6 Reasons to Go for a Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) on Your eCommerce Website

In this guide, we have mentioned 6 reasons why you should go for a country code top-level domain with your eCommerce website.

If you are going to invest in a website, of course you will want to make it count. Well, it’s easy to go and just choose a .com or .net top-level domains as these are the most “famous” options and the global ones. But there is also what we call the Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs).

If you are familiar with country codes or short-hand codes for different nations online, then you have probably heard of the ccTLDs. It’s not too complicated to understand. There is a list of short-cut names of countries as a guide and instead of a .com, it will be .co.uk for United Kingdom, .au for Australia, .nz for New Zealand, .my for Malaysia or whatever country your IP address you might be in.

It’s that simple.

Country code top-level domain List

Here is the full list of ccTLDs available worldwide –

A

Afghanistan: .af
Ascension Island: .ac
Aland Islands: .ax
Andorra: .ad
Albania: .al
United Arab Emirates: .ae
Algeria: .dz
Afghanistan: .af
American Samoa: .as
Antigua and Barbuda: .ag
Andorra: .ad
Anguilla: .ai
Angola: .ao
Armenia: .am
Antarctica: .aq
Netherlands Antilles: .an
Antigua and Barbuda: .ag
Angola: .ao
Argentina: .ar
Antarctica: .aq
Armenia: .am
Aruba: .aw
American Samoa: .as
Ascension Island: .ac
Austria: .at
Australia: .au
Aruba: .aw
Azerbaijan: .az
Aland Islands: .ax

B

Bahamas: .bs
Bahrain: .bh
Bosnia and Herzegovina: .ba
Bangladesh: .bd
Barbados: .bb
Belarus: .by
Belgium: .be
Burkina Faso: .bf
Belize: .bz
Bulgaria: .bg
Benin: .bj
Bahrain: .bh
Bermuda: .bm
Burundi: .bi
Bhutan: .bt
Bolivia: .bo
Bermuda: .bm
Bosnia and Herzegovina: .ba
Brunei Darussalam: .bn
Botswana: .bw
Bouvet Island: .bv
Brazil: .br
Bahamas: .bs
British Indian Ocean Territory: .io
Bhutan: .bt
Brunei Darussalam: .bn
Bouvet Island: .bv
Bulgaria: .bg
Botswana: .bw
Burkina Faso: .bf
Belarus: .by
Burundi: .bi
Belize: .bz

C

Cambodia: .kh
Canada: .ca
Cameroon: .cm
Cocos (Keeling) Islands: .cc
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: .cd
Cape Verde: .cv
Central African Republic: .cf
Cayman Islands: .ky
Congo, Republic of: .cg
Switzerland: .ch
Chad: .td
Cote d’Ivoire: .ci
Chile: .cl
Cook Islands: .ck
China: .cn
Christmas Island: .cx
Cameroon: .cm
Cocos (Keeling) Islands: .cc
China: .cn
Colombia: .co
Comoros: .km
Costa Rica: .cr
Congo, Republic of: .cg
Serbia and Montenegro: .cs
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: .cd
Cuba: .cu
Cook Islands: .ck
Cape Verde: .cv
Christmas Island: .cx
Cote d’Ivoire: .ci
Cyprus: .cy
Croatia/Hrvatska: .hr
Czech Republic: .cz

D

Germany: .de
Djibouti: .dj
Czech Republic: .cz
Denmark: .dk
Dominica: .dm
Djibouti: .dj
Dominican Republic: .do
Dominica: .dm
Algeria: .dz
Dominican Republic: .do

E

Ecuador: .ec
East Timor: .tp
Estonia: .ee
Egypt: .eg
Western Sahara: .eh
El Salvador: .sv
Eritrea: .er
Equatorial Guinea: .gq
Spain: .es
Ethiopia: .et
Estonia: .ee
European Union: .eu

F

Finland: .fi
Fiji: .fj
Falkland Islands (Malvinas): .fk
Faroe Islands: .fo
Micronesia, Federal State of: .fm
Fiji: .fj
Finland: .fi
France: .fr

G

Gabon: .ga
French Guiana: .gf
United Kingdom: .gb
Grenada: .gd
French Southern Territories: .tf
Georgia: .ge
Gambia: .gm
Guernsey: .gg
Ghana: .gh
Gibraltar: .gi
Ghana: .gh
Greenland: .gl
Gambia: .gm
Greece: .gr
Guinea: .gn
Guadeloupe: .gp
Grenada: .gd
Equatorial Guinea: .gq
Greece: .gr
Guam: .gu
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: .gs
Guatemala: .gt
Guernsey: .gg
Guam: .gu
Guinea: .gn
Guinea-Bissau: .gw
Guyana: .gy

H

Hong Kong: .hk
Haiti: .ht
Heard and McDonald Islands: .hm
Honduras: .hn
Holy See (Vatican City State): .va
Croatia/Hrvatska: .hr
Honduras: .hn
Hungary: .hu

I

Indonesia: .id
Iceland: .is
Ireland: .ie
India: .in
Israel: .il
Isle of Man: .im
Iran, Islamic Republic of: .ir
India: .in
Iraq: .iq
British Indian Ocean Territory: .io
Ireland: .ie
Isle of Man: .im
Israel: .il
Iceland: .is
Italy: .it

J

Jamaica: .jm
Jersey: .je
Japan: .jp
Jordan: .jo
Japan: .jp

K

Kazakhstan: .kz
Kenya: .ke
Kyrgyzstan: .kg
Kiribati: .ki
Cambodia: .kh
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic: .kp
Korea, Republic of: .kr
Comoros: .km
Kuwait: .kw
Saint Kitts and Nevis: .kn
Kyrgyzstan: .kg
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic: .kp
Korea, Republic of: .kr
Cayman Islands: .ky
Lesotho: .ls
Kazakhstan: .kz

L

Latvia: .lv
Lebanon: .lb
Lesotho: .ls
Liberia: .lr
Lao People’s Democratic Republic: .la
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya: .ly
Lebanon: .lb
Liechtenstein: .li
Saint Lucia: .lc
Lithuania: .lt
Luxembourg: .lu
Sri Lanka: .lk

M

Macau: .mo
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of: .mk
Madagascar: .mg
Malawi: .mw
Malaysia: .my
Maldives: .mv
Mali: .ml
Malta: .mt
Marshall Islands: .mh
Moldova, Republic of: .md
Martinique: .mq
Madagascar: .mg
Mauritania: .mr
Mauritius: .mu
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of: .mk
Mexico: .mx
Myanmar: .mm
Mongolia: .mn
Moldova, Republic of: .md
Montenegro: .me
Monaco: .mc
Northern Mariana Islands: .mp
Mongolia: .mn
Montserrat: .ms
Morocco: .ma
Montserrat: .ms
Mozambique: .mz

N

Namibia: .na
Nauru: .nr
Nepal: .np
Netherlands: .nl
Netherlands Antilles: .an
Mozambique: .mz
New Caledonia: .na
Namibia: .na
New Zealand: .nz
New Caledonia: .na
Nicaragua: .ni
Niger: .ne
Norfolk Island: .nf
Nigeria: .ng
Niue: .nu
Norfolk Island: .nf
Norway: .no

O

Oman: .om

P

Pakistan: .pk
Palau: .pw
Palestinian Territories: .ps
Panama: .pa
Papua New Guinea: .pg
Peru: .pe
Paraguay: .py
French Polynesia: .pf
Philippines: .ph
Pakistan: .pk
Poland: .pl
Portugal: .pt
Saint Pierre and Miquelon: .pm
Puerto Rico: .pr
Pitcairn Island: .pn

Q

Qatar: .qa

R

Reunion Island: .re
Romania: .ro
Russian Federation: .ru
Palau: .pw
Rwanda: .rw

S

Saint Helena: .sh
Saint Kitts and Nevis: .kn
Saint Lucia: .lc
Saint Pierre and Miquelon: .pm
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: .vc
San Marino: .sm
Saudi Arabia: .sa
Sao Tome and Principe: .st
Solomon Islands: .sb
Seychelles: .sc
Senegal: .sn
Sudan: .sd
Serbia and Montenegro: .cs
Sweden: .se
Sierra Leone: .sl
Saint Helena: .sh
Singapore: .sg
Slovenia: .si
Slovak Republic: .sk
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands: .sj
Solomon Islands: .sb
Sierra Leone: .sl
Somalia: .so
San Marino: .sm
South Africa: .za
Senegal: .sn
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: .gs
Spain: .es
Suriname: .sr
Sri Lanka: .lk
Sao Tome and Principe: .st
Sudan: .sd
El Salvador: .sv
Suriname: .sr
Syrian Arab Republic: .sy
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands: .sj
Swaziland: .sz

T

Turks and Caicos Islands: .tc
Chad: .td
French Southern Territories: .tf
Togo: .tg
Taiwan: .tw
Thailand: .th
Tajikistan: .tj
Tanzania: .tz
Tokelau: .tk
Thailand: .th
Timor-Leste: .tl
Turkmenistan: .tm
Togo: .tg
Tunisia: .tn
Tokelau: .tk
Tonga: .to
East Timor: .tp
Trinidad and Tobago: .tt
Turkey: .tr
Tunisia: .tn
Tuvalu: .tv
Turkmenistan: .tm
Taiwan: .tw
Turks and Caicos Islands: .tc
Tanzania: .tz
Tuvalu: .tv

U

Uganda: .ug
Ukraine: .ua
United Kingdom: .uk
United Arab Emirates: .ae
United States Minor Outlying Islands: .um
United Kingdom: .gb
United States: .us
United Kingdom: .uk
Uruguay: .uy
United States: .us
Uzbekistan: .uz
United States Minor Outlying Islands: .um

V

Holy See (Vatican City State): .va
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: .vc
Venezuela: .ve
Vanuatu: .vu
Virgin Islands, British: .vg
Virgin Islands, U.S.: .vi
Vietnam: .vn

Y

Yemen: .ye
Mayotte: .yt
Yugoslavia: .yu

W

Wallis and Futuna Islands: .wf
Wallis and Futuna Islands: .wf
Western Samoa: .ws

Z

South Africa: .za
Zambia: .zm
Zimbabwe: .zw

So if your business is based in United Kingdom and you serve customers in this part of the world only, then it’s better to go with .co.uk extension in the domain of your company website.

Below are the good reasons why you should consider this type of top-level domain for your business, advocacy or personal website.

Can target a specific Location and Audience

Obviously, one good reason for having a ccTLD is targeting a particular location. If you have a locally established business or you individually want to aim an online network within a specified country, then this is the right kind of domain for you. With that being said, you will also be able to catch the attention of your online audience within that region. This also builds authority in your region.

Can communicate through local and universal Language

Another good point of having a ccTLD is being able to communicate to your target audience using both their native language and even the English language. You can directly connect with them because they can better understand you.

Can be creatively witty on your Domain name

If you are a witty website owner, you can also play with your domain name using your ccTLD. For instance, you are from Korea and you want to build a site about your parkour stunts and training courses, you can creatively put it as par.kr. Or if you are from United States and you are in the money remittance business, you may want to put your domain name as send.us or remithru.us.

Can concentrate on more Local Trends

Besides targeting locally, it is also easier in terms of content creation. You can follow local trends and create contents that are only according to these. Focus will be more on what is happening (literally) around you.

Can easily check and evaluate Analytics

Since you have a targeted location and audience in mind, you have an instant limit to your measures in terms of evaluation in Analytics (for both Google and social media).

Can effortlessly gain the customers’ assurance

It seems automatic to gain the trust of your customers if they know that you are also just around the same region. Whatever happens, there is quite a guarantee that you can be traced and contacted quickly too.

A website grounded in a ccTLD has its own great perks. As a local business owner or a startup web builder, although you aim to go global one day, you might want to consider focusing to grow whatever you have at the moment locally through the ccTLDs.