The beautiful ccTLD .IS has been in use for 30 years this year (since 1987). It's the Country Code Top Level Domain of Iceland (icelandic: Ísland) with just over 60.000 registrations. Of these, 70% are domestic, 9% from USA, 3% from Germany, 2% from Norway, another 2% from Great Britain, and the rest has a home address in about 100 countries world wide. It is truly an International Domain, although being a true Viking still rooted in Iceland.
ISNIC (IS Network Information Center) is the Registry (Top Level Domain Operator) for the ccTLD ".is", and manages the Registration System, the Registrant (WHOIS) Database, and the DNS Servers for the .is zone. ISNIC welcomes every customer who has genuine, legitimate interest in having a clever and good looking .is address for a website, email, or other services on the Internet. We discourage registration via Proxy Services, unless the proxy uses a legitimate registered corporation with a real physical address. We do not allow false or inaccurate domain registrations, but we allow individuals to withhold their address from our Public Registrant Database (WHOIS).
.is Domains can be registered for up to five years–first only for one year–but can then be renewed (right away) for additional four years. This is to give the new Registrant an important moment to re-think, before paying out the fee for five years (EUR 149.5) which is non-refundable.
ISNIC's staff wishes its customers a happy new year 2017 and thank you so much for the great year of 2016 (over 10.000 new .is domains registered).
Domains are like good wine, the older the better they are regarding search engines. If you read this before January 1. register your .is domain right away and get the creation year 2016 please.
ISNIC now allows registrants to renew their .is domains for up to five years. Initial registration period remains one year, but renewal, for up to four years for a new domain, can be done immediately after registration.
As domain fees are not refundable we decided to make it a litle tricky to register a new domain for more than one year - to protect our most enthusiastic customers.
Article 19 of the .is registration rule now reads:
"The domain registration period is at least one year, paid in advance on or before the domain expiration date. All domain registrations shall be accompanied by a payment."
As all good Nameserver (DNS) Managers know, the .is technical delegation requirements are a bit stricter than .com's or other mainstream TLD's. People and companies, who prefer security and solid service, are choosing .is for their service partly because of this.
ISNIC strongly asks Nameserver (DNS) Managers, who wish to host .is domains, to please register their nameservers with ISNIC beforehand – this will make it much easier for your .is customers to select your service.
ISNIC's Name Server Registration: https://www.isnic.is/en/host/new
No not really. ISNIC's staff does assist customers (if asked) with registration of .is-domains, but not in coming up with an idea for a good domain. When creating a good domain it comes down to language skills, the feel for words and above all, Creativity.
The .is top level domain ending goes very well with many words, and can, as such facilitate the construction of good and easy to remember domains.
For a long time short domains were thought to be much better than longer ones. This could, however, be wrong in some cases. Some specialists contend that well formulated and descriptive domains score higher in search engines on the internet.
Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind when registering a good .is domain:
ISNIC - Internet á Íslandi hf. manages the registry for the .is country-code top-level domain according to the principles specified in the registration rules of .is domains.
The purpose of these rules is to ensure the security, efficiency and transparency of the domain delegation and registration process. The registration of a domain confers rights to the use of the domain name according to ISNIC rules at any time but does not confer ownership of the domain.