.MK DOMAIN NAMES

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.MK Domain Extension Introduction

.MK is the Internet country code top-level domain name for the Republic of North Macedonia. It is administered by The Macedonian Academic Research Network (MARnet).

This small country was once part of Yugoslavia, and after the war tore the country has ended, they formed an independend entity (republic) and as such needed to have their own domain name extension. MARnet represents itself as the institution that performs activities of public interest.

It is established by passing the law of Macedonian academic research network, which is represented and published in September of 2010. With that act, MARnet acquired the status of a legal entity by registering in the Central Register of the Republic of Macedonia.

Everyone is heard about Macedonia at least once in their lifetime. They have a very old culture, very old habits, their geographical position is along the main route from Europe to Greece.

Besides having a rich history, which is not to be disregarded when it comes to business, there are other things that make them of great value when talking about the world economy.

Macedonia was once part of Greek Kingdom and was used as a spiritual and cultural entrance to the great word of Greek culture.

Having its independence now, we would note that it is importance to get in contact with this small country which is the link between middle Europe and the South-East Balkans, where everything seems to be that geniune, from local customs to history and more.

So, in the matter of connection with the world, modern Macedonia is still an important location, and reaching out to Macedonia in every aspect is of a priority.

Let’s just say that if you register an .MK domain extension today, you will assure a great business opportunity for tomorrow. It will confirm your credibility and set you as an example for future businesses to be open to new ways of communicating and doing business with this part of the world.

Let us start with basics. Macedonian domain names have also Cyrillic extension, so, if not native, you will be purchasing a domain name that doesn’t mean much to you, but it can be linked to your global website, and by translating your site.

By doing this you stand to gain a benefit in their market, where you will find a place for your growing businesses, just like anywhere in the world where local opportunities are in expansion.

Who can register .MK or .МКД Domain Name?

The right to register a .mk and a .мкд domain name, have all domestic and foreign individuals and legal entities. New domain name is registered with the mediation of the Registrar for a .mk and .мкд domains.

Who can register com.mk net.mk or int.mk domain names?

The right to register com.mk, net.mk or int.mk domain names is held by:

  • companies
  • individuals registered for independent professional activity
  • persons with public authorities
  • chambers
  • cooperatives
  • financial institutions
  • legal entities and persons registered for economic activity…

In short any entity connected to the business world can find its place with those extensions.

What about registering gov.mk, edu.mk, and org.mk?

Let’s start with .gov.mk and the right to register this domain name have state administration, institutions and other organizations established by Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia and law, as well as public companies and local government units and the City of Skopje.

Registration of .gov.mk is performed exclusively in MARnet, which is, as we stated the Macedonian domain extension registry.

Note that the extension edu.mk use case is generally similar to all other education domain extensions, meaning edu.mk domains can be registered by:

  • educational and research institutions
  • foreign educational organizations that have a license to perform educational and scientific research

Finally, org.mk (as the extension says) the right to register a org.mk domain name is provided to

  • nonprofit organizations civilian associations and foundations
  • political parties
  • trade unions
  • public health institutions
  • funds and other foreign entities
  • foreign nonprofit organizations to which the international agreement or under the law shall be allowed to carry out profit activity.

Those are general rules for registering a Second-Level domain name, specifically for .gov.mk and .org.mk.

For how many years can I register a .MK domain name, and where do I validate domain name?

Minimum of registration of .mk domain name is 1 ( one ) year, and a maximum is 10 ( ten ) years. The payment is made annually, and invoicing should be done by registrars, with which you bought your domain name.

The easiest way is to order a domain name which you will use for Website or a blog, etc., for as many years as you think your business or topic, or whatever content you may have. So, you don’t need to worry about your annual fees.

For example, big companies with a business plan that extends at least 6 months, will purchase a Domain Name for at least 5 years in advance, so there will be no mistake in the future who is the owner of the certain domain.

Those who don’t really understand the whole Domain Name ‘’business’’, will also make sure that for a small price, they don’t need to worry about ‘’that thing’’ at least for 5 up to 8 years.
The only businesses and individuals that will go from one year to another, are those who get the whole matter completely, and have no trouble to buy, sell, transfer, or do anything with their domain name.

In many of cases where this matter is still pretty abstract. They will pay for sure, and buy their domain name for, sometimes even 10 years, in which case they may get a discount, or one or more features for free, for paying so much in advance, which is not that bad, if you consider that you can get maybe ID Protection for free for the half of years you paid, if it’s about 8-10 year registration.

How long does it take to register a .MK domain name?

A time frame for registering a .mk domain name is 1 ( one ) day. This domain name is not expected to launch before 1 day, but once it’s launched, registration time frame will start to count.

Keep in mind, this is a country that just got status for selling their national Domain Names out in the world, which is a great deal for them, and even if the frame just one day they may keep you a bit longer waiting, which has nothing to do with you on any level, but that they are still meticulously scrutinizing their domain registrations, since they got the permit to sell their Domain Names freely only two  years ago ( in 2016. ).

For their and your own sake, please be patient, because the domain registration will come through with its due process.

What are excepted characters used for .MK domain name, and are there any restrictions on any of their domain names?

When it comes to registering a domain name with .mk domain extension, note that it may consist of at least 1 and to a maximum of 63 characters, while the first and last character cannot be a “-” (dash) character.

When we talk about .мкд domain names, they may consist of at least 3 to a maximum of 30 characters, while note that the first and last character cannot be a “-” (dash).

The regulations on this one are pretty much the same as for all general domain registrations, except for the .мкд domain names, which is a bit different, but still, general rules are all the same.

There are Cyrillic letters, and Domain Name cannot be as long as 63 characters, but it’s their native language, and there are letters that are rare to be seen except for this region of the world.

So, in English letters, adding the numbers and hyphen, the limit is 63, as we said, but in Cyrillic, along with the numbers, 30 characters are more than enough.
Keep it in mind when registering this interesting Domain Name extension.

What are the nameservers and which ones do I need for my .MK domain name?

Talking about nameservers which you can use with a .MK domain name, the nameservers that are provided by a hosting company, which is hosting your domain name will be appropriate.

For the correct setup of the domain nameservers, it requires at least two namespace servers. In this case, you should turn to your provider, and I am sure they will be more than happy to provide you with nameservers you need to host your domain name, and its content.

How about trustee service for .MK domain names?

Trustee service helps you satisfy most local presence requirements when there are restrictions on registering a domain name. And this service is not available for a .mk extensions.

Can I transfer my .MK domain name, and how hard can it be?

Steps needed to transfer a .MK domain name:

1. The first step you need to take is to prepare your domain name to be transferred, by ensuring your WHOIS information is accurate and up to date, and also bear in mind to unlock your domain name for enabling to be transferred.
2. Ask your registry for EPP code, in which case you will receive one email with EPP code to your email address, and another gets the person or entity you want to transfer your domain to.
By verifying these codes by both parties, a transfer will be done in a short period of time. Note that this time is limited by the accuracy of your data, and by the registrar you are dealing with.

In case of a .mk domain names, it shouldn’t be longer than 5 working days. If there is any delay, you will be informed why your transfer didn’t go well, or what additional steps you should make, to shorten the process of transferring your domain.

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