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Global Domains International is the sponsor and KeySystems is our backend provider for the country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) .ws extensions that represents Western Samoa.

Who can register .ws domains?

Anyone can register .ws domain names.

Registration restrictions

  • Must use: 3 – 63 Characters
  • Can use: Letters: a-z, Numbers: 0-9, Hyphens (except in the 1st or last characters of the domain name)
  • Cannot use: Special Characters (e.g.,& and #)
  • IDNs: Supported

Features

  • Registration length: 1-10 years
  • Renewal length: 1-10 years
    • We attempt auto-renewal on the domain name’s expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we re-attempt renewal five days later, and we make a final attempt seven days after that.
    • If we cannot auto-renew the domain name and you do not manually renew it by the 12th day after its expiration date, you can attempt to recover it, and there might be a fee to do so. See Renew my expired domain for more information.
    • For example: Your .ws domain name expires on October 10. For automatic renewals, we attempt to renew the domain name on October 10, October 15, and October 22. If we cannot auto-renew the domain name and you do not manually renew it by October 29, you can attempt to recover it.
  • Backorders: Not supported
  • Transfers to ELITE WEB Co.: Supported
    • To successfully transfer a .ws domain name to us, your current registrar must support .ws transfers out.
    • We currently do not support the transfer in of .ws emoji domains.
  • Transfers away from ELITE WEB Co.: Supported
    • Transfer Lock: Supported
    • To transfer away from us, your new registrar must explicitly support .ws transfers in.
  • Transfers to another ELITE WEB Co. account: Supported
  • Basic privacy protection: Supported
  • Protection plan upgrades: Supported
  • Cash Parking: Supported
  • Contact Updates: Supported
  • Must use: 2-13 authoritive nameservers
  • Can use: IPv4, IPv6, DNSSEC
  • Want to register a .ws domain? Search for your domain today.
  • Check out our most common domain articles to get started with your .ws domain.

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