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.ca domain feature list
- 1 email account with 2 GB mailbox space
- 100 MB webpsace and 5 pages with a website builder
- 5 subdomains to structure your website
- Advanced DNS management
- 24/7 customer support
- A wide variety of domains, including new domains
- Fast, simple domain setup
- Secure your domain from hijacking risks with domain lock
- Special offers for IONOS customers
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the organization that officially manages the .ca domain name and ensures the necessary criteria to own a .ca domain are met. There are currently more than 2,000,000 .ca domains in use. The CIRA regularly audits domain names to ensure they conform to the eligibility requirements. Should the CIRA be unable to confirm your eligibility, then they will request via your registrar that you confirm it. In order to register a .ca domain, the registrant must meet the Canadian Presence Requirements. These are as follows:
Individuals and entities: In order to register a .ca domain as an individual or entity the registrant must be a Canadian citizen of the age of majority, a permanent resident of Canada, a member of Canada's indigenous peoples, or an executor, administrator or other legal representative of a person or organization.
Non-individual registrants: Non-individual registrants include any legally recognized Canadian organization as well as any division of the Canadian government.
There are many good reasons to register a .ca domain name. The first is the level of trustworthiness; because .ca is managed by the CRIA it is viewed as safe and secure, meaning it's well suited for activities such as banking, shopping, and news. The second is localization; 89 percent of Canadians using the web believe it is important to have a Canadian domain, and 75 percent of Canadians specifically choose Canadian businesses whenever possible. So, in addition to being trustworthy, it's also an important signifier to Canadian consumers. Finally, .ca is an internationalized domain name. This means that the use of international characters such as é, ë, ê, è, â, à, æ, ô, œ, ù, û, ü, ç, î, ï, ÿ can be incorporated into any domain name. And because Canadian domain names are bundled, a .ca domain owner has the right to register all variants of their domain name that involve the use of one of the internationalized domain name characters. It's the perfect solution for those wanting to create a website that speaks to Canada's Francophone community.
Absolutely. At IONOS we've made it simple for you to transfer your existing .ca domain. It's fast, free, and it only takes a few steps. Here's how:
- Request an authorization code. You will get this from your current provider. It's normally provided in an email, so it's a good idea to make sure that you have access to the registered email address.
- Transfer your domain name. Once you have the authorization code from your provider you can continue with the transfer process. All you have to do is enter the code and domain name you would like to transfer and follow our simple instructions.
- Experience the benefits of IONOS. All that's left to do once you've effected the transfer of your .ca domain is sit back and wait. It normally takes a few days. After that, you'll have full access to a wealth of great features available with our service.
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