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Iceland’s .Is domain is now easier to register

Namecheap becomes biggest registrar to offer .Is domains.

Picture of waterfall in Iceland

This picture of Iceland makes me want to visit. Or at least register a .Is domain name.

Country code domain names are an interesting animal. Some registries make it very difficult to register them; others market them heavily through the registrar channel.

One domain that has traditionally been difficult or expensive to register is Iceland’s .IS domain.

There are a few registrars, typically brand protection registrars, that carry them. Prices are usually $80 or more. Or you can create an account directly with the registry to register one.

But now Namecheap, a top five registrar, is offering .Is domains for about $40 per year. That’s about the same price as going direct.

DomainTools estimates that there are 64,000 registered .Is domains. But with no premiums, there are quite a few good keywords available.

It will be interesting to watch .Is and see if easier registration and a big registrar help build the zone. Taken as the word ‘is’, it’s kind of cool. Of course, there’s also that terrorist group…

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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