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Introduced 1997
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry .PW registry
Intended use Entities connected with  Palau
Actual use Commercial web services, major source of spam
Registration restrictions None
Structure Registrations are for 2nd-level and 3rd-level names

.pw is the country code top-level domain for Palau. It was originally delegated to the Pacific island nation of Palau in 1997.[1] It has since been redelegated a number of times, most recently by Directi, a group of businesses operating registrars among other Internet-related services, who rebranded it as the Professional Web. From March 25, 2013, domains under the .pw TLD are available to the general public.

Symantec released two reports in April and May 2013 claiming that domains under .pw tld were a significant source of spam e-mail.[2][3] In July 2013 the registry announced that they had passed the 250,000 registration milestone within the first three months, after having 50,000 registered domains in first three weeks.[4][5]


  1. ^ , 30 June 2003IANA Report on Redelegation of the .pw Top-Level Domain
  2. ^ notices rise in .pw spam.
  3. ^ post concerning .pw URL spam.
  4. ^ Single Character Domains to be auctioned by the .pw Registry
  5. ^ .PW Crosses 50,000 Domain Registrations In 3 Weeks
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