This is the process you must go through in order to register a .io domain.
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The .io domain names are extensions of the British Indian Ocean Territory. These domains are popular with tech-centric sites and start–ups. The term io refers to input/output and internet organisation. This domain name is ideal for small businesses especially those linked to the Indian Ocean Territory. The registry provider of .io domains is nic.io. These domains are often used for online services, open-source projects, and APIs such as pen.io API and put.io API.
One can register a domain name of up to 63 characters with a minimum of one character and it can contain numbers (0 to 9), letters (a to z) and hyphens (except at the beginning or end, and not two in succession). The entire domain name cannot contain more than 253 characters. Anybody, anywhere can register for .io domain and they will be accepted quickly and efficiently.
Organisations or individuals can register for .io domains and it is not a necessity for one to be registered or established in the British Indian territory but for third-level domains registration, you have to be resident of the area. These domains can be registered for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 10 years. The price of .io domains is currently higher than other domains mainly due to the reason that they are on high demand.
According to the regulations set for registration, .io domains are not to be used for sexual or pornographic purposes, whether directly or indirectly or in any other way that goes against statutory as of a nation. A registration which breaches this rule can be deactivated at any time by nic.io. The applicant whose account has been deactivated can ask for reinstatement of the domain name through the help of an arbitrator appointed by the world intellectual property organisation.
Registration of .io domains is also supported by the latest standards for internationalized domain names especially those that re in characters. In order to obtain encoding for domain registration one is allowed to use the free UTF8 IDN Encoder. Google treats the .io domain extension as a generic top-level domain since many users and webmasters see it to be more generic than country-targeted.
The benefits of using a .io domain include; it is a unique extension compared to generic TLDs, it is unique which can helps to make start–ups stand out from a marketing perspective, it has only recently started becoming popular which means it is most likely that one will get the domain name of their choice and .io domains give one the opportunity to secure a short, cool and memorable web address for their site, whichever industry they are in.
All .io domains must be renewed a minimum of 12 days before the expiration date. Failure to renew by this time will make a registration go into a redemption status, and, if recoverable, will include extra fee for recovery. The .io domains are popular because it easy to find a fitting name. There is a 14 days money back guarantee if one is not 100% satisfied with the services.