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January 27, 2016.WS Changes 2-3 Character Premium Policy to Meet Chinese Demand

.WS has meant many things to many people. It has been used for personal WebSites, international domain names through WorldSite, and even some Weird Stuff like ❤🍕.ws.

The most recent demand for the .WS extension is coming from the emerging China Domain market. .WS is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this online growth due to its meaning in Chinese.

Over the course of December 2015 alone, thousands of .WS domain names were registered in China. The entire 4 number Chinese Premium .WS space sold out over a three day period in December. Global Domains International has partnered with experienced industry leaders to help accommodate the .WS growth in China, and we are excited to announce new policy changes that will help meet this demand.

New Premium Domains Will Renew at Standard Prices

Our premium domain pricing for all 2 and 3 character .WS domains is changing. Beginning Monday, 2-22-16 (February 22, 2016), all new registrations of 2 and 3 character domains will be sold for a onetime premium rate which includes one year of registration. All renewals and transfers will be charged at the same rate as all other standard .WS domain registrations. This pricing change will be extended to all our registrars as well. So whether someone buys directly from us or one of our registrars, everyone will be able to take advantage of our new pricing.

5-20 All-Number Domains Made Available for the First Time Ever

5-20 all-number .WS domains (5N-20N) have been held back at the Registry level since we launched the .WS top level domain. We will officially make these domains available for registration on Thursday, 1-28-16 (January 28, 2016) at 8:00pm EST / UTC -5 (check time). These newly released 5N-20N domains will be charged at standard domain pricing.

Does Your Preferred Registrar Not Currently Sell Our Low Character Domains?

Or do they not offer .WS domains at all? Please ask them to visit our registrar information page so we can help.

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Global Domains International, headquartered in California, is the official Registry for all .WS domains. Originally assigned to the country of Western Samoa, we contracted with Samoa to make .WS domains available worldwide on March 9, 2000.

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