.nl domains

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Why a .nl domain name?

The image of .nl

When you start a website, it is important that it matches the image of your company. This starts with choosing a domain name and an extension. SIDN had a study conducted* into how domain names ending in .nl are perceived by the Dutch. This shows that there are positive associations with this extension. And you, as an entrepreneur, can use that to your advantage.

Most positive image

The research shows that .nl has the richest and most positive image of all extensions in the Netherlands, followed by .com. Extensions such as .shop, .tk and .bmw are regarded as vague and less reliable.

Choosing a .nl domain name

Respondents associate the extension .nl with ‘the Netherlands’, ‘trust’, ‘own’, ‘internet’ and ‘website’. It also evokes associations with successful companies that have a .nl domain name, such as marktplaats.nl, nu.nl and post.nl.

When people think of .com, they mainly think of ‘international’, ‘foreign’, ‘global’ and ‘commercial’. When asked which words fit the image of .nl, ‘close’ (74%), ‘trusted’ (69%), ‘reliable’ (65%), ‘secure’ (64%) and ‘value stable’ (49%) are the most frequently mentioned words.

*1,025 respondents participated in this survey.

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Reasons to buy a .nl domain name

A .nl domain name tells the world that your business and website are Dutch

A .nl names give your company a professional image, which demonstrates proof of your commitment to local customers

Registering a .nl domain offers the potential to protect and improve your brand identity in the Netherlands.

A .nl domain name is a great choice for any business operating in the Netherlands or targeting Dutch consumers.

FAQ

Are there rules about what domain name you can have?

  • It can’t contain anything except letters (a – z), numbers (0 – 9) and hyphens (-).

  • It has to be at least two characters long, but no more than sixty-three.

  • It can’t be anything that’s inconsistent with public order or decency.

  • A handful of special names aren’t allowed: ftp.nl, mail.nl, nl.nl, www.nl.

  • It has to meet the technical specifications that accompany our General Terms and Conditions for .nl Registrants. Your registrar (hosting service provider) will probably take care of that for you.

When is a .nl domain name worth something?

There are numerous factors that determine what a domain name is worth. Alexandpatswedding.nl is attractive to an engaged couple called Alex and Pat, but isn’t very useful to anyone else. Names that can be valuable include:

  • Names based on generic terms that people looking for products and services may search for (e.g. laptops.nl), but aren’t protected brands (such as unox.nl, which only Unox can use)

  • Names based on common surnames, especially surnames that a lot of traders use (e.g. jansen.nl)

  • Names that are short and easy to remember

  • Names that may match abbreviations (e.g. names with fewer than six characters)

  • Names that you know how to spell as soon as you hear them (e.g. on the radio)

What are the advantages to register a .nl domain name?

With a .nl domain name, you have a unique and reliable Dutch on-line address. To apply for a .nl domain name, you have to go through a registrar – a service provider that acts as an intermediary between you and SIDN. This page is your guide to .nl domain names – the number 1 choice, because:

  • Dutch internet users prefer .nl

  • .nls are easier to find, so they get more traffic

  • .nls are demonstrably safer

  • We’ve got more than 5 million domain names available to choose from

Can I transfer my existing domain to Web World?

Before beginning the transfer process, you will need to ensure that your domain is properly set up for a transfer and that you have all of the required information. The process will vary depending on your domain provider, but there are general steps that are common between many registrars. Don’t worry. We can help you transfer your files, databases, and update all settings. You can contact us here and we will assist you

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