If you are planning to start a blog or you need a website, you will first need a domain. The domain by name should reflect you, your business or brand. Buying a domain generally costs money on yearly basis. But if you are Nepali, you can easily register .np domain for free.
The Registration process for .np domain is pretty simple but is not easy as it requires legal documents for Registration. In this guide you will learn how to register .np domain for free for individual use.
How to Register .np Domain in Nepal for Free – Step by Step Guide
How to Register .np Domain for Free in Nepal
Time for Registration 15 minutes
Go to Registrar’s Website
Visit the .np domain registrar for Nepal. The registrar for .com.np or any .np domain extension is Mercantile Communication Pvt. Ltd.
The website where you can go for registration is https://register.com.np.
Check .np Domain Availability
On the landing page (home page) you can check the domain availability. Enter your name and choose the eligible extension (.com.np, .info.np or .name.np) and click on the search button.
If the domain is not already registered by someone, it will show available. If the name is already taken consider shorting the name by removing any vowel or by adding one or more letter of surname.
If the domain you like is available click on the register now button.
Be informed that, you can not registered a domain that has no relation with your citizenship/identity card name.
Create an Account
The next step is creating an account. When you click on the Register Now button at previous step, you will be directed to account creation page/login page.
Enter your legal name, email address and phone number in the relative field and click on the Create account.
You can not login to your account unless the email is verified. Therefore, verify the email address too.
Fill the Domain Request Form (Nameservers)
In the domain request form you will be asked to fill primary and secondary nameservers. Nameservers are provided by Hosting Service Providers.
Nameservers are specialized servers on the Internet that handle queries or questions from your local computer, about the location of a domain name’s various services.
If you have subscribed to hosting plan, you may already know the nameservers of your host. If you do not have the host, you can use the default nameservers of registrar.
I recommend you to create an account on Cloudflare and use its nameservers. With Cloudflare or similar CDN/DNS manager, you can also connect/Host .com.np domain with Blogger.
If you want to make self hosted site like WordPress, you can also use free hosting like Infinityfree.
Fill the Domain Request Form (Administrative and Technical Contact)
In the Administrative Contact fill the following details
1. Provide your legal name.
2. Leave Organization Name field blank while registering a personal domain.
3. Country- Nepal (May differ in case of organisation)
4. Choose your province from where your citizenship is issued.
5. In the city field write the name of the city or village resembling your address.
5. Post box (optional)
6. Provide address as per your citizenship.
7. Email – You can use an alternative email address than your registered email here.
8. Telephone (optional)
9. Mobile number- Provide your mobile number
In the technical contact field, fill the details of the person who develop, manage and handle your site. This is useful for organization and those who hire third party developer. For self managed site either copy the same details or use your current address (if differ from administrative contact details).
Write Cover Letter to Register .np Domain
Cover Letter is document required by the registrar. There is no exact format for the cover letter. But it should be formal and convincing. If the exact name is not available, you can also disclose why the modification may be still valid with the domain name.
You can download the above image for reference and make your own cover letter.
Scan/Capture Citizenship and Cover Letter and Compress
Scan or capture the cover letter and citizenship card (front and back). The files must be image with .jpg format.
It is better to capture with mobile camera with good lighting and angle.
After editing light, resolution, perspective compress it below or at 200Kb. The reason is you can not upload image larger than 200Kb.
When you fill the Domain request form and click on the Save and Continue button it will direct to document upload page.
Choose the appropriate option and the document and save each docdocument.
Pros of .COM.NP Domain
The pros of having .np domain are
- You can register .np domain for free for lifetime
- Higher probability of finding domain name of choice
- Can compete with any TLD in terms of SEO.
- Friendly and easy to target Nepali audience
- Alternative, in case short and already taken .com domain.
Cons of .COM.NP Domain
The cons of .np domain are..
- Hard to create trust to selective audience who trust more on .com domain tgan any other.
- No DNS management, you can not create A record, CNAME record, TXT records etc., You can use DNS options using CDN and third party DNS like Cloudflare.
- Long and not easy to remember extension length for non usual visitors.
- You can not register any name without citizenship or brand or entity registration certificate.
- Can get penalized with small mistakes by registrar.
You Might be Asking
How many .np domain can I register as an individual?
There is no limitations set anywhere in the registrar’s site.
But, as the domain is provided for individual on the basis of their legal name it is hard to register more than one .com.np domain as an individual.
But if the extension is different like .info.np or .name.np, you can register more than one free domain as an individual.
For entity or brand there is no limitations of numbers of domain, if you have relevant brands or products.
Can I get AdSense Approval for .np domain?
Yes. You can get AdSense approval for any domain if the content on site is set properly and meets google AdSense Policies and requirements.
For proof, checkout https://www.ashesh.com.np which is approved for AdSense.
Can I Host .np Domain with Blogger?
Yes. You can easily host/connect .np domain with Blogger. For this, you will first need DNS manager.
You can use Cloudflare or any CDN, hosting, or DNS manager to connect custom domain with Blogger.
How to connect custom domain with blogger?
You can connect custom domain or .np domain with blogger by setting two CNAME records using your domain’s DNS manager.
To learn more in detail, please jump to my another blog where I have explained on how to add a .np domain on Blogger as custom domain.
How can I get free hosting for .np domain?
You can get free hosting for any domain for free from InfinityFree.net.
To learn more about getting free hosting for your .com.np domain or any domain, here is the complete guide.
Why .np domain is available for free?
As stated on Mercantile Communications Private Limited’s website.
It is available free of cost because Mercantile itself is maintaining primary name server for np extension.
Therefore, it is providing this as a service to the IT sector of Nepal to encourage Nepali businesses, organizations and individuals to have online presence.
And this service will remain so as long as Mercantile continues providing it.
MOS-NP doesn’t add any cost for the services it provides regarding the domain name registrations.
Who Provides free .np domain?
The free .com.np domains are provided by Mercantile Communication Private Limited.
Can I apply for a .np domain if I am not from Nepal?
You can apply for a .np extension domain only if you are Nepali having Citizenship or Driving License or Passport issued by Government of Nepal.
If you have any of them, no matter wherever you live, you can get approval for it.
For person not having Citizenship, Driving License or Passport issued by Government of Nepal, you cannot apply for it.
However, a person who have registered Business or product/brand in Nepal can still apply for it using legal documents.
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