NB: the information in this document relates to domain names with the ending .ch which have been registered directly with SWITCH and are administered directly by SWITCH (i.e. not via a recognised Partner of SWITCH). If you would like to register a domain name with the ending .li, please contact one of our recognised Partners. If you are enquiring about a .li domain name that is already registered, please contact the Partner who administers this domain name.
It is always in your account where you can administer domain names, contact data and name servers and also can request updates and deletions. To access your account you must first of all log in with your User ID and password. The same applies if you want to request updates on behalf of others. You will find all the necessary options for these transactions in your account.
If you have forgotten your password, you can order a new one. To do this, select "Login to your account" - "Send password" in the navigation.
If you have specified a mobile phone number in your account and released this for the dispatch of the password, you can also have the temporary password sent by SMS.
On data protection grounds, it is not possible to show the e-mail address or mobile phone number that the password is being sent to. If you do not receive the password within the next hour by e-mail or SMS, please phone our customer service (0848 844 080).
Please note: The password that you receive is not the same as the password you have had to date. For security reasons, SWITCH does not send out existing passwords in clear text. You will be sent a temporary password which you can use to specify a new password of your choice. You should log onto our website with your User ID and the temporary password and then enter your new password when prompted to do so. Enter you password as soon as possible after receiving the message, since the temporary password is only valid for a few days.
If you receive an error message when logging on with a temporary password, then the password has most likely expired. For security reasons, a temporary password is only valid for a limited period of time. In such a case, you should order the password again.
In your account you can perform all the administrative tasks required for your domain names and other data.
* If you are the holder of the domain names concerned, the requested updates or deletions will be executed straightaway without any further enquiries needing to be made! Written confirmations are no longer required. This simplification of the administrative procedure was introduced on 1 September 2007. It does not apply in the case of SWITCHguard domain names, see Administering SWITCHguard domain names.
SWITCH uses the term "Account" to apply to that part of its website where you can administer your domain names and other data. Once you have logged in, the contents part on the right of the page will contain a list of your domain names. The navigation block on the left is divided into two main sections. The upper part contains all the options for administering domain names and for other tasks. The lower section contains links to various forms of information: General Terms and Conditions, FAQs, instructions, and so on.
If you want to make changes to any of the data entered for your domain names, it is best to start in the list of domain names. Remember that you can always click on "Domain Names" in the navigation to return to this list. For other administrative tasks, it is best to start from the other options in the navigation.
In the contents section, you have the option of viewing additional information. Click the information symbols , which are the last items on the right, to view explanations. The orange question marks that are associated with certain terms or elements also produce additional information when clicked. As you make your way through a given process, the status display at the top will tell you how you are progressing and precisely where you are at present.
Once you have finished your work, don't forget to log out!
You can specify the language for the account and the messages in the account data. You should log on and click on "Account" in the navigation. Your address entry will then be displayed. Select the desired language under "Language".
You will find a list of your domain names in your account. Whenever you log in, the first thing the system does is to show you a list of all the domain names for which you are entered as the holder, billing contact or technical contact. Afterwards, you can choose the "Domain Names" item in the navigation to call up this list. If you click on the domain name, the details of the entry will be displayed.
If you have more than ten domain names, the first ten will be displayed. You can then use the navigation element below the list to view the next ten domain names. Alternatively, you can use the search function above the list to look for a particular domain name. You will find more about the domain name list in the next section.
If you find that domain names you were expecting are missing from the list, the most probable explanation is that you or your company has more than one User ID (account). You ought to find the other domain names in the appropriate account.
The list contains all the domain names for which you have been entered as being the holder and/or billing contact and/or technical contact. You can sort this list according to any of the visible criteria by clicking on the appropriate column header.
The first column contains the domain names. If you click on the domain name, the details of this domain name will be displayed.
These details also include the History option, which will take you to an overview of the earlier entries for this domain name.
In the second column, the letters H, B and T stand for Holder, Billing contact and Technical contact. If the letter is in bold type, it is you that have been entered for this role. To give an example: if H is in bold type, you are the holder of the corresponding domain name.
The third column Type shows whether the domain name is a SWITCHbasic or a SWITCHguard domain name. The house symbol stands for SWITCHbasic, while the castle symbol denotes SWITCHguard.
More on SWITCHbasic and SWITCHguard domain names
The fourth column is called Status and shows you the status of the name servers (the result of the most recent name server test). Further information at What do the symbols mean
The fifth column Subscription end shows the end of the current subscription period. If you are thinking about deleting a domain name, remember that you must do so at least 30 days before this date is reached in order to avoid having to pay for the next subscription period as well (Period of notice).
The sixth column Comment shows whether there any requests still pending for the domain name in question. If you are the holder of the domain name, you can process the request under "Messages" - "To be processed", i.e. you can check it and then execute it or reject it. If you are not the holder, you will not be able to see the request, unless you have submitted it yourself. In the latter case, you can view the request under "Messages" - "Your requests" and delete it if required.
The Comment column similarly shows whether a new domain name is unable to be used as yet, because it has not yet been paid for. The words not activated then appear in red. See also How can I activate my domain name
In the last column, you can place a cross next to one or more domain names so that you can process them further. If a request is already pending for a domain name, no further requests may be submitted. If this is the case, then there will be no box for placing a cross in the last column.
If you would like to see the earlier entries for your domain name, then this is possible but only for domain names for which you are the holder. You can also only trace the history back to the point in time at which you became the holder of the domain name. No data prior to 1999 will be displayed either.
To trace the history of a domain name, you should log into your account. In the list of domain names, click on the name for which you wish to see the former entries. The details of the domain name will be shown. Click on the "History" button. The earlier domain name entries will be listed in tabular form on the following page.
Most of the messages from SWITCH you'll receive online in your account. You will find the messages in the navigation under "Messages".
Messages to be processed
Here you will find requests for confirmation if third parties have submitted requests for your domain names, name servers or address entry. You will be notified by e-mail that there are new requests for confirmation in your account. If you receive an e-mail message of this type, you should log into your account as soon as possible and check the requests. You can then agree to the request or reject it online. If no confirmation or rejection is submitted within a period of ten days, the request will expire.
Messages for your attention
This shows you the feedback for requests (e.g. new registrations, updates, deletions) that have been submitted. You will see whether the requests have been executed, rejected or deleted. Changes to domain name entries that have been executed are confirmed in this way. Confirmations for newly registered domain names or for deletions will be confirmed by e-mail, however.
You will receive messages of this kind
Once you have logged in, you will immediately see a list of those domain names for which you are registered as the holder, billing contact or technical contact. From this list you can now select those domain names you want to work on. You can choose between working on just one domain or on several domain names at once (see Updating several domain names).
You can perform any of the following actions on the domain names you have selected:
1. Switch on/activate the domain name, perform a provider change (enter, change, remove name servers), Details
2. Transfer domain names to another holder, Details
3. Enter a changed billing contact or technical contact, Details
4. Delete domain names, Details
5. Test name servers, see FAQs on name servers
6. Converting SWITCHbasic domain names into SWITCHguard domain names and vice-versa, Details
7. Updating the trusted third parties for SWITCHguard domain names.
Important note on points 2 and 3: If the company or private individual entered is correct and all you want to do is to modify the address or contact data, you do not need to update the entry for the domain name. It is enough to update the data for the account (address) affected. See How do I correct/update addresses
Making payments: Use the "Pay" option in the navigation to pay for domain names and invoices online (credit card, PostFinance Card, PayPal). You can have your invoices displayed as PDFs. These contain the details that you need for e-banking or bank transfers. You can only pay for domain names for which you are entered as the billing contact. More about billing and paying
Changing Partners (transfer): Choose "Domain Names" - "Partner transfer" in the navigation to transfer domain names from SWITCH to a Partner or vice-versa. You will find more details on this in our FAQs on Partners.
It is possible to submit requests to update more than one domain name at once, but only for those that are included on your list. You can use this function to make sure that all these domain names reflect the same situation, i.e. that all the entries for the domain names tally with one another after the update. You can also use this function to restrict your update to individual items of data. For example, after the update all the domain names will have the same name servers, but all their other data will remain unchanged. If you want to work on several domain names at once, place crosses next to them in the list and then click "Edit marked lines". Before you finally submit your update request, the system will show you a list of each domain name affected and what their entries will look like after the update has been completed.
Whilst working in your account, you can also request updates for domain names that are not in your list, i.e. for which you are not the holder, billing contact or technical contact. If you want to do this, select the option "Domain names" - "Administer", which is to be found in the navigation. At the bottom of the page, there is a box called "Other domain names", where you can enter the domain names before going on to request updates. Note that these updates generally require the confirmation of the holder before they can be executed. In the case of SWITCHguard domain names, it is also necessary for the requisite number of trusted third parties to agree to the update.
SWITCHguard domain names offer additional security through the allocation of trusted third parties who – in addition to the holder – are required to agree to any updates in the domain name entry.
Requests for updates to the entries for SWITCHguard domain names or for deletions are submitted via the account in the customary fashion. A request of this type now has to be confirmed by the holder and by the requisite number of trusted third parties (exception: if the holder submits the request, they do not need to confirm it once again). The holder and all the trusted third parties are now sent a message via e-mail to the effect that there is a request that requires processing in their account. After logging into their accounts, the third parties concerned can check the pending request and agree to the update/deletion or reject the request. Only when the holder and at least half the trusted third parties have given their agreement will the update/deletion be executed. If a domain name has four trusted third parties, for instance, it is necessary for two to give their agreement; if there are three trusted third parties, two must give their agreement.
When a SWITCHguard domain name is registered, accounts are also opened for the trusted third parties (if they do not already have accounts) and they will be sent their User ID and a temporary password by e-mail.
NB: If you, as the holder or a trusted third party, see that the request is incorrect and must be not executed, it is not sufficient for you to reject the request. It could be that the other persons do not notice the mistake and accept the request. It is then best for you to contact the others as soon as possible to inform them of the incorrect request.
More about SWITCHguard domain names
1. Log into your account. To do this, select "Login to your account" in the navigation.
2. Mark the domain name(s) concerned in the list of your domain names and then click on "Edit marked lines".
3. In the "Name server" section, click on the "other" button. You can now enter the name servers for your domain name(s).
If a domain name is to be used for a website or for e-mails, then it is necessary to configure name servers and enter these for the domain name. The name servers are generally set up by the provider who hosts your website. The provider will also generally submit the update request for the name server to be entered for the domain name.
You can also enter the name servers yourself, however. To do this, you must ask your Internet Service Provider or name server provider for the details of the name servers that have been set up for your domain name.
Log into your account. Mark the domain name(s) concerned in the list of your domain names and then click on "Edit marked lines". Now click in the "Name server" section on the "other" button and enter the name servers. If there are already name servers in the list, please read the note further down. Enter the names of the name servers, separated by semicolons (example: ns1.yourprovider.ch; ns2.yourprovider.ch).
Press "continue" to return to the overview, where the name servers will now be displayed. You can enter your provider as the technical contact; this is, however, optional. Now click on "continue".
The name server configuration will now be tested. You will see the result of the test on the next page in the section "Name server". See also What the symbols mean
You should check the details again and then click on "Save". The name servers are now entered for the domain name, and the domain name will be switched live/activated within an hour. If it is a SWITCHguard domain name that is involved, it will first be necessary for the required number of trusted third parties to give their agreement before the name servers can be entered.
Note: If you have other domain names for which the name servers have already been entered, those domain names' name servers will appear in the list box. That does not necessarily mean that these name servers have been correctly configured for the domain name you are currently working on. If you are in any way uncertain, ask your provider.
Provider changes (changing name servers)
A provider change means nothing more than changing the name servers and the technical contact, and the procedure is the same as for entering new name servers (see above). Note: when changing the name servers or the provider, a confirmation is required if the change request is not submitted by the holder themselves. The holder will be sent a message by e-mail notifying them that there is a request to be processed in their account. Only when the holder has confirmed this, and thus given their consent, will the request be executed. In the case of SWITCHguard domain names, it is also necessary for the requisite number of trusted third parties to agree to the request.
See also How long does it take until my website can be reached
More about name servers is to be found in the FAQs on name servers.
After new name servers have been entered for a domain name (see Switching on/activating a domain name), these name servers also have to be entered in the zone file before the domain name will work in the internet. This is done automatically and is performed one hour at the latest after the request for the entry/updating of the name server has been executed.
NB: In the case of newly registered domain names, the entry into the zone file will only be made after payment has been registered for the domain name.
If updates are requested for a specific date, the corresponding request will only be executed at 6.00 on the date in question. This means that updates to the name servers (such as activations, for instance), will generally have been entered into the zone file by 7.00 at the latest.
There can be several reasons for this:
"Status" stands for "Status of the name servers". The symbols show information about the most recent name server test for a particular domain name.
Two dashes mean that no name servers have been specified.
A green tick means the specified name server was configured correctly for the domain name at the time the most recent test was performed.
If an orange tick or a red triangle is displayed, it means that the test has reported warnings or errors. That does not prevent you from entering this name server or from leaving the existing entry as it is. You are, however, strongly urged to draw the attention of the name server operator to these problems. Normally that will be the provider hosting your website. There could be a very severe risk that your website will not be accessible or that your e-mail service won't work (depending on the precise nature of the problem).
The "Status" field with the symbols just explained is also shown in the list of your domain names. Note that the symbol does not show the current status of the name servers but the result of the most recent test. In the detailed view of the entry for a domain name, these symbols are to be found next to the field called "Name server".
A "provider" is so called because they provide you with access to the internet (access provider). Providers will generally host your website for you too (hosting provider). Today, you can choose between a vast number of providers offering very different ranges of services. If you would like to find an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Switzerland, you may find this website helpful. SWITCH itself does not provide any such services.
You can request the transfer of a domain name to a new holder in your account. You should log in and mark the domain name(s) in question in the list of domain names and then click on "Edit marked lines". For a third-party domain name, you should select "Domain Names" - "Administer" in the navigation. At the bottom end of the page you can then look for the domain name and process it.
On the following page, you should select the "Transfer" option alongside the holder entry. Enter the User ID for the new holder, or search for the new holder's address entry in the database. If the new holder is not yet a SWITCH customer, a new account must be opened for them. After selecting the address or entering the data for the new account, you will be taken back to the overview, where the new holder now appears under "Holder". You can now request further updates, such as the allocation of a different billing contact. By selecting "Continue", you will finally be taken to an overview of the updates made. Then, by clicking on "Save", you can have the request sent off or (if you are the holder) have it executed directly.
NB: If, as the holder of a domain name, you request a transfer of this domain name to a different holder in your account, this will be executed directly, without any further confirmation being required. This will not, however, apply if the domain name in question is a SWITCHguard domain name. In this case, the requisite number of trusted third parties must submit their agreement before the transfer can be made.
If the holder does not request the transfer themselves, the holder's confirmation will be required. The holder will be sent a message via e-mail to the effect that there is a request that requires processing in their account. Only when the holder has confirmed this and thereby given their consent will the transfer be executed. In the case of SWITCHguard domain names, the requisite number of trusted third parties must also agree to the request.
If the domain name to be transferred is a SWITCHguard domain name, when the transfer is carried out either the domain name type should be changed to SWITCHbasic ("Change to SWITCHbasic" button), or a check must be made to ensure that the trusted third parties entered are still the right ones ("Update SWITCHguard data" button).
Note: A domain name can only be transferred if it has been paid for. If there are unpaid invoices for a domain name, an error message will be displayed when the transfer request is submitted. Arrangements must then be made for the current billing contact to pay the invoices before the domain name can be transferred.
The transfer has the effect of the new holder taking over the running contract. This means that no costs are incurred for the transfer itself, and the current subscription period for the domain name continues to run. The new billing contact will then receive the invoice for the next period.
You can request the conversion of the domain name type in your account. You should log on and mark the domain name(s) in question in the list of your domain names and click on "Edit marked lines". For a third-party domain name, you should select "Domain Names" - "Administer" in the navigation. You can then look for the domain name at the bottom end of the page and process it.
On the following page, you should select "Change to SWITCHguard" or "Change to SWITCHbasic". If you are changing from SWITCHbasic to SWITCHguard, you should enter, on the following page, the trusted third parties who, from now on, are required to confirm subsequent updates to the domain name entry, in addition to the holder. You must allocate at least one trusted third party. You also have the option of allocating an IP address zone to each trusted third party. By pressing "Continue", you can call up a comparison of the entries to date and the entries that have been requested. You can now submit the request here.
NB: If you, as the holder of the domain name, request the conversion from SWITCHbasic to SWITCHguard in your account, this will be executed directly. For a conversion from SWITCHguard to SWITCHbasic, the requisite number of trusted third parties must give their agreement before the conversion can be executed.
If the conversion is not requested by the holder themselves, the holder's confirmation will be required. The holder will be sent a message via e-mail to the effect that there is a request that requires processing in their account. Only when the holder has confirmed this and thereby given their agreement, will the type conversion be executed. In the case of SWITCHguard domain names, it is also necessary for the requisite number of trusted third parties to agree to the request.
You extend or renew your subscription for a domain name by paying the annual fee for the next year. Details about renewing subscriptions
No. Once a domain name has been registered, it is impossible to change it. If you decide you don't want the domain name you have registered, you will have to delete it and make a new application for the one you really want. Alternatively, you can keep the name already registered and register a new one as well.
If you have typed in the wrong characters when registering a .ch domain name, you can delete the domain name within 14 days of registering it without being charged for the registration.
You can request the deletion of a domain name in your account. You should first log in and then select the domain name(s) in your list and click on "Edit marked lines". To delete a single domain name or a domain name of a third party, select "Domain Names" - "Delete" in the navigation. You can then request the deletion on the following page.
NB: If, as the holder of a domain name, you request the deletion of this domain name in your account, the deletion will be carried out directly without any further confirmation being required. This does not, however, apply when a SWITCHguard domain name is involved. The requisite number of trusted third parties will then have to submit their agreement before the deletion can be executed.
If it is not the holder themselves who is requesting the deletion, the holder's confirmation will be required. The holder will be sent a message via e-mail to the effect that there is a request that requires processing in their account. Only when the holder has confirmed this and thereby given their consent will the request be executed. In the case of SWITCHguard domain names, the requisite number of trusted third parties must also agree to the request.
NB: There is a 30-day period of notice for domain names. A request to delete a domain name must be made 30 days prior to the end of its subscription period at the latest, otherwise the next subscription period will be invoiced and this amount will be due even if the domain name is subsequently deleted. The date on which the deletion request is submitted is decisive.
Note: If you withdraw from the contract with your provider to host your website, that does not mean that your domain name is deleted as well. If you really don't need your domain name any more, you should check the registration details with SWITCH, and, if you find that it is still registered in your name, you can then request its deletion.
You must make a clear distinction as to where the update is needed. Is it the contact data or the entry for the domain name that requires updating?
Procedures for Case B: you need to correct/update the account's address and/or other contact data:
Begin by logging in. Select the domain name(s) concerned in the list of your domain names, then click "Edit marked lines". You can now allocate a different billing contact and/or technical contact. In the case of the technical contact, it is also possible not to allocate a contact and leave this blank. Note: if it is merely a matter of correcting/updating an address and/or other items of contact data, where the company or private individual entered is correct, you do not need to update the entry for the domain name, only the data for the account. See How do I correct/update addresses
Has your company or organisation changed its name? Have you set up a single-person business? Have you just got married? It is not possible to request this sort of change online. We would ask you to send the corrected address to us in writing by fax or post, together with a brief explanation.
If a company has changed its name or its legal status SWITCH also needs a copy of the currently valid excerpt from the relevant commercial register. The precise details of the change must be clear from the excerpt you submit. In the case of a name change occasioned by marriage, please send SWITCH a copy of your marriage certificate. SWITCH is happy to make these changes free-of-charge, once it has received the documents mentioned.
In the event of a transfer to a new legal personality (Public Limited Company, Private Limited Company) the new holder will take over the running contract. This means that no costs are incurred for the transfer itself, and the current subscription period for the domain name continues to run. The new billing contact will then receive the invoice for the next period.
After you have submitted the request in your account, you will receive direct feedback from the system regarding what happens next. Either the request has been executed directly, or the holder's confirmation is required and the request is pending.
As soon as the request has been executed, the contact persons entered for the domain name and the applicant will receive a message stating that the change has been carried out. You will find this message in your account under "Messages" - "For your attention". In the case of deletions, the confirmation will be sent by e-mail.
If confirmations are required, the holder will be sent an e-mail asking them to confirm the corresponding request in their account. This request can be found under "Messages" - "To be processed". If the holder agrees to the update/deletion, this will be executed. Otherwise, the request will be rejected. In the case of SWITCHguard domain names, the requisite number of trusted third parties must also agree to the request. If the holder does not react, the request will expire.
The contact persons entered for the domain name and the person submitting the request will then be sent a message stating whether the request has been carried out or whether the request was rejected or expired. This message similarly appears in the accounts of those involved, under "Messages" - "For your attention". In the case of deletions, the confirmation will be sent by e-mail.
Please update and correct your address yourself in your account. Log into your account and select "Account" in the navigation. Your address and contact details will then be shown, and you can edit them directly.
Is it a billing address that is involved, or do you wish to edit the address details of another person? See How do I correct/update addresses
See also How can I order my password
You can never change your User ID. On the other hand, you can change your password. Assuming you are logged in, select "Account" - "Change password" in the navigation.
See also How can I order my password
If you are logged in, select "Account" - "Change password" in the navigation.
See also How can I order my password
Yes, this is possible. You can ask your provider or other parties to execute updates to your domain names. The updates will, however, generally require your confirmation before they can be executed. You will then be sent an e-mail message by SWITCH to the effect that there is a request that requires processing in your account. Only when you have confirmed this can the request be executed. In the case of SWITCHguard domain names, the requisite number of trusted third parties must also agree to the request.
As far as others' addresses are concerned, you can only submit update requests for those elements that are publicly available. See How do I correct/update addresses, case B-2
This is possible, but only if the account in question is not entered as holder or billing contact, etc., for a domain name or a name server. You can only delete an account that belongs to you and not accounts that belong to other people.
To delete your account, you should first log on. Select "Account" in the navigation. Your account details will then be shown. Click on the "delete" button in the top right. If the account is still linked to domain names or other entries, an error message will be displayed.
It is possible for your address to occur twice or even more frequently in SWITCH's database, which is the same as saying that you or your company have more than one account. Sometimes this is intentional, for instance if a different variant of the address is to be used for billing. If you have several accounts and want to rationalise them into a single one, you can do so. Read more here to find out how.
You can specify the language for messages and your account in the account data. You should log in and click on "Account" in the navigation. Your address entry will then be displayed. You can select the desired language under "Language".
You will find pending requests that you yourself have submitted under "Messages" - "Your requests". You can also delete the requests there.
If you are the holder of the domain name in question or one of the trusted third parties, you will find the pending requests awaiting confirmation under "Messages" - "To be processed". The pending requests are listed, and you can check the requested updates and then confirm or reject them.
If you are the billing contact or technical contact for the domain name concerned and have not submitted the request yourself, you will simply see in the list of domain names that there is a request that is pending. You cannot, however see what the request is.
Pending requests cannot be changed. If there is a request pending for a domain name, then no further requests may be made. To discard an incorrect pending request, you can either delete it (if you have submitted the request) or reject it (if you are the holder of the domain name in question).