Time is running out to register your reserved .uk domain name

You've got just under six weeks to register your reserved .uk domain name. We look at what it means for you and why you should register.

You have just under six weeks to register your reserved .uk domain name before it’s made available to the public.

The deadline to register a reserved .uk domain is 6am BST (UTC+1) on 25th of June 2019. This marks the end of the ‘Right of Registration’ period set aside by Nominet in October 2013 to allow these third-level domain registrants plenty of time to decide if they want their matching shorter .uk domain ending.

Find out whether the right of registration affects you, how it works and what you need to do here.

What can I do now?

Firstly, check if you have a reserved .uk domain name. This may apply to you if you own a domain name with the ending:

  • .co.uk
  • .org.uk
  • .me.uk
  • .net.uk
  • .plc.uk
  • .ltd.uk

You can check here to see if you have reserved .uk rights

Those who do have the rights to register a .uk domain name should contact their current registrar to find out how to register it (this is who you would have your current domain registered with).

After 1st July 2019 any reserved .uk domain names that haven’t been registered will be released into the public domain and can be registered by anyone.

What if I don’t want to register a .uk domain name?

Just because it’s available to you, it doesn’t mean you have to register it. If you’re OK with someone else potentially registering your third-level domain then you don’t have to do anything.

Why would I want to register a .uk domain name?

Registering a .uk domain name is good for brand protection reasons as it stops other businesses and competitors registering it.

You may wish to use it to host special campaign pages. Those who don’t want to use it could redirect to their existing site. That means if a user puts in the name of your website followed by .uk, it’ll automatically go to your main site.

This article has been brought to you in partnership with the UK Domain.

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