.WS and Western Samoa

The country of Western Samoa owns the .WS top-level domain. We are working in cooperation with the government of Western Samoa as the official registry of the .WS top-level domain. Our .WS domains work exactly like .com domains. WebSite.ws as well as all our offerings reside in the United States.

Our .WS top-level domain is 100% globally accessible, and it can be viewed by anyone accessing the Internet from anywhere in the world. Additionally, everyone, regardless of location, has the ability to register/administer .WS domains.

All top-level domains and the guidelines by which they function were created 20-25 years ago. Every country was granted one top-level domain with the exception of the United States, which was also given the .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov, and .mil top-level domains. While .com is the most popular extension, every top-level domain has the ability to work in exactly the same way.

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Is .WS recognized and accreditee by ICANN?

.WS is a country code domain so it does not fall under the authority of ICANN. WebSite.WS is the Registry for the .WS domain, and operates under a long term contract with the island of (Western) Samoa.

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Will my .WS domain work like a .COM domain?

Absolutely! .WS domains work exactly the same as a .com domain.

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How much do .WS domains cost?

Standard Domains
(4+ characters)
3 Character Domains
(dog.ws, cat.ws etc.)
2 Character Domains
(ok.ws, tx.ws etc.)
1 Character Domains
(x.ws, website.ws/home/1.dhtml etc.)

(One, two, and three character domains are more expensive due to the fact that there are statistically fewer combinations of them available)

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How do I pay for a pending invoice?

You may complete payment for a pending invoice from within your .WS account: Simply click the My invoices link along the left side of your screen, and then click the Pending link. This will take you to the checkout screen where you may complete payment.

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Where can I view and print an invoice?

You may generate an invoice from within your .WS account at any time by following the process outlined below:

1. Sign into your account.
2. Click the My invoices link.
3. Locate the transaction for which you would like an invoice.
4. Click the appropriate invoice number
5. Review the invoice and print as desired Please note: we may complete this request if you prefer. However, the print out will be exactly the same as the one you can generate, and we will charge a $5.00 fee for doing so.

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What forms of payment can I use?

You may use PayPal or any of the following major credit cards: American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, or Visa. You may also use debit cards tied to a checking or savings account.

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I want to register several domains. Do I have to pay for each domain one at a timie?

No. Our unique registration system lets you "shop" for domain names as you would anything else on the Internet. Choose the names you want, add them to your "shopping cart," then when you are ready, you can checkout and pay for everything at one time.

The only exception is if you want to pay for each domain a different way. For example, if you want to register three different domains with three different credit cards, you'll need to complete the registration and payment process separately for each domain. However, if you want to register a large number of domains and pay for them all with one form of payment, you can pay for all of them in one easy step.

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Can I register a domain and keep my personal information private?

Yes. Please see the "Private Domain Registration" area of the FAQ.

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