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Hover on August 10, 2014

.ORG is one of the first Top-Level Domains (TLDs) established in the early days of the Internet way back in 1985. It was originally intended as the TLD of choice for non-profits or other non-commercial entities. In fact, this is where “ORG” originates from, being truncated from the word “organization” – not “organosol” which you must have been thinking. Over the years these requirements have relaxed significantly, and now anyone is allowed to register a .ORG TLD regardless of the website it will be used for.

Why Would I Want a .ORG Domain?

Though .ORG has opened up for anyone to register one, its former restrictions have had a lasting impact on what people commonly associate with domains using that TLD. It is frequently used by non-profit organizations, non-governmental agencies, activists & educational institutions. So, many will choose .ORG like a badge to instill trust and credibility with their websites. Just remember, when people see .ORG they’ll think “organization” so if you’re an organization then you’ll probably want one.

Related TLDs

If you’re considering .ORG then you might also want to check out the following related TLDs before making your decision (or better yet, buy all of ‘em just to be safe). Since there are many meanings associated .ORG not all may apply to your specific use case, but one of these will likely be a great match as well:



We’re happy to help you with any questions you may have about .ORG TLDs! Feel free to give us a call at 1-866-731-6556 or reach us via email at

The Fine Print


Residency Requirements None
Name Length (Excluding TLD) 3 to 63
Term 1 to 10 years
DNS Requirements 2 to 13 allowed; max. 6 at registration
WHOIS Privacy Available Y
Domain Locking Available Y
IDNs Available bel, bos, bul, dan, ger, hun, ice, kor, lav, lit, mac, pol, rus, scc, spa, swe, ukr, zh-cn, zh-tw
Auto-Renew Date 30 days before expiry
Change Renew/Let Expire
Settings X Days Before Expiry
Up to expiry
Grace Period 40 days
Redemption Period 30 days
Transfers 1 year added to reg term
Authcode Required  Y


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