.EE represents the official domain extension or the internet country code top level domain (ccTLD) of Estonia. It was introduced in 1992 and was intended for entities with affiliations in Estonia. Estonian Internet Foundation is the authorized unit for carrying out its registry.
In order to complete the registration, the administrative contact must sign an application form by one of the following methods:
By electronic signature for holders of an ID card from Estonia, Belgium, Lithuania or Finland.
Since being allocated to Estonia by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, anyone worldwide can apply for a .ee domain name through an accredited registrar.
Following the Terms and Conditions of Registry Operator .ee Domain Ltd
A registrant can be:
An Estonian citizen
Individuals domiciled in Estonia
Organization or entity registered in Estonia or under its laws
The registration is valid only if the registrant has an address in Estonia to use as the administrative contact unless ee Domain Ltd gives other requirements.
The registrant must agree to abide by Estonian laws, including regulation on Estonian domain names, Estonian language requirements in communications with the Registry, and the use of information in the Whois database.
How can I get a .ee domain name?
Here is how to get a .ee domain name.
Search for available domain names
Identify licensed domain registrars so that you can buy from them
Proceed to purchase and get hosting.
Should you experience any issues, don't hesitate to reach out to the customer service of your domain registrar.
Why should I have a .ee domain name?
A .ee domain name is vital because of Estonia's history of using Germanic languages. Russia also has domains under the top levels "ru" and "su" moved from Estonian control to Russian control when Estonia was under USSR rule.
This means that when there are websites for Estonians in exile, either Estonian organizations or Estonian diaspora, having a .ee domain name allows someone to easily find it when searching on google even though the website URL might be in English or another language.
Also, when someone is searching for something like "Estonian history," it will be much more likely to find an Estonian website than a non-Estonian website.
This might seem obvious, but the fact is that many of the most popular websites in Estonia are the English language .com or .org sites.
This means that Estonians looking for Estonian websites have a hard time finding them. This can be a problem if they learn more about Estonia, Estonians, or the Estonian diaspora.
A .ee domain name is cheaper than the English language .com domain name and as helpful as the English language .org or foreign language .com domain name.
In some ways, it's more practical because many of the most popular sites in Estonia are English language sites; even though those sites don't necessarily provide information from Estonia.
Estonians, or on the Estonian diaspora. Having a .ee domain name can help fill that gap and make it easier for people to find what they're looking for on the internet without using Google Translate.
Who controls the .ee domain name?
The .ee domain name belongs to Estonia and is managed by the Internet Foundation Of Estonia (IIS), which contains the top-level country code .ee.
The IIS publishes a list of registrars that can sell .ee domain names and domains may be purchased through any registrar in the world, provided the registrant uses one of these registrars.
All major web hosting companies offer domain registrations for individuals along with website hosting services.
Only individuals may buy or register .ee domain names; companies or organizations must use a registered agent (an organization licensed to provide company services in Estonia).
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