Two new domains are available for charities and non-profit-making organisations.
Any genuine non-governmental organisation can now register for .ngo and .ong domains.
These domains are offered by Public Interest Registry, the same company that manages the .org domain. However, whereas the .org domain can be registered by anyone, .ngo and .ong can only be registered by validated non-governmental organisations. The two domains are acronyms for 'non-governmental organisation' – NGO in English and ONG in romance languages like French, Spanish and Italian.
These domains are not like normal domains, as they require a four-step validation process to check that the registrant is a valid NGO. Also, the domains come as a bundle so if you register the .ngo domain you also get the corresponding .ong domain. In addition your organisation has the opportunity to be listed in a global directory of non-governmental organisations called 'OnGood'.
Domain registration currently costs around $50-$70 (£30-£45) for both domains. Given the unusual nature of the registration process there are only a limited number of domain registrars offering this service and it is likely that your current domain registrar won't able to register these domains for you.
If you are looking for a new domain for your organisation, you should be aware that hundreds of new domains extensions have been launched in the last year and many more are due to be launched in the coming months. The new domains extensions include .uk, .charity, .community, .church and .school. You can even register variations of the .org domain in Russian (Cyrillic), Hindi (Devanagari) and Chinese scripts.
It is easy to be overwhelmed with the number of new domains on offer and you could spend a significant amount of money registering all the possible options for your organisation. We recommend a more targeted approach focussing on the domains that are a good fit for your organisation and the message that you want to convey to your website visitors.
For more information about the .ngo and .ong domains visit: OnGood