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Domain registration of .io is really quite simple, as it is an unrestricted domain name, meaning you don’t need to be based in its territory to get one. Firstly, you will need to do a .io domain search using the domain checker above. If your desired URL is free, you can go through with your io domain purchase. If not, you will get suggestions for top-level domain alternatives that may interest you. With IONOS, you will get reasonable prices, free Wildcard SSL and a free email account with 2 GB of storage and much more.
We advise that you get the io domain you want before someone else does. Otherwise, it may already be taken, and can only be acquired if the website owner violates your name or trademark rights, requiring potentially costly litigation. You can find out who owns a .io domain using WHOIS.
The .io domain is an internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) assigned to the British Indian Ocean Territory. However, due to the lack of permanent inhabitants on the archipelago, Google classes the .io domain name as generic.
There are also a few .io domain rules that are important to know. io web domains may only contain alphanumeric characters and hyphens and must be between 3 and 63 characters long. The .io domain can be registered for a minimum of one year and no more than 5 years.
There are many factors that have put the .io domain extension in high esteem. Firstly, within the SaaS and tech industries, it resonates with many due to its similarity to the input/output concept. Secondly, it allows for a level of creativity with the URL, i.e. domain hacking, to create a single word from the body of the URL and the .io extension, such as “stud.io”, “scenar.io”, “adag.io”. However, this can sometimes have an inverse effect in terms of SEO if your brand is still relatively unknown.
The final points in favor of the unrestricted .io country domain are the affordable pricing, and the possibility of getting a URL that may already be taken under other popular top-level domains such as “.com” or “.co.uk”. While many other domain names require that your business has some kind of base in the country, that is not necessary with .io domains names.
Simply put, no. If low costs are key, then there are some alternatives. Some plans for other top-level domains such as “.com” or “.us” offer the first year for free. Check pricing and domain name availability with the domain name search from IONOS.