.MK is Internet country code top-level domain name for Macedonia. It is administered by The Macedonian Academic Research Network (MARnet). This small country was once part of Yugoslavia, and after the war has ended, they 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 even once in their lifetime. They have old culture, very old habits, they are on the way from and to Greece, and have a rich history, which is not to be disregarded when it comes to business, and other things that are 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, it’s of great importance to get in touch with this small country which, we may say, it’s the link between middle Europe and the South, where everything seems to be a bit different from many customs.
So, in the matter of connection with the world, Macedonia is still today an important location, so reaching Macedonia in every aspect is of a big importance. Let’s just say that if you register an .MK domain extension today, will assure you a great business 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 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, you can gain in their market, where it’s place for business always, like everywhere in the world.
Who can register .MK or .МКД Domain Name?
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 these domains are companies, individuals registered for independent professional activity, persons with public authorities, chambers, cooperatives, financial institutions, legal entities and persons registered for economic activity, shorten everything connected to the business world can find its place in 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 a Macedonian state Registry. With the extension edu.mk is similar to all other education domain names, so, edu.mk domains have educational and research institutions, foreign educational organizations that have a license to perform educational and scientific research etc. And finally, org.mk, as the extension say, right to register a org.mk domain name, have nonprofit organizations, civilian associations and foundations, political parties, trade unions, public health institutions, funds and other foreign embassies, 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, but those rules are 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. Payment is being done annually, and invoicing should be done by registrars, where 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, but since they were so long out of world marketplace, 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, just that they are still watching their every step, since they got the permit to sell their Domain Names freely just two years ago ( in 2016. ).
For their and your own sake, be a bit patient, because they will come true.
What are excepted characters of .MK domain name, and are there any restrictions on any of their domain names?
When it comes to a domain name of a .mk domain, it may consist of at least 1 to a maximum of 63 characters, the first and last character cannot be a “-” sign (dash).
When we talk about .мкд domain names, they may consist of at least 3 to a maximum of 30 characters, the first and last character cannot be a “-” sign (dash);
The regulations on this one are pretty much the same as for all 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?
Names of the servers where the domain is set. The names of the nameservers are provided by the hosting company, which is hosting a domain name. For the correct placement of the domain, it requires at least two namespace servers. In this case, you should turn to your provider, and they will 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 it can be to do it?
1. The first step must be preparing your domain name to be transferred, by ensuring your WHOIS information is accurate and up to date, and second, unlock your domain name for enabling to be transferred.
2. Ask your registry for EPP code, in which case, one mail with EPP code goes to you, and the other gets the person you want to transfer your domain to or the other way around.
By verifying these codes, a transfer will be done in short period of time. 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.