.UK date for your diary

In November 2011 Nominet, the registry for .uk domains announced that .uk domain registrants will have the ability to register their domain names for up to 10 years starting on May 1, 2012.

This comes after .UK broke the 10 million registered domains barrier last month, making them the second largest ccTLD after .DE, which has 15million.

PLUS you can win an iPad every day when you register or renew a .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domain – find out more HERE.

Flexibility and security
This groundbreaking change was made in order to offer more flexibility to domain registrants to allow longer periods of time between renewal dates. The development may also help curb “cybersquatting”, where a failure to renew a domain results leaves it at risk of being acquired by a third party and ransomed back to the original owner. Nominet states that 15% of non-renewed domain names are re-registered by someone else within one day and 7.5% are re-registered within 10 seconds.

“As soon as this happens, someone else will immediately receive all your web site traffic and the search engine rankings associated with your domain name.”

“The change in registration length will give businesses and individuals the opportunity to lock in their domains for up to ten years, giving them security of tenure and a longer period between renewals,” said Nominet and one year registrations will also be available. Previously, .uk domains could only be registered for 2 years.

Peace of Mind
Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said: “For millions of businesses, their domain name is mission critical – from their website to the email addresses it supports.  By offering longer registration periods, these businesses will have peace of mind that their domain name is secured for a number of years, and they won’t have to worry about renewing so frequently.”

.UK is Britains Favourite
Preference for .uk domains remains strong in Britain, with 81% of those surveyed by Nominet in 2011, saying they prefer .uk sites when given the choice of a .uk or .com in search results. Amongst the reasons given were that it would be more likely to be a UK based company and have more relevance with prices in sterling and local cheaper delivery charges.

In Q4 2011 Nominet (the .UK registry), released figures showing that .uk registrations grew by 10.5% over the past 12 months and .uk maintains its position as the world’s second largest country code registry.

Your .UK name is valuable so be sure it is secure!



10 million reasons why .UK is a great place to be.
To celebrate this 10,000 000 milestone, the folks at .UK are giving away a new iPAD daily to one lucky person who registers or renews their .UK* domain name between 28th March and 26th April 2012.

So don’t miss out – register or renew your .co.uk, .me.uk or .org.uk domain today!!

*competition entry only applies to .co.uk, .me.uk and .org.uk domains.
You can view Nominet’s full promotion terms and conditions here.
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8 thoughts on “.UK date for your diary

  1. Hi
    I thought it might be an idea to renew my domain name for ten years, tried to follow the links from your email and they would only let me search for a new name. I could not find a link to renew!!


  2. Hi Dave

    Unfortunately, the extended terms don’t go into effect until 1st May 2012, until then it is still limited to 2 year registrations for new sales and renewals on .UK domains.

    You can renew your domain via your Online Control Panel or contact our sales team who will be able to help you: 0845 363 3632.

    I hope this helps


    1. Hi Tony

      This option is not available yet so there is no option to register or renew for 10 years until 1st of May when Nominet change the registration period for these domains.

      All prices will be available on our website from the 1st of May 2012.

      Many thanks


  3. Hi Nominet

    The two points above point to the same dilemma; that we can only register for the ipad promotion if we take the future pricing plan on trust. This is a bit chicken and egg if you ask me. Or can we register now to take part in the ipad promotion – it is always fun to be in the option to win such a thing – and if we don’t like the terms we can withdraw or re-engage with the two-year plan?

    If you see what I mean?


    1. Hi Giles

      The .UK registry (Nominet) are running a .UK competition that ends on the 30th April – prior to the registration change on 1st May. So therefore domains purchased during this time will not be able to be registered for 10 years, only the current two year period.

      Any .UK domains registered before the 1st May will not be able to be registered for any longer than 2 years.

      Many thanks


  4. Hi Tony

    Yes we have a .UK page dedicated to this change http://www.names.co.uk/uk.html. Our domain search page shows you the prices, giving you the option to choose the extension and the number of years you wish to register for.

    Many thanks


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