Where/What is .cc

Many have asked about the (as opposed to .com or .org) -- the answer in jest is that it stands for King's Gate Club Computer Club.

Actually .cc is one of the almost 250 Country Code Top Level Domains.  It is the domain of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, south of Indonesia, about halfway from Australia to Sri Lanka.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

There are 27 coral islands in the group. Captain William Keeling discovered the islands in 1609, but they remained uninhabited until the 19th century. Annexed by the UK in 1857, they were transferred to the Australian Government in 1955. The population on the two inhabited islands generally is split between the ethnic Europeans on West Island and the ethnic Malays on Home Island.

As the internet blossomed in the late 90's, there was a shortage of domain names and the enterprising inhabitants of the Cocos had the bright idea of selling domain names using their Country Code to anyone in the world who would pay the yearly registration fee. Since having a domain name which is quick and easy to type was important, and the obvious choices like or were all taken, we opted to go with when we established our web site.

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