.al

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.al
Introduced 1992
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP)
Sponsor Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP)
Intended use Entities connected with  Albania
Actual use Very popular in Albania
Registration restrictions Free for anyone, some restrictions apply only on second level domains (ex: .com.al) which are allowed only for Albanian Citizens and Businesses registered in Albania
Structure Registrations are at third level beneath categorized second-level subdomains
Dispute policies Disputes must be with registrant alone; NIC disclaims all legal responsibilities
Website .al DNS registrations

.al is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Albania. It is administered by the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority of Albania (AKEP). As of July 2013, anyone can register a .al domain.

2nd level registrations[edit]

In the past, registrations were not permitted directly at the second level, but a few existing names were "grandfathered"; they were uniti.al, tirana.al, soros.al, upt.al and anima.al.

In 2012 registrars started to resell .al domain names widely making them popular outside Albania as domain name hacks.

In November 2014 the registry released two character domain names allowing for free landrush.[1]

3rd level registrations[edit]

Registrations used to be only beneath the second-levels, i.e., .com.al, .net.al, .org.al, and .edu.al labeled appropriately for the type of organisation, but many now exist directly below .al.

Whois Servers[edit]

The .al zone has no official whois server. Availability can be checked via http://www.akep.al/en/kerkoni-domain.


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