What is .so?
The .so domain name is a ccTLD (country code top-level domain) and the Internet code for Somalia.
Somalia with its estimated population of 10,085,638, ranks as the 31st most populous country in Africa.
These domains with the .so extension are very popular in Somalia and around its geographical area.
You can register your own .so domain and create a professional web page, a personal website, a blog or an online portal to demonstrate the connection to this region.
The .so has been introduced in 1997 and gaining popularity since then.
Who can register .so domain?
Both individuals and legal entities are allowed to buy and register a domain name with a .so extension.
Why is it good to choose a domain name with a .so extension?
A .so extension could be one of the best choice for local and international companies wanting to represent their business in Somalia.
In Somalia the major language is Arabic.
The 6 most popular languages used for websites is english, german, russian, spanish, french and chinese, but you can use any other languages as well.
A website with a .so extension helps you reach your audience easier and also give a professional look to your company. When you targeting this local market with a local domain name, you demonstrate proof of your commitment to the local customers. In this way you can maximize your website’s revenues.
Along with this, it is much easier to register a short or a common word in a ccTLD (country code top-level domain) than with other more popular domain names like .com or .net.
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What kind of characters can be used in a domain name and how long can it be?
When choosing a domain name you should remember these restrictions:
For a .so domain use only letters, numbers, or hyphen "-".
A web name may begin with a letter or a number and end with a letter or a number.
Hyphens cannot begin or end your name.
Although the character "-" is allowed inside the name, but cannot have two hyphens in a row.
You cannot use stressed vowels (such as à, é, ò, í) or other special characters and cannot include a space.
The .so domain length should be between 3-63 characters.
Your registration will not be accepted if your web name doesn’t follow the above restrictions.
Domain name registration term allowance:
The .so web name can be registered 1 to 10 years at one time.
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