Once you have registered your .ws domain name, if you want to utilize it as a website or email address, you will need to associate it with a cloud-based hosting service like Easy Website Builder, a server-based hosting service like Web Hosting, or an email and collaboration service like Google Workspace.
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What is a .ws domain?
Finding the right domain name these days can be difficult. There are so many websites out there now that the traditional domain choices, such as .com, are basically useless, as every domain you can think of seems to be already taken. The .WS domain name extension, which is an abbreviation for WebSite, is a great choice for any site that needs a high quality domain name!
How do I buy a .ws domain?
To purchase your .ws domain name, you must first search for the availability of the unique phrase (without spaces or with hyphens). If the domain name is available, you may then add it to the cart to register for up to 10 year(s). If the domain is not available, then either modify your phrase, or inquire about purchasing the name outright through 101domain's Domain Concierge Service.
SamoaNIC, the registry authorized to operate the .ws domain, has accredited 101domain to provide domain registration services for .ws domains.
You can trust 101domain to do it right, because Country Code domains are our specialty.
101domain is uniquely positioned to help guide you through the Samoan registration process.
Our business was built on providing simple and timely domain registration services, and superior support once you have your name.
101domain is .ws Accredited
How do I transfer a .ws domain?
Transferring your .ws domain name is a fast and easy process. To get started, you'll need an Authorization Code from the registrar that currently has the domain registered. Once you have that, get started by clicking "Transfer Now" below or visit our Transfers Page, enter your domain name to transfer in, provide the Authorization Code, and our system will process the transfer.
Every .ws domain transfer into 101domain includes an additional year(s) renewal, so you're not losing any time, just saving money and gaining the access to the largest portfolio of extensions in the business and 101domain's powerful domain management system. If you are not provided an Authorization Code or having problems locating it, contact our Domain Specialists to help you navigate the process.
The domain registration time frame for .ws during general availability is Instant.
.ws Domain Names must:
have minimum of 2 and a maximum of 63 characters;
begin with a letter or a number and end with a letter or a number;
use the English character set and may contain letters (i.e., a-z, A-Z),numbers (i.e. 0-9)
and dashes (-) or a combination of these;
neither begin with, nor end with a dash;
not contain a dash in the third and fourth positions (e.g. www.ab- -cd.ws); and
not include a space (e.g. www.ab cd.ws).
DNSSEC is available for .ws domain. Enabling DNSSEC will protect .ws domain names against counterfeit DNS data by providing origin authentication and integrity protection on that data. DNSSEC can be configured in your domain name's DNS panel.
Trustee Service is not available for .ws extension. Trustee Service can help satisfy most local presence requirements when there are restrictions on registering a domain name.
Your .ws domain name can be hosted on any hosting platform, whether a cloud-based website builder service like 101domain.com's Easy Website Builder or server hosting platform like 101domain.com Web Hosting using Plesk.
No. At present the .ws domain zone does not provide means to hide the information of the domain owner. All or partial information (name, address, email, etc.) may be displayed in WHOIS.
Grace periods vary for country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) including Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). Some registries require renewal up to 60 days in advance of the domain name expiration date. It is your responsibility to pay for your Renewal Fees in advance of the due date specified by 101domain regardless of the domain name expiration date. Failure to pay your Renewal Fees prior to the due date will result in a fee of $150 to renew your .ws domain.
There may be a restore period between when the domain expires and when the domain can be registered again. In the event that you do not pay by the renewal date, your site may be inaccessible during this time so it is very important that you renew this extension before the renewal date.
The registry that manages the registration of domain names with the .ws Top Level Domain is SamoaNIC. You may visit them at https://www.samoanic.ws/.
Domain Requirements for .ws
Violating rights to third parties, names and activities that are illegal are prohibited. See FAQs for complete restrictions.
How do I renew a .ws domain?
Renewing your domain name is simple! Just click "Renew Now" below or visit our Renewals Page, and enter your domain name to renew, or log into your Account Manager, select your ext domain name that you would like to renew, select the term of your renewal, and check out.
We also offer Auto-Renew—a great way to keep your domain name up-to-date without having to worry about letting them accidentally expire. Check your Account Settings to find out if you have Auto-Renew enabled.