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Registering an internet domain in Italy.

Having heard horror stories about the process of registering a domain name in the Living Museum, I have to say that I managed to register a new .it domain quite easily.  I did this though my website hosting company, but this still meant that I had to print out, sign, and send a document to the Italian NIC which is down in Pisa.

Not so long ago, it was necessary to fax the LAR – domain registration document – to the NIC and this process, apart from being a somewhat antiquated, often resulted in problems caused, in the main, by illegible faxes.  Now the Italian internet domain registration authority has arrived in the 20th century (Yes, I do mean 20th), in that instead of faxing stuff to them you can actually send them a copy of the required document by email (!) in PDF format.  Only, you have to have signed the document before you can send it off.  This means you need a scanner, which I do have, but which is not in use at the moment.  So, to resolve this slight problem and to avoid going to a local stationers to fax the documents for me, I got out my DSLR and photographed the two page document, edited the photos and placed them in an Open Office document which I then converted to PDF, whilst taking care not to exceed the 500kb limit for the file size of the PDF file.

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Must have all worked OK because my nice shiny new domain was active in around 24 hours.  Not too bad and, surprisingly, my photographed, edited, converted-to-PDF application did not cause problems.

The domain I registered?  englishisin.it – ‘english is in it’ – which is quite snappy I think.

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