If you are interested in acquiring a .KE domain name. It is important to understand the typical domain registration process. In this article we will outline the steps to securing your domain name

Choose your domain name

When looking for a domain name, it is recommended that you chose a domain name similar to your brand name. If you do not already have a name picked out for your brand, you may consider to merge the domain name selection process with the brand name selection process.

Search for the domain name

Once you have selected the domain name you wish to register, you will need to check on the availability of the domain name in the domain search tab. If the name is taken, you can consider selecting a different extension for your domain or tweaking the name to get available domains. KeNIC will also recommend available domain names for your consideration.

Select a domain name Registrar

.KE domain names can only be registered through accredited KeNIC Registrars. These are entities that have been licensed to register domain names on KeNIC’s behalf. Registrars offer domain names and packages at different prices depending on your interest. It is important to consider a few companies to help you make an informed decision on the Registrar to work with.

Purchase the domain

Once you have selected a Registrar, you will need to pay for the domain. The domain will become active in the next 10-30 minutes depending on the propagation time. Personal information such as your name, email address and phone number will be collected to protect the interests of the domain owner. However, the personal data will not be available to the public.

Things to note when registering a domain name

Now that you understand the domain registration process, it is important to take note of the following:

  1. When you register and pay for a domain name, you do not get the name forever .KE domains names have a minimum registration and renewal period of 1 year, however domains can be registered and renewed for a total of 5 years at a time.
  2. If a domain is not renewed before its expiration date, the domain status will be changed to suspended. When your domain is suspended, you will not be able to access your website, emails or any other services attached to the domain.
  3. 91 days after expiration, the domain is deleted and made available to the public. It is possible to purchase the domain again but you have no claim to it if it is registered by someone else.
  4. Always make sure your domain is registered with the correct details i.e.your email address, your phone number and full names especially when you are using a middle man to access domain and hosting services. The Registry will consider the details for the domain as belonging to the owner. You may find it difficult to have the details changed later on.


The domain registration process is very simple and takes a very short time to complete. Visit https://kenic.or.ke/ to register your .ke domain today.