Claim Your UK Domain Name
Posted May 16, 2019 by Lee
Nominet launched the new shorter .uk domain name on 10th June 2014. Joining the traditional extensions (like .co.uk) in The UK Domain Family, the .uk is shorter for businesses and individuals to express confidence, entrepreneurial and distinctive characteristics.
In this article, we take a closer look into the UK domain; and how you can register your reserved domain (if you have not done so already) before the 25th June 2019 deadline.
What is the .uk domain?
.uk is a relatively new country-code top-level TLD (ccTLD) from Nominet. The ccTLD was launched in 2014 to define the next era of the web. The new ccTLD allowed thousands of pioneers, businesses, organizations, and individuals to make their mark and stand out in the crowded, online world – while still retaining their UK trustworthiness.
Could you have a reserved .uk domain?
When the .uk domain launched, Nominet reserved many .uk domains for the registrants of existing .co.uk names registered before 28th October 2013. Rights reservations last for 5 years, allowing registrants to decide if they wanted to register the .uk equivalent to use alongside, or instead of, their current domain name.
To see if you have rights to a .uk domain; you can use our domain rights checker.
When does the reserved period end?
The five-year rights of registration are coming to an end; just over a month from now on 25th June 2019. The clock is ticking, and you should act today. Secure your .uk domain name before it’s too late.
Do I need to register the .uk equivalent?
If you are eligible for a reserved .uk domain name, you may be wondering if you need to register the .uk equivalent. You don’t have to register it if you don’t want to – it’s your choice. However, you should be aware that once the five-year reserved period ends, any unregistered .uk domains (previously reserved for 5 years) become available for anyone to register.
There could be a few reasons why you would want to take up the .uk domain before this time, here are a few examples:
- For brand protection purposes;
- to take advantage of a shorter domain for your website;
- or to add to your existing domain portfolio.
How to buy a .uk domain name?
It can easily be acquired based only on the steps below. To purchase a new .uk domain name; head over to our domain checker for details.
Visit our website and use the search box to find & select your domain name. You can also, take a look at a variety of the available domain names under the .uk TLD. This could highlight better or cheaper alternatives to your current domain name or bolster your domain names.
Choose a good domain name – be careful not to overcomplicate or create domains names that are too long. Simply add your custom domain name to your cart and checkout. Within minutes, you can become a registered .uk domain owner.
Remember, when you purchase domains with Unlimited Web Hosting, you can easily addon great web hosting packages which enable both domains with me, you can easily add websites or emails to your website, which should make your site online quickly.
We hope this article provides all the information you need to make an informed choice regarding a UK domain. If you have any queries, we’re always happy to help.
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About The Author
Lee is a Website Developer at Unlimited Web Hosting UK Limited.