Take the 2-minute tour ×
Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I came across some sites that have only 2 or even 1 charachter for the domain name like hp.com, u.bb and 9.bb

How come? as we know that when registering a domain name we must provide at least 3 characters.

share|improve this question
2  
Depends on registrar. The "owners" of the TLD have flexibility in their rules. (And in [almost] all TLDs all the two letter combinations and perhaps three are ... gone.) –  pst Mar 8 '11 at 23:04
    
Sorry I didn't get the point –  MohamedKadri Mar 8 '11 at 23:05
add comment

migrated from stackoverflow.com Mar 8 '11 at 23:55

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

4 Answers

It depends on what the tld requires. For example, even though for .me domains you need 3 letters, many companies are granted an exception for example fb.me, wp.me. They are probably paying for this privilege :-)

share|improve this answer
add comment

Wikipedia has an article on the topic.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Single-letter second-level domains are domain names in which the second-level domain consists of only one letter, such as x.com. In 1993, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) explicitly reserved all single-letter and single-digit second-level domain names in the top-level domains com, net, and org, and grandfathered those that had already been assigned. In December 2005, ICANN considered auctioning these domains.

Emphasis/Mine

Two letter domains where reserved to prevent confusion with two letter country code TLDs.

Source/Wikipedia

share|improve this answer
add comment

It is theoretically possible but usually all that domains are taken. Special resellers like 1-single-letter-domains.com offer such domains to buy, but the prices are much higher than usual domains. But if you want only a 2-letter domain you can get it much cheaper than 1-letter. 1=$$$$ price, 2=60+ USD. You need to order a search for it

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.