Domain zone for French site

Started by john45, Jul 07, 2022, 09:51 AM

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What is the more suitable domain zone for a French website - .fr or .org?


Just for your information, .org stands for organization, implying that it was primarily designed for non-profit entities and those that do not qualify for .com or .net extensions. On the other hand, .fr is a territorial extension in abbreviation form. Therefore, you should choose the one that suits your needs best.

When I first delved into website development, I encountered an instance where a site with similar characteristics obtained much more traffic when it used the .org extension than the .fr extension.
This phenomenon was likely due to the name of the zone because people perceived .org as more authoritative. However, this occurred several years ago, and nowadays, I think people are less concerned about the domain zone.
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I think if the site is dedicated to something French, then .FR is better. In other cases, any domain zone will do.


The more suitable domain zone for a French website would generally be .fr. The .fr domain is specifically designated for websites that are related to France, while the .org domain is typically used by organizations that are not limited to any specific country. Therefore, if the website is intended for a French audience or is focused on content related to France, it would be more appropriate to use the .fr domain.

The .fr domain is primarily used by individuals, businesses, and organizations with a presence in France, or those targeting a French-speaking audience. It is a recognized symbol of association with the French language and culture.

To register a .fr domain, certain eligibility criteria must be met. The registrant must have a physical presence in France, or have a representative who meets this requirement. Non-French entities can also register a .fr domain if they have a trademark or intellectual property rights protected in France.

The .fr domain offers a sense of trust and credibility for users seeking French-specific content or services. It is widely used by French companies, government institutions, educational institutions, and other organizations.

In addition to .fr, there are other domain zones related to France, such as .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Lands), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte).