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What does .co in .co.uk mean?

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ambiance    67

Why not .uk?

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84Mark    14

Hmmm I didn't know that! For some reason I thought .co was for The Commonwealth.

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WolfieZero    1

The theory is that you make money at a .co.uk address, and .org.uk is non-profit.

Not always the case though as my site is completely non-profit.

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dannyscott5    0

whats the answer then? :s i went on the website, couldnt find the part where it says '.co'

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Shof    0

.com is soo much better and easy

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JamesCherrill    27

Why not .uk?

* .ac.uk - academic (tertiary education and research establishments) and learned societies.

* .co.uk - commercial/general

* .gov.uk - government (central and local)

* .ltd.uk - limited companies

* .me.uk - personal

* .mod.uk - Ministry of Defence and HM Forces public sites

* .net.uk - ISPs and network companies

* .nic.uk - network use only

* .nhs.uk - National Health Service institutions

* .org.uk - non-profit organisations

* .plc.uk - public limited companies

* .police.uk - police forces

* .sch.uk - schools, primary and secondary education

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Elliot B.    1,140

* .ac.uk - academic (tertiary education and research establishments) and learned societies.

* .co.uk - commercial/general

* .gov.uk - government (central and local)

* .ltd.uk - limited companies

* .me.uk - personal

* .mod.uk - Ministry of Defence and HM Forces public sites

* .net.uk - ISPs and network companies

* .nic.uk - network use only

* .nhs.uk - National Health Service institutions

* .org.uk - non-profit organisations

* .plc.uk - public limited companies

* .police.uk - police forces

* .sch.uk - schools, primary and secondary education

Ah, nice (Y)

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mysterious    1

I have also wondered. When you go to Google, you can type in Google.ca for Canada not Google.co.ca, wheras if you are in the uk, you have to type out Google.co.uk

I have the @***.ac.uk, which is basically like the .edu in the US or elsewhere :)

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asdfoi83wyrl    0

Hmm, never knew there was a .co.ca :)

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Shof    0

I have also wondered. When you go to Google, you can type in Google.ca for Canada not Google.co.ca, wheras if you are in the uk, you have to type out Google.co.uk

I have the @***.ac.uk, which is basically like the .edu in the US or elsewhere :)

the same for google.us

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Echilon    1

I've never understood companies using .uk.com. Either use a .co.uk or a .com, .uk.com doesn't seem like a proper TLD to me.

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Storm    4

i always though co was for company,

the same as .com ? :s

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_sphinx_    0

* .ac.uk - academic (tertiary education and research establishments) and learned societies.

* .co.uk - commercial/general

* .gov.uk - government (central and local)

* .ltd.uk - limited companies

* .me.uk - personal

* .mod.uk - Ministry of Defence and HM Forces public sites

* .net.uk - ISPs and network companies

* .nic.uk - network use only

* .nhs.uk - National Health Service institutions

* .org.uk - non-profit organisations

* .plc.uk - public limited companies

* .police.uk - police forces

* .sch.uk - schools, primary and secondary education

you missed .edu

no wait...my bad.

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Laura    145

.com is soo much better and easy

But it is the American version while co.uk is the UK version.

I've never understood companies using .uk.com. Either use a .co.uk or a .com, .uk.com doesn't seem like a proper TLD to me.

Maybe they couldn't get their desired domain under co.uk or .com. Does seem strange to me but I guess it's not a bad compromise. Also, there may be American companies operating internationally - I guess it would make sense then.

i always though co was for company,

the same as .com ? :s

I believe both are for commercial.

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Code.Red    5

Offtopic but you gotta love the Cook Islands...

http://google.co.ck

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Neil    3

Offtopic but you gotta love the Cook Islands...

http://google.co.ck

lol that is not actually deliberate, if you have a look Australia and New Zealand they do the UK thing as well because it is something to do with the Icann registration system.

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Farstrider    297

Hmmm I didn't know that! For some reason I thought .co was for The Commonwealth.

South Africa is www.xxxxx.co.za as far as I am concerned it has nothing to do with company or commonwealth! I do not know what it's origin is but will try to find out! The za part is obviously for South Africa.

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simsie    4

what about .com.tw?

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Garry    99

Whether a country uses .cc or .co.cc is up to that's country's NIC. Canada's obviously chose to make the top level ccTLD (.ca) available to the public whereas the UK NIC chose to only make .co.uk available. Same for .com.tw. Their NIC chose to make .com.uk available rather than .co.tw or simply .tw.

Whoever mentioned uk.com should know that uk.com is actually a TLD. The owners of uk.com (and gb.com and us.com) set up their own domain registry which isn't strictly kosher as, whenever you register a domain with them (e.g. neowin.uk.com) you're actually only registering a subdomain of uk.com. Strange but true.

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Echilon    1

Whoever mentioned uk.com should know that uk.com is actually a TLD. The owners of uk.com (and gb.com and us.com) set up their own domain registry which isn't strictly kosher as, whenever you register a domain with them (e.g. neowin.uk.com) you're actually only registering a subdomain of uk.com. Strange but true.

They charge ?65 per subdomain, what an absolute rip off.

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