January 6, 2011
Niles Nerd

Build Trust With .org

Build Trust With .org

Build Trust With .org

Why Register A .ORG?

Trusted across all backgrounds, ages, and nationalities, .ORG is where people turn to find credible information, get involved, fund causes, and support advocacy. As a premier domain, .ORG provides an unrivaled channel to share ideas, enhance lives, and advance your mission.

What is the Advantage?

When you buy a .ORG, your organization is linked to a well-established brand of trust and integrity. One of the original top-level domains (TLDs), .ORG became the registry of choice for organizations dedicated to serving the public interest today .ORG is considered one of the most trusted domains on the internet.

If your organization is a noncommercial entity, people expect to find you in the .ORG community – nonprofits, foundations, philanthropic and cultural institutions, religious, civic, arts, social and fraternal organizations, health and legal services, clubs and community volunteer groups.
Commercial businesses also benefit. Registering with .ORG lends credibility to the activities of a charitable arm, and it also protects your brand and trademark as represented in your other domain name TLD registrations.

Who Registers .ORG Domains?

Large and small, local and global, .ORGs influence our world every day, effecting positive change on our planet.

Can I register a .ORG domain name?

Yes. .ORG always has been — and will continue to be — an open and unrestricted domain. Anyone is allowed to register and use .ORG domain names.

.ORG is the home for millions of nonprofit Web sites, including charitable, artistic, scientific, personal, educational, social, cultural and religious sites.

.ORG sites are run by clubs, incorporated and unincorporated not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, families, individuals, schools, foundations, and more. Even for-profit companies have .ORG sites devoted to their noncommercial activities, such as charitable or volunteer programs.

Many noncommercial organizations conduct commerce to support their activities. Examples include clubs that raise funds, hospitals, noncommercial Web sites that run advertising to support their operations, etc.

I have been trying to register a one-character or two-letter .ORG domain name, but I can’t. Why not?

Certain domain names are to be reserved per ICANN’s directive. The domain names listed there, including all one-character and two-character domains, are reserved “from initial (i.e., other than renewal) registration within the TLD.” In other words, should any of those previously registered domain names be allowed to expire, or if they are deleted, they will be placed on reserved status and will NOT be made available to the public for registration again.

I found a .ORG Web site that is commercial in nature. Is this allowed?

Yes. .ORG is an unrestricted top-level domain, and anyone can register.