.TW Domain Names
What is a .TW domain?
The .TW domain is actually a ccTLD (country code top level domain) for the country of Taiwan. Located in Eastern Asia, the islands of Taiwan border the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait. They are north of the Philippines, off the southeastern coast of China. Taiwan includes the Pescadores, Matsu, and Quemoy islands. Combined the islands cover 13,892 square miles, an area slightly smaller than Maryland and Delaware combined. According to the July 2008 census, the population was 22,920,946 people. The official language is Mandarin Chinese, although Taiwanese (Min) and Hakka dialects are also spoken.
Why should I register a .TW domain name?
The .TW domain is extremely popular in Taiwan, and most of the websites using .TW are held by entities connected with this country. The domain is used for both personal and commercial sites.
If your company has a presence in Taiwan, or is looking to grow business there, registering a .TW domain may be a very important step. By having a .TW domain, you are showing your company's professional image and that you value the Taiwanese market.
Registering ccTLDs offers another way to protect your online identity, as well as that of your business. We all know how important it is to protect our personal identity. The same should be true when considering the identity of your business or trademark online. Your assets are important whether in the form of a bank account or a domain name, and they need to be protected. When you register your trademark in a ccTLD domain, you are taking one more step to protect what is critical to you and your livelihood. By purchasing your trademark in a ccTLD, you do not have to worry about a competitor acquiring that name. Think how much easier it is to be the original owner instead of attempting to procure the domain from another party.
If you are looking to own domains with shorter names or more common words, ccTLDs may be the way to go. As we all know, attempting to obtain these types of domain in more popular extensions is futile. Most ccTLD domains are still becoming populated, dramatically increasing the chances that the domain names you want are available.
Are there any restrictions for registering a .TW?
Yes. Registration regulations vary depending on the second or third level domain. For more information regarding these restrictions, please refer to the links below.