Proud to Be Co-Op with .Coop Domains

We’ve been adding new TLDs again, and today it’s good news for the co-operative community. You can now register and manage a .coop domain name right here at Hover.

.Coop is a TLD with a vision. Launched in 2002, .coop is a specialized top-level domain to represent co-operatives and unite the global co-operative movement. The .coop TLD honours co-ops as an important part of the economy and to helps them stand out from other businesses online.

.Coop domains were made to serve a pretty specific community, which means there are some rules and restrictions regarding who is eligible to register them.

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Here are some FAQs about .coop, our newest member of the Hover TLD family:

Who can get a .coop domain name?

And, what does it mean to be a co-operative anyways? A co-operative is a business or non-profit organization that is owned by its employees or the community who uses its services. Co-ops exist in all sectors of the economy, including retail, agriculture, banking, education, and many more. As community-focused businesses, co-ops are based on a set of values that balances the goal of profitability with serving the broader interest of their members.

In order to register a .coop domain, your organization must be considered a co-operative under local laws and be committed to the seven co-operative principles. You can also get a .coop domain name if your organization is dedicated to serving co-ops or helping them advance.

What do I need to register a .coop domain?

You will need a .Coop Verification Code (CVC) to use during the registration process. Anyone can secure a CVC as proof of eligibility for a .coop domain. You can get your own CVC here, and bring it to us when you’re ready to register.

What if my co-op is not fully formed?

Don’t worry, you don’t already need to be a fully formed co-operative to register a .coop domain name. This means you can secure the domain name you want for your online identity while your co-op is being formed. You have six months after registering a .coop domain for your co-operative to meet the standard eligibility criteria.

Why choose a .coop domain?

A .coop domain allows your co-operative to stand out as an ethical business. It’s a great way to proudly state your commitment to a strong set of principles. Customers know that co-ops are motivated to provide good quality products and services to their communities. They appreciate this values-based approach to your business and can recognize it immediately with a .coop domain name.

When you register a .coop domain, you are joining a global community of businesses that operate under shared values and principles. All organizations that use .coop domain names are automatically added to the Worldwide .Coop Directory. In this network, co-ops all over the world can connect and trade with one another, and become truly united under the global co-operative movement.

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