Since December 3, 2012 any natural or legal person is able to buy and register an own .pw domain - a resident or a branch office of the company in Palau is no longer needed.
The .pw top-level domain could be used for a lot of different purposes: private individuals as well as companies related to the State of Palau are able to underline an economic, cultural or ethnic connection to the island nation by the registration of a country-specific top-level domain. In addition, the domain currently establishes on the global market as a synonym for "professional web". This way is similar to the method of Tuvalu, which promotes their .tv domain as generic top-level domain for tv stations. Other examples concerning this misappropriation are the .fm domain of Micronesia or the .ws domain of Samoa.
If you want to buy and register your personal .pw top-level domain, then between 3 and 63 characters are available while choosing your desired web address. You are of course allowed to use numbers within the domain or register pure numeric domains. Unfortunately the competent registry does not permit special characters within the .pw domain.
Until recently the .pw domain was a very special country-specific top-level domain without remarkable worldwide distribution. But since the professionalization of the domain, it becomes more and more a really attractive top-level domain for professional web workers. Due to this fact, we recommend all interested parties looking for a professional top-level domain, to buy and register an own .pw domain as quickly as possible.
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