How to Buy a Country Code URL Website Address

canada domain name .caHow to Buy a Country Code URL Website Address

If you are engaged in an ecommerce business, perhaps you would be interested on expanding your business internationally. As you know, each country has its own domain name extension. In the UK, there’s co.uk, in China, it is co.cn, in France, that would be co.fr, and so on. So if you are thinking about expanding your business abroad, you must consider securing their top level domain name as well. So here’s how to buy a country code URL website address.

Choose your Country Domain Names

There are more than 250 country domain names all over the world, but it is not really necessary for you to secure all 250 country domain names for your site. It could cost you a lot which would not be very practical for your business.  What you should do instead is to list down the prospective countries that you are planning to expand your ecommerce business into. Consider those countries that you think you’ll be selling into in the years to come and just focus on securing their domain names.

Consider your Budget

As soon as you have identified the countries where you might be interested on doing business in, take a look at your budget. Remember that you will need to pay for these domain names so consider how much money you would be willing to invest in for these domain names. This would be a balance between opportunity and risk so make sure that you do your research well.

If you are certain about obtaining the country code domain names of a certain country, then secure the registrations for the domain names of these countries that are on your priority list. Take note that there are instances that you might not qualify to get a domain name registration for a certain country, either because you do not have a local presence on that country or you do not have a trademark of business registration in that particular country.

Where to Start

As you know, there are two types of domains. One would be the generic top level domains, and examples of these are .com, .net as well as .org. As for the country codes, the top level domains are .uk, .fr, .cn, and many more. For Canada domains, go here or here.  There is a public posting of generic names on the website of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). You can refer to this website for a list of the accredited registrars and domain names. This is the best place to start securing your country code URL website address. If you are interested to secure a domain name from an individual country, what you can do is go to the website of each individual registry or try first at Go Daddy, the largest domain name registrar in the world.

It is important to know that there is a different set of rules for every country and the prices for the country code domain names are different as well. There are also times wherein you would need to have a trademark to be able to obtain a registration. In some instances, you will need to have a local business registration before you can secure your own domain name. So take note of these tips on how to buy a country code URL website address before you decide to take any steps further.

 

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