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Shorter .uk domain names launched by Nominet

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Nominet has just approved plans to offer registrations directly before the ‘dot’ in .uk.

From summer 2014, shorter, simpler ‘’ domain names will be available for the first time alongside ‘’, ‘’ and so on. This represents the biggest modification of the .uk namespace since it began.

Any unique ‘’ domain name (e.g. one that does not have an equivalent name already registered as a or a will be available on a first-come, first served basis from launch.

Over ten million existing .uk customers will be offered the shorter equivalent of their current address, with five years to decide whether they want to use it in addition to, or instead of the domain they already have. In the small proportion of instances where there could be competition – e.g. where one person holds and another holds – the shorter domain will be offered to the registrant.

The five-year free reservation period is designed to help businesses taking up the new domain do so at a time that coincides with when they next change signage or stationary, so they don’t incur unnecessary incremental costs.

The wholesale price for the new domains will be £3.50 per year for single year registrations and £2.50 per year for multi-year registrations. This is the same price as a current domain, ensuring the cost of a domain name will remain a very small proportion (around 1.5% for a small business) of the cost of being online.

All Nominet’s existing domains (,,,,, and will continue to run as normal.

The move brings the UK in line with other large country-code registries, like Germany’s .de or France’s .fr. A recent Nominet survey of UK business decision makers found that 72% thought direct ‘’ registrations should be an option, while only 2% thought they shouldn’t.

“The .uk namespace is one of the most popular and trusted available and we’re committed to ensuring it stays up-to-date and relevant,” Nominet CEO Lesley Cowley said. “We’re excited to offer the option of a shorter, snappier domain name that we believe will appeal to both our existing customers and the businesses and bloggers of tomorrow.”

Nominet is planning a major programme of communication and outreach with its customers to ensure people are aware of the changes, and intends to announce a definitive launch date by February 2014.

The news is part of a broader programme of work announced by Nominet today. The company is committed to driving innovation, enhancing security and improving standards in the .uk namespace, in the face of a rapidly changing internet landscape.

The international domain name market is set to become more liberalised and competitive, with over 1,000 new suffixes becoming available in the next year.
More information on the decision is available here.


Nominet Bidding to run ‘dot Wales’ and ‘dot Cymru’

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Nominet is taking forward the application for a Top Level Domain (TLD) for Wales. The application will be made to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body responsible for evaluating the applications a wide range of communities, cities and brands who want their own domains on the internet to join the likes of .com and

Based on survey results and stakeholder dialogue, Nominet is applying for two TLDs – dot CYMRU and dot WALES. This will deliver domains that are inclusive of the whole community, bringing economic and cultural benefits and encouraging greater use of the Welsh language online.

Glenn Hayward Director of Finance & Business Development of Nominet said: “This is a big opportunity for Cymru /Wales to define its space on the internet and maximise the distinct identity of the country in both languages – so we will apply for both Dot CYMRU and Dot WALES domains. We are confident that our proposed model will position Wales at the forefront of the digital world, by creating trusted high quality domains that provide a clear signpost to all aspects of Welsh society. It will provide consumers and businesses with an opportunity to express their identity and pride through a dedicated online space.”

“Nominet believes that a combined bid for dot CYMRU and dot WALES offers the greatest benefits, and this has the full backing of the Welsh Government.”

Nominet will make a formal bid to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) for both dot WALES and dot CYMRU to be established. Nominet will work with the Welsh Government and consider the needs of Welsh businesses and consumers, and the range of geographical, cultural and linguistic communities who wish to have a stake in the project.


Uk Registry Continues to Grow Strongly

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Nominet will today release figures showing that .uk registrations grew by 10.5% over the past 12 months, bringing the total number of domains to 9.7 million by the end of September 2011. .uk also maintains its position as the world’s second largest country code registry after Germany’s .de. The figures are published in the latest edition of Nominet’s annual study of the domain name industry, which is formally launched at a conference of Internet professionals in London today.

The Domain Business report shows that preference for .uk remains strong with eighty one percent of those surveyed saying they prefer .uk sites when presented with a choice of a .uk or .com in search results. The main reasons given were that it would be more likely to be a UK based company and have more relevance with prices in sterling and acceptable delivery charges.

The report also shows that the global market for domain names is healthy and growing with an increase of 9.5% this year, taking the total number of domains globally to 218 million, an increase of 19 million. Generic Top Level Domains now make up 60% of the market while 39% are country code Top Level Domains.

Commenting on the report, Lesley Cowley OBE, Chief Executive of Nominet, said: “Nominet is proud to continue to operate one of the world’s largest Internet domain name registries and the good news is that the .uk space continues to go from strength to strength. The register was at 9.7 million domains at the end of September 2011 and we expect it to reach 10 million in the early months of next year. As business sites now account for more than three million .uk websites it is impossible to ignore the vital role that the .uk space plays in the national digital economy.”

Phil Kingsland, Director of Marketing and Communications at Nominet, added: “We are pleased to see that the public have such confidence in .uk and we continue to focus on working closely with global and domestic groups to ensure that it remains a safe and secure environment in which to do business. Businesses in the UK recognise that the values of status and trust that .uk stands for positively contribute to the consumer perception of their company online. In looking to establish a brand that customers can have confidence in, buying into the .uk space is a valuable step.”

The full results of the The Domain Business and a wide range of industry views are available by visiting


2011 Nominet Internet Awards – open for nominations

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Nominet, the UK Registry,  is looking for companies and individuals from all over the UK who are doing amazing things with the Internet to enter the 2011 Nominet Internet Awards.

The awards recognise people or organisations that are making a real difference to their communities or society as a whole through the web.

As examples of best practice, winners of the awards can expect to gain international exposure to parliamentarians, academics and the wider Internet community. The awards are run in partnership with Nominet Trust, which invests in initiatives that contribute to a safe and accessible Internet used to improve lives and communities. Last year, three of the finalists went on to receive funding from Nominet Trust.

Entries close in two weeks time – Thursday 28th April – with all submissions to be reviewed by an independent panel of judges chaired by the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP. The award categories this year are:

• Building a networked nation
• Making the Internet safer
• Opening the world of knowledge
• Empowering young people and citizen
• Nurturing powerful local partnerships

For more information on each category and how to apply, please visit


Nominet calling for more stakeholder engagement

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for .uk Internet infrastructure, today announces an update from its policy team, including a call for contributions to current policy proposals.

Nominet is taking a more consultative approach to policy development, and has published more details of its new process framework at

The policy process is designed to ensure participation from the broadest group of stakeholders possible. It can involve the development of an ‘issue group’ to discuss issues relating to .uk policy, which encourages participation from relevant stakeholders around the UK. These groups will discuss specific issues and provide policy recommendations to Nominet’s Board for consideration. This ensures that Nominet hears the considered opinion of relevant stakeholders prior to making any policy decisions.

The policy process is managed by the Nominet Secretariat and all interested parties can sign up for updates at

In addition, Nominet today announces updates on two current issues.

Criminal Activity involving use of domains

The Dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity issue group is being formed, in response to a proposal submitted by Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). The publication of this proposal led to a wide range of stakeholders expressing an interest in being involved in the discussion. Nominet is calling for those wanting to put themselves forward to take part directly to register by 23rd February.

It is anticipated that the group will be selected by 2nd March, and will meet for the first time later that month. An independent summary of the issue has been commissioned and will be circulated to stakeholders and issue group members in advance of first meeting of the issue group.

Expired Domain Tasting

Expired Domain Tasting is a proposal for an issue group.

The policy process was started with a proposal submitted by a Nominet member regarding the monetisation or traffic monitoring on expired domains by registrars.

Nominet is calling for stakeholders to comment on the proposal, or the treatment of expired domains more generally, by 2nd March. A decision as to whether this issue proposal will progress to the constitution of an issue group will be based on the feedback received. Comments can be submitted at

Eleanor Bradley, Director of Operations at Nominet comments: “We’d encourage anyone that wants to be involved in the process to get in touch and have their say. We want to gather the broadest range of feedback possible across all matters of .uk policy and feed it into our policy development process.”


Nominet continue to clamp down on illegal online activity domain names

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Nominet have released some new tools for their registrats to help in the fight with using .UK domain names for illegal online activity.

Firstly they are introducing a Phishing feed service. This is designed to provide registrars with information about domain names on their account that are suspected of being involved in phishing. Nominet is working with a range of security companies who are providing them with live data feed of sites that have been reported as phishing sites. The data is then used to alert a registrar of any domain names on their tag that are on this report, who can then lock the name using our Investigation lock, whilst further checks are carried out.

Whilst a domain name has been placed under an investigation lock, this will act by removing the relevant domain name from the zone file and preventing changes from being made. This means that any web site or email associated with the domain name will no longer be available.

Nominet are to be applauded in this innovation, especially as it will bring extra credibility and trust to the UK domain register.


95% support for Nominet’s recommendations on future governance

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Nominet’s consulation on shaping the future of .uk domains closed on 15 December 2009.  Nominet have published the survey responses here.

So far there as been overwhelming support to the recommendations made by Nominet, with 95% of respondents of approximately 300 respondents in favour of Nominet’s proposals on each of the four consultation questions.

What do you think of our commitment to securing Nominet for the public purpose?

What do you think of our commitment to having strong Nominet governing principles?

What do you think of our commitment to ensure that Nominet pricing is fair and flexible?

What do you think of our commitment to putting membership at the heart of .uk?

It is still possible to submit your views to Nominet, you can view a pdf version of our consultation paper and email your response to

Nominet now have the task of reviewing the responses and considering the feedback we have received.  Following this, in January, we will publish a revised version of our articles.  Following this, they will be inviting Nominet memberships to vote on these proposed new Nominet articles ahead of an EGM in February 2010.


Nominet instructed to take down 1200 domains by the Met Police

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

This week Nominet received an instruction from the Metropolitan Police’s Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) to take down around 1200 domain names. These domain names have been under investigation for criminal activity.

As part of Operation Papworth, the PCeU have targeted web sites run by organised criminal networks that purported to sell designer items – clothes, jewellery and electronic goods.  Many of the sites involved supplied counterfeit goods or in some cases simply failed to supply any goods to the consumers who placed orders.  Nominet worked with the police and our registrars to quickly carry out the instruction to shut down access to these sites.

The scam websites were offering high demand, high value items such asUgg Australia Boots, ghd hair straighteners, and jewellery from Tiffany & Co and Links of London. Innocent shoppers were duped into making what appeared to be bargain purchases, but received either nothing at all or counterfeit products.

Let’s hope this quick action has not harmed the reputation of the UK domain registry or indeed the growth in online shopping.