Why should you choose a .im domain name?
The .im domain ending was originally created as the geographic domain ending for the Isle of Man, a British island situated between Ireland and Scotland with a population of 83,000. This domain ending was created in the 90s and is managed by a private enterprise. Approved by ICANN for use by internet users on the Isle of Man, the .im domain name has another use today: businesses and individuals alike use this domain ending for instant messaging services, or IM for short.
A .im domain name for anyone and everyone
A .im domain name is very easy to obtain, since .im is open to everyone and is not very saturated: it's still possible to let your imagination run wild when choosing a .im domain name. Anyone from anywhere in the world can register a .im domain name. The minimum registration period is one year, with renewal on a yearly basis available beyond that.
The .im domain ending is used in other fields and geographic regions
Beyond organizations and individuals in the Isle of Man and instant messaging services, .im domain names are regularly used in French-speaking countries for real estate companies ("im" is short for "immobilier," the French term for real estate.
.im domain prices
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Rules and particularities of .im domain names
.im domain names at Gandi.net
Accreditation: Gandi has been accredited by nic.im since January 2008.
Terms and Conditions
Assigning: .im domains are open to everyone.
Syntax: From 1 to 63 alphanumeric characters or a hyphen (other than in first or last position).
Registration period: 1 to 2 years.
Second-level extensions: No.
Renewal: Domains are deactivated upon expiration. It is possible to renew up to 28 days following the expiration date.
Disputes: IM DRP.
Transfer (change of Registrar): The process is started on the new registrar's interface with an auth code. Ensure that your domain does not have a TransferProhibited status and does not expire soon. The expiration date remains unchanged.
Change of Ownership: Available on our interface, the procedure consists in email confirmation by both former and new domain name owners. The expiration date remains unchanged.
Deletion process: No quarantine period, see this table.
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