Nominet to introduce .uk domain name registration

Shorter web address extensions available from summer 2014

Nominet, the body responsible for UK domain name extensions, today announced it has approved plans to open registration of web addresses ending in .uk.

Currently, Nominet-approved domains require a prefix in front of the .uk, such as .co.uk or .org.uk, and the opening up of the standard represents the biggest modification of the namespace since it began.

From summer 2014, new .uk domain names will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, although existing address holders will be given the opportunity to shorten their current address.

Existing Nominet address holders will be given five years to decide between running their shortened address concurrently with their existing domain or replacing it completely. In the event of a conflict – such as where one person holds example.co.uk and the other holds example.org.uk – Nominet said the .co.uk holder will take precedence.

The wholesale price for the new domains will be the same as a current .co.uk domain; £3.50 per year for a single-year registration and £2.50 per year for multi-year registration.

Nominet’s existing domains (.co.uk, .org.uk, .net.uk, .me.uk, .plc.uk and sch.uk) will continue to run as normal.

Leading UK domain name registrar service 123-reg welcomed the impending changes, saying that Nominet’s approval of the new domains will benefit small businesses and back the growth of the UK’s digital economy.

Matt Mansell, head of domain strategy at 123-reg’s parent company Host Europe Group, said: “Combining a shorter suffix with the trust of the ‘.uk’ brand will mean wider choice, and more potential opportunities for those businesses who want their own online space.

“.uk will no doubt help to create greater trust in the UK online community and provide a platform to showcase British talent.”

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