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.info is a generic top-level domain (gTLD). .info is intended to be a versatile gTLD and it's commonly used for informational websites and general online content.

The .info domain extension was introduced as part of the expansion of gTLDs by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The purpose of this expansion, with 7 new domain extensions introduced, was to diversify the domain name space beyond popular and original domain extensions such as .com, .org and .net. It was the first domain extension to be longer than 2 or 3 characters which may have hindered take up of it at first. This was also the first domain extension expansion since the 1980s when the Domain Name System was first established.

.info was introduced to provide website owners with a domain option that is specifically associated with providing information and general online content. It became available for registration in 2001.

Who uses .info and why?

.info domains are used by a variety of individuals and organizations for different purposes. These examples and reasons include:

.info domains are often chosen for websites that primarily provide information, educational content, reference materials and resources. It's an apt choice for websites that want to emphasize the informational or educational nature of their website content.

Some bloggers and individuals choose .info domains for their blogs or websites when the .com version of their desired domain name is already registered. This was one of the reasons why the .info domain extension was introduced, to ease competition for the original extensions.

.info domains can be used for niche websites that cater to specific topics, industries or interests where information sharing is a key component.

There are currently around 3,710,772 registered .info domains globally.

.com vs .info

.com is the most widely recognized and popular gTLD. It‘s versatile and can be used for various types of websites. .com domains are often associated with businesses and have a high level of trust and credibility.

Deciding between .com and .info depends on your website's purpose and your branding goals. .com is suitable for general use and is the default choice for many websites. .info is ideal if your website is primarily focused on providing information and you want an extension that aligns with that purpose.

Check your domain name availability for both extensions before making a decision.

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How to register a .info domain

To register a .info domain the following steps can be taken as a general guide:

01. Choose a domain name registrar

Select a domain registrar that offers .info domain registration services. Many registrars and website builders, offer .info domains as part of their offerings.

02. Check domain name availability

Use a domain name search tool to check if your desired .info domain name is available. If it is, you can continue to register it. If it’s unavailable you may need to reconsider your choice of domain name or extension.

03. Provide all relevant registration information

You’ll always be required to submit accurate registrant information, including your name, address and contact details. This is part of the process of domain ownership verification and authorization.

04. Confirm and pay

After confirming your domain name availability and providing the required details, follow the registrar's instructions to complete the registration. Most domains are registered for a year, renewable. The exact cost will depend on which domain registrar and plan you choose. If you make a website with Wix, domain registration is included with your premium plan.

Is using a .info domain extension safe and reliable?

The safety of a .info domain, or any domain extension, is not inherently determined by the extension itself but by the actions and intentions of the domain and website owner.

What makes a domain and website safe is dependent on a number of things. These include:

  • SSL/TSL encryption. A secure website will have "https://" in the URL, indicating that the connection between your browser and the website is encrypted.

  • Advanced website security measures. These might include robust website infrastructure, secure hosting, 24/7 online threat detection, a bug bounty progam and any number of other measures that make websites safe.

Cybercriminals can use any domain extension for malicious purposes, so it's crucial to verify the legitimacy of websites and exercise caution, especially if the website is unfamiliar.

.info and ICANN

ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the global Internet's Domain Name System (DNS), IP address allocation and other responsibilities related to the management of domain names, extensions across the World Wide Web/Internet.

When it comes to domain extensions like .info, ICANN plays a crucial role in overseeing the management and distribution of these top-level domains (TLDs).

ICANN ensures that it follows the guidelines and standards set for TLDs. It ensures that domain names are unique and that the associated WHOIS information is accurate. WHOIS is a protocol used to query databases and obtain information about registered domain names, including details about the domain owner, registrar and date registered.

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the address used to access anything on the internet. It starts with HTTP or HTTPS, then comes the domain name (which includes the TLD like .info), and the specific path to the resource on the web server. ICANN's involvement ensures that all URLs are properly structured and that the associated domain extensions adhere to established, consistent standards.

.info domain FAQ

Who can register a .info domain?

.info domains are open for registration to individuals, businesses, and organizations worldwide. There are no specific restrictions on eligibility.

What is the purpose of a .info domain?

The .info domain is designed for websites that provide information. It is suitable for a wide range of uses, including informational websites, blogs, and online resources.

Is there any specific requirement for .info domain registration?

There are generally no specific requirements for registering a .info domain. It's open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are there any restrictions on the content of .info websites?

.info domains do not impose specific content restrictions. However, registrants are expected to comply with relevant laws and regulations governing online content.

How long does it take to register a .info domain?

The registration process for .info domains is typically quick and can be completed through accredited domain registrars. Once registered, the domain is usually activated within a short period.

What is the registration period for .info domains?

.info domains are typically registered on an annual basis. Registrants can choose to renew their domain registration each year. It's important to keep your registration renewed for security purposes.

Are there any premium or reserved .info domain names?

Some .info domain names may be considered premium and their registration fees may be higher. Additionally, certain domain names may be reserved by the registry and not available for registration.

Can I register a .info domain for personal use?

Yes, .info domains are commonly used for personal websites, blogs and other informational purposes. They are not limited to specific types of entities.


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