.DE refers to the official domain extension or the internet country code top level domain (ccTLD) of Germany. The spelled out meaning of DE is Deutschland which is the German word for Germany. It was introduced in 1986 and was intended for entities affiliated with Germany. DENIC is the authorized unit for carrying out its registry.
There is no special process needed to register a .DE domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
.de domains can be registered with any natural person or legal entity. To qualify for a domain name under the .de top-level domain, what matters is being a resident of Germany.
The following list of entities can register a .de domain name.
Business in Germany
Non-residents of Germany can only register .de domains if they have an office in Germany or a representative who fulfills this requirement. This representative has to be a German resident.
A business registered in Germany has to be represented by the company's head office, branch office, or representative.
How do I get a .de domain name?
The following steps will help you get a .de domain name.
Look for the available domain name of your choice.
Once you get the domain name, save it somewhere.
Now, look for a well-known domain registrar.
Proceed to purchase the .de domain name and get hosting.
Which registry controls the .de domain name?
The German country code top-level domain (ccTLD) .de is under the control of DENIC, the central registry located in Frankfurt.
Since it is located in Germany, there are some special rules for .de domains: The Registry must be run by a German company under German law. Domain names are hosted on servers in Germany.
What are the requirements for registering a .de domain name?
When registering your .de domain name, most domain registrars will give you the following regulations.
The domain name must use 3-63 characters.
You can also use letters a-z, numbers 0-9. You can as well use hyphens, but they need to be only in the beginning or at the end characters of your domain name
Special characters such as & and # are not allowed
IDNS are supported
Why register a .de domain name?
The .de domain name is vital for people and companies living in Germany because the German population trusts websites with a .de domain name.
This trust reduces the entry barrier for entering markets where German customers are relevant to target groups, e.g., online shops or blogs about topics related to Germany or its culture.
Therefore, the value of a website with a .de domain name is higher than that of a similar one using a different TLD.
A .de domain name is also an essential asset for companies offering services or products related to Germany or its culture. It increases their profits due to more customer trust in them.
To increase one's chance of successfully entering markets where Germans are relevant to target groups, it would make sense to provide contact details like headquarters location and phone number on the webpage.
You should also give additional support services by telephone for German customers who are used to the high-quality German standards.
Who controls .de domain names?
The registry of the .de domain is operated by DENIC, an association with a members' base comprising the various German Internet service providers and all users of the .de domain.
In addition to their general duties, DENIC is responsible for the regulatory supervision of all .de domain registrars, who are obliged to comply with strict regulations in terms and conditions, information provision, and complaint processing.