The governing body for .UK domain names, Nominet, has today announced that starting summer 2014, .uk domain extensions will be available to register.
This means “yourdomain.uk” will now be available to register alongside “yourdomain.co.uk”
Nominet CEO Lesley Cowley comments: “In an industry that is seeing an unprecedented level of change with the upcoming introduction of over a thousand new top level domains, we’re hard at work to ensure innovation in .uk keeps UK web users and businesses ahead of the curve. At the same time, we’re holding ourselves to a higher standard – expanding the choices available to our customers, upping the bar for security, data quality and the way we engage with our registrars to ensure everyone registering, managing or visiting a website with a domain ending in .uk can be proud to be part of a strong, trusted community.”
The finer details are still to be announced by Nominet, but this is what we know so far…
What will happen to my current domain name?
This will stay the same. Nothing will change. Nominet is offering domain name owners of all .co.uk domain names first dibs on the equivalent .uk domain name. So for example, if you own yourdomain.co.uk you will be able to claim yourdomain.uk.
Who can register a .uk domain name?
.uk domain names that do not have an equivalent name already registered will be available to register instantly on a first-come, first served basis.
When will .uk be available to register?
Nominet will be announcing a definitive launch date by February 2014.
How can I get more information?
At this time, this is all we know from Nominet. We will keep you informed and up to date once we know more information.
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This post was written by Steven Sullivan