Cuba has long had its own country code: .CU.
But most companies didn’t view this domain as a priority.
But be aware that this domain isn’t cheap. I’ve seen prices ranging from $800 to $1,100, so only larger companies will see this is an impulse buy.
But if you can get it, I think it’s wise to do so. It’s far cheaper to buy a domain at retail price then to have to buy it from a squatter later on.
So today is the big day for the people of Scotland as well as the UK.
One question that occurs to country code geeks such as myself is what country code domain would Scotland use if/when it became separate from .UK?
It turns out that one domain is already available right now: .scot.
However, this isn’t technically a country code. It’s known as a geographic top-level domain (TLD).
Country codes such as .sc (Seychelles) and .sd (Sudan) are already taken. Now, perhaps the country of Seychelles will gladly license its ccTLD for a healthy fee, along the lines of .tv (Tuvalu) and .co (Colombia).
But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself here…
PS: Here’s a Bloomberg article on Scotland and TLDs.
Keeping in mind that this is a survey funded by Australia’s registry, the data points pretty clearly toward a preference for .au over .com.
From the announcement:
The report found .au remains Australia’s home on the Internet with more than double the level of trust over any other namespace.
George Pongas, General Manager of Naming Services at AusRegistry, said the results show the .au brand position is built on a foundation of trust, reliability and security.
“Two-thirds of survey respondents are more likely to trust a .au website compared with only one-third for a .com,” Mr Pongas said.
The preference for a country code over .com is not unique to Australia. Canadians love. ca. And Germans love .de.
Americans, however, are content with .com.
PS: I’m running a sale on my Country Codes of the World map.
Few companies appreciate the value of country codes as Amazon.
As you can see here, Amazon goes a step further and integrates the cccTLD directly into the logo:
According to a post on Good E-Reader, Amazon has been stymied in its quest to obtain a country code for Sweden. Amazon also doesn’t appear to have Finland (amazon.fi).
Fortunately, Amazon does own Amazon.no and Amazon.dk.
This just goes to show that even many of the world’s largest companies were a bit late to the country code land rush.
If this post is true regarding Sweden, this is a positive sign that Amazon has (at least) a few localized websites in the works.
It’s about time.
Speaking of country codes, I’ve been meaning to mention this.
Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) now offers users an impressive range of country code domains.
Here’s the full list of supported country codes.
It appears that Microsoft is using geolocation to enforce that you have to be based in a given region to register its country code.
So I won’t be able to easily register, say, Outlook.my.