.SO represents the official domain extension or the internet country code top level domain (ccTLD) of Somalia. This ccTLD was initially introduced in 1997 and was re-launched in 2010 after a long time of being inactive. (dot)SO was created for entities connected or wishing to have connections with Somalia. SONIC is the authorized agency where .SO registry and operations are carried out. On the other hand, Marcaria.com is an accredited registrar where applications for .SO domain extension are processed.
SO also stands for: significant other, sign off or sign out, Sims Online (game), strike out, sales order, standard order, sold out, seller’s option, Southern Airways (airline company), shipment order, system overload, semantic object, security officer, station officer, supply officer, send only, systems operator, and many more.
There is no special process needed to register a .SO domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
The .so domain name is the ccTLD for Somalia. In other words, it's an internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Somalia. Registrations are limited to institutions and individuals having a connection with Somalia.
Owners' rights: CentralNic Ltd registered the .so ccTLD in 1999 on behalf of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Nominet.
They were given a one-year contract in 2000 and then another five-year contract that was extended to 100 years by the Somalia government.
Who has the right to register a .so domain name?
Any individual or institution that has a connection with Somalia can register .so domain names.
You have to be connected with Somalia to register .so domain names.
Limited to institutions and individuals having a connection with Somalia.
Limited to institutions and individuals having a connection with Somalia, limited list of approved registrars, a limited number of domains available for registration, the limited registration period for domains under this TLD.
For example, if you are a Somali national or you work in Somalia, then you can register .so domain names.
The following organizations are eligible to apply for the registration of .so ccTLDs:
-Somali Government institutions;
-Non-governmental organizations having an office in Somalia;
Registration requirements for .so domain names according to Nominet UK: The applicant must be connected with Somalia. You can apply for a .so domain name if you work for:
-A Somali government agency;
-An organization registered in Somalia;
-A not-for-profit organization that operates in Somalia and has a legitimate purpose to connect with the public;
If you are not connected with Somalia, then we recommend that you consider other ccTLDs.
Why choose a .so domain name?
If you are an individual or organization that is connected with Somalia, then you can register a .so domain name.
A Somali national, anyone working in Somalia for Somali organizations, anyone living in Somalia, or has business interests in this country.
A .so domain can be used to brand your Somali company or institution. You can use it as part of your email address, website, and web hosting account.
You can use a .so domain name to build a website about Somalia, connect with the public in this
You can use a .so domain name to get an advantage over your competitors and increase your online presence in the country of Somalia by registering a .so domain name.
For example, if you work for the government of Somalia, then you can get your own .so domain name.
Other TLDs for Somalia:
- .com.so is administered by a private organization and registrations are open to everyone regardless of their connection with Somalia.
- .net.so is also available, but it's not as common as other TLDs such as .com or .org.
Other interesting ccTLDs are .la, .cc, .sc
What are the registration restrictions for a .so domain name?
-You have to be connected with Somalia.
-A limited number of domains are available for registration, so it's important to register the name you want as soon as possible.
-The domain name has a 5 year initial registration period after which it needs to be renewed. You can renew .so domain names before they expire.
The maximum possible registration period is five years, but it's possible to renew domains after five years too.