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Flag ws.png
Country: Samoa
Capital: Apia
Location: 13°49'S 171°45'W
Area: 2831
Population: 193161
Time Zone: UTC-11
Calling Code: 685



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Overview
IDN capable: Yes
Handle Updates: Yes
Registration Period: 1-10 years
Autorenew Grace Period: 45 days
Deletion Timeframe: 45 days after expiration date
Registration System: Realtime
WHOIS-Server: whois.nic.ws
WHOIS-Update: Realtime
WHOIS-Privacy: Yes
Registry: Registry
Dispute Policy: Policy
DNSSEC: No

Contents

Zone Info

.WS is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of Western Samoa.


Zone Use

.WS (WebSite) is the Internet-address known for WebSites. A .WS Domain is a great alternative to a .com, .net or a .org.


Characters

  • Minimum: 1
  • Maximum: 63
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD


Domain Registration

.WS domains can be registered online through webinterface or API.

[COMMAND]
(required)                
command         = AddDomain
domain          = yourdomain.ws
ownercontact0   = [owner handle]
admincontact0   = [admin contact]
techcontact0    = [tech contact]
billingcontact0 = [billing contact]
nameserver0     = [nameserver1]
nameserver1     = [nameserver2]
                
EOF


Please note: The below parameter is available for .WS registrations


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Domain Modification

Trade

Registrant changes for .WS domains can be done online via api or webinterface.

[COMMAND]
(required)              
command       = ModifyDomain
domain        = yourdomain.ws
ownercontact0 = [new owner handle]
              
EOF


Domain Renewal

.WS domains can be renewed through the webinterface or with the corresponding API command.

[COMMAND]
(required)           
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.ws
period     = [renew period]
expiration = [current year of expiration]
           
EOF


Deletion Process

.WS Domains can be deleted online through the Delete Command.

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = DeleteDomain
domain  = yourdomain.ws
        
EOF


Restrictions

  • There is a minimum of 2 configured name servers required for the registration.
  • The .WS registry is charging a premium price for certain domain names. Please use the Fee Extension as described in our wiki article PremiumDomainHandling

Please note: Legacy 2- and 3-character domains registered prior to December 22, 2015 will be treated differently than all other .WS premium domains. Prices for domain renewals and transfers will remain the same as their premium registration fees.


Transfers

.WS Transfers are possible. .WS transfers are supported by Key-Systems.

Attention.png Please note that .WS transfers are not offered by all registrars although the registry offers this possibility. A .WS domain can only be transfered if all involved registrars offer .WS transfers. Please contact the current registrar of a .WS domain if transfers are supported before requesting a domain.


Transfer procedure

.WS Transfers can either be done through the RRPproxy WebInterface or API.

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = TransferDomain
domain  = yourdomain.ws
action  = request
auth    = ....
        
EOF

Transfer notes

A .WS Domain Transfer must be initiated with a so-called Authorisation Code, which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner or Admin-C of the domain.

Transfer time

A .WS domain transfer can take up to 5 days.


Restores

A restore is possible for a period of 30 days. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = restoredomain
domain  = yourdomain.ws
        
EOF



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