Who has the most redirecting ccTLDs?

You press ‘f’ in your web browser and facebook.com magically appears, you smash ‘enter’ and you immediately see inspirational quotes and other bits of useless information appear before your eyes on the social media website.

The link between knowing that Facebook is at facebook.com and that (almost) everyone can use it is now ubiquitous and also a bit sad; the Internet that was imagined in the 1980ies and 1990ies was a much more global affair.

What is a ccTLD?

A ccTLD is basically the top level domain country code, it is popular in many countries with the exception on the USA who use the gTLD .com. Based on first hand experience, it’s very popular here in Australia; .au is used for most companies that are Australian. It is slightly less popular in the United Kingdom, bigger businesses prefer the gTLD .com over .uk.

Jon Postel and Paul Mockapetris developed DNS (the bit that makes typing in facebook.com go to Facebook actually work) in 1983. Between 1985 and 1993 Postel delegated ccTLDs to basically a ‘responsible person’ in the country that asked for it. To prevent political issues Postel used ISO 3166-1 country codes for these top level domains i.e. .AU for Australia, .IE for Ireland, GB for United Kingdom (whoops actually Postel decided to use .UK instead lol).

1990s Internet Popularity

Fast forward to the mid-1990ies and the Internet is getting popular. Global governments start to get involved (of course they do), scammers and domain squatters start showing up and eventually a company called ICANN is formed. The World Intellectual Property Organization create a framework for dealing with squatters and providing countries with access to their ccTLD. Fast forward a few more years and governments start to break free of ICANN and form their own versions of that body to regulate their ccTLD.

Domain Squatters

Hypothetical Scenario: Someone notices mastercard.com.sg isn’t registered, so they register it and then try to sell it to MasterCard for $1,000,000, which is 35,087 times more than they paid for it. They have become a domain squatter.

To prevent this MasterCard might consider just registering every ccTLD they can – and that is pretty much exactly what they do.

The Top 3

Probably the only bit you are interested in – these websites have most inbound redirects from two letter ccTLDs that we have found (as of September 2020).

Emirates Airlines
emirates.com – view redirects
The middle-eastern airline has 155 ccTLDs that redirect to emirates.com – our ‘winner’.

BearingPoint
bearingpoint.com – view redirects
BearingPoint is a management consulting company that I’d never heard of, it has at least 152 ccTLDs redirecting to it.

Red Bull
redbull.com – view redirects
Red Bull GmbH has at least 152 ccTLDs registered to it matching BearingPoint.

Here’s the top 50 –

DomainccTLD Redirects
2 letter ccTLD only
emirates.com155
bearingpoint.com152
redbull.com152
rolex.com129
crowe.com128
volvocars.com128
badoo.com123
nike.com121
schindler.com120
festo.com118
skyscanner.net117
rentalcars.com116
oracle.com115
intel.com113
porsche.com110
scania.com110
arrow.com109
panasonic.com108
ups.com106
sysoon.com105
liebherr.com103
daimler.com102
rentberry.com102
ihg.com101
markmonitor.com101
skyscanner.jp101
fujitsu.com100
absolut.com98
hubersuhner.com97
grundfos.com96
nokia.com96
skyscanner.com95
ericsson.com94
klm.com93
msn.com92
ADULT91
danfoss.com91
franke.com89
lasenza.com89
birkenstock.com88
g4s.com88
lundbeck.com88
wellsfargo.com88
agfa.com87
bcdtravel.com86
blum.com86
hitachi.com86
kiomi.com86
plantronics.com86
alstom.com85
kaspersky.com85
cisco.com84
ibm.com84
weebly.com84
dentons.com83
hyatt.com83
jumeirah.com83
kaspersky.co.uk83
kodak.com83
akzonobel.com82
boschrexroth.com82
hrs.com82
krones.com82
atlascopco.com81
carlsonwagonlit.com81
cybersource.com81
xoom.com81
digikey.com80
kaspersky.co.jp80
kaspersky.com.br80
docusign.com79
rehau.com79
rolls-royce.com79
deloitte.com78
sasol.com78
delaval.com77
leaseweb.com77
skyscanner.com.br77
winterhalter.com77
shimano.com76
vodafone.com76
zalando.com76
zalando.ie76
apple.com75
dbschenker.com75
exxonmobilchemical.com75
ksb.com75
lexsynergy.com75
otterbox.com75
rabobank.com75
swarovski.com75
swarovski.com.br75
volvoce.com75
ikoula.com74
jotun.com74
motul.com74
sonymobile.com74
americanexpress.com73
cranetrader.com73
oki.com73
symantec.com73
boconcept.com72
lacoste.com72
spotify.com72
acer.com71
basf.com71
dhl.com71
gamepoint.com71
hotornot.com71
mars.com71
tudorwatch.com71
zalando-lounge.com71
agoda.com70
crumpler.eu70
intel.ie70
philips.com70
underberg.com70
bitdefender.com69
bnamed.net69
helukabel.com69
housingagent.com69
intel.sg69
nestle.com69
opusdei.org69
pof.com69
tavik.com69
caselogic.com68
huawei.com68
johnsoncontrols.com68
thule.com68
tinytillia.com68
zumba.com68
bitdefender.co.uk67
gucci.com67
kaspersky.de67
lipidol.com67
rentalyard.com67
skf.com67
tmf-group.com67
bosch-professional.com66
nintendo.com66
schueco.com66
swissre.com66
viacomcbs.com66
balluff.com65
bitdefender.co.jp65
dometic.com65
heineken.com65
intel.co.jp65
nilfisk.com65
pokemon.com65
skyscanner.ie65
wartsila.com65
xbox.com65
avidhotels.com64
hpe.com64
riverisland.ie64
riverisland.com63
swatch.com63
avaya.com62
floorly.com62
fr8star.com62
intel.com.br62
maersk.com62
netapp.com62
zocdoc.com62
bigdutchman.com61
hisamitsu.co.jp61
hsbc.com61
mapei.com61
bathandbodyworks.com60
bitdefender.com.br60
chanel.com60
gormiti.com60
iherb.com60
infobel.com60
lego.com60
lincolnelectric.com60
linde-engineering.com60
marksandspencer.com60
maserati.com60
mastercard.us60
megasonex.com60
sergiorossi.com60
tezenis.com60
toro.com60
abnamro.com59
belkin.com59
cheapmonday.com59
deichmann.com59
draeger.com59
eset.com59
firstdata.com59
mul-t-lock.com59
natixis.com59
pokerstars.net59
trox.de59
wimdu.com59
diversey.com58
dormakaba.com58
husqvarna.com58
intel.de58
lexmark.com58
livingsocial.com58
mastercard.ie58
nationalcar.com58
phoenixcontact.com58
royalcanin.com58
sportsdirect.com58
tetrapak.com58
verisign.com58
wilo.com58
adobe.com57
adventinternational.com57
airbnb.com57
dell.com57
ecovis.com57
flexlink.com57
ikea.com57
megogo.net57
nescafe.com57
posteo.de57
redhat.com57
showmax.com57
systemair.com57
travian.com57
zara.com57
bio-oil.com56
builtwith.com56
dachser.com56
gourming.com56
intimissimi.com56
kaercher.com56
marsh.com56
nespresso.com56
softwareone.com56
101domain.com56
21cf.com56
agilent.com55
auctiontime.com55
bottegaveneta.com55
calvinklein.ie55
heartsine.com55
mediq.com55
mobotix.com55
omegawatches.com55
samsung.com55
skype.com55
skyscanner.com.sg55
thawte.com55
aggreko.com54
airbnb.ie54
assaabloy.com54
boschsecurity.com54
californiapsychics.com54
cosstores.com54
datwyler.com54
gskpro.com54
konicaminolta.com54
kuka.com54
pog.com54
pokerstars.com54
pringles.com54
stardoll.com54
ADULT54
bosch-pt.com53
eppendorf.com53
familysearch.org53
fansale.de53
farfetch.com53
ferrari.com53
fxcm.com53
orange.com53
pokerstars.bet53
stradivarius.com53
accenture.com52
ashleymadison.com52
asos.com52
blackberry.com52
disneyonice.com52
evenium.com52
fluor.com52
henkel-adhesives.com52
hugoboss.com52
monki.com52
newyorker.de52
schaeffler.de52
sicpa.com52
smart.com52
yola.com52
bosch-ebike.com51
cluse.com51
comlaude.com51
groupon.com51
hertz.com51
krausnaimer.com51
massimodutti.com51
myherbalife.com51
pokerstars.eu51
rittal.com51
riverisland.de51
rsagroup.com51
softwareag.com51
volvo.com51
westernunion.com51
worldremit.com51
bershka.com50
bosch.com50
chep.com50
clinlife.com50
dicota.com50
eastman.com50
ecolean.com50
gameloft.com50
kamut.com50
ADULT50
lkw-walter.com50
lufthansa.com50
metabo.com50
pullandbear.com50
thomsonreuters.com50
united-domains.de50

What about new gTLDs?

There’s so many of them with so little value I’ve ignored them for tracking website redirects for this blog post. The ccTLDs are generally two letters (with the except of some ccTLDs that became gTLDs like .tv which are also not counted).

Blog Post Coming Soon…

How to get your website into the exclusive list of just over 300 (as of October 2020) sites that have 50 or more ccTLD redirects. I got builtwith.com into this list by registering the ‘cheapest’ ccTLDs I could – it wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped and will document the process soon.

Footnotes

Most of the DNS history in this article comes from this PDF ‘The Neverending ccTLD Story’ by Peter K. Yu.

Gary

Gary is co-founder of BuiltWith and uses a profile picture from 2006.