allows for Asian and Arabic character domains.

If your native language is non-Latin alphabets such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Hindi, Russian, Serbian, Tamil, Thai, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean, then Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are perfect for you! 

Registering an IDN domain name helps you connect with your target audience in their local language and provide a more comfortable online experience with your company's website for users whose native language is not English. This enables your visitors to navigate your website and address emails to you in their local language. 

View our full list of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).

Transfer domain from one account to another

Looking to transfer a name already with us to another customer account in our system?  This process is free and only available for auth-code based transfers. Registration period does not get extended. For all other transfers, please contact our Support Team for more information. The transferee's information will replace your information on the domain name and they will have full control and ownership of the domain name. NOTE: This process is not reversible.


  1. Prepare your domain name(s) for transfer.
  2. Log in to your account and go to your domain name's settings.
    • Select Transfer to another account and retrieve your authorization code.
    • Give the authorization code to the transferee so they can complete the process.
  3. Once the transferee received the code, they will proceed just like a regular transfer on this page. They will not be charged for the transfer.
  4. You will be notified once the process is complete and the domain is no longer in your account.


How do I cancel my domain name?

To cancel a domain name in your account please contact a member of our Support Team. You can contact support from your Account at my.101domain.com via the 'Support' link which is located in the header of your account.

My domain name has expired?

Each New Domain and International Domain Registry has different procedures for recovering expired domain names.

Renewal notices are sent to the primary email address on file 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 15 days, 5 days, and 1 day prior to the domain expiration date.

Because many registries require additional processing for domain renewals, PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR US TO PROCESS YOUR RENEWAL. We are not liable for your failure to pay the renewal fees by the due date and you may incur additional fees or risk losing your domain name for your failure to do so. For additional information on the renewal and redemption process, please refer to our terms and conditions.

To ensure your domains are renewed on time, it is recommended that you set your domain to auto-renew.

If you want to learn more about the domain expiration process, see this blog post

For further assistance, please contact our Support Team or submit a Support Ticket in your Account at my.101domain.com

My domain name is not working?

There are several reasons why your domain may not be resolving (working) properly. They include:

  • You haven't allowed sufficient time for your domain to propagate across the Internet. In some instances, but not generally, this may take as long as 48 hours.
  • You did not add your domain to a name server. In other words, no name servers are attached to your domain name.
  • You registered your domain name with a different Registrar than 101domain but you did not point the name servers to 101domain. You can do this by updating your DNS setting in your account. See How do I modify my DNS records.
  • If none of the above are the problem, please contact our Support Team or submit a Support Ticket in your Account at my.101domain.com.

What is the difference between a domain name and a website?

It's easy to think a domain name and a website are the same. While they are closely connected, they are very different things. To simplify: a domain name, is the property address you lease; a website, on the other hand, is the physical building that is your house and where you place your furniture (your website content)

What Is A Domain Name?

When you register a domain name, it gives you sole ownership and rights to that domain name for the term you have registered it.  

However, just because you have a domain name does not mean that you automatically have a website ready to show the world. To create and operate a website, you will need a domain name and website hosting. 

What Is A Website?

A website is a collection of web pages on the Internet, that lives on a certain domain name. You can create and host your website using our Easy Website Builder. We have 3 different tiers to choose from, each with the first 30 days free for you to try out.