What is .barcelona?
.barcelona is a new Internet domain that allows you to present yourself to the world showing your relationship with Barcelona. The Town Council has created the .barcelona domain to provide an Internet identifier for anyone wishing to have an online presence associated with the name of our city.
How does it work?
The .barcelona domain will work in the same way as the other domains we are already familiar with (such as .com, .org, .cat and .es). All Internet domains can be accessed from any Internet-connected device. With .barcelona you can have the name .barcelona as part of your website or e-mail address.
Who can register a .barcelona domain?
The domain is available to everyone. Any organisations, businesses, individuals and government bodies with any relationship or activity within the area of influence of Barcelona city can register their .barcelona domains.
When can I register my .barcelona domain?
The sunrise and registration application period opens on 12 January. During the sunrise period, anyone wishing to do so can apply for a .barcelona domain. However, the domain will not be awarded immediately because, during this period, all domain applications will be individually reviewed to avoid duplication and disputes.
Once the sunrise period has ended, domain registration ceases to be subject to prior review and the general availability period begins.
How will the .barcelona sunrise period work?
The domain name sunrise period is a two-month period in which domain applications are individually reviewed. All domains have to go through this process. The Town Council has stipulated a set of specific criteria for those names for which pre-existing rights can be proven.
Domain registration will cease to be subject to prior review from the end of the sunrise period. This is when the general availability phase begins. During this time, prices are more affordable because they no longer need to be reviewed one by one prior to registration.
Can I register any name?
During the sunrise period you can only register names with which you can prove that you have a connection, such as a brand, the name of your shop, your own name, etc.
After the sunrise period, you can register any name provided that the conditions of use are met and no third party rights are infringed.
How much will .barcelona cost?
The minimum price for domain registration during the sunrise period will be 100€.
The minimum price for registration during the general availability period will be 40€.
Domains must be registered with the authorised registrars, who will establish the final retail price based on the services associated with the domain being registered.
What is the difference between this and .cat?
.barcelona is a domain for the city, and .cat is the domain for the Catalan language. The .barcelona domain serves to identify online content with the city of Barcelona, whereas .cat identifies content in Catalan specifically for a Catalan-speaking audience.
The two domains are compatible and meet different needs to reach audiences that do not always coincide.