American Domains: Belize (.bz)
Important: When entering your search string don't write “www” or the Belizian domain type, ie. “bz”. Therefore to search “www.bb-online.bz” enter “bb-online” and nothing else.
The only letters allowed within a domain name are: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED.
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Once the domain is registered
All Belizian domain names registered with us are stored on our international server. Domains registered with us are automatically provided with their own under-construction page - this notifies potential registrants that the name has been acquired and is now registered. The under-construction page is offered free of charge and may be used indefinitely.
It is possible for Web and/or Mail forwarding to be provided for Belizian domains.
Domain transfer/release fees are charged are by a majority of registrars, but BB Online make no charge to transfer a domain to another Belizian domain name registrar.
Used for a random assortment of sites, many not in Belize
.bz is the Internet country code top level domain name (ccTLD) for Belize, an independent country in Central America, formerly known as the British Honduras before it gained independence. The overall population for Belize is roughly 320,000 people and its languages of choice are English and Spanish. The GPD for Belize is $2.399 billion. The .bz domain name is operated by the University Management Ltd. and was founded in 2000 to market the ccTLD .bz for Belize. They also promote the domain name .bz as an acronym for "business".
On a first-come-first-serve basis, the .bz domain name is not restricted to just entities connected with Belize. Anybody can register with .bz without a contact or local presence within Belize, with a contract that lasts a period of ten years, of which after it can be renewed for a period of one to nine years.
The registered domain name is deleted and made available to other applicants if the registrant chooses not to renew the contract. If an applicant wishes to renew, they have the right to do so before the registration term expires.
Though registering for a .bz domain and second-level is accepted, an applicant may also choose to register at a third-level beneath a second-level domain label. The sub-domains are as follows:
To register under the .bz top-level domain for Belize, the domain chosen cannot contain more than 63 characters and no less than 3 - and these do not include extensions. They must only contain letters from the Roman alphabet (a-z) and the digits 1-9, including the hyphen (-). However, the domain name cannot begin or end with a hyphen. Offensive domain names are likely to be declined.
Some domain names may be classified by the registry as a premium domain name and will command a higher price. If you request a premium domain name we will contact you before completing your order.
In addition, the registry may at any time reserve domain names from registration or the sale may be restricted to comply with ICANN requirements.
At one point, .bz domains were being marketed by an American company as standing for "business", and that company took legal action against ICANN in an attempt to block the .biz domain as "unfair competition". Currently, the registry is in Belize, but is still marketing the domain outside the country as "meaning business". Internationalized domains with a wide assortment of non-ASCII characters are also available.
A lot of websites in Italy use this domain, because the abbreviation of Bolzano (de. Bozen) and the official abbreviation of the province of Bolzano-Bozen is BZ. Many websites use the Italian subdomain .bz.it. Servers for the Open Source game BZFlag often use names ending in .bz.
There are some second-level domains in use, however these are not required:com.bz (commercial)edu.bz (educational)gov.bz (government)net.bz (networking)org.bz (organizations)
- Population is estimated to be 320,000 people
- Gross Domestic Product is $2.399 billion US Dollars
- Languages recognised in Belize are English
International domain names from BB Online since 1997