The domain name .author is a restricted top-level domain (sTLD) for content creators to signal their status as an author or creator. It can be used by authors to highlight that they are the original creator of content on the internet.
Organizations that support authors will also find it useful because it provides unique branding opportunities and could serve as an identifier in the public DNS.
To register a .author domain name, you must be the author or creator of content on the internet. If you are not an author but work for an author, please ask your author to follow these three simple steps:
1) Register it.
2) Verify your email address by clicking the verification link sent in the email to you.
3) Login into your account to complete your registration application, which will be reviewed within 3 business days. Your domain name will then be activated when approved.
You can also use the domain name search to see if the domain you want is available.
Before your application can be reviewed, please ensure you've completed all the necessary verification steps including:
1) A Whois lookup on the desired .author domain name must show that you own or control content on the internet where this domain name is live.
2) An email verification.
3) You must be logged in to your account while applying for your domain name.
After you have completed these steps, please proceed with applying for the .author domain name.
If any of these steps are not complete or cannot be verified at that moment, an error message will be shown and your application cannot proceed.
Restricted: Applicants must demonstrate affiliation to the content creation community, such as through articles written, interviews given, bylines received, books authored, etc. Individuals must be published, well-known content creators, or work for a well-known organization that supports content creation.
Businesses are required to have a physical address in the target country of the domain name they are applying for, and all applicants are subject to fraud prevention checks.
The .author helps content creators promote themselves, distinguishes authorship in search results, and enables direct association with the creative community.
The .author domain is specifically designed to help content creators control their online identity, share relevant news about their work with readers, facilitate email communication with contacts, attract new business and distinguish themselves from all other content creators.
It allows authors to quickly and easily ensure that their website will be found under the .author domain, whether they are on a platform such as Medium or Tumblr, or running their own site with WordPress, Blogger, or another service.
The .author domain name can be used to signal the author's status as an author, which helps build trust and credibility. It allows authors to create unique identities for themselves on the internet.
Domain names are not case-sensitive.
The .author top-level domain will provide opportunities for businesses that support content creators, such as publishers, news organizations, media agencies, entertainment companies, book publishers, etc.