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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.

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    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
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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 :-)

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Wikipedia has an article on the topic.

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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.

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

Source/Wikipedia

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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

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