lucy24 - 7:09 pm on Apr 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
why are US/UK/Ca different?
You're not Canadian are you? ;)
Separate areas can be based on either country or language-- sometimes both-- depending on whether you've got location-specific information. If it's travel or commerce, you would definitely want different areas for, say, Spain and Argentina, or US and UK. If it's information, one per language is enough-- unless you're in a field where dialectal differences might cause confusion. (Cooking sites, say. A "pat" of butter in the UK is very different from a "pat" in the US.)
One more preliminary question. Is there a "default" country, or are they all parallel?
If one country is the default, then a translation of the front page would be appropriate for the other versions.
If all countries are parallel, then you're allowed to indulge yourself by having a splash screen. So long as it doesn't use Flash animation. And then you'll have a fistful of pages that are all translations of each other.