Introduced12 June 1997
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
  • PW Registry (registry)
  • CentralNic (registry technical operator)
SponsorMicronesia Investment and Development Corporation
Intended useEntities connected with  Palau
Actual useDedicated namespace to use as a professional identity on the web; can be registered and used for any purpose.
Registration restrictionsNone
StructureRegistrations can be made directly at second level.
Dispute policiesUDRP
Registry websiteregistry.pw

.pw is the country code top-level domain for the Republic of Palau.


The country code top-level domain .pw was delegated to the Pacific island nation of Palau in 1997.[1] It has since been redelegated a number of times. Directi, a group of technology businesses, obtained exclusive rights over .pw from EnCirca in 2004. From March 25, 2013, domains under the .pw TLD are available to the general public. Since then, it is sometimes marketed as a domain for professionals (professional web).

A few months after opening the registry to the general public, .pw became the target of spammers. 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] Directi responded that it had zero tolerance for spam and would be deleting domains accused of violating its anti-abuse policy.[4]

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 the first three weeks.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ "IANA | IANA Report on Redelegation of the .pw Top-Level Domain". IANA. 30 June 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Rise of .pw URLs in Spam Messages". Symantec Security Response. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  3. ^ ".pw URLs in Spam Keep Showing Up". Symantec Security Response. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Directi fighting "massive" .pw spam outbreak". Domain Incite. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  5. ^ ".pw Announces Single Character Domain Names Auction | .PW - the Professional Web". registry.pw. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  6. ^ ".PW Crosses 50,000 Domain Registrations In 3 Weeks | .PW - the Professional Web". registry.pw. Retrieved 2 April 2017.