Domain / TLD Information

What are TLD and SLD of a domain name?
TLD is the abbreviation for "top-level domain" and SLD is the abbreviation for "second-level domain". For example, in the domain name my-best-domain.com, the TLD is .com and the SLD is my-best-domain.

What TLD to choose for your domain name?
The TLDs available at a promotional price with our hosting plans are .com .net .org .we.bs .info .biz .us. You can also choose from a variety of other TLDs that are offered at a regular price both on the sign-up page and in the Web Hosting Account Control Panel. When choosing your TLD, you must consider the specific requirements and restrictions that are in force for some domain names. Complete information about those requirements is available in the TLD info table.

What are the features of the offered TLDs?
The complete information about the TLDs that are currently on offer is displayed in the following table. You should also review the notes for each TLD, containing special requirements and the dedicated Registration Agreements that must be obeyed in addition to the general Registration Agreement.

TLD Registrar-Lock Transfers Edit WHOIS ID Protect Registration Period Single registration/transfer Notes
.com yes yes (EPP) yes yes 1-10 yrs $8.00 --
.net yes yes (EPP) yes yes 1-10 yrs $8.00 --
.org yes yes (EPP) yes yes 1-10 yrs $8.00 --
.we.bs no no yes yes 1-10 yrs $4.50 --
.info no yes (EPP) yes yes 1-10 yrs $7.00 --
.biz yes yes (EPP) yes yes 1-10 yrs $7.00 --
.us yes yes (EPP) yes no 1-10 yrs $7.00 Note 1
.co.uk no yes no no 2 yrs $10.00* Note 2
.me yes yes yes yes 1-10 yrs $28.00 --
.ca no yes no no 1-10 yrs $22.00 Note 3
.eu no yes no no 1 yrs $15.00 Note 4
.com.au no yes (EPP) yes no 2 yrs $14.50* --
.mobi no yes yes no 1-10 yrs $22.50 --
.tv yes yes (EPP) yes yes 1-10 yrs $50.00 --
.de no no yes no 1-10 yrs $23.00 Note 5
.in yes yes (EPP) yes no 1-5 yrs $23.00 --
.jp no no yes no 1 yrs $95.00 --
.co.nz no no yes no 1 yrs $61.00 --
.name no yes (EPP) yes no 1-10 yrs $14.00 --
.cc yes yes yes yes 1-10 yrs $30.00 --
.ws no no yes no 1-10 yrs $30.00 --
.be no no no no 1 yrs $27.50 --
.org.uk no yes no no 2 yrs $10.00* Note 6
.me.uk no yes no no 2 yrs $10.00* Note 7
.at no no no no 1 yrs $85.00 --
.nu yes no yes no 2-10 yrs $30.00* --
.asia yes no yes yes 1-10 yrs $28.00 --
.net.nz no no yes no 1 yrs $61.00 --
.org.nz no no yes no 1 yrs $61.00 --
.cn no yes (EPP) yes no 1-5 yrs $30.00 --
.com.cn no yes (EPP) yes no 1-5 yrs $30.00 --
.net.cn no yes (EPP) yes no 1-5 yrs $30.00 --
.org.cn no yes (EPP) yes no 1-5 yrs $30.00 --
.tw no yes (EPP) yes no 1-10 yrs $44.00 --
.com.tw no yes (EPP) yes no 1-10 yrs $44.00 --
.org.tw no yes (EPP) yes no 1-10 yrs $44.00 --
.idv.tw no yes (EPP) yes no 1-10 yrs $44.00 --
.com.mx no no yes no 2 yrs $85.00* Note 8

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Feature explanation:

Registrar-Lock – allows the domain owner to lock his/her domain name, in order to avoid unauthorized, or accidental changes to the domain name.

Transfer – means change of the domain registrar; usually 1 year is added to the registration upon successful completion of the transfer. Domain transfer fee is equal to the domain registration fee. In some caces, EPP authorization key, that must be provided by the current registrar is required.

Edit WHOIS – allows the publicly displayed WHOIS information of the domain name to be edited.

ID Protect – allows protection of the publicly available WHOIS information by replacing it with fictitious information.

Registration Period – various TLDs can be registered for different periods.

Single registration/transfer – this refers to the price of a 1-year registration/transfer for a particular TLD, purchased with a web hosting plan. For the majority of TLDs, the minimum registration period is 1 year. For the TLDs marked with "*" this period is 2 years.

Notes – displays special requirements for certain TLDs, as well as the dedicated Registration Agreements that must be observed in addition to the general Registration Agreement.

Notes :

1.US


Registrant Requirements


1. A natural person (i) who is a United States citizen, (ii) a permanent resident of the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories, or (iii) whose primary place of domicile is in the United States of America or any of its possessions, 2. An entity or organization that is (i) incorporated within one of the fifty (50) U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or any of the United States possessions or territories or organized, or (ii) otherwise constituted under the laws of a state of the United States of America, the District of Columbia or any of its possessions or territories (including a federal, state, or local government of the United States, or a political subdivision thereof, and unincorporated organizations based in the United States), or 3. An entity or organization that has a bona fide presence in the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service in not available for .US domain names.

2.CO.UK


Registration Approval


Domain name registration is not instant and needs approval by the .UK registry Nominet. There is no defined period for approval/rejection of domain registration requests.

Registration Period

The registration period for .UK domain names is 2 years.

Domain Renewal

Renewals are possible for 2-year periods only. A renewal cannot be issued until at least five (5) months prior to the domain's expiration date and effects of a renewal do not occur instantly. Example: You register a .UK domain on April 9, 2003, for two years. Then, on April 7, 2005, you renew the domain for an additional two years. Your domain will then be scheduled to expire on April 9, 2007. If, however, you do not renew your domain on April 7, 2005, it will be deleted on April 8, 2005. The reason for this is that Nominet uses a non-real-time email-based system to make status changes in the .UK registry. The combination of this email-based system and Nominet's policy on renewals means that we will be charged for a renewal unless the name is deleted (via instructions in an email) prior to the end of the registration period which is then in effect. As a consequence, if we do not receive your renewal request prior to one-day before the end of the registration period, the deletion will be processed one-day before the end of the registration period. Also, all .UK registrations are bound to the Nominet's Dispute Policy, available on the Nominet's home page that shall be applied instead of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Domain Deletion

.UK domains, which are not renewed, will be deleted one day before the scheduled expiration date.

WHOIS Management


In order to modify the WHOIS of .UK domain names, you should contact Nominet for assistance. In addition, you must cover the fees, required by Nominet, for WHOIS modification.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service in not available for .UK domain names.

Registrar Change / Transfer

The fee that we require for transfer from one domain registrar to ours is different from the fee needed for modification of the WHOIS, which is considered as formal transfer.

3.CA


Registrant Requirements

.CA domain names can be registered by Canadian citizens, individuals having permanent residency in Canada and companies under the laws of Canada. Because of this requirement, additional contact details are required during the registration procedure itself and that is why we have made a separate page as a step of the domain registration process. This page allows you to choose the correct attribute from the list of options.

WHOIS Management

The registrant cannot change the WHOIS in order to transfer ownership from one person or organization to another - this can be done through the .CA registry CIRA. However, it is possible to change the registrant's address, phone number and other contact details by opening a ticket to the Customer Support staff from the Help Center section in the Web Hosting Control Panel. Example: If a domain is registered to "John Smith" and the registrant wishes to change the address, this is not a problem. However, if he/she wishes to change the registrant to "Peter Gibson", this is considered as transfer and the registrant must contact the .CA registry CIRA for assistance.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service in not available for .CA domain names.

4.EU


Registrant Requirements

There is a requirement for the registrant (person or organization) to be established within the European Union.

Registration Period

The registration period for .EU domain names is 1 year, which applies also for their renewal.

Domain Renewal

Renewal requests will be accepted by the date of expiration (e.g. September 14th, 2008) or by the 20th of the month of expiration, in cases when the date of expiration is after that date (e.g. September 25th, 2008).

Example:
If the name expires on Sept 14th, 2008, then a renewal request must be received by Sept 14th, 2008. If a name expires on September 25th, 2008, the renewal request must be received prior to September 20th, 2008.

WHOIS Management

Once the domain has been registered with certain WHOIS information, the information can not be edited. However, minimal corrections are possible as an exception. Such requests must be sent to our support team via the ticketing system available in the Help Center of the web hosting Control Panel. One should have in mind that the registrant's personal or company name can not be modified because such changes are considered as 'formal transfer'. In order to execute transfer of the domain ownership, the registrant must contact directly the EURid registry using the information on their webpage.

Example:
If a domain is registered to "John Smith" and the registrant wishes to change the address this is not a problem. However, if he/she wishes to change the registrant to "Peter Gibson", this is considered as transfer and the registrant must contact the .EU registry EURID for assistance.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service in not available for .EU domain names.

Registrar Change / Transfer

It is not possible to change the registrar of an .EU domain name.

5.DE


Registration Approval

Domain name registration is not instant and needs approval by the .DE registry DENIC. There is no defined period for approval/rejection of domain registration requests.

Registration Requirements


There is a requirement for a German street address or a P.O. box added to the Administrative contacts section of the WHOIS.

Registration Period

The registration period varies between 1 to 10 years. Renewals for multiple years are possible as well.

Domain Renewal


.DE domain name can be renewed successfully up to 10 days before the expiration date. When less than 10 days are left to the domain's expiration date, it gets a "Transit" status and the registry attempts to contact the registrant. If, after 4 weeks, there is no response, the domain is transferred to DENICdirect for further management and the registrant must contact then, in order to renew the domain name.

WHOIS / Contact Information

In order to approve a registration request, the registry has set a requirement for street address or P.O. Box within Germany in the administrative contact section. To fulfill this requirement, an additional step has been added after the WHOIS information Please note that the .DE registry, DENIC may not approve the registration if the address is not correct.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service is not applicable for .DE domain names.

Registrar Change / Transfer

It is not possible to change the registrar of .DE domain names.

6.ORG.UK


Registration Approval

Domain name registration is not instant and needs approval by the .UK registry Nominet. There is no defined period for approval/rejection of domain registration requests.

Registration Period

The registration period for .UK domain names is 2 years.

Domain Renewal

Renewals are possible for 2-year periods only. A renewal cannot be issued until at least five (5) months prior to the domain's expiration date and effects of a renewal do not occur instantly.

Example:

You register a .UK domain on April 9, 2003, for two years. Then, on April 7, 2005, you renew the domain for an additional two years. Your domain will then be scheduled to expire on April 9, 2007. If, however, you do not renew your domain on April 7, 2005, it will be deleted on April 8, 2005. The reason for this is that Nominet uses a non-real-time email-based system to make status changes in the .UK registry. The combination of this email-based system and Nominet's policy on renewals means that we will be charged for a renewal unless the name is deleted (via instructions in an email) prior to the end of the registration period which is then in effect. As a consequence, if we do not receive your renewal request prior to one-day before the end of the registration period, the deletion will be processed one-day before the end of the registration period. Also, all .UK registrations are bound to the Nominet's Dispute Policy, available on the Nominet's home page that shall be applied instead of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Domain Deletion

.UK domains, which are not renewed, will be deleted one day before the scheduled expiration date.

WHOIS Management

In order to modify the WHOIS of .UK domain names, you should contact Nominet for assistance. In addition, you must cover the fees, required by Nominet, for WHOIS modification.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service in not available for .UK domain names.

Registrar Change / Transfer

The fee that we require for transfer from one domain registrar to ours is different from the fee needed for modification of the WHOIS, which is considered as formal transfer.

7.ME.UK


Registration Approval


Domain name registration is not instant and needs approval by the .UK registry Nominet. There is no defined period for approval/rejection of domain registration requests.

Registration Period

The registration period for .UK domain names is 2 years.

Domain Renewal

Renewals are possible for 2-year periods only. A renewal cannot be issued until at least five (5) months prior to the domain's expiration date and effects of a renewal do not occur instantly.

Example:

You register a .UK domain on April 9, 2003, for two years. Then, on April 7, 2005, you renew the domain for an additional two years. Your domain will then be scheduled to expire on April 9, 2007. If, however, you do not renew your domain on April 7, 2005, it will be deleted on April 8, 2005. The reason for this is that Nominet uses a non-real-time email-based system to make status changes in the .UK registry. The combination of this email-based system and Nominet's policy on renewals means that we will be charged for a renewal unless the name is deleted (via instructions in an email) prior to the end of the registration period which is then in effect. As a consequence, if we do not receive your renewal request prior to one-day before the end of the registration period, the deletion will be processed one-day before the end of the registration period. Also, all .UK registrations are bound to the Nominet's Dispute Policy, available on the Nominet's home page that shall be applied instead of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Domain Deletion

.UK domains, which are not renewed, will be deleted one day before the scheduled expiration date.

WHOIS Management

In order to modify the WHOIS of .UK domain names, you should contact Nominet for assistance. In addition, you must cover the fees, required by Nominet, for WHOIS modification.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service in not available for .UK domain names.

Registrar Change / Transfer

The fee that we require for transfer from one domain registrar to ours is different from the fee needed for modification of the WHOIS, which is considered as formal transfer.

8.COM.MX


Registration Period


.COM.MX domain names can be registered only for a 2-year period.

Domain Renewal

Domain renewal is possible for 1 year and must be ordered before the expiration date. If a domain name expires, it is removed from our account with our registrar, and becomes available for registration at least 16 days after the date of expiration.

WHOIS / ID Protection

This service in not available for .COM.MX domain names.

Registrar Change / Transfer

It is possible only to transfer .COM.MX domain names away to another registrar, while transfers to us are not supported by our registrar.