.US Domain Names
Registering a .US domain is a great way to make your business’s United States presence known on the web. If you are located in, or have a business presence in the USA, buying a .US domain could be your next great move.
What is a .US domain?
The .US domain is a ccTLD (country code top level domain), and the Internet country code for the United States of America. Located in North America, the United States borders both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico. The combined area of all 50 states and the District of Columbia is 3,794,083 square miles, about half the size of Russia. The population was 303,824,640 in July 2008, according to the census of that year. The official language of the United States is English although Spanish is also widely spoken.
The United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. This is due to large-scale immigration from many countries over the last several centuries. The U.S. economy is the largest national economy in the world, with an estimated 2008 gross domestic product (GDP) of (USD) $14.3 trillion, almost a quarter of the world.
Why should I register a .US domain name?
DotUS is America's Internet address! Having a .US domain gives citizens, businesses, organizations and government agencies unique and memorable American identities online. Shouldn't you be next? Understandably, there has been a major rise in patriotism over the last several years. Having a .US domain is great way to say that you and your business are proud to be American. There is no better time than the present to register your domain as a .US.
From a business perspective, the .US domain is pivotal. The .US extension enables domestic and international firms of every size and industry to protect their trademarks and establish corporate identities online in the United States. The same is true for not-for-profits and charities, enabling them to show their presence within the United States.
In addition, registering a .US extension will give you the opportunity to list your domain in the US Directory. This free service will help build your business and advertise your services. Your domain can be listed online at a .US postal code page. For instance, if your business is located in Webster, NY (zip code 14580), your domain can be listed on the 14580.US website. The .US Directory is meant to work as a type of yellow pages for local areas. This unique directory will include thousands of businesses, organizations, clubs, and schools in your local community. Make your company, and yourself part of this ground-breaking project!
Safeguarding your personal identity is crucial today. This should be the same for your online identity, as well as that of your trademark. When it comes to business, protecting you assets is critical; that includes everything from your bankroll to your domains. If you fail to register your name in country code TLDs, it is only a matter of time before someone else does. Attempting to procure a domain after it is registered is much more labor-intensive than being the first to obtain it. Ensure that your competitors do not purchase your trademark, and register it yourself.
The draw of ccTLDs also includes registering short domains. Finding this type of domain in more common extensions such as .COM or .NET is a modern day treasure hunt. The possibility of acquiring a domain with a common or short word is much greater in ccTLDs because they are still growing. Domain hacks offer an additional attraction to ccTLDs. Due to their short extensions, it is easy to create domains such as syllab.US, copio.US, or papyr.US.
Are there any restrictions for registering a .US domain?
As with most ccTLD's there are some restrictions for registering a .US domain. You must be a US citizen, a permanent United States resident, or a US entity such as organizations and corporations. Additionally, any business or corporation with a bona fide presence in the USA may register.
It is also important to note that certain words can not be present in .US domain names. These censored words are known as The Seven Dirty Words. For a history and list of these words, please visit the provided link.