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.de domains

You can register, transfer, or connect domains ending in .de to Squarespace if you have an address in Germany. This TLD is a great option if you have a business or professional presence in Germany and you want a domain that matches your location.

The .de TLD follows different rules than most other TLDs we offer. This guide covers all of these requirements and exceptions.

Tip: The .de TLD is a country code top-level domain (ccTLD), which works differently from a generic top-level domain (gTLD).

TLD features

Browse the table below to learn about the unique features and rules of registering or transferring a domain ending in .de.

Tip: If you already own a .de domain and don’t want to manage it through Squarespace, you can keep it hosted with your current provider and connect it to your site. The rules in this section don’t apply if you connect a .de domain from another provider.

Feature

Rules

Pricing

  • $20
  • €18
  • £16
  • A$27

Your domain may be subject to state and local sales taxes. If your domain is subject to tax, you’ll see it added at checkout. To learn more, visit our guides on taxes in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, or Australia and New Zealand.

Address requirements

You must enter an address located in Germany to register or transfer the domain, then maintain it to keep the domain. If your address changes to a different country, your domain could be suspended without a refund.

Phone number requirements

Enter your phone number including the country code and leaving out any dashes. For example, if your country code is 49, you'd enter 491234567890.

WHOIS Privacy

WHOIS privacy isn't available.

Domain locking

Domains can't be locked.

Verification

You don’t need to take any action or verify your domain via email after registering or transferring. Your .de domain is verified automatically.

Registration contact options

There’s only an Owner contact. You won’t see Admin, Tech, or Billing contact options.

Registration period

A .de domain can only be registered for one year at a time.

Five-day registration grace period

There’s no five-day grace period to cancel .de domains and no refunds.

Before you register the domain, ensure that you want to keep it. Double-check the domain for typos.

Auto renew

All .de domains are charged for renewal 20 days before their official renewal date. Your charge date is listed under Renews On in the Domains panel.

Important things to note:

  • Your domain isn’t officially renewed until 20 days after your charge date.
  • The auto-renew option locks when your domain is within five days of renewal (15 days after your charge date).

To cancel an upcoming renewal, disable auto-renew at least 1 day before the Renews On date shown in your Domains panel.

Failed payments and expired domains

To keep your .de domain active and linked to your site, ensure that you have a valid credit card linked to your site. If we can't charge the credit card on file for your site, we'll make additional attempts to charge your card every five days after the first failed charge. If we’re still unable to charge your card 20 days after the payment was due, the domain will expire and will no longer connect to your site. 

After your domain expires, it's immediately released to the registrar, Tucows. You have a 30 day redemption period to contact Tucows and request a renewal.

Nameservers

It’s not possible to edit nameservers.

Note that for most actions, you don’t need to edit a domain’s nameservers and can instead use custom DNS records.

Why is my domain registration "in progress?"

If your .de domain has a yellow Registration in progress label in the Domains panel, it needs more time to fully resolve to your site. You don't need to take any action. After the domain is activated, your domain will have a green label in the Domains panel. 

Most .de domains take less than 24 hours to fully resolve, though it may take up to 72 hours. If your .de domain still isn't active after 72 hours, contact us and we'll take a look at your settings to ensure everything is set up correctly.

Transferring .de domains

.de domains have a few special rules and steps needed to transfer them to and away from Squarespace successfully. 

Transferring a .de domain to Squarespace

The process of transferring a .de domain to Squarespace is nearly the same as other TLDs, with the addition of these details:

  • Review your domain's DNS records before starting the transfer. If there's a DNSSEC record in place, contact your current domain provider and ask them to delete it. Domains with DNSSEC won't properly transfer to Squarespace. 
  • Transferring a .de domain to Squarespace gives you one new year of registration, but won’t carry over any remaining time from your previous provider.

Transferring a .de domain away from Squarespace

You can transfer your .de domain away from Squarespace at any time. You don’t need to wait the usual 60 days after registering or transferring it. Note that any remaining time on your registration won’t carry over to your new provider. 

Unlike other TLDs, you don't need to unlock the domain. Follow these steps to transfer your domain away:

  1. In the Domains panel, click the .de domain you’re transferring away.
  2. Click Send Transfer Authentication Code.
  3. The domain’s Owner contact will receive an email with the transfer code. You'll provide this code to your new domain provider to authorize the transfer.

Your transfer code expires 30 days after it’s issued, so ensure that you start the transfer process soon after receiving it.

Clicking Send Transfer Authentication Code more than once sends multiple unique transfer codes. Only the most recent code is valid, so delete any previous emails to avoid confusion. 

 

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