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Nominet, the governing body for UK domain names, has today announced that starting summer 2014, “yourdomain.uk” domain names will be available to register, which will run alongside the existing “yourdomain.co.uk”.

This is the biggest change to the .uk domain since it began, opening up choice and huge opportunities for UK website owners.The finer details are still to be announced by Nominet, but here is what we know so far…

What will happen to existing domain name owners?

Existing co.uk, org.uk, me.uk etc. domain owners will be offered first rights to register and buy the equivalent .uk domain name. Where there are two domain owners for a name e.g. one person has the co.uk and another the org.uk, Nominet have decided the new .uk domain will be offered to the .co.uk registrant. 

What about non-registered domain names?

.uk domain names that do not have an equivalent name already registered will be available to register instantly on a first-come, first served basis.

When will .uk be available?

Nominet has committed themselves to announcing a definitive launch date by February 2014.

How can I get more information?

This is pretty much everything Nominet have announced so far. We will keep you up to date with this great opportunity for your brand and business, as soon as information becomes available.

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  • Davide

    20/11/2013

    Great News… I think….

    Do you think that this will mess up all the emails? Or do you think that somehow it will be all transferred for us by the SUPER NICE LOVELY GREAT AMAZING people at HI

    Many Thanks

    Davide

     
  • Matthew Telfer

    20/11/2013

    Hi Davide,

    These new .uk domain names are completely separate from co.uk etc, (just like if you bought a .org.uk and already had the co.uk) which means any mail boxes you create will be as well. You can set up mail forwarders from one mail box to another and use the catch-all feature to make sure you don’t miss any.

    Matt

     
  • Dougie Kinnear

    20/11/2013

    Any word on .scot? I was hoping it would appear soon…

     
  • Michael

    20/11/2013

    Any Ideas what the price will be?

     
  • Robert Mathers

    21/11/2013

    Hi Michael,

    We’re still waiting on more information from Nominet about the process for this, but we will keep you up to date with any developments.

    Cheers,

    Rob

     
  • Robert Mathers

    21/11/2013

    Hi Dougie,

    According to the .scot website (https://dotscot.net/) this domain could be ready to go live by January 2015.

    Cheers,

    Rob

     
  • Ben Newton

    23/11/2013

    Fantastic news! I think it’s great we’re moving with the times. It was only earlier today I watched Tim Berners-Lee in a TED talk discussing his views for the next web era. I think it’s brilliant for anyone not wanting to boast about being commercial; rather a service or individual like me! 🙂

     
  • Stuart

    10/12/2013

    Isn’t this just another attempt to push up the cost of having a website? As an owner of numerous .co.uk domains I will have no option but to purchase these .uk domains to stop other people trying to cash in on my name and I will then have to continue to renew both for the same reasons

     
  • Eddie

    10/12/2013

    Brilliant, I’ll be there to get my equivalent.. However I do hope it’s going to be made available only to citizens in the UK, at least until everyone here has had a chance to get what they want first before the rest of the world wade in.

     
  • Murray

    10/12/2013

    Why is this good news? All it means is that owners of the .co.uk will have to buy another domain. What are the benefits of having yet another TLD?

     
  • Robert Mathers

    11/12/2013

    Hi Eddie,

    Nominet don’t seem to have revealed yet if they will be making the domains available in this way.

    Cheers,

    Rob

     
  • Robert Mathers

    11/12/2013

    Hi Stuart,

    Nominet are looking into this to provide increased choice and flexibility.

    Cheers,

    Rob

     

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