.bio is a new domain name for the bio-based economy, including organic food and farming. It's an attractive option for anyone involved in the organic food industry.
It can be used for organic food websites, labeling and certification bodies, associations, and events.
What does .bio allow me to do?
It allows you to create a website that can be easily found by people searching for businesses or services relating to organic food.
The domain name is available to everyone from individuals and small companies to larger organizations.
You could use it as the main domain on your website, as part of a sub-domain (such as shop.bio), or as a second-level domain (shop.theorganicfoodcompany.bio).
A .bio domain name lets you connect with other businesses, organizations, and people who are part of the organic food industry. It's short, memorable, and relevant; it also provides SEO advantages.
Who is allowed to register a .bio domain name?
Anyone is allowed to register a .bio domain name.
There are no restrictions on nationality, residence, or age.
Any individual, business, or organization that uses the "bio" term in their marketing is allowed to register a .bio domain name.
What can I do with my .bio website?
You can use your bio site to:
- Promote organic products and services
- Drive traffic and generate sales for your website
- Network with other members of the bio community
What makes a .bio domain name different?
.bio is shorter and more relevant than other generic top-level domains (gTLDs) such as .com or .org, which can be misleading.
It's managed by the non-profit Bio. Foundation, which works to promote bio-based products and sustainable living.
The domain name is managed under a different policy than other gTLDs, allowing existing domain registrants to retain their original registrations.
For example, if someone already owns organicfoodcompany.com or organicfoodassociation.org, they can register organicfoodcompany.bio or organicfoodassociation.bio without paying an additional fee.
What about trademark protection?
Organizations can protect their names with trademarks.
If a company has a registered trademark for a name, it doesn't need to do anything to protect its brand after registering .bio.
If a business hasn't registered a trademark but uses the same name as another organization in trade, then that other organization can object to the use.
Even if a business doesn't have an existing trademark, it can still apply for one when choosing its .bio domain name.
This makes sure no one else in the bio community can claim ownership of that name and stops others from registering similar names that would prevent yours from being found online.
Why choose the .bio domain name?
To connect with the bio community
.bio is the trusted choice for anyone who wants to connect with the bio community, including organic food producers and suppliers, academics studying sustainable development, non-profits supporting organic farming, retailers of bioproducts, certification bodies, and industry associations.
To be found on search engines
A .bio website will be easier to find online than one using a generic top-level domain (gTLD), since .bio is short, relevant, and has no competition.
To show social responsibility
A bio website shows that you are involved with the bio community, which is committed to sustainable living through more efficient use of natural resources.
To protect your brand online
If you don't have a trademark for your brand but you use it in connection with bioproducts or services, you can apply for one with the .bio registry.
.bio is a branded domain name that's short and relevant, making it easy for your clients to remember and find you online.
It reflects the bio-based economy and ensures that your business can be found by those looking for services in this area.