WHEN IS A COUNTRY A U.S.A. STATE ?

7. February 2008, 22:31 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

When is a country actually a state in the United States of America? Apparently when its country code top level domain name corresponds to the postal abbreviation of a U.S. state.

In a page of statistics collected from Generate Inc. (formerly Netvention), Web Host Industry Review listed as part of a page of statistics regarding the web, the "Top five U.S. states with the highest concentration of hosted domains. Based on a sample of over 3.2 million domains."

The list was as follows:

  • .CA - 55.41% - 473,633
  • .TX - 26.28% - 216,882
  • .FL - 9.45% - 211,116
  • .NY - 5.41% - 209,846
  • .IL - 1.84% - 126,297
  • All Others - 1.71% - 1,974,274

What on the face of it looks perfectly reasonable is surprising to find in a magazine devoted to Web Hosting when the following ccTLD owners are considered:

  • .CA - Canada
  • .IL - Israel
  • .TX - not a valid TLD, valid as a subdomain
  • .FL - not a valid TLD, valid as a subdomain
  • .NY - not a valid TLD, valid as a subdomain

While many are confused about the use of .LA as a supposed "Los Angeles domain", .TV as "television", .CC as "credit card" and .WS as "web site" (belonging to Laos, Tuvalu, Cocos and Samoa respectively), one would expect a magazine devoted to web hosting would seek to clarify rather then perpetuate such confusion.

While usually an excellent publication this is a big blooper to have slip through.

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Keywords: web hosting,tld,cctld,domains

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