What is a top level domain?

Top level domain is the rightmost part of a domain name. For example, com, edu, net, org, gov, mil, int are some of the most commonly used top level domains.

What is a ccTLD (Country code top level domain)?

A top level domain is assigned for every country to represent the country in the Internet world. For example .uk, .jp , .bd , .au are the ccTLD of United Kingdom, Japan, Bangladesh and Australia respectively. [ccTLD list] . A two letter country code specified by the ISO 3166-1 standard is used for this purpose.

Who assigns these top level domains?

Top level domains are assigned by the “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” (ICANN). It is a non-profit corporation formed to assume responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management. Previously this task was assigned to IANA (Internet assigned number authority).

Where can I get the application form?

Click the links on the bottom of this page and download the .bd application form and agreement.

Who controls the .bd domain?

Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, is the sponsoring organisation of .bd ccTLD. Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) has been delegated the power to maintain the .bd registration service.

What are the charges?

Registration fee with Service charge for two years is 2500 Tk. Renewal fee from 3rd year is 1000 Tk. per year.

Can I apply online?

No, not for the time being.

Can I register a domain directly under .bd?

No, a domain directly under .bd, such as business.bd is not allowed. But business.com.bd, business.net.bd, ru.ac.bd etc are allowed, if available.

What are the available .bd sub domains?

Presently com, edu, ac, net, gov, org, mil sub domains are available. But “gov” and “mil” sub domains are reserved for government and defense organizations respectively. Registration of such domains should be initiated by appropriate authority.

Is there any restriction in domain name selection?

You can select any name other than generic terms, name of professions, services, products, sports etc. as a domain name. For example, “Doctor”, “Lawyer”, “Rice”, “School” etc. are not acceptable. Any domain name offending our social practices, culture, religions, and respected personalities will not be accepted also.

Do I get a free IP with domain registration?

No, providing IP is not relevant to domain registration service.

What is the technical information that I must provide to activate the domain?

To activate the domain name, you must provide the Names and IP addresses of Primary and Secondary Domain Name Servers of the hosting server where you will host your domain.

How can I check that the information I provided were entered properly?

Network utility tools like “nslookup” or “dig” can be used for this purpose, making .bd Domain Name server “dns.bd” as the default server.

Why I must provide the name of at least one name server and its IP?

Domain names are held in a distributed database. Your “Domain Name Server” holds the name and IP address of all the machines in your domain. Whenever any machine in the internet tries to locate a machine in your domain, (that is under .bd domain), the request is first forwarded to .bd name server. The .bd name server then looks up the name of your domain’s name server in its database. Then it responds mentioning the name of your “Domain Name Serve” as the ultimate authority to give that information. Your “Domain Name Server” is then queried about that machine and the IP address is obtained from it.

What will happen if I do not provide technical information?

In that case the domain name will be reserved for you but it will be inoperative.

Why do I have to mention 'Administrative contact' and 'Technical contact'?

It is a general practice to separate two types of activities associated with the control of a domain. “Administrative contact” is the ultimate authority of a domain. “Technical contact” deals with the technical aspects of that domain.

Who should be the administrative and technical contacts of the domain?

Administrative contact must be from the registrant organisation. Technical contact may be anybody authorised by the registrant.