Top Level Domain (TLD) Selection

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Browse the table below to learn about the rules and restrictions associated with each top level domain.

TLD Country Registration Period Description
.com Generic 1-10 Years Unrestricted
.co Columbia 1-5 Years Unrestricted
.net Generic 1-10 Years Unrestricted
.org Generic 1-10 Years Unrestricted
.biz Generic 1-10 Years The .biz domain must be used for a “bona fide business or commercial use”.
.info Generic 1-10 Years Unrestricted
.pro Generic 1 – 10 Years Unrestricted
.asia Generic 1 – 10 Years Registrant must meet .asia local presence requirement.

A legal entity must be present in one of the eligible Asian countries. A legal entity may be a natural person or a juristic entity such as a corporation. Hostway can assist you in satisfying the legal entity requirement by lending you a local presence. You can select this service when you order your domain.

.mobi Generic 1 – 10 Years Intended for websites designed for viewing from a mobile device.
.name Generic 1 – 10 Years Unrestricted
.us United States 1-10 Years Registrant must meet one of the .US local presence requirements:

A natural person (i) who is a U.S. 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.

An entity or organization that is (i) incorporated within one of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, or any of the U.S. 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).

An entity or organization that has a bona fide presence in the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories.

Country Specific Extensions (ccTLDs)

TLD Country Registration Period Description
.ag Antigua & Barbuda 1-10 Years Unrestricted
Domain names considered offensive may be declined.
.am Armenia 1 Year Also used to identify domains related to AM radio.
Geographic names, widely known acronyms and abbreviations and generic terms may not be registered as a domain name.
.bz Belize 1-10 Years Unrestricted
Domain names considered offensive may be declined.
.ca Canada 1-10 Years Local presence requirements.
To see if you are eligible for a .ca domain, visit the registry’s website.
.cc Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1-10 Years Unrestricted
.cn China 1-5 Years Unrestricted
.de Germany 1-10 Years Owner or administrative contacts must have a valid address (no P.O. box) located in Germany.
.eu European Union 1 Year Registrant must meet one of the .eu local presence requirements:

Undertaking having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Community.

Organization established within the European Community without prejudice to the application of national law.

Natural person resident within the European Community.

.gs South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 1 Year Unrestricted
.hn Honduras 1-10 Years Unrestricted
.in India 1-5 Years Unrestricted
.io British Indian Ocean Territory 1 Year Unrestricted
.la Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Los Angeles 1 Year Unrestricted. Also used as the state code of Louisiana in the U.S.
.mn Mongolia 1-10 Years Unrestricted
Can also be used as state code for Minnesota.
.ms Montserrat 1 Year Unrestricted
.sc Seychelles 1-2 Years initially, renewable up to 3 years Unrestricted
.sh Saint Helena 1 Year Unrestricted
.tc Turks and Caicos Islands 1 Year Unrestricted
.tv Tuvalu 1-10 Years Unrestricted.
Also used to identify domains related to television.
.vc St. Vincent & the Grenadines 1 Year initially, renewable up to 10 years Unrestricted
.ws Western Samoa 1 Year Unrestricted.
Also used to identify “websites” or “world sites”.

Life Cycle Stages

The various stages in the life cycle of a domain name can be confusing and vary depending on the TLD. The following is the basic life cycle stages for .com, .net and .org domain names:

Active (1-10 years)

After purchasing a domain, it will be active for 1 to 10 years, depending on the length of the registration term purchased.

On Hold (1-45 days)

When the registrant does not renew their domain name, it will be put on hold for a period of 1-45 days before a delete command is issued. If you have a website for your domain name, it may no longer operate during this period. The original registrant can still renew their domain name during this period.

Redemption Grace Period (30 days)

After the hold period, the domain will be put into a redemption grace period (RGP) by the registry. During this time your website will no longer operate. The original registrant can renew their domain name for a redemption fee.

Pending Delete Period (5 days)

After the registry issues the delete command, the domain goes into the pending delete period, just before it’s released to the general public.

Available

Once the deletion process completes, the domain name is released to the general public for registration.