FAQ

General FAQ

 

Q. What is a domain name?

A domain name is a word or combination of words used to uniquely identify a website or server on the internet, such as www.example.earth

Q. Why do .Earth domain names exist?

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit organization charged with managing the global domain name system, allowed organizations to apply for and secure new TLDs to offer Internet users greater consumer choice and opportunities for innovation. As a result, .Earth is now a TLD that you can use as an alternative to .com, .net, or .org.

Q. Who can register a .earth domain name?

Anyone can! There are no restrictions as to who can register the .earth domain names. When you buy a .earth domain name you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions and pledge to become an ambassador for Earth and do away with any and all hostile actions that harm Earth and its inhabitants.

How can I register a .earth domain name?

Domain names can be registered via ICANN Accredited Registrars that have signed a contract with the Registry, or Resellers that are in contract to provide services for Accredited Registrars. A list of registrars that sell .earth will be available shortly.

When can I buy a .earth domain name?

Trademark holders can register their desired names in the Sunrise Period (September 16th 16:00 UTC to Noveber. 17 16:00 UTC).

If you do not have a trademark, you can register your domain starting from November 19th 16:00 UTC. (Please note that the launch schedule is subject to changes.)

What are the technical requirements for a domain registration?

  • The string may not begin with a hyphen (-).
  • The string may not contain a hyphen in both the 3rd and 4th positions unless it is a valid Internationalized Domain Name.
  • The string must contain a minimum of three characters and may be a maximum of 63 characters in length.

How many years can I register a .earth domain for?

Domain names can hold a registration term from 1 year up to 10 years.

Why is the domain name I want showing as unavailable when I search?

There are a few reasons why the name your are trying to register shows as “not available:

  • Some names have been designated as “Premium Reserved” and will be released by the registry at a later date.
  • Some names have been blocked by ICANN, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers for technical reasons.
  • Some names have been blocked by the Registry.
  • Someone else may have already registered your name (you can check the whois information for registered names here: www.whois.nic.earth.
  • If you have a query regarding the availability of a certain name, please contact us.

How much do .Earth domains cost?

Prices are set by registrars and will differ based on the particular registrar. In addition names that carry a premium value are priced higher than others. Please note that premium domain names will renew at the same price of the initial registration.