Are Country Specific Domain Names Actually Hosted Within The Country

by on December 21, 2007

Q: Are the country specific domain names like .cn or .tt. required to be hosting in those countries? Do they have anything to do with those countries (i.e., do they get routed through there?). Would national instability affect them? Can they handle massive surges of traffic, do you think?

A: When you register a domain name, there will be an IP address sitting behind that (i.e. your web server, file server, or whatever the domain name is intended for). This IP Address will dictate how routing happens to/from that domain name, not the name itself.

Can civil unrest in countries result in problems with the domain name? Realistically no. The name is registered to you on an IP address somewhere else in the world. The only thing that may affect you is if China decides to no longer allow outside-of-country people to own .CN names. This isn’t likely to happen, but I suppose it’s a very small risk no less.

Everything else you have asked (Throughput etc.) is really dictated by that IP address you have assigned to it. If the server that is handling the traffic can handle 10mb a second, then it can handle 10mb a second regardless of what the domain name associated is. Domain names are simply there to make addresses easy to identify and remember (Could you imagine having to remember numbers such as “192.168.1.109 for Microsoft updates, and 172.18.2.43 is my Anti Virus vendor”; it would be near impossible to navigate anywhere!