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Old 30th October 2007, 04:02 AM   #1

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What is .ws domain for?

I found it to be not cheap to register for a .ws domain. Does anyone have any idea what is this for?

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It's the country-level domain for Samoa (formerly called Western Samoa, hence the "ws").

As with many other smaller countries (such as Tuvalu, with their ".tv" extension and the Federated States of Micronesia with ".fm"), Samoa saw the opportunity to monetize this TLD and contracted with a registrar who markets it as standing for "web site".

As to what it's for, if you register a domain with a .ws extension, I suppose you can use it for pretty much anything you like, much as you could with a .com or a .co.uk or most other "general purpose" TLDs. Haven't really looked into it, though.


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