Why choose a .cat domain?
.cat is the sponsored generic top-level domain (TLD) for the Catalan language. It isn't territorial, however, so anyone in the world can register a .cat domain name—the only requirement is that you belong to the linguistic community for Catalan speakers. In 2017, sites that promoted the Catalan independence referendum were taken down via a court order. It’s encouraged that the domain be used to promote unique aspects of the Catalan community and highlight content in the Catalan language.
.cat facts, stats & history
.cat was first introduced in 2005 and has had its policy developed in collaboration with ICANN. There were approximately 109,000 registered domains in May 2019. Anyone is able to register a second-level domain, although usage is only available for people who speak the Catalan language. Sometimes people 'domain hack' the .cat TLD to refer to the feline cat in the English language.
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Is .cat right for you?
.cat is a great choice for anyone in the world who speaks Catalan, or owns a website localized in that language. However, some people will use the TLD to refer to the feline cat.
Ideas for your .cat domain
.cat can be used for a range of website types including online stores for feline cats, online retailers, and businesses based in Catalonia, such as food, pharmaceutical companies, motor vehicles, and more.
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FAQ - Learn more about .cat domains
.cat is a generic top-level domain (TLD) popularized by the Catalan-speaking community, to highlight their language, customs, businesses, and history.
You'll most likely use a .cat domain name if you're an individual, organization, or business based in Catalonia, Spain. or a Catalan-language website anywhere in the world.
Anyone who speaks Catalan can sign up for a .cat domain name. Within six months of registering the .cat domain, you'll be required to have content written in the Catalan language.
Yes, you can buy your branded .cat domain names through Shopify.
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