What is a .CC (dot CC) domain?

Image Source: Cocos Keeling Islands Visitor Centre.

.CC Domain Popularity

What Are the Pros and Cons of .CC Domains?

  • CC domains have a great usability. They are short and memorable. It consists only of 2 letters, which are also the same. Thus, to type this domain extension on a keyboard you need to make just 2 strokes on the same key.
  • CC domains are cheap. You can grab a new .CC domain for about $5–6 and renew a .CC domain for about $6–10. Of course, there are even cheaper TLDs, like .OVH (register for $1.26, renew for $3.81), but those are pretty unpopular and a pain to remember. Comparing to its rivals .CO, .IO and .ME, .CC is the cheapest one.
  • CC domains are also categorized as generic country code top-level domains(gccTLDs). Because most of the registered domains in the .CC space are not related to the intended geographic region (Cocos Keeling Islands) but are more of a generic nature, the whole .CC domain space is primarily treated as generic TLD (gTLD) by the majority of search engines, including Google. It positively affects the search engine optimization (SEO) aspects of the .CC domains. Some other ccTLDs are also enjoying this advantage, see the full list here.
  • CC are not as crowded as the popular gTLDs like .COM or .NET. It may still be available to purchase compared to .com or .net domains, which most will likely be taken.
  • As a country code top level domain (ccTLD) for Cocos (Keeling) Islands it should comply with the ruling authorities of the region or country. Theoretically, if the regional authorities decide to impose restrictions on domain ownership e.g. to make it open only for the residents of that particular region, then you may have a problem. This is also applicable to all other ccTLDs. I personally keep the probability of such a policy shift for very very low and unrealistic.
  • It’s still not a .COM. The domain extension .COM is the KING of all domains. Always, grab a .COM if you have a chance to register a new domain for its retail price, which can be as low as $0.99 for the first year!

Popular .CC Domains

  • dict.cc (Alexa rank: 1827). Dict.cc is a free, multilingual online dictionary.
  • arduino.cc (Alexa rank: 2344). Arduino is an extremely popular open-source electronic prototyping platform that enable makers to easily create interactive electronic projects.
  • itead.cc (Alexa rank: 55748). ITEAD Studio is a Chinese consumer electronics company that produces very popular among hobbyists and makers affordable WiFi-based smart home appliances.
  • favicon.cc (Alexa rank: 97788). Favicon.cc is an online tool to create or download favicon.ico icons, that get displayed in the address bar of every browser.
  • wireframe.cc (Alexa rank: 105760). Wireframe.cc is an online wireframing tool to create and share simple wireframes of websites and mobile apps.
  • translit.cc (Alexa rank: 124379). Translit.cc is a free online multilingual transliterator that converts on the fly Latin letters into Cyrillic (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Belorussian), Greek, Armenian and Georgian letters.

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