.VU represents the official domain extension or the internet country code top level domain (ccTLD) of Vanuatu. This ccTLD was introduced in 1995 and was intended for entities connected with Vanuatu. Telecom Vanuatu Limited is the authorized agency for carrying out .VU registry while Marcaria.com is an accredited registrar where applications for .VU domain are submitted and processed.
VU also stands for: view, very useful, visitor use, visit us, video update, visa USA, virtual university, vulnerable, volume unit, vehicle unit, vector unit, vehicle utility, and many more.
There is no special process needed to register a .VU domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
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Who can own a .vu domain name?
The .vu domain is open to anyone who can meet the following criteria:
- Be a legal resident of Vanuatu and have an address in Vanuatu. This applies to both residents and non-residents.
- Be a legal resident of a country that permits the registration of .vu domain names from local residents by their own government.
- Possess the rights to use the name being registered as a domain name. This means you have either purchased the name or are authorized by its owner to register it as a .u domain name.
It also means you have the right to use the domain name without infringing on another party's rights.
What are the registration restrictions for a .vu domain name?
Below is a list of some of the more important rules and restrictions regarding the .vu domain space:
- Domain names that are offensive or contrary to Vanuatu customs and culture will not be allowed.
- Registered trademarks must relate directly to the legal entity bearing the trademark, so a personal name cannot register a .vu domain name under their own trademarked name.
- Domain names that are frequently used for spamming or whose contents do not relate directly to the website's purpose will not be allowed.
Why choose a .vu domain name?
The .vu ccTLD is unique due to the fact it was opened for free grabs, with no restrictions on who can own one. This means anyone in the world can own a .vu domain name with very little hassle.
In addition, the choice of available second-level domains for registration is limited to those from an approved list.
This means people looking for a good .com alternative will definitely find one in the .vu ccTLD as there are no restrictions on what can be registered under these second-level domains.
Some examples would be:
- .co.vu, .org.vu and .net.vu instead of .com, .org and .net (respectively)
- domino.vu instead of domino.com or any other top-level domain name (.info, .biz, etc.)
- uno.vu instead of uno.it or any other country code TLD
Who controls the .vu domain names?
The .vu domain is managed and operated by the Vanuatu Telecommunications Regulator (VTR). The VTR is an independent authority tasked with overseeing the telecommunications industry in Vanuatu.
What do I need to know before registering a domain name?
The best way to find out if a domain name is available is by conducting a search at the Vanuatu Internet Corporation (VIC) registration portal.
The VIC doesn't allow people from outside of Vanuatu to perform a domain name search, so you will either need to be in Vanuatu or have someone conduct the search for you.
Once the domain name is registered, it will be valid for one year and can be renewed at any time during that period. This means if you register your .vu domain name on March 2014, it will expire on March 2015 so you will need to renew it at some point before then.
What makes a domain name invalid?
- A .vu domain name is only valid if it includes the following characters: a-z, 0-9, and - (hyphen)
- All domain names must be between 3 and 63 characters long.
Be careful when choosing a name for your website.
Names that are frequently used by people or businesses worldwide that have nothing to do with the content of your site may get you into trouble. - .vu domain names must be between 3 and 63 characters long.
There's no limit on how many domain names you can register but you will be required to pay the yearly registration fee for each one you own.
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