.cpa Domain: Clearing Up Confusion Regarding Basic Activation Requirements

By Kimberly A. Fantaci posted 10-23-2020 08:09 AM

  
There has been some confusion surrounding the activation requirements of the .cpa domain since the AICPA launched the program on September 1. The following was recently outlined as the Basic Activation Requirements effective November 1, 2020.

Basic Activation Requirements

Website
- within one month of being issued your domain, redirect it to your current .com website
- within one year of being issued your domain, use it as an active firm branded website. You have multiple options:
  • Create a microsite
  • Create a web page(s) with your name, logo and content
  • Make it your primary website
- if you bought multiple domains, you only need to activate one of the domains purchased

Email
- within one year of being issued your domain, link it to your firm's email (not obligated to change all emails, this could be an alias option)

Firms requiring additional time should simply contact CPA.com

Activation requirements do not apply: 1) for domains generally associated with trademarks your firm has registered and 2) for any domains purchased during the General Availability phase.

We hope this clarifies some of the questions before the first phase ends on October 31, 2020.
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