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What are country code top-level domains?

What are country code top-level domains?

Country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) are generally reserved for countries and some territories. They are made up of 2 letters, like. .us, .ca or .uk.

What are geographic top-level domains?

What are geographic top-level domains?

Geographic TLDs (GeoTLDs) are top-level domains associated with a particular geographical area, such as the city of .london, or a continent like .asia.

What are the benefits of ccTLDs and GeoTLDs?

What are the benefits of ccTLDs and GeoTLDs?

Use ccTLDs and GeoTLDs to target a specific audience, build brand trust and loyalty, and secure your dream domain name. Plus, if you’re feeling creative, you can use ccTLDs to come up with clever, unique domains of your own.

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How are ccTLDs and GeoTLDs different from gTLDs?

How are ccTLDs and GeoTLDs different from gTLDs?

You’ve already discovered that GeoTLDs and ccTLDs were created to be area or country-specific domains. Generic top-level domains (gTLDs) however, were broader and for general purpose.

For example, .com derived from the word ‘commercial’, .edu from ‘education’, and .gov from ‘government’. Fast forward and there are now over 1,000 TLDs to choose from for your personal blog or professional website. Don’t forget to look for new ccTLDs in our TLD list.

How Can I Use ccTLDs Creatively?

How Can I Use ccTLDs Creatively?

Innovative website owners also use what is known as a ‘domain hack’ to create an exciting name with wordplay. Using both the domain name and the TLD, new words or sayings can be spelled out. Why not try exploring our country domain extension list to see what fun domain hacks you can make?

For example, take Anguilla’s .ai, the British Indian Ocean Territory’s .io, and Colombia’s .co. These website endings can be ‘hacked’ to provide addresses like, if you’re a budding photographer, if you’re a nut for nuts, or for if you like to keep it caliente.

Would a ccTLD or GeoTLD benefit my business?

Would a ccTLD or GeoTLD benefit my business?

Securing an internet domain related to the country you do business in, will help show that you’re a trustworthy organization with an interest in attracting a local market. Both types of TLDs can help you target customers from a specific location, and they may feel more secure using a web space that uses their own country codes.

For example, if you owned a thriving coffee mug store in downtown New York, you might consider registering for or Your website coupled with a country code will help your user to learn more about where your business operates. Plus, if your dream .com domain name has already been taken, it’s always worth a check through our list of ccTLDs to see if it’s available.

Often, although a top-level domain may be classed as a ccTLD, the website content has nothing to do with a specific geographical location. Country domain extensions like .ai are frequently used by artificial intelligence companies, and .co is used by companies across the globe.

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  • Can I register a ccTLD and/or GeoTLD? Are there any restrictions when you register?

    While some TLDs may not have any special requirements for registration or require you to be a resident, like .io, .co, .ai, and .ph, others, like .sg and, .fr may have registry requirements.

    Typical restrictions include proof of residence, company VAT ID number, and providing a physical address.

    You may be wondering if you can use a ccTLD if you don’t live in the location it originally existed for. Please note that this depends entirely on the registry requirements for the ccTLD you wish to register. Some may be fine with you not being a resident, others may need proof of address. Head to the FAQ section at the bottom of each ccTLD page to find out more.

    Learn how to register a domain name now.

  • What part of a URL is a country code?

    A website URL is made up of different sections that help computers to identify where to locate the necessary data for that website, in order to deliver it successfully to your web browser.

    The rightmost part of URLs are called ‘top-level domains’ and are either generic top-level domains (gTLDs) or country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), (also known as URL suffixes) also help users to understand the type of content they will be seeing. Check out our article What is a TLD? to find out more.

  • How do I register a cc/geoTLD?

    It’s easy to register a domain name. First, check if it is available by using the search bar at the top of the page, if it is, add any additional products you like the sound of, and finally confirm your order.

    Domain registration takes just a few minutes, once checkout is complete, your domain can be set up and you can start using it!

  • For how many years can I buy ccTLDs and GeoTLDs?

    This depends on the TLD you want to register. Many ccTLDs and GeoTLDs can be registered for a period of 1 to 10 years, for example. .in, .london, .us, and .ph. However, some can be registered for 1 year, such as .fr, while others like .ai can be registered for an even number of years up to 10 (2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 years).

  • Can I keep my contact details hidden from the public Whois database?

    Here at Namecheap we offer a Domain Privacy service free for life so that your information is kept safe, and hidden. However, due to registry restrictions, our service is not available for all TLDs. Please check our helpful Knowledgebase article to find out if the TLD you wish to register is compatible.

  • How much does it cost to register a domain at Namecheap?

    The TLD price may vary, depending on which one you wish to register. Once you’ve found a domain name you like, please visit the corresponding page to view the pricing table.

  • Can I transfer my ccTLD or GeoTLD domain to Namecheap?

    Of course! If you fancy a new start for your site and benefit from great savings to 24/7 live customer support, why not transfer your domain today? There may be some differences to our standard gTLD transfer requirements, so first please check if your domain is eligible for transfer.

  • What is DNSSEC and can I use it with my ccTLD or GeoTLD domain?

    DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) will help make sure that visitors to your website aren’t redirected to fraudulent websites. It adds an extra layer of security on top of the DNS by verifying that the information a user sees is authentic.

    At the moment, Namecheap and our upstream provider’s systems support 437 TLDs, including, .pw, .tv, and .boston. The option to manage DNSSEC is not available for 55 TLDs, so please check our Knowledgebase article to see if it is available for the TLD you wish to register.

  • What do I need to know about the domain renewal process? What happens to my domain if I accidentally let it expire?

    It is important to renew your domain to ensure that your site keeps running smoothly. Some TLDs have specific renewal requirements that you should familiarise yourself with.

    Some ccTLDs, if not renewed on time, will enter what’s known as the Redemption Grace Period. During this time your domain will stop working, and no changes can be made to the domain. You can find out more by checking out our article on TLDs’ grace periods.

    To make life simple, we recommend switching auto-renewal on. This means that your domain will be renewed without you having to do anything.

  • How do I activate my SSL offer?

    It’s easy! Purchase your domain, and head to the checkout, where you will have the option to add a Positive SSL Certificate to your cart. This offer is valid for the first year of your registration only.

  • ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) charges a mandatory annual fee of $0.18 for each domain registration, renewal or transfer. This will be added to the listed price for some domains, at the time of purchase. See full list of affected domains →
  • You'll receive a domain privacy subscription FREE with every eligible domain registration or transfer. Your subscription is provided by Withheld for Privacy and the services agreement it holds with Namecheap. Terms and conditions apply. Visit the Whois privacy service agreement page for further details.
  • Due to the registry restrictions, domain privacy is unavailable for a handful of TLDs. Check the Domain Privacy page to see the full list.
  • You receive an exclusive PositiveSSL Certificate offer (valid for the first year only) with every new product purchase except domain renewals, or purchase or renewals of any other SSL certificates. Further restrictions may apply.
  • DNS features mentioned are applicable only if your domain uses Namecheap DNS service.
  • DNSSEC is available with all eligible domains as part of Basic or Premium DNS services.
  • Special offer applies to new first-year registrations only and is valid for a limited time.
  • Please note that premium domain names are not eligible for the promotion and prices may differ from those shown.
  • We recommend that you set the following domains to auto-renew at least 12 days before the expiration date: .ch, .es,,,, .fr, .li, .pe,,,, .sg,,,, and
    If your domain is not renewed or set to auto-renewal at least 12 days before the expiration date, it immediately enters the redemption period. Once in this state, it will not be possible to renew it at the regular price. Read more about renewal requirements.
  • We recommend that you set the following domains to auto-renew at least 5 days before the expiration date: .cx, .de, .eu and .nl.
    If your domain is not renewed or set for auto-renewal at least 5 days before the expiration date, it immediately enters the redemption period. Once in this state, your website and other related services will stop working, and it will not be possible to renew your domain at the regular price. Read more about renewal requirements.

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