You need to reside in Spain or have a registered business in Spain to get a .es address. And then there are further restrictions - a person residing in Spain can only register their name and a business has to register a recognisable variant of the business name or trade mark.
A .com address con rank equally well in Spanish SE's as long as it has Spanish hosting, for which there are no restrictions.
There are in fact more .com Spanish websites than .es ones, due to the above restrictions.
The Spanish hosting will only help you on the big SE's, by the way. For example on Google, it will only help when a user chooses the "Pages from Spain" option, which in my admittedly limited experience happens approximately 20% of the time.
In my looking around I came across a site saying that the .es will have all those restrictions removed in June or July of this year. I'm thinking of maybe pre-registering one, but I'd also like to not have to wait that long.
It might be worth it though, if a .es will help give the site a boost.
I've also seen .com.es which I believe is open to anyone to register. I might go with that one.
Does anyone know of a web hosting service with servers based in Spain? I can find plenty in Spanish, and will stumble my way through the order process - But would certainly prefer to order from a site that's in English so I know what's going on.
That's pretty much all I heard - The .es will be opened up in June or July 2005, and the first few months will only be open to companies registering their trademarks as domains. After that it will be fully opened to the public.
I can't verify this, but I read it on a European domain registrar's site.
Have just seen the official plan for the liberalisation of .es domains. It΄s here if you fancy trying out your spanish: https://www.nic.es/avisos/05_05_25_nuevo_plan.html More detail (again in Spanish) here: [arsys.es...]
In summary it is saying the following:
Phase 1 - Runs from 7 June 2005 08:00 to 7 July 2005 08:00 - Public bodies can register appropriate domains
Phase 2 - Starting in September 2005 (actual date to be specified) and lasting for 45 days - Other organisations including buinesses can register appropriate domains. Looks like you still need to have some sort of intellectual property right over the name to do so.
Free for all - Starting in November 2005 (actual date to be specified). No restrictions over registration of domains except that the organisation registering (person or business) must have an interest in and links with Spain.