.KE Domain Registration Requirements

.ke domain registration

A .KE domain registration gives your business name a Kenyan touch. Additionally, at Truehost, this domains are cheaper than other domains. The .KE domains are designed to be used by individuals, businesses, intuitions or organisations that operate within Kenya. To register any .KE domain, go to our homepage and use our domain name search engine to search for the availability of the desired domain. If available, click Add To Cart and follow the steps until you successfully place an order for the domain.

The central registry in charge of managing all .KE domain registrations is Kenic. Kenic was established by the Communication Authority of Kenya so as to manage .KE domain registration in Kenya.

Nonetheless, there are requirements that need to be fulfilled for some .KE domains to be registered. These .KE domain registration requirements apply for .sc.ke, .ac.ke and .go.ke domain names. These extensions are not for all to use and are therefore protected. To successfully register a domain baring this TLDs, you need to forward a supporting document. The following paragraphs explain the relevant supporting documents needed and where to acquire them for each domain:

.go.ke

This is Top Level Domain (TLD) is reserved exclusively for validated governmental institutions and agencies in Kenya. For one to register a domain with this extension, an authorisation letter must be obtained from the Department of Government IT Services(GITS) proving the same. The address and contacts of GITS are as below:

Treasury
Treasury Building, Harambee Avenue
P.O Box 30007-00100
Nairobi
Tel. +254 20 2252299
Emails: ps@treasury.go.ke, gits@treasury.go.ke

.ac.ke

This TLD is used only by institutions of higher learning such as Universities, Tertiary Institutions or Colleges. A certificate of registration from the Ministry in charge of Education must be forwarded for registration of these domains to be completed. Address and contacts of the Ministry of Education are as follows:

State Department of Science and Technology
P.O BOX 9583-00200
Nairobi,Kenya
Jogoo House B,Harambee Avenue
Tel: +254-020-3318581
Fax: +254-020-251991
Email:
info@scienceandtechnology.go.ke

.sc.ke

Like the .ac.ke TLD, this is used for educational institutions – but mainly the lower level institutions i.e secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens. The domain registration is completed once the registrant provides a copy of the certificate of registration from the Ministry of Education, whose address and contacts are:

State Department of Education
P.O Box 30040-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Jogoo House B, Harambee Avenue
Tel: +254-020-3318581
Fax: +254-020-20214287
Email: 
info@education.go.ke

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For you to launch your dream site, you must register a domain name with a domain registrar and also acquire hosting space for your website emails as well. A domain name registrar is a company that has been accredited by ICAAN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to manage domain names. Almost all of these companies also offer web hosting and email hosting services. Truehost, however, is the cheapest domain registrar in Kenya.

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Pricing

The very first thing one normally checks in any service delivery model is the pricing companies offer for given services. There’s a good number of domain registrars in Kenya. Among your first criteria when selecting the appropriate registrar is to ensure their pricing matches the service offered. Services should not be overpriced. More so, you need to check on add-on prices, renewal of service and price involved in domain transfer. At Truehost, we offer the fairest deals with our hosting packages ranging from free 144mbs, for domains registered with us, to unlimited space for only sh.7499 per year. The best seller package is the Silver package with 10gb space, unlimited emails, unlimited sub domains among others – all at sh999 per annum. The Gold and Platinum packages include free SSL certificate installed by us for you. Visit www.truehost.co.ke to compare packages. We are the cheapest domain registrar in Kenya and we offer equally cheap hosting services.

Transfer

At times, for one reason or another you may need to transfer your domain and/or hosting to a new plan, maybe a VPS, dedicated server or even another hosting provider? The best scenario is to ensure you understand what this will involve at the very first time. Are there refunds? Will the registrar require additional payment from you to allow your transfer? Will they allow for transfers away from them? At Truehost, our transfer policy is very fair and simple: if you feel we haven’t satisfied your needs, you can transfer your domain. The sweeter deal however belongs to those transferring to us. Those with .ke domains transfer to us for free. If your .ke domain is expired or is expiring, we do the transfer for free then invoice for renewal. International domains are transferred to us for only sh1000, with a one year registration for the domain. Migration of your files is absolutely free for all types of transfers to us. When you compare prices, you’ll realise we are the cheapest domain registrar in Kenya.

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Other than domain registration and hosting, what other services is your the registrar company offering? Most companies also sell SSL certificates, SEO services and custom site builders. All these are examples of additional services your domain could use at some point. If your hosting provider offers these services, you could acquire them at a discount if you register more services with the particular domain registrar.

List of licensed domain name registrars can be found at the Kenya Network Information Centre website http://www.kenic.or.ke/index.php/en/accredited-registrars/accredited-registrars/accredited-registrars

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KENIC

kenic

The Kenya Network Information Centre (Kenic)

The Kenya Network Information Centre (Kenic) is a non-profit organisation in Kenya that manages and administers the dotKE country code top-level domain(.ke ccTLD). It was established in 2003 after consultations with the local internet community. In that year, dotKE was delegated, for the second time, by the Internet Corporation for the Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to KEnic:

  • As the Administrative Point of Contact

  • As the Technical Point of Contact

Initially, in 1993, dotKE was delegated by Jon Postel, the Internet pioneer, to:

  • Dr. Shem Ochuodho: Administrative Point of Contact

  • Randy Bush: Technical Point of Contact

Both Dr. Ochuodho and Randy Bush (USA) had been acting on voluntary basis before the re-delegation in 2003. Members of the Kenic board are drawn from the government, the private sector, the academia, the civil society and Dr. Shem Ochuodho, the founding dotKE administrative contact.

Kenic sustainability is through income from:

  • Minimal domain name registration fees

  • Minimal operational costs due to few staff

  • Capacity building – maintaining an internship programme

The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK), which facilitated the establishment of Kenic provides support to the organisation.

Objectives of Kenic

The major functions of Kenic are:

  • Become the trustee for the dotKE country-code-top-level-domain.

  • Become the .ke domain administrative and technical contact as was delegated in its founding in 2003

  • Administer the .ke ccTLD and its Second Level Domains

  • Maintain and promote the operational stability and utility of the .ke ccTLD

  • Ensure a cost-effective administration of the .ke ccTLD and its sub-domains

  • Provide name service for all .ke and ensure that the database is secure and stable

Its obligations to ICANN are:

  • Notify the Internet Corporation of Names and Numbers (ICANN) of any change to the contact information about the .ke ccTLD;

  • Allow ICANN to access .ke updated zone files and registration data.

  • It should continuously maintain a website at all times with all the registration information

  • Meet all its financial obligations to ICANN

  • Comply with all global ICANN Internet policies and help in their development.

KE domain registration in Kenya

ke domain registration in Kenya |

KE domain registration in Kenya

The most common top-level domains(TLDs) are .com, .org and .net. These domain extensions are international and can be used by individuals/organizations worldwide. However, countries have domain extensions that identify a domain with it. In Kenya, our extension is .ke (dot ke). Such kind of domains offer you an option of identifying your domain with Kenya. The extension .ke is called a country code TLD (ccTLD). Other examples of ccTLDs are .us for USA, .za for South Africa and .de for Germany. Initially, we did not have his ccTLD, but from January 2018 Kenic .ke domain registration possible.

Benefits of acquiring .ke ccTLD

So, what are the benefits of acquiring a ccTLD instead of the popular TLD extensions such as .com? Here are three benefits of .ke domain registration.

1. Better SEO for local brands

If you are running a business whose market target is the locals, you would want it to rank highly when searched in Google. Domains with ccTLDs get a higher ranking for country specific results. Search engines, like Google, return different results depending on the IP address of the individual doing the search. For instance, if someone in Kenya searches ‘hotels in Kenya’, hotels with .ke extension are more likely to rank higher in the index than those without.

2. Creativity that comes with ccTLDs.

With the introduction of the new .ke domain by Kenic, our creative options have been improved vastly. Now, one can register a domain with an extension of .ke alone – without .co or .ac etc. I mean, you can have domain.ke instead of domain.co.ke. Therefore, you can perform a domain hack i.e., you can have a domain name that brands your organisation or business. An example of a fine hack is having a domain like tusaidi.ke for an organisation that deals with providing aid to others in society, within Kenya. Get creative and try a hack today.

3.Snatch the confidence of a client

A ccTLD associates a website with the locality. This gives people the confidence to conduct business with you as they feel you are local. They feel a sense of ease when conducting business with you since you are more recognizable to them than if your domain had an international extension. The local governments in Kenya also promote local businesses by awarding tenders to those with .ke domain extensions.

Examples of .ke country code top-level domain extensions and who should use them

  • .ke – new TLD extension used for companies and individuals. Hurry and acquire a .ke extension for your existing domain.
  • .co.ke – for companies/ commercial entities
  • .ac.ke – for academic institutions
  • .or.ke – for NGOs
  • .ne.ke – for network devices
  • .sc.ke – for schools
  • .go.ke – for governmental institutions/agencies
  • .me.ke – for personal names
  • .info.ke – for information markets

Rules and Regulations for .ke domains.

.ke domain registration is governed by some rules and regulations. Not all domain names and domain extensions can be registered freely. Some have restrictions while others require supporting documents to register. The following are the scenarios:

  • .go.ke – requires supporting documents from the Kenya Government – Department of Government IT Services(GITS). GITS provides the authorization letter proving that the institution is a valid state institution or agency.The National Treasury
    Treasury Building, Harambee Avenue
    P.O Box 30007-00100
    Nairobi
    Tel. +254 20 2252299
    Emails: ps@treasury.go.ke, gits@treasury.go.ke
  • .sc.ke – requires a copy of the Certificate of Registration from the Ministry of Education. The certificate will be used to classify the school as either kindergarten, primary or secondary school.

  • .ac.ke – requires either a copy of the Certificate of Registration from the relevant Ministry, a copy of the College Charter or a copy of the Act of Parliament that was passed to establish the Institute.

  • .ke – registration of dome .ke domains cannot occur without the client directly contacting Kenic This are .ke domains that were bid for prior to .ke extension registration being made available for general public.

.ke domains are managed by Kenic.

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