The .leclerc domain name is a country-code top-level domain (TLD) that can be used to register any website that has to do with the French department of La Chaise-Dieu, or more generally France, in English.
For example, if you want to create a site for your company Leclerc, you could use the .leclerc domain name.
Anyone can register a .leclerc domain name, as long as they are doing so for a website that is related to France.
There are several benefits of using a .leclerc domain name. Firstly, it's a great way to show your connection to France and the French culture. Secondly, it can help you to stand out from the crowd and make your website more memorable.
Finally, it can also help with SEO (search engine optimization) results, as Google may rank .leclerc websites higher in search results than websites with other domain extensions.
For example, because it is a country-specific extension, people will immediately know that your website has something to do with France.
Another benefit is that the use of the .leclerc TLD shows that you are serious and professional about what you do. For individuals and businesses alike, this can be an invaluable asset when trying to market products or services internationally.
Because the use of this TLD is restricted by its specific target audience (French websites), it does not allow everyone to register whatever they want as a second-level label under .leclerc.
Anyone can register at the third level, so for example you could get "leclerc.whatever.co.uk", but you cannot use a second-level domain name of your choosing under .leclerc unless it is related to France in some way or another.
There are no restrictions on what characters can be used in an individual's chosen second-level label under the country code TLD .leclerc.
For example, both "LeClerc" and "Le-Clerc" would be perfectly acceptable options for naming an individual website that is based in France.
The rules for third-level labels are stricter, however. The TLD contains only the letters A through Z (both capitals and lowercase), digits 0 through 9, and hyphens (-). No other characters or symbols are allowed.
You may keep your existing domain name if you so wish, but they must both lead to the same website backend. This means that there not be any DNS redirection at your registrar.
If you already have a domain name registered through another TLD, it's recommended that you register a new one under .leclerc at the same time.
This is because some registrars do not allow for more than one domain with the same top-level label, and therefore if you had two existing domains of this type already, only the first of them would be recognized by ISPs.
If this is the case and your website stops functioning as a result, all potential customers will come to regard it as untrustworthy and abandoned – something which can seriously damage your business.