What you need to know about .uk domain names

Your right to a .uk domain name email
An example of the email .co.uk domain owners have been receiving (click to see a larger version)

If you own any .uk domain name – that means a .co.uk, .org.uk or anything else ending in .uk – then the chances are you will have received an email offering you the chance to buy the newly-released .uk domain name.

We’ve had a few clients get one of these and ask about it, so here’s what you need to do.

What does it mean?

.uk domain names only recently became available. Briefly, it means that instead of your website address being www.mybusiness.co.uk it can now be www.mybusiness.uk .

Is the email genuine?

While there are a few scam emails regarding domain names that appear from time to time, this one is absolutely legit.

It’s from Nominet, the UK domain registration authority, and essentially they are trying to get you to buy another domain name.

Why would they do that?

Because they want your money.

Here’s what Nominet’s gushing PR prose says about it: “The new .uk domain will be defined by the people who grab it and use this exciting new territory. If you are fearless, forward-facing and ready to be part of the new UK online, this is the domain for you.”

Can anyone else register the .uk version of my domain name?

No. At least not until 2019, when it becomes a free-for-all.

If you have owned the .co.uk version of a domain name since before June 2014, the .uk version has been reserved for you and no-one else can register it until June 2019, when it will become open to anyone to register.

Why would I want to do that?

Some people have already jumped in, including Stephen Fry, and Nominet themselves. In the case of Nominet, they are doing what most people will do with this – point their .uk domain name at their existing website.

So the idea is you buy the .uk domain name and if anyone types it in, they will be re-directed to the .co.uk.

What are Moghill doing?

Nothing. Frankly, we don’t see the point spending £40+ in buying the domain name that no-one else is allowed to buy. However, we’ll put a note in the diary for the end of 2018 to remind us to buy it before it becomes available.

Of course it’s up to you what you do, but we would advise doing the same.

What if I still want to buy the .uk version of my domain?

We can buy it on your behalf and point it at your site.

.uk domain names cost £5.99 + VAT per year (plus our admin fee of £10)

Contact us – a support ticket is fine – and tell us which domain you want. We can register it up to 10 years ahead for you.

More information

You can find out more on the Nominet website.