Elevate Your Cooperative Identity

Elevate Your Cooperative Identity

Find your .COOP Name

Register .coop domain names with Blacknight


.COOP Domains from Blacknight

A .coop domain is the best way to tell the world about you. And it speaks volumes.

It says you’re part of a global movement of more than 750,000 cooperatives, with over 85 million members, which includes some of the world’s most successful businesses. That you put people first. That you are ethical and fair. That you’re great to do business with. That you’re not just another dotcom. That you’re a cooperative.

About .COOP Domains

  • .COOP is the only domain reserved for cooperatives and cooperative organizations
  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recognised .coop as the cooperative movement’s internet domain in 2002
  • All Cooperatives verify their identity when registering a .coop domain.

Important information

As soon as a .coop domain name is registered by a new registrant the verification process is initiated and the applicant receives an email by dotCoop asking them to provide confirmation or evidence that you are eligible for .coop registration.

The registrant will have two (2) days to respond to dotCoop with ONE of the following to determine their eligibility:

  • A contact in another organisation that can confirm the registrant’s cooperative status (for example the contact in the apex organisation the registrant co -op may be a member of)
  • A copy of the organization’s bylaws that reflect cooperative principles
  • A copy of the organization’s most recent annual report or the most recent past two years of audited financials, which reflect cooperative principles
  • The last two financial statements provided to members
  • A  sample of the organization’s membership application forms and/or membership materials which reflect cooperative  principles
  • Promotional, sales or informational material that reference the organizations status as a cooperative and reflect cooperative principles
  • A copy  of  the  cooperative  act  in  the  country  of  origin  or  other  legal  definition  of  a cooperative  of the  jurisdiction  in  which  the  applicant  operates  and  to  which  it  conforms  along  with  the  legal documents  confirming  cooperative  organization  within  the country
  • A listing of the organization’s board of directors with contact information.

Please note that the .coop name/s registered by this registrant will be inactive until the registrant has been verified as eligible.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I transfer my domain name to Blacknight?

    Yes! The methods of transfer vary for different types of domains. Initiate your domain transfer here or view our Domain Transfer Guide for more information on the domain transfer process.

    Contact our sales team if you have any questions.

  • Can I transfer my website to Blacknight?

    Yes! You can upload your websites files and database to your new hosting plan with Blacknight or, if you don’t have the time we’ll do it for you. Talk to our migration team today about moving your website.

  • Do I need to host my website with Blacknight to use your domain registration services?

    No. We are more than happy to offer domain registration services only.

    Blacknight is a full-service domain registrar and hosting company, and for optimum convenience we recommend you use us as a one-stop shop! However, it is not necessary to have your domain registration and hosting with the same company.

  • What are generic Top Level Domains?

    The term ‘generic Top-Level Domains’ (gTLDs) describes long-established domains such as .COM, .NET, .ORG, and .BIZ, as well as hundreds of ‘new gTLDs’ which have appeared in recent years, such as .BLOG, .IRISH, .DESIGN or .ROCKS.


    These types of domains are called ‘generic’ to distinguish them from ‘country-code TLDs’ (ccTLDs) such as .IE or .FR.

  • Why should I choose one of the new generic Top-Level Domains?

    The main benefit to choosing a new gTLD (generic Top-Level Domain) such as .BLOG, is availability. The older long-established domains like .COM have millions of registered domain names, and it can be difficult to find a memorable, meaningful name which has not already been registered by someone else. The new gTLDs have opened up hundreds of new namespaces, with new opportunities for great domain names.

    The second benefit of new gTLDs is that many of the new domain extensions are valuable keywords in their own right, and not merely a redundant suffix. A new gTLD is a more efficient. Compare BlueSuedeShoes.com with BlueSuede.shoes.

  • Does Google recognise new generic Top-Level Domains?

    Yes, Google and other search engines rank new gTLDs the same way as the ‘old’ gTLDs.

  • How do I pick the right generic domain extension?

    The general rule is to make sure it’s relevant to the business, service or information you’re providing. So if you’re selling shoes, something like yourcompany.shoes  would be a good start.

  • Should I switch my company’s website to one of the new generic Top-Level Domains?

    The question of whether to migrate an established website to a new domain is one that requires careful consideration and planning. If your website is established and you’ve put a lot of effort in promoting your current domain name then we would not advise you to suddenly switch your website to a new domain, irrespective of the TLD. You could start by simply redirecting the new TLD to your current domain name and move to the new TLD once a proper migration plan is in place.

    Alternatively, you might choose to use a new gTLD to highlight a different aspect of your business, for example: Blacknight.blog; Blacknight.careers.

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