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I want to buy some web space maybe even resell some.
I live in the UK but the best prices are in the US - I can register what I like "www.name.com" but I would also like
to register  www.name.co.uk. The hosting service doesn't seem to think there is a problem but I'm not so sure. I thought the IP routing required servers  .co.uk to be in the UK. In any event  I think I need to register the .co.uk name in Europe not the name registery in the States.
Can someone clarify the position for me please.
Thanks BlueFin
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by:alamo
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Routing is done entirely based on the IP address, completely independent of the name. So there's no problem there.

To get the IP address, a client uses DNS (domain name resoulution). DNS is set up as a distributed hierarchy: for example, when an address ending in .com needs to be looked up the first thing done is to ask a top-level server who knows about every .com address. That top-level .com server can't return the ip addess itself in most cases, but it does know which other server is the authority for that domain. The client then connects to that other server, and gets the IP address it needs in that domain.

Likewise, there is a top-level server for .uk domains, in the UK (I think), and that's where the co.uk domain name must be registered.

The major difficulty I know of that you might run into hosting a UK domain in the US is that all accesses will be transatlantic. That can sometimes be slower, due to relatively limited bandwith.
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I wouldn't buy a .co.uk domain from USA, Lots of people go to .co.uk site from the UK, and ISPs will charge for overseas traffic, which they might not have expected. I live in NZ, we have a domain of .co.nz, and when it is osted in USA, lots of NZ only web kiosks etc can't access them.
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by:BlueFin
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neil
Can you expand a bit more on the web kiosks not being able to
access the .co.nz web address.
Thanks
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by:alamo
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I have heard of extra charges for overseas access from Australia and NZ but have never heard of such a thing from the UK, I don't think the two situations are the same.
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by:BlueFin
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Not withstanding what's been said, can I just finally clarify things - I register .co.uk in Europe (the UK actually) and then I can get an IP address in the states or in fact anywhere in the world which relates to the domain name  .co.uk name and everything works OK. i.e. the .co.uk address knows to route to the IP address on the states server or anywhere else.
Have I got this right?
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by:CYO
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yes that is correct
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by:neil_bertram
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Well, I may have been wrong, But in our libraries we have Kiosks provided free with touch screens etc for people to visit NZ sites, if a co.nz site is hosted elsewhere, it will not go there complaining that it is overseas traffic.
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