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The domain name pro is a generic top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Its name is derived from professional, indicating its intended use by certified professionals.
{{TLD| |logo = .pro.JPG |status = Active |manager = [[Afilias]] |country = International |stringcontention = |registrations = 160,000 |registryprovider = Afilias |date = June, 2004 |type = [[gTLD]] |community = |keypeople = }} '''.pro''' is a generic top level domain ([[gTLD]]) in the Domain Names System ([[DNS]]) root zone. In January, 2012, [[Afilias]] became the registry manager for the domain,[http://www.domainnews.com/en/afilias-acquires-pro-registry.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Afilias acquires Pro Registry, DomainNews.com] after having acquired the previous manager, [[RegistryPro]], formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of the [[Hostway]] Corporation. The .pro TLD is meant for use by professionals.[http://www.registry.pro RegistryPro] In October 2012, [[Directi]] registrar [[ResellerClub]] announced that it had sold 11,000 .pro names in the first month of support for the TLD.[http://domainincite.com/10661-resellerclub-sells-11000-pro-domains-in-a-month ResellerClub sells 11,000 .pro domains in a month, domainincite.com] Afilias was able to double the registrations for .pro in just a year's time, including overcoming a deep loss of 40,000 domains of zip codes that had been registered to [[Hostway]]. In January 2013, it noted that it had 160,000 domains registered. CEO [[Karim Jiwani]] notes that it is all organic growth rather than large bundled deals, and is the result from various price decreases, and on-boarding more [[registrar]]s, most notably [[Directi]]. All this has happened while Afilias simultaneously got more serious about enforcing the registration policies that require professional credentials. Though this also means educating registrars that an extensive degree is not a requisite of being a professional, and a professional may be a massage therapist or tour guide.[http://domainincite.com/11668-afilias-doubles-pro-registrations-in-a-year Afilias Doubles Pro Registrations in a Year, DomainIncite.com]Published 22 Jan 2013, Retrieved 23 Jan 2013 ==History== In June 2004, .pro TLD became the seventh new TLD approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ([[ICANN]]) to be included in the DNS root zone, in addition to [[.biz]], [[.info]], [[.name]], [[.museum]], [[.coop]], and [[.aero]]. Registry.pro was the main proponent in creating .pro, an unsponsored TLD restricted to registration by credible individuals and entities providing professional services, such as accountants, doctors, engineers and lawyers.[http://www.icann.org/en/meetings/accra/pro-agmt-topic.htm ICANN] On May 2002, ICANN approved RegistryPro's application and designated the organization to manage and operate .pro.[http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-08may02.htm ICANN News] The TLD was officially launched in June 2004. In August 2004, ICANN approved the proposal for Registry.pro to offer second level .pro domains. Subsequently, .pro expanded its operations and began offering registration to professionals in Canada on September 27, in the United Kingdom on October 4, and in Germany on October 11 of that year. In September 2004, RegistryPro announced a proposed expansion for .pro that would allow registration to the following types of professionals: Architects (arc.pro), Certified Financial Analysts (cfa.pro), Certified Financial Planners (cfp.pro), Dentists (dds.pro), Engineers (eng.pro), Nutritionists (ntr.pro), Optometrists (opt.pro), Pharmacists (pha.pro), Physician Assistants (pa.pro), Podiatrists (pod.pro), Psychologists (psy.pro), Educators (ed.pro), Veterinarians (vet.pro), Physical Therapists (pt.pro), and Public Relations professionals (pr.pro).[http://www.registry.pro/press-releases/2004/0908.shtml Press Release] On September 2008, ICANN unanimously approved the above .pro expansion. Based on the new terms set by ICANN, .pro will be available to any professional or entity with credentials from a certifying governmental authority anywhere in the world. The expansion widens the market for the .pro domain while maintaining the exclusive nature of the TLD to professionals.[http://www.registry.pro/press-releases/2008/0514.shtml Press Release] October 2012 marked the expiration of 40,000 .pro domains that were registered by the former owner, [[Hostway]], under its Zip.pro program.[http://domainincite.com/10661-resellerclub-sells-11000-pro-domains-in-a-month ResellerClub Sells 11000 Pro Domains In a Month, DomainIncite.com] In July 2013, [[Afilias]] requested that [[ICANN]] lift the restrictions set out in its Registry Agreements for .pro and .mobi that forbids Afilias from owning more than a 15% share in the registrar company that sells the TLDs.[http://domainincite.com/13911-afilias-wants-registrar-ownership-ban-lifted-on-mobi-and-pro Afilias Wants Registrar ownership bands lifted, Domain Incite] Retrieved 19 Sept 2013 ==.pro TLD Requirements== Any individual or entity who wishes to register a .pro domain name must meet the following requirements:[http://www.registry.pro RegistryPro] * Provider of professional services * Admitted to or licensed by a government certification body or jurisdictional licensing entity recognized by a governmental body that regularly verifies the accuracy of its data * In good standing with the licensing authority * Able to provide information regarding their professional eligibility such as: identification, contact information, license number, or any information relevant to the specific profession ==References== {{reflist}} [[category: TLD]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|pro]] __NOTOC__

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Registrar Details

PRO Domain Name
Introduced
2004
Contacts
Afilias plc
4th Floor, International House, 3 Harbourmaster Pl., IFSC
Dublin, D01 K8F1
IE
Tel
+ 353 18541100
Fax
+ 353 17918569
Email
support@afilias.info
http
//www.afilias.info/contact us
Registry Website
http://www.registry.pro/whois/
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