Country Code & Global Domain Extensions

The three or four letters at the end of a website address signify the domain name extension and very often identify the type of organisation that owns the site. The most common suffix ".com" refers to a company while ".org" and ".net" refer to a not for profit organisation and a net based business respectively.

The following are some of the most popular suffixes, and generally they are referred to as global domain name extensions:

Country specific domain names (ccTLD's)

Just like domain names for businesses and organisations, domains have also been allotted to and reserved for specific countries. They are known as country code top-level domain (ccTLD's). Country specific domain names are particularly important to help users identify the geographic location of a website or company. The creation and delegation of ccTLD's is performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) which is currently contracted to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Some of the most registered Country domain names include .uk (united Kingdom) and .de (Germany), while .cn (China) is also growing very fast in popularity.

Some of the most popular vanity ccTLD's (those that are not used by the country themselves but by other industries and individuals because of there implied meaning) include:

Due to the large number of extensions available today, you need to be careful while finalising a name for your company or business. It should be appropriate as well as relevant. Let us tell you how you can get a great domain name in the UK, i.e. a co.uk domain.

Many multi-nationals now have a main site with the generic extension such as .com or .net and have regional sites with extensions using the ccTLD of the country they are doing business in.

If you have a business based in the United Kingdom and are looking for a free domain name, it is a good idea to try for a .uk domain name. This will have two benefits.

  1. Even in the case of regularly priced domain names, .uk domain names are usually priced lower than .com, .net or .biz names. Thus you have a greater chance of bagging a free .uk name.
  2. Anyone visiting your site on the internet will no immediately that your business is based out of the UK and this helps in targeting the appropriate customer base.

Thus, choosing a .uk domain name is a good idea and you can quite easily get a free .uk domain name. Just try searching for it on the internet.

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