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.nu Domain Registration - Niue Domains - Brand Protection Services for Niue

Oceania & Pacific Domains: Niue (.nu)

  

Important: When entering your search string don't write “www” or the Niue domain type, ie. “nu”. Therefore to search “www.bb-online.nu” 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.

.nu Registration:

To register .nu domains your future Niue domain, click here!

Once the domain is registered

All Niue 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 Niue 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 Niue domain name registrar.

Background

Used for a multiplicity of sites all over, few with any connection to Niue; especially popular in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Belgium since nu is Swedish, Danish, and Dutch for now

.nu is the Internet country code top-level domain name (ccTLD) for the island state of Niue.

Operated by NU. Domain Ltd. and sponsored by the Internet Users Society of Niue, .nu became one of the first ccTLDs to be marketed as an alternative to the international domains .com, .org and .net. It is intended for entities connected with the island state of Niue (also known as the 'Rock of Polynesia'), the smallest country in the world. The .nu domain name was introduced publicly in 1997. The domain name has become popular in countries such as Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Belgium because 'nu' is the Swedish, Dutch and Danish for 'now'.

Registrations take place directly at a second-level and the domain names may contain anywhere between 3 and 63 characters. These characters can only use letters from the Roman alphabet (a-z), digits (0-9) and hyphens (-). Hyphens can not be placed at the beginning or at the end of a domain. They cannot contain any other non-alphanumeric characters. There are certain multilingual characters that are accepted, too.

 

Important Note:
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.

.nu is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) assigned to the island state of Niue. It was one of the first ccTLDs to be marketed to the Internet at large as an alternative to the gTLDs .com, .net, and .org. Playing on the phonetic similarity between nu and new, it was promoted as a "new" TLD in which there was an abundance of good domain names available.

Internet Users Society - Niue administers the TLD in order to provide a number of local services for Niue itself. IUSN funds the island's internet connection; provides complimentary PCs and internet connectivity for all residents; and in 2003 established free use WiFi hotspots at various locations throughout the country, claiming to be the "first WiFi Nation."The .nu domain is particularly popular in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium, as nu is the word for "now" in Swedish, Danish and Dutch. Partially owing to restrictive domain rules for the ccTLD assigned to Sweden, .se, .nu was used for creative marketing of websites such as www.tv.nu. However, the .se domain was generally considered more professional than .nu and .com.

In March 2000, .NU Domain Ltd became the first TLD to offer registration of Internationalized domain names, supporting the full Unicode character set. Unlike other TLDs, no browser plugin or punycode capable browser is required on the client side for use of these names, as .NU Domain's web servers will convert and redirect any web queries issued in a variety of international character encodings.

Domain names are revoked without refund for displaying child porn, being involved with phishing, spamming, email theft, search engine abuse, or any unlawful purpose. Various domains such as six.nu, sex.nu, xxx.nu, vous.nu and por.nu return "THIS DOMAIN NAME HAS BEEN REVOKED BY .NU DOMAIN" and are not available for registration on .NUdomains' site.

Domain names can be as short as one character. A premium of ‚é500/yr applies to name registrations of one character in length, ‚é250 for domain names of two-character length, and ‚é30 per year for domain names of any other length. In June, 2008, .NU Domain began permitting registration of all-numeric domain names.

A 2005 UDRP case regarding nudomain.com made the assertion under "Factual background" that "The Complainants [WorldNames, Inc. and NU Domain Ltd] own and operate the .NU ccTLD". The companies in question are operating the registry for .nu on behalf f the Internet Users Society, but it is incorrect to state that they "own" the TLD, as TLDs in general are delegated and managed rather than "owned". The case does, however, point out that these companies own a registered trademark to ".nudomain" in several countries.

In March 2007, McAfee SiteAdvisor issued a report explaining the functionality of SiteAdvisor. As part of that report, .nu domain websites were stated to be among the highest-risk TLDs for browser exploits. However, in most other respects, .nu sites were ranked overall as a low to moderate risk. Shortly thereafter, .NU Domain issued a press release stating that SiteAdvisor had ranked .nu sites among the lowest for risk.


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