The Republic of Serbia has two national internet domains, “.RS” and “.СРБ”. The .RS domain conforms to the more internationally recognised ccTDL, whilst the .СРБ domain is the Cyrillic version, which is an IDN ccTDL. These domains are extremely important for defining Internet identity for everyone who lives and works in Serbia. The name of your Internet domain is part of your permanent, personally selected web and e-mail address, through which anyone can find you and recognise you on the Internet in the easiest possible way. The first step to building this identity and developing your business on the Internet is through the selection and registration of a personal, recognisable name for your Internet domain.
You can register either of the aforementioned domains in four easy steps:
Step 1 – Compose a valid and permissible domain name
The name of your domain must be created in a permitted configuration. To make things more clear, the names of .RS Internet domains can only consist of letters from the English alphabet (from “a” to “z”), numbers (from 0 to 9) and hyphens (“-“). However, the domain name cannot begin or end with a hyphen, nor can it contain two consecutive hyphens in the 3rd or 4th character positions. Any punctuation other than the hyphen and the full stop is prohibited. Domain names must be a minimum of two characters long and a maximum of 63 characters long.
The name of .СРБ domains, aside from the 30 letters of the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet (from a to š), can also contain numbers (from 0 to 9), and a hyphen (“-“). There is a minimum requirement of at least two characters, but the maximum number of characters is 30. The relatively lower maximum is a result of the intern ACE (ASCII Compatible Encoding) conversion of the Cyrillic alphabet into the Latin alphabet, which devices on the Internet can subsequently understand and decipher. Practically, however, the name of a .СРБ Internet domain shouldn’t have more than 20 characters.
Step 2 – Check that the domain name is free
The desired domain name can be yours, but only if it’s free for registration. This can be checked through querying availability through a service called WHOIS. This service allows you to find out if the required Internet domain name is free. If it’s taken, it can tell you who owns it. The service is available on the following address: http://who.in.rs/
Step 3 – Choose the necessary domain namespace
For .RS and .СРБ domains, you can register your site onto five different domain namespaces, dependent on the legal status of the user:
- .RS or .СРБ – These namespaces are for all interested users, regardless of their legal status, or whether they are domestic or foreign.
- .CO.RS or .ПР.СРБ – These are for business users, no matter if they are domestic, foreign, a legal entity or corporate.
- .ORG.RS or .ОРГ.СРБ – Reserved for business users which are non-profit government organisations or legal entities, no matter if they are domestic or foreign.
- .EDU.RS or .ОБР.СРБ – Used for educational businesses, institutions or organisations, no matter if they are domestic or foreign legal entities.
- .IN.RS or .ОД.СРБ – These are saved for individual persons, regardless of whether they are domestic or foreign.
There are two more domain spaces for .RS and .СРБ domains, but they are not available for typical users and are only granted with special permissions:
- .AC.RS or .АК.СРБ – These are intended for use by academic, scientific and research networks on behalf of the Republic of Serbia
- .GOV.RS or .УПР.СРБ – These are assigned to government and state authorities representing the Republic of Serbia.
Step 4 – Register the domain
The final step is to register your domain. You can complete the selection, registration and payment for your domain name online on the website, www.istanco.rs. This way, the whole registration process can be done in a matter of several minutes.