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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most asked questions about .MY domain names.
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.MY domain name is a top-level domain for Malaysia since 1987. Starting in 2023, MYNIC, the Registry for .MY, has initiated the opening of .MY domain registrations to the international market, providing individuals and businesses worldwide with the chance to capitalize on its significantly personal meaning.
In domain name terms, Registry is a body that operates a domain name and Registrar is a company that sells and manages the domain names. MYNIC is the Registry for .MY domain name and you can see the list of .MY accredited registrars here.
No. Domain name is an address that points to your website, while your website requires to be hosted in a server. But don’t worry, Registrars usually offer a website package that bundles together domain name with website hosting and even a website builder.

When choosing a domain name, there are several factors you should consider, including:

Relevance: Select a domain name that is relevant to your website's purpose, content, or business. It should give visitors a clear idea of what to expect when they visit your site.

Simplicity: Aim for a domain name that is simple, easy to remember, and easy to spell. Avoid using complex or lengthy words that may confuse or frustrate potential visitors.

Branding: If possible, incorporate your brand name or a keyword that reflects your brand identity into the domain name. This helps with brand recognition and search engine optimization.

Memorability: Choose a domain name that stands out and is memorable. Consider using unique and distinctive words or phrases that leave a lasting impression on your audience.

Legal considerations: Ensure that your domain name doesn't infringe on any trademarks or copyrighted names. Conduct a thorough search to avoid potential legal issues in the future.

SEO considerations: If search engine optimization (SEO) is important to your website's visibility, consider incorporating relevant keywords into your domain name. However, prioritize readability and user experience over keyword stuffing.

Future scalability: Think about the future growth and expansion of your website or business. Choose a domain name that can accommodate potential changes or additions to your offerings without limiting your options.

Social media compatibility: Check if the domain name you choose aligns with available social media handles. Consistency across your website and social media platforms can help with branding and recognition.

Your .MY domain name length cannot exceed 63 characters, including “.MY”.
.MY domain name accepts ASCII alphanumeric characters and hyphens. Meanwhile, .MY Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) also accepts Jawi, Chinese and Tamil characters.
You should register your .MY domain name with a .MY accredited Registrars. Refer to the list of .MY accredited registrars here. While choosing a Registrar, compare and consider Registrars that are able to give the packages that you need at the price you’re comfortable with and able to provide customer support.
.MY domain names are leased and require annual renewal, with a maximum renewal term of 10 years in a single transaction. The price varies between Registrars, depending on packages offered.
.MY domain names will be automatically suspended and can no longer be used after its expiration date. Expired domains will enter Renewal Grace Period for 45 days where you can renew it at the normal domain price. If no payment is received, your domain will enter Redemption Grace Period for another 30 days where you can renew it with an added fee. After that, you can no longer renew your domain name as it heads into Pending Delete phase for 5 days before it is deleted and released back to the public market.
.MY domain names are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. You can try contacting the domain owner or just wait until it is no longer renewed. If you think you are the rightful owner of the domain, you can file a dispute through MYDRP. Read more about it here.
WHOIS is an online platform that contains details of registered domain names. In MYNIC WHOIS, you can find relevant information about a .MY domain name, including the domain name’s registration and expiration dates, Registrar name and nameservers.
.MY Accredited Registrar program is only open to ICAAN Accredited Registrars. If you are interested in becoming a .MY Accredited Registrar, kindly fill in the form here and our Partnercare team will guide you through the steps.

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