Israel has a technologically advanced market economy, with significant exports including cut diamonds, high-technology equipment, and pharmaceuticals. The country is well known as a pioneer in cyber security, big data, and fintech. Multinational corporations invest in Israel because of the country’s innovative business environment. According to data from the International Monetary Fund, Israel is among the world’s top 20 most prosperous countries in terms of GDP per capita.
The .IL domain is Israel’s Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD). The Israel Internet Association is in charge of its administration and can accept or reject applications, while NIC handles its management. The domain extension was introduced in 1985 and was intended for entities affiliated with the country. There are no specific requirements for acquiring an .IL domain.
The extension .IL can also be used in creative ways, to abbreviate other words; some of the popular meanings are Illinois (US state), International League (organization), information literacy (academics/education), international law (government), and ignore list (online chat).
There are eight second-level domain names available. Registration of other second-level domain names directly under .il is not supported.
.ac.il: Academic Institutions; administration delegated to the Inter-University Computation Center.
.co.il: Commercial Entities; administration delegated to five private registrars.
.org.il: Non-commercial Organizations; administration delegated to five private registrars.
.net.il: Israeli Internet service providers; available only to licensed providers by the Israel Internet Association.
.k12.il: Schools and Kindergartens
.gov.il: Government and Governmental System; administration delegated to Ministry of Finance.
.muni.il: Municipal Government
.idf.il: Israel Defense Forces; administration delegated to the army’s Center of Computing and Information Systems.
Owning an.IL extension domain name can be a great way to promote your business in the Israeli digital market and build a solid client base in the country or generate traffic from Israel.
Below we have gathered a selection of brands from Israel along with their naming and domain name choices.
ADAMA Agricultural Solutions
ADAMA Agricultural Solutions (formerly known as Makhteshim-Agan) manufactures and distributes crop protection solutions. Agan and Makhteshim were established in the late 1940s. At the beginning of the 1970s, the companies formed a joint venture to distribute each other’s goods. ADAMA sells its products in approximately 100 countries through 60 subsidiary companies around the world. The company is operating on the exact brand match domain name Adama.com.
Aleph Farms is a brainchild of the food company Strauss Group. The company was founded in Israel by the food engineer and biologist Didier Toubia. Aleph Farms produces lab-cultured meat from non-genetically engineered cells isolated from a cow. Aleph Farms has raised $236.4M in funding over five rounds. The company has chosen the Aleph-farms.com domain name. There was no functioning website on alephfarms.com at the time of our visit.
Fiverr is a freelance services platform that connects businesses with on-demand freelance talent offering digital services. Fiverr has raised a total of $111 million in six rounds of funding. Their most recent funding came from a Series E round in November 2018. Fiverr is operating on the exact brand match domain name Fiverr.com. The company has also acquired Fiver.com to avoid traffic and email leaks and secure its presence online.
EyeControl was established in 2016 by founders who have personal connections to ALS and locked-in individuals. EyeControl is the world’s first screen-free, wearable assistive communication device. Eye-tracking technology powered by AI allows locked-in people and ventilated patients who can’t speak to communicate using only their eyes, anywhere and at any time. The company is operating on the secondary country level domain name EyeControl.co.il. NaturalPoint Inc. owns EyeControl.com.
.com domain extension remains a preferred option among the one hundred and eighteen companies on the list, with ninety choosing to operate on a .com domain. Eleven companies use .io and three .tech, which are popular extensions among tech startups.
Eighty-four companies opted for an exact brand match domain name.
Four companies use a hyphen. Dashes are usually utilized by two-word brand names that don’t want to mash them together with no space between them.