How to register .io Domains?

Hi Friends!

before I am registering my first .io Domain I would like to ask you for the best and cheapest domain registration service for .io Domains.

When I search for .io domain registraion there are a lot of registration services like,, and a lot more. Which one can you recommend?

I need this domain for a Next.js website and I would prefer to use Vercel as my hosting provider. Unfortunately Vercel do not offer a domain registration service for .io Domains, so I need to integrate this domain later on to Vercel.

Is there anything to consider before I integrate this new registered .io Domain to Vercel?

Thank you for answers!! :slight_smile:

Not really. Just use one of the registrars that are allowed to sell .io domains (for example, any of the ones you listed there). It’s just a country domain, you buy usage of it then there’s normally some helpful config panel in the admin area of the service you’re using (Vercel in this case) where you just fill in the details. Note that there are some ethical concerns with .io, relating to the original inhabitants of the territory being locked out of receiving any income from sales – money just goes to some US investment fund instead.

Thanks for this information. Actually I miss the understanding about how this works. It is the British Indian Ocean Territory, so the money should go to Great Britain I guess and if they support the inhabitants is questionable too.

Anyways is there a better alternative for international domains beside .com and .io?


Btw, has the domain registration also something to do with the law? I mean most of the file sharing patforms and free movie websites are registered as .to domains. Is it possible to use special domains in order not to have to observe data protection conditions?

No, it is not.

Files sharing platforms etc will just register lots of domains to try to stay ahead of blocking of URLs at ISP level.

I mean, .com is just the original TLD. .io is just one country’s TLD, and there are hundreds of others you can choose. Then there are hundreds and hundreds of other newer TLDs that have appeared when the market was opened up a few years ago, so just take your pick.

.io is used because it looks like “I/O”, that’s all, it’s not special, it’s just a country’s TLD that works as a pun, and the authority that manages it allows anyone to register. Similarly it’s easy to make phrases using .it (Italy). Many countries restrict access (they require a good reason for using the domain of you’re not a citizen)

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I think thats not correct. For example we could register a domain in Cambodia (where they dont really have a strict copyright law and no data protection law). Then we can write all content in english and make it accesable from all over the world without useing data protection conditons and because the domain is registered in cambodia it is legal.

This is theoretically possible with a few work arounds.

No, data protection laws (for example, but all laws that are applicable here) apply to where you process the data. More specifically, it’s where you make decisions with regards to processing the data. If you move all the servers to Cambodia, that’s a start. But you would also need to move any administrative functions to Cambodia as well. If (for example) you lived in the EU, and you dealt with data, just moving the domain to be .kh is going to do nothing. If you fall foul of GDPR regulations (for example), prosecutors are not going to go “ah well, it’s using a .kh domain, nothing to see here”. You would need to move to Cambodia (or find someone who could be listed as legally being in charge in Cambodia) and host your stuff in Cambodia. Edit: plus, as soon as you try to process EU citizens’ data, then you’re still going to have to follow GDPR regulations for the data of those users, you don’t get to avoid that.

That’s why pirate sites had to shift countries every time prosecutors & ISPs took them down (though not data protection in that case, very different legal reasons)

Edit: I’m curious as to why you would want to circumvent data protection laws? They’re onerous for data processors, but they’re definitely not onerous for users, for whom they offer relatively robust and sensible protections.

Thank you for this answer.

First of all, I am not planning to scam people or something like that and I think that the data protection is important and neccessary.

However, some time ago I saw a website which do not need to apply the GDPR /DSGVO regulations because the website and the company where registered somewhere else and the owner of the website does not have a permanent residency. This is of course a grey zone, but somehow it is possible under special circustamces. Unfortunatly I could not find the website again, otherwise I would have posted the link.

I am just curious about that and I think when the company is registered for example in the US and the owner doesn´t have a permanent recidency and the website uses a domain ending somewhere outhside the US and EU then there is the possibility of circumventing the legislation of the the GDPR /DSGVO regulations.

Furthermore there are ISPs which offers an anonymous hosting service for special domain endings. I think they dont even need the name from the website owner and there service is legal, which means that when the website is not useing the GDPR /DSGVO regulations and track people without their consent no one can hold them accountable.
When the hosting provider don´t know personal informations from the website owner, then they can not forward personal informations to the lawyers.

There are a lot of websites tracking without the users consent and there are also a lot of website which offers free movies and other medias which is illegal. I am curious how they can do it and this is just an example how this can be done, as far as I know.

You’re answering your own question here, and this is similar to your questions in another thread re stealing ideas.

Obviously a website can offer something illegal, it is easy to do that. Same as if someone decided to open a shop selling pirated DVDs or drugs or whatever :man_shrugging:t3: It’s easy to break the law, that’s not the issue.

Re privacy laws or copyright laws or whatever: it’s subtler. Anyway IANAL, if you want information re how people try to find legal loopholes or what is and isn’t legal this isn’t the best forum.

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