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.IO Domain (British Indian Ocean Territory)

58,74 € / year
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General Information for the domain extension .io - British Indian Ocean Territory

Meaning of Extension .io is the official country domain (ccTLD) from British Indian Ocean Territory.
Minimum and maximum length 2 - 63 characters
Time of registration In real-time
Registrar Transfer Yes, with Auth-Code
Trade Yes
No local contact needed
Transfer lock has to be removed before a transfer can be started
Manual renewal possible
The domain terms for .io domains can be found at:
.io domains are one of the fastest growing territorial extensions in the last few years, this is due to the fact that its acronym "io" means "input/output", a term widely used in the technology industry.

But the .io domains actually belong to the British Indian Ocean Territory and were launched in early 1997. Interestingly, the first .io domain was, registered by Levi Strauss & Co. a well-known American clothing brand.

Besides being popular for the technological term, .io domains have also been registered in many occasions because it is easy to create domain hacks with it, forming words like In recent years a lot of new services and video games have used this extension for their main domain.

The .io domains are managed by Afilias, which also offers other extensions such as .info, .pro or .bio, among others.