I’ll be honest, when I think of registering a domain I only think of using a “.com” address especially when you are trying to reach millions of people around the world. Would someone in China think of going to www.princanada.com (our sister publication) or the .ca equivalent. Either way, according to Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) they have reached a major milestone today. CIRA is reporting that it has reached the two million mark for registered .CA Internet domain names.
It took 21 years for one million .CA domain names to be registered and just four years to reach the next million. Leora Rissin, a retired schoolteacher from Toronto, Ontario, registered the two-millionth .CA domain name, algonquinhouse.ca. She is planning to use it to promote her new small business, a bed and breakfast near High Park.
“.CA is like having a Canadian flag on your digital backpack,” says Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA., “It represents Canada on the Internet. And research shows Canadians prefer.CA sites for online news, banking and shopping. So it’s no surprise our numbers continue to climb.”
.CA is the fourth fastest-growing Internet domain name registry and the fourteenth largest compared to other country specific domain names like .uk (United Kingdom).