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I have been looking to register a website with the TLD '.cat'. I know it was created for catalan websites, but I want to do a domain hack, like bit.ly (which appears to be English).

But all the hosts I've looked at just allow you to register a site with generic TLDs, such as .com, .org, .info etcetera. I've been searching for a company which can host a .cat website for a while now and just can't find one, I also tried a whois (which I don't really understand) on .cat sites but that's not my area, so I was unsuccessful in locating the hosting company of other .cat sites.

I've looked at similar questions, such as Where can I register .tw domain extensions? but no joy. I would really appreciate a link or pointer in the right direction. Thank you.

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Libya's usage restrictions aren't the same as the PuntCAT Foundation's. If you put up a website without Catalan content you risk losing the domain. –  Peter Taylor Feb 9 '12 at 10:20
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Thx Peter, I read this on wikipedia, but it's good to get a reminder. I will just create a button to switch the language to catalan ;) (hopefully that shall apease the powers that be) –  Adjam Feb 9 '12 at 14:49
    
@Peter: For English-speakers, a link to the English version of the FAQ might be more useful. :-) –  Ilmari Karonen Feb 9 '12 at 15:43
    
@IlmariKaronen, home, if he can't read the Catalan FAQ they'll probably reject his application anyway :P –  Peter Taylor Feb 9 '12 at 16:06
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Go to this page. You will need to translate it into English to continue. It contains the instructions for how to register a .cat domain.

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Fantastic answer. This is just what I needed. Many thanks dude! –  Adjam Feb 9 '12 at 14:57
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You don't need to translate it, there's an English version of the page too. –  Ilmari Karonen Feb 9 '12 at 15:42
    
@IlmariKaronen cheers! –  Adjam Feb 9 '12 at 17:42
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The .cat domain is not territorial, but applies to all the Catalan-speaking community. Therefore, if you fulfill the conditions described above (domain naming conventions and web related to the Catalan culture or language), you may register a .cat domain regardless of where you live.

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Thanks for the info :) –  Adjam Feb 9 '12 at 17:42
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