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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 ‘example.uk’ domain names will be available for the first time alongside ‘example.co.uk’, ‘example.org.uk’ and so on. This represents the biggest modification of the .uk namespace since it began.

Any unique ‘example.uk’ domain name (e.g. one that does not have an equivalent name already registered as a .co.uk or a .org.uk) 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 example.co.uk and another holds example.org.uk – the shorter domain will be offered to the .co.uk 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 co.uk 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 (.co.uk, .org.uk, .net.uk, .me.uk, .plc.uk, .ltd.uk and sch.uk) 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 ‘example.uk’ 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.



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ASAP continue to buy premium domain for their consumer sites

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

One of Great Britain’s top online business networks named ASAP Networks Ltd (asapventures.co.uk) has announced that in an effort to provide its users with more information surrounding popular issues, they have purchased three new sites. The sites that the leading company now owns include Travel-Agency.co.uk, Gas.org.uk, Slogan.co.uk.

ASAP Ventures Ltd allows consumers throughout the UK to explore information regarding many different issues. For example, as the company now owns Gas.org.uk, consumers and homeowners can explore a vast array of information surrounding energy including, how much their gas bills should be, and much more.

There is also much more information to be found within the network of sites besides energy, especially now the company has acquired Slogan.co.uk. The site is brilliant for those who are thinking of starting a new business and even those who already have a business, as it contains information about marketing and how to create business slogan.

ASAP Ventures also contains a number of tourism and travel agency websites for consumers, and they have recently added another specialist site to their ever expanding network, which is named Travel-Agency.co.uk. The site is aimed at UK travellers and tourists and is going to be a great resource for them to use.

Antony Fallman is the designated spokesperson of ASAP Ventures Ltd, and he said, “One of the reasons why ASAP Ventures commits itself to acquiring new sites is so consumers always have access to vital information, and as they have bought a range of new sites this goal can be achieved and continued. Information such as travel, energy and business marking is extremely popular with both web users and consumers.”




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There are now 192 million registered domain names.

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The Internet added 11 million domain name registrations in the fourth quarter of 2009, reflecting a steady pace of Internet growth a quarter-century after the birth of .com.

The Domain Name Industry closed 2009 with a base of more than 192 million domain name registrations across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs), an increase of nearly 15 million domain name registrations since the close of 2008. New registrations in the fourth quarter of 2009 came in at around 3.7 million domain name registrations per month to total approximately 11 million new domain name registrations across all of the TLDs in the last quarter of 2009. This reflects an eight percent increase in new registrations from the third quarter 2009.

The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 96.7 million domain names at the end of 2009, a seven percent increase over the same quarter in 2008. New .com and .net registrations were added at an average of approximately 2.4 million per month in the last quarter of 2009 for a total of 7.3 million new registrations in the quarter. The renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2009 was 71 percent which represents a slight change from the third quarter of 2009 which was approximately 70.5 percent.

Growth in the .uk register year on year was 11 per cent, so above the rate for .com and .net., to remain the 3rd largest TLD behind Germany (2nd) and China (1st).

Those findings and more are featured in the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign.



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£4.99 .com domain names from Heart Internet – Until 17 Jan 2010

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Heart Internet have a limited time offer for .com domain name registrations.  Until Sunday, 17 January 2010, .com domains can be registered for £4.99 instead of the usual £7.99.  This compares with the current 123-reg price of £9.99.

Click here for more information.



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Nominet instructed to take down 1200 .co.uk 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 .co.uk 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.



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British consumers prefer .uk domain names to .com

Monday, November 30th, 2009

According to Nominet’s annual domain name industry report, 77% of British consumers prefer to use a .uk (.co.uk or .org.uk) rather than a .com when searching for information on the Internet. Consumers stated they would most likely click on .uk rather than a .com reinforcing that .uk is a relevant and trusted environment that presents the most appropriate and local information.

Nominet’s report also stated that despite the current economic climate the global domain name industry has seen an 8% growth with 187.6 million domain names registered worldwide. Generic top level domains (gTLDs), such as .org and .com, have grown on average by 6% whilst the country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) including .uk and .de (the German registry) fared slightly better and together generated a 10% average growth in registrations.

This strong growth is enabling country code domains to close the gap between the more well-established Top Level Domains (TLDs) and proving that the world’s connected consumers are becoming more familiar and trusting of localised domain names. Furthermore, they are increasingly expecting businesses to be represented by a site with a domain name that is appropriate for the region in which they are operating.

Phil Kingsland, Director of Marketing and Communications at Nominet, comments: “The findings show that businesses must now pay attention to Internet brand awareness and marketing strategies that are in line with consumer expectations. It is a global marketplace, but what we are seeing is that consumers trust and rely on a more local touch point with a brand.”

The Nominet Domain Name Industry Report 2009 is available here in full.



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