.com or .co.uk?

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I live in the UK. Is there a difference between using .com or .co.uk at the end of a site? I have heard having a .com might mean different laws are applicable?
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Hi Darren

I'm not sure about different laws applicable to different domain extensions, but what I can tell you is that a .co.uk domain is designed to use for local websites in the UK whereas a .com domain is considered to be international. If you have a co.uk domain, search engines will prefer displaying your website for UK searches. If you aim at running your business worldwide, a .com domain may be the better option to choose.

Please let us know if you have any further questions on this.
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Can I change my ghdaiii from co.uk to .com?
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Hi Gavin,

You can but possibly not in the way that you are thinking.

You can't exchange a domain name for another. You can purchase another domain and publish your site to both these domains or just to your new domain. This would mean that you would simply allow your original domain to run it's course and not renew at it's anniversary or whenever. You can just as easily publish to both domains and this potentially has some benefits in search engine rankings.

The reason that you can't exchange one for another is that the purchase initially seals the transaction. It's not reversible and it's controlled by a higher authority and not the hosting companies nor the website registrars.