The official country domain for British Indian Ocean Territory
The .io domain
|Transfer (including annual fee)||$87.90|
|Change of the owner||$0.00|
|Modification of domain data||$0.00|
Useful information about .io domains
Trends & General Information
The .io domain has existed since September 1997 and is registered as a country code ccTLD of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The domains assigned are managed by the "IO Top Level Domain Registry", a subcontractor of "Cable & Wireless". The geographic area now only includes the Chagos Archipelago, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean with around 2,000 inhabitants. Since the .io is marketed internationally, every user worldwide can buy and register the desired .io domain.
Domestic companies in particular rely on the corresponding country-specific .io domain to strengthen their internet presence nationally. Interested visitors can immediately recognize a content orientation and search engines also rate the .io domain significantly more strongly for inquiries from the regional area than, for example, the .de domain .
If you want to buy or register your desired .io domain, the domain name should meet the following requirements: 3 to 63 characters may be used, special characters and pure numeric domains are allowed.
|Change of ownership|
|Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)|
|Registry||Nic.IO (Website | Regulations)|
|New registration||1 year up to max. 10 years|
|Renewal||1 year up to max. 9 years|
|Duration of registration||It takes a few seconds to register the .io domain.|
|Notice period||The notice period for termination is 10 days before the domain expires.|
|Domain length||A .io domain may be between 2 - 63 characters long. Hyphens may be used, but not at the beginning or at the end of the domain, and not 2 consecutive (for example, aa -bb.io).|
The .io domains are particularly suitable for websites that have a content orientation towards the Indian Ocean or the Chagos Archipelago. Both local search engines and local citizens then immediately recognize that it is a source that is probably relevant for research. Of course, any other Internet user is also free to buy or register an .io domain. It makes sense to register an .io domain in the IT sector, because the abbreviation "I/O" stands for "input/output" in computer science - with an .io domain, relevant companies can register directly in the domain name indicate alignment with regard to information technology.
Ähnliche Domains finden sich im geographisch nahegelegenen Gebiet: Die .in Domain für Indien beispielsweise steht in einer gewissen Relation zur .io ccTLD, ebenso die länderspezifische .cn Domain für China und die .cx Domain der Weihnachtsinseln.
Certainly the .io domain is one of the exotic ccTLDs, yet national companies and individuals in particular can benefit from it. The competition for .io domains is relatively low, also due to the small population of the Chagos Archipelago. Accurate figures are not announced by the responsible administration, but overall, it can be assumed that the domain is rooted high in the regional area and, with appropriate measures of search engine optimization, offers enormous potential for existing and new web projects. Another advantage: many attractive and popular Internet addresses with the ccTLD .io are still available - interested Internet service providers can easily buy and register them online. If your desired .com domain is already taken, with a bit of luck you can always buy the equivalent .io Internet address and thus avoid it elegantly.
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The prices stated exclude VAT.