Three Things I Like About Germany’s .DE

As you know I am a big believer in ccTLD’s and the opportunities that exist in the Global Domaining markets. While my portfolio spans over twenty different TLD’s I have a nice concentration of .us and .in/ domains. I haven’t been too involved with .DE until I learned more about it during the ccTLD panel at TRAFFIC Las Vegas. It was there that I fell in love with .DE and while I’m still a beginning in the market I think the prospects are great!

So what do I like so much about .DE? There are three qualities that really make .DE stand-out:

  1. One-Month Registrations – that’s right, you can register a .DE domain for just a month – it really is like doing domain tasting!
  2. Dashes are In – imagine a world where dashes and spaces are created equally – with .DE you can register those hyphenated domains all you want!
  3. Second Largest Domain Market – .DE is the second largest domain market next to .com

We will have a much more detailed article about the .DE ccTLD on my new online magazine –!

{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Happy March 10, 2010, 8:10 am

    Hey Morgan,
    Nice info. Just visited your other site. Looks really great! I am hoping you can elaborate more on how to acquire these domains such as .de, .ca etc especially for united states citizens. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Yaron March 10, 2010, 8:26 am

    Hi Morgan,
    Great post. I would love to learn more about the best place to acquire a .DE domains.

  • David March 10, 2010, 9:47 am

    Hey Morgan, you make some nice points, but what I’ve heard is that English keywords (unless used in German language) + .de domains doesn’t work out well. Many people say DE domains are only good with German domains and just like with .com s almost all good ones are taken.

    So could you give me some info on this?

    • Morgan March 10, 2010, 4:54 pm

      Thanks for your comment @David – there are plenty of high .de sales with English words like this year for $162,150 and at $141,610. As for all the good ones being taken – while the market is saturated it isn’t even close to as saturated as .com is.

      At the end of the day I don’t think you’re going to be hand-registering .de’s that are worth a fortune…but the aftermarket is a whole different story 🙂

  • Chris Robbins March 10, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Morgan where do you register .de at. I use Godaddy & have never been given the option of regging them for a month.

  • Kedaar March 10, 2010, 4:26 pm

    Thank Morgan,
    Actually, I was not aware of one month registration. I will think of adding .de in my portfolio in near future.

  • The Other Patrick March 10, 2010, 5:29 pm


    Are you sure .DE is not a restricted CCTLD?

    • Morgan March 10, 2010, 10:54 pm

      @The Other Patrick – Nope – anyone can own them.

  • domain report March 10, 2010, 6:45 pm

    No doubt about it, .de domains continue to have strong sales week after week. German words, english words, one hyphen, two hyphens, it almost doesn’t seem to matter! I am hoping Germany is ahead of the country code tld curve, and other countries will eventually take up their own cctld as vigorously as Germans do.

  • The Other Patrick March 10, 2010, 11:29 pm

    “@The Other Patrick – Nope – anyone can own them.”

    Hi Morgan,

    The reason I asked if .de is restricted is based on info taken from the .de Registry,

    In the FAQs section of the Denic site it says:

    Is it possible for individuals or institutions not located in Germany to register a .de domain?

    It is possible for individuals or institutions (that have legal capacity) not located in Germany to register .de domains. There is, however, a condition, namely that they must appoint an administrative contact who is resident in Germany and who has a postal address at which it is possible to serve documents (i.e. not a mere P.O. box). The administrative contact is then also the person formally authorized by the domain holder to receive service of official or court documents (Zustellungsbevollmächtigter) within the meaning of the German Code of Civil Procedure (Zivilprozessordnung) and the German Code of Criminal Procedure (Strafprozessordnung). The reason for this measure is to ensure that if any party has a legal claim to pursue, it is not made more difficult for them by having to serve official or court documents in another country, which is often a long, drawn-out process.”

    Seems to me that a US citizens can’t just register a .de domain freely like registering a .Com.

    So how did you find an “administrative contact who is resident in Germany” and obtain a postal address that complies with the regulation?

  • The Other Patrick March 10, 2010, 11:30 pm

  • Steve March 11, 2010, 12:05 am

    Godaddy and other registers use an admin that meets all of the requirements.
    Best Regards.

  • The Other Patrick March 11, 2010, 12:48 am

    Thanks Steve.

    An interesting experiment:

    I just went through (but didn’t complete) the registration of a .DE domain at GoDaddy.

    It was just like registering any of the other usual extensions.

    Not a single question came up regarding the Denic requirements.

    I did not have to supply any additional info.

    I did the same at

    This time a notice appeared:
    “Special TLD Requirements”

    “The following TLDs have special requirements. Before continuing you must complete the requirements for each of them if you have not already done so. Items with an orange border require completion.”.

    “In submitting the application for registration of a domain, the Domain Holder shall give an assurance that the data pertaining to him/her contained therein is correct and that he/she is entitled to register and/or use the domain and, in particular, that the registration and intended use of the domain does not infringe anybody else rights nor break any law. If the Domain Holder is not domiciled in Germany, he/she shall be required to appoint an Administrative Contact domiciled in Germany. This Administrative Contact shall also be the Domain Holder authorized representative for receiving the service of official or court documents for the purposes of 174 ff. of the German Code of Civil Procedure.”.

    Before you can proceed you have to:

    “Complete Requirements”:

    “Special requirement for .de

    Required sections are highlighted in orange.

    Company Name
    First Name
    Last Name
    State / Province
    Zip / Postal Code
    Int. Phone Code
    email ”

    Next I tried at

    Same result as at GoDaddy.

    Seems I could regsiter a .DE without “proving” anything.

    Go figure!

  • Duane March 11, 2010, 8:53 am

    At the other Patrick,

    you can register the .de Domains at a registrar of your choice.

    The problems which arise are when your adress is checked by denic or someone else wanting that domain? They are able to take it with out any notice if you do not meet requirements ( German contact adress in Whois)

    The registrar’s dont block you from getting the domains, they just want your registration fees and they are done. It’s up to the person registering the domain to meet the requirements.

  • Steve March 11, 2010, 3:39 pm

    When you register a .de at godaddy they automatically put the proper admin details for the German admin requirement on your domain(s). This puts the proper info in the right place for denic requirements. Ask godaddy if you want to double check. Just make sure you use a register that provides a German admin. Ask first if not sure.

  • Lance Zeidman February 28, 2012, 12:20 pm

    what is it with the hyphens? do they like it better for a 2 worder rather than clean????

    • Morgan Linton February 28, 2012, 3:42 pm

      In Germany some people actually do prefer the hyphens, one of the only markets I know of where this is true!

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