Which TLDs can I buy?
Code and other Top Level Domains
Due to the registry’s requirements .LTD.UK, .PLC.UK, and .NET.UK must be
registered with Nominet directly; however, we do offer transfers and management,
including renewals, for these domains.
Important: CNNIC has announced an indefinite suspension of all .CN registrations
from overseas Registrars, including our registration provider Neustar. This
change is in effect as of January 6, 2010. As a result of this action by CNNIC,
we have no choice but to suspend new .CN registrations. Until further notice, .CN
domains that are currently registered can be renewed and transferred; however,
new orders will not be accepted for .CN domain names.
Premium Domains and How Do I Search for Them?
Domains are domains with popular and interesting names that are offered for sale
in the marketplace. Many great domain names are already taken, but in some
cases, the owners are willing to sell them for a price. Because these names are
highly desirable, the price is higher than the price for a regular domain name
and is different for each domain name.
You search for Premium Domains in the same way that you would search for any
domain. If there are Premium Domains that satisfy your search criteria (the
words you use to search for domain names), you will see a separate section in
the search results that displays the available Premium Domain names and their
How do I register a domain?
If there's a domain name you'd like to register, the first thing to do is to
check whether the name is available. If it is available, registering the name is
a very simple procedure.
To register a domain
On the Home page, enter the name you want in the text field and click Find.
The search results page tells you whether the name you want is available and
displays some similar or related names that you might want to register.
If the name you want is available, simply click the checkbox beside the name.
You can choose any of the domain names that are listed on the results page, and
you can use the text field at the bottom of the page to search for additional
names. The domain names that you choose are added to your shopping cart.
When you're ready to review your choices and check out, click Done.
On the next page, choose the registration term and any available options for
each of the domains that you selected. You can register domains for up to 10
If you decide not to purchase a domain that is in your shopping cart, simply
click REMOVE beside the domain name.
Click Done to confirm your choices.
If you are a new customer, complete the fields in the First-Time Customers
section and click Register and Continue. All fields are mandatory except for
Organization Name and Phone Extension. Passwords can be 4 to 20 characters long
and must contain at least one digit.
Once you set up your account, a confirmation email is sent to the email address
that you specify, and all future email correspondence will be sent to that email
Alternatively, if you have already registered as a customer, enter your username
and password in the RETURNING CUSTOMERS section and click Log in and Continue.
On the Summary page, review the items in your shopping cart, select your method
of payment, click the checkbox to agree to the terms and conditions, and then
click Buy Now to complete the registration process. Your credit card statement
will show SHOPCO DomainName as the merchant for this purchase.
(In place of DomainName you will see the domain name that you purchased. If you
purchased more than one domain, your statement will display the shortest name,
to a maximum of 15 characters.)
What is Nexus information?
When you register a .US domain, you must certify that you are a resident or have
a business within the United States. In addition, you must select a Nexus
category to indicate the purpose of the domain.
In your shopping cart, beside the .US domain that you want to purchase, you will
see a link called EDIT NEXUS INFO. When you click this link, the Nexus
Information page appears. Use the drop-down lists to choose the appropriate
information. You can enter the Nexus information while the domain is still in
your shopping cart or when you check out.
The domain I want to register is not available, even though it's expired.
Domains are released after the end of their term if they have not been renewed.
Domains that expire at another registrar are subject to their own policies;
however, there is usually a grace period, and then a period when the domain is
"on hold"- and cannot be registered. You should allow at least 30 days from the
time of expiration before you can try registering the domain.
To find out a registrar's specific release policy, you should contact the
registrar that owns the name. You can find out who is the registrar for a
specific name by entering the name into the central database search engine at
I tried to register/transfer a domain, and it didn't go through, but it looks
like I was charged.
When you make a purchase using a credit card, we "authorize" funds on your
credit card. This is not a charge, but a test to make sure you have the funds
available for the purchase. After the authorization returns a result of
sufficient funds, we register the domains. If the domain registration fails for
any reason, the attempted charge is voided. The net result is that your account
not charged. In most cases, the original authorization charge is removed from
your credit card account within a few days. You can contact your credit provider
to find out their specific authorization policy.
If you are having trouble registering a domain, we recommend that you contact
technical support rather than resubmitting the order. If you continue to try to
submit your order, you will incur a large number of authorizations, and
consequently, you may run out of available credit or freeze your account funds.
You may even cause your credit card company to suspect fraud, and they will put
a hold on your card.
How do I register domain names that use local language characters?
Many world languages use characters that are not found in English. Domain names
in these languages are referred to as Internationalized Domain Names or IDNs.
You can register IDNs by searching for a domain name in your native language.
The availability results are displayed in both the native language and in the
IDN format, which begins with xn-- to identify it as an IDN.
When you register an IDN name, you will be prompted for some additional
information. As part of the registration process, you are prompted to select the
appropriate language code from a drop-down list.
Note: The only TLDs that allow IDN registrations are .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO,
.BIZ, .CC, .TV, .ME, and .DE.
What is different about .TEL
.TEL is a new type of gTLD domain. Its purpose is to store all of your contact
information, for example, email addresses, cellular phone numbers, website
addresses, IM addresses, Twitter addresses, social networking sites such as
Facebook, street addresses, and Google maps.
.TEL pages can be accessed by any device that is connected to the Internet, and
visitors to a .TEL page can click on any of the displayed links, and a
connection is established immediately to the associated destination. In
addition, you can specify whether your contact information is available to
everyone or only to certain people.
All of this information is stored directly in the DNS. This is different from
other TLDs where the DNS simply maps domain names to IP addresses. All content
for .TEL domains is hosted on Telnic's TelHosting platform; therefore, you
cannot manage the DNS or add domain forwarding or email forwarding to your .TEL
domain name in Storefront.
As soon as your .TEL domain registration is complete, you will receive an email
containing your username and password for the Telhosting system so that you can
log in and add your contact information to your .TEL website.
Important: Email addresses (for example, email@example.com) are not available
Rules for .COM, .NET
and .ORG Domain Names
- .COM - to be used
for commercial and personal sites
- .NET -
recommended for companies involved in Internet infrastructure
- .ORG -
recommended for not-for-profit organizations
To add services to your
Click Manage, and log in to your account.
Beside the domain name, click the service that you want to add. The
links to the available services look like this: Add Email Forwarding
or Add Domain Forwarding.
The selected service is added to your shopping cart.
Optionally, you can return to the Domain Manager and add other
Review the items in your shopping cart, and then click Done.
On the Summary page, enter your payment information, and then click
Buy Now to complete the registration process.
Note: Your credit card statement will show SHOPCO Store Name as the
merchant for this purchase.
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