I am the owner of a third-level
.name domain of form
.name domain hierarchy is somewhat unusual in that generally one registers a third-level domain such as mine, rather than a second-level domain (Wikipedia explains this in more detail). Thus no one actually owns
example.name nor is it available for registration, and I have full control over
I recently got a free StartSSL certificate, but was disappointed to find out that the domain name validation process does not handle third-level domains. I'm willing to pay for a certificate from another authority if I must, but I'd hate to do so only to find after the fact that I can't use it with my domain.
Will any certificate authority validate third-level
.name domains like mine? (I'm not interested in discussing the overall relative merits of one authority over another, only whether any of them satisfy this specific criterion.)