Open Registration for the .CO Domain starts today. So if you missed out on getting your company’s name with a .COM extension, you may want to purchase the newly available .CO.
.CO was once the domain suffix reserved for businesses in the District of Columbia. Columbia has decided to “cash in” on the .CO domain extension which is recognized worldwide as an abbreviation for Company, Corporation and Commerce. This appears to be the first truly global and recognizable domain that the world has seen in years.
After the success of the .TV domain extension, which was once exclusively owned by the country Tuvalu, the Columbian government realized that they were sitting on a goldmine with their own country’s top-level domain.
The .CO domain was released in 3 stages:
- April 26 through June 10: Eligible trademark holders were allowed to apply for the .CO domain names corresponding to their trademarks.
- June 21 through July 13: Anyone interested in securing a domain name of high commercial value could apply before general availability begins.
- July 20: General availability begins today, opening the .CO domain for registrations on a first-come, first-served basis around the world.
For the first year, only 9 registrars will be able to sell this domain. It is expected that there will be many squatters hoping to snap up generic terms, shorter strings, and brand names then flip them for profit.
So if this is something you may be interested in, then don’t wait…
Purchase your .CO Domain Name today!