.MS represents the official domain extension or internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Montserrat. Anyone can register a “.MS” website which is currently considered as one of the most profitable domain suffixes in the internet primarily because Microsoft uses this as an abbreviation for their trademark. The intended use of .MS is for entities affiliated with Montserrat although very few local webmasters use it. MNI Networks Ltd manages the registry and operation of .MS.
Aside from being used as the official two-letter code of Montserrat, MS is also used in various ways. It is an abbreviation for the giant software company – Microsoft. It is also the postal code for the US state – Mississippi. MS is also an abbreviated form of mistress or sometimes miss.
There is no special process needed to register a .MS domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, is responsible for all .ms nation-code domain (ccTLD) registrations. These are managed via the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), which answers to the Governor of Montserrat.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) manages all .ms ccTLD registrations. These are managed via the TRC, which answers to the Governor of Montserrat.
This means that if you're looking to register a new ccTLD or transfer your existing one, it's best to contact them directly. You can find their contact information on this page here.
Why use .ms?
Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, is responsible for all .ms nation-code domain (ccTLD) registrations.
The government of Montserrat has made it easy to register your own .ms domain name by providing an online registration system that's quick and simple to use. You can also make changes or renew your domain at any time with just a few clicks.
.ms is an ideal choice for individuals, businesses, and organizations who have a strong affiliation with Montserrat or any of the Leeward Islands.
It's also a fabulous way to show your support for the island by registering a .ms domain name – perhaps even one that includes your own company name!
The registration process takes just a few minutes and the same goes for any changes you may need to make at a later date.
What are the registration restrictions for a .ms domain name?
The restrictions for a .ms domain name are as follows:
1. The first character of the second-level domain cannot be a number, two letters, or a hyphen. This leaves only letters and small words to build a domain name on.
2. Only one .ms per person. In theory, this means you can have one .ms domain name under your ownership. However, it's still possible to purchase more than one .ms second-level domain as these do not necessarily have to be registered via the same registrar.
3. You must prove that you have a direct connection with Montserrat or the Leeward Islands. Here are some examples of how this could be done:
a) You have an office in Montserrat or the Leeward Islands.
b) Your main physical address is in Montserrat or the Leeward Islands.
c) You are a citizen of Montserrat or any of the Leeward Islands.
d) You are a company that is based in the United Kingdom and registered as a Foreign Company.
Unfortunately, the registration restrictions for this ccTLD are not as lenient as some other domains. For example, you can't register a .ms domain name if your company doesn't have an office in Montserrat or if you're not a resident of Montserrat.
You also can't register a .ms domain name if you don't have an IBD (Internet Business Directory) in Montserrat.
However, you can register a .ms domain name even if the person registering it doesn't live in Montserrat or have an office there. You just need to prove that your website is mainly targeted at Montserrat citizens.