How can I register a domain?
After you have confirmed the domain name’s availability, you may contact one of the ISOC-IL Accredited Registrars and register the domain through them.
The registrar will be able to guide you through the whole processes of registering your domain name.
Please review the Guide to Domain Name Registration for detailed instructions.
Are there limitations to registering a domain name with the. Il extension?
There are limitations that described in the registration rules, such as:
- A Latin Domain Name must be between 3 and 63 characters long.
- A Latin Domain Name Must not begin or end with a hyphen (“-“).
- Must not contain two consecutive hyphens (“—”)
- Must not be identical to any existing Top Level Domain name in the global Internet (at the time the application is submitted) and must not be the string “www”.
- Must comply with the technical requirements of DNS in effect at the time that the application is submitted
- Domain Names containing obscene words and names incorporating foul language; names that are injurious to public order or to public sensibilities, or names that otherwise do not comply with the laws of the State of Israel.
The Domain is marked as deleted ('not renewed, being revoked'). Why am I not able to register it?
Domain Names which have not been renewed are not revoked on the very day of their expiration, in the same way electricity is not being cut off on bill due date. A Domain Name might be related to activity that is highly valuable and essential to its holder. Deleting a Domain Name on the expiration day, without prior notice, while disconnecting its activity from the network, may cause considerable damage. For this reason, the deletion process is being done carefully, while sending in-advance notices to the holder. Of course this time period cannot be unlimited. Hence, a Domain in a status of “not renewed being revoked” is not deleted, but becomes a ‘frozen’ Domain, about to be deleted. The final deletion takes place between 30 to 120 days after the expiration date – a period of time during which the Registrar takes measures to inform the domain holder about his Domain Name registration being about to expire. A Domain Name registration may be renewed as long as the Domain Name has not been deleted. Once deletion from the registry has taken place, a whois query for this domain name will result in a statement that such a domain name does not exist; from this moment on, one may apply to register this name as a new domain name.
I have already completed registration, but my Domain Name does not yet appear in whois
All applications for registration of a new Domain Name are being checked for compliance with the registration rules for the .il ccTLD prior to approval, which is not automatic. Checking procedures may take up to several days; in most cases though, approval is given within one working day. One has to bear in kind that the Domain Name registration procedure at the Israel Internet Association website is mainly a technical procedure. Any possible legal implications related to the registration of certain Domain Names and to their holding should be checked out in advance, prior to registration, by the person submitting the registration application. By submitting a registration application, the applicant warrants that the registration of the requested Domain Name does not violate the rights of third parties.
Who can registered .co.il and org.il?
Both org.il and co.il are open Second Level Domains (“SLD”). Domain Names can be registered under them with no constraints in regard of the holder’s identity or the use being made of the Domain Name (within the boundaries of law, of course). Nevertheless, one has to bear in mind that the purpose of Domain Names is to help users find their way through the web; users would not expect a business company to operate under a SLD intended for NGOs and vice versa. Anybody doing such a thing should be aware of the fact that he/she is not tapping full potential of Domain Names as a device designed to help finding his/her site in the web.
How can I get information to which domain names are free or already registered?
You can use the WHOIS to check whether a domain has already been registered or whether it is still available for registration.
How do I transfer the management of my Domain Name to a specific Registrar?
When is the transfer authorization code required?
I have completed registration/ update DNS information. When it will be update?
How can I renew my domain?
Renewing your Domain Name is done through your registrar. If you wish to renew the domain name using a different registrar, you must first request a transfer to a new registrar and then renew your domain name registration.
For how long can I renew my domain?
You may renew your domain for up to two years.
How do I delete my domain?
What is a transfer authorization code?
How do I transfer my domain name to a different registrant/holder?
Why do I need to keep contact information associated with my domain name registration updated?
These messages are usually sent via email, and if your email is not updated, you may not receive important notifications that are designed for your protection.
For example, renewal remainder, notification about modification in the domain, transfer authorization code.
Someone else took 'my' domain – I own a trademark / this is my business name.
Registration, almost everywhere in the world and in Israel, is based on the “first come, first served” principle, meaning that whoever submitted first a valid registration application to the Registry will have his application processed first. Domain Name registration services as provided by Registries are largely technical in nature; there is no entity who has a vested right to register a certain Domain Name or another. This said, it is the registrant’s responsibility to make sure that the registration of the requested Domain Name does not interfere with the rights of third parties. During registration, the applicant must actually sign a warranty statement that he does not violate any such rights. As part of the services offered to the users, the Internet Association operates a service for rapid resolution of disputes related to Domain Name registration, the IL-DRP. While the Internet Association is not a party to these proceedings, it agrees in advance to accept the ruling. Whoever thinks that registration of a certain Domain Name per-se (to be distinguished from the use made of this Domain Name) is violating his rights may appeal to the ILDRP.
A certain website is causing me harm and violating my rights – what can I do about it?
What is the IL-DRP?
Who are the Accredited Registrars? How do they offer lower prices than the Registry? What can I do in case I have been harmed by a Registrar?
Accredited registrars are entities who have been accredited by the Israeli Internet Association to provide registration services. The list of Accredited Registrars is available at:http://www.isoc.org.il/domain_heb/accredited_registrars.html. Since it is the Internet Association’s purpose to encourage competition between Registrars and to stimulate customers to register Domain Names with specialized customer service providers, the registration fee on the Association’s website has been set higher than registration via a Registrar. Encouraging competition between Registrars is a common strategy applied by Registries in other countries, such as the German or the British; another reason why this strategy has been chosen was that the Israeli Internet Association wished to ensure a smooth and safe transition from the previous to the new registration regime; it was imperative to avoid sudden and drastic changes in the Domain Name registration market while moving from the old system which had been in use for years. In some countries, Domain Name registration can be done exclusively via Registrars and not directly at the Registry. Accredited Registrars operate out of commitment to a high level of service and under an agreement with the Internet Association (the precise terms of such an agreement can be found here. If you encounter a problem with one of the Accredited Registrars, you may report about it to the Israel Internet Association at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line: “Reporting a registrar”. The Israel Internet Association will examine the complaint and act accordingly.
Who can be accredited? What is required of the company or organization asking for accreditation?
Only companies and organizations can become ISOC-IL Accredited Registrars. Individuals can not be accredited. Companies and organizations interested in becoming accredited registrars, will go through an accreditation process which starts by [submission of an application form| Open Office File] to ISOC-IL. If the applicant meets the initial criteria, ISOC-IL will sign the accreditation agreement with the applicant. Following the signing of the agreement, the registrars will need to demonstrate a software client that is able to perform the entire set of registration actions against the regsitry server and meets the requirement of the reference manual[PDF file]. For further information on the accreditation process, please refer to the accreditation info page. In addition to the techincal and service requirements, there is also a requirement for a bank guarantee and valid insurance policy, as set forth in the accreditation agreement.
What are the stages of the accreditation process?
The pplication form should be completed and be submitted to ISOC-IL along with all the information and documents required. The form is a proposal by the applicant to ISOC-IL to become an accredited registrar. If the applicant meets the initial criteria, ISOC-IL will sign theaccreditation agreement with the applicant. Signing the agreement is not the accreditation. Only after the registrar demonstrates a client that is able to perform the entire set of segistration actions against the registry server will the regsitrar receive from ISOC-IL an accreditation approval and the status of an accredited regsitrar.
What is the accreditation period?
What is the price of a registration act for the registrar? How is the end user price being determined?
Where can I find the accreditation agreement?
How will the registrars verify that the client-side application they build works properly?
Where can I find relevant technical information?
What is WHOIS?
How do I find out who the Holder of a certain Domain Name is?
In certain domain names I have seen that there is no expiry date for the domain name instead it shows N/A, why ?
What is the Domain Name System (DNS)?
The purpose of the DNS (Domain Name System) is to make it easier for the web user to find his way through the web by using addresses that are more user friendly and easier to remember than numeric ones (the IP-address, by means of which each computer is identified on the web). This way the user is able to reach the Israel Internet Association’s website, for example, by entering the string www.isoc.org.il into the browser, instead of the IP address: http://188.8.131.52. The DNS system translates the familiar Domain Names to their respective IP addresses.
What is a Top Level Domain ('TLD' and what do 'ccTLD' and 'gTLD' mean?
Domain Names denoting countries are called “country code Top Level Domain” or “ccTLD”. “.il” is a ccTLD.
Global Domain Names are called “generic Top Level Domain” or “gTLD”. “.com” is a gTLD.
The Top Level Domains are the rightmost label in a Domain Name.
A “Name Space” is the group of all the Domain Names registered under a particular TLD.
A “Second Level Domain” or “SLD” is the label adjacent to the TLD. In “isoc.org.il”, “org” is the SLD.
What is the difference between a Registry and a Registrar?
A Domain Name Registry consists of the computer infrastructure and the data base required for the management of a Top Level Domain. In Israel, the “.il” ccTLD is being managed by the Israeli Internet Association.
Domain Name Registrars are private entities accredited by the Israel Internet Association to provide Domain Name registration services to Internet users. In their provision of their registration services, the Registrars are making use of the Registry’s infrastructure. As mentioned in the answer above, while there is only one Registry per TLD, there can be many Registrars. In such way, users are provided with a large choice of different service providers.