Registering a .US domain is a great way to make your
business’s United States presence known on the web. If you
are located in, or have a business presence in the USA,
buying a .US domain could be your next great move.
What is a .US domain?
The .US domain is a ccTLD (country code
top level domain), and the Internet country code for the
United States of America. Located in North America, the
United States borders both the North Atlantic Ocean and the
North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico. The combined
area of all 50 states and the District of Columbia is
3,794,083 square miles, about half the size of Russia. The
population was 303,824,640 in July 2008, according to the
census of that year. The official language of the United
States is English although Spanish is also widely spoken.
The United States is one of the world's most ethnically
diverse and multicultural nations. This is due to
large-scale immigration from many countries over the last
several centuries. The U.S. economy is the largest national
economy in the world, with an estimated 2008 gross domestic
product (GDP) of (USD) $14.3 trillion, almost a quarter of
Why should I register a .US domain name?
DotUS is America's Internet address! Having a .US domain
gives citizens, businesses, organizations and government
agencies unique and memorable American identities online.
Shouldn't you be next? Understandably, there has been a
major rise in patriotism over the last several years. Having
a .US domain is great way to say that you and your business
are proud to be American. There is no better time than the
present to register your domain as a .US.
From a business perspective, the .US domain is pivotal.
The .US extension enables domestic and international firms
of every size and industry to protect their trademarks and
establish corporate identities online in the United States.
The same is true for not-for-profits and charities, enabling
them to show their presence within the United States.
In addition, registering a .US extension will give you
the opportunity to list your domain in the US Directory.
This free service will help build your business and
advertise your services. Your domain can be listed online at
a .US postal code page. For instance, if your business is
located in Webster, NY (zip code 14580), your domain can be
listed on the 14580.us website. The .US Directory is meant
to work as a type of yellow pages for local areas. This
unique directory will include thousands of businesses,
organizations, clubs, and schools in your local community.
Make your company, and yourself part of this ground-breaking
Safeguarding your personal identity is crucial today.
This should be the same for your online identity, as well as
that of your trademark. When it comes to business,
protecting you assets is critical; that includes everything
from your bankroll to your domains. If you fail to register
your name in country code TLDs, it is only a matter of time
before someone else does. Attempting to procure a domain
after it is registered is much more labor-intensive than
being the first to obtain it. Ensure that your competitors
do not purchase your trademark, and register it yourself.
The draw of ccTLDs also includes registering short
domains. Finding this type of domain in more common
extensions such as .COM or .NET is a modern day treasure
hunt. The possibility of acquiring a domain with a common or
short word is much greater in ccTLDs because they are still
growing. Domain hacks offer an additional attraction to
ccTLDs. Due to their short extensions, it is easy to create
domains such as syllab.us, copio.us, or papyr.us.
Are there any restrictions for registering a .US domain?
As with most ccTLD's there are some restrictions for
registering a .US domain. You must be a US citizen, a
permanent United States resident, or a US entity such as
organizations and corporations. Additionally, any business
or corporation with a bona fide presence in the USA may
It is also important to note that certain words can not
be present in .US domain
names. These censored words are known as
The Seven Dirty Words. For a history and list of these
words, please visit the provided link.
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