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.BOSTON FAQs

  • What is a .BOSTON domain?

A new web extension specifically for the people of Boston. Enhance your brand by distinguishing your company, product, or service from the thousands of .COM domain names.  Join the crowd and proclaim your .BOSTON identify today.

  • Why EnCirca?

EnCirca was formed in 2001 in Boston, Massachusetts.  As the leading ICANN Registrar for domain extensions intended for regulated industries, including:  .BANK, .PHARMACY, .REALTOR, .TRAVEL, and .COOP, EnCirca has been selected as the exclusive .BOSTON Community Phase registrar.  EnCirca is one of the few ICANN Registrars that have been SOC-2 certified for cyber-security practices.  Value-add services include secure DNS, secure web forwarding, premium DNS hosting, TLS digital certificates, email authentication and secure website hosting.

  • Can I buy any .BOSTON domain I want?

During General Availability, any domain name that is not reserved may be registered by any applicant.

  • What is General Availability?

On October 10, 2017, the .BOSTON domain names can be registered on a “first come, first served” basis, unless the names are reserved, blocked, or premium names.   You do not need a corresponding trademark nor be a non-profit to register .BOSTON domains at this point.

  • Why are some names premium?

A Premium Domain Name is a high value web address that has been reserved by the .boston Registry. These include popular keywords and generic terms that are highly searched for and/or brandable marketing terms and call-to-action phrases that create and drive web traffic.

  • What is the Boston Community Registration?

EnCirca is the exclusive domain registrar for Boston Community Registrations. Non-profit Boston Community Organizations may apply for a Boston Community Domain Name registration at a reduced cost. While no trademark or other rights are required, this registration allows for eligible participants to register a Boston Community Domain Name if they meet the requirements of the Registry Policies, and in particular the specific requirements for application and registration of a Boston Community Domain Name

  • Can you also manage my other domain names, including .ORG, .COOP and .COM?

Yes. You can transfer your domains from other Registrars to EnCirca.