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Nominet .uk Registrar Conference

The 5th annual Registrar conference was held on the 10th November 2011 and coincided with the big announcement that from May 2012 the registration / renewal periods of .uk Domain Names will change from the standard 2 year increments to 1-10 year registration/renewals, bringing .uk domain names in line with many of the gTLDs.

Naturally the day started with a discussion regarding the ‘Domain Name and broader economy markets’. Whilst the EU economy is grim, the digital economy is still good. The UK is seen as being advanced in the market and internet users are increasing in capabilities and expectations. The internet is still the area of growth expansion and whilst businesses may be rationalising areas of economy, they are investing in their online presence.

“Douglas McWilliams, of the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated that £1 in every £8 will be spent online by 2016”. Phil Kingsland, Director of Marketing and Communications at Nominet revealed that the growth of the .uk name space was increasing 10% year on year, slightly higher than the figures for the global Domain Name growth, which is seeing 9.5% increase in 2011. Nominet estimate that the total number of .uk Domain Names will reach 10 million early part of 2012.

Phil Kingsland also revealed the results of their user survey and whilst 49% of browsers are still using search engines, 25% of users are using bookmarking and 26% of users are now typing in the URL.

Nominet have also released the first edition of ‘The Domain Business’ which replaces the traditional ‘Domain Name Industry Report’ .pdf that they release annually. It will continue to share information and insight about trends and developments within the .UK Domain space, this can be found at http://db.nominet.org.uk/

Also speaking at the event was Olof Nordling, Director of Service Relations at ICANN. Many of the discussions of the day explored and tried to predict the impact of the forthcoming relaxation of the Generic top level domains, the application period of which opens the 12th January 2012. ICANN talked the audience through the basics of for applying for your own extension, but when asked how this would shape the future of the internet and to give examples of what they would imaging the new extensions to bring to the internet, even he didn’t have the answers.

Obviously we will assist you during this process and we will keep you informed as the new GTLDs are being applied for!

For further information regarding this please contact our Domain Name Management team. Click HERE to find out more.


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