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Right of registration to second-level dot-uk domains expires soon

7 June 2019 14:53:35 +0000

As you may be aware, Nominet (the registry for all dot-uk domains) now makes available registrations at the second level. This means you can now register your-company.uk, as well as or instead of your-company.co.uk — or even your-name.org.uk and other third-level domains.

As part of this process they have determined that existing owners of dot-co.uk domains have the first “right of registration” to a dot-uk domain corresponding to their existing dot-co.uk registration. In other words, if you are already the registrant of something.co.uk, you have the first right of registration to something.uk, before someone who might own something.org.uk, for example. However, this right expires on 24 June 2019. After that date anyone will be able to register any dot-uk domain, even if it is the same as your existing dot-co.uk domain, but without the “.co” part.

If you register a dot-uk domain corresponding to an existing dot-co.uk domain you will have several options with respect to the hosting of your website(s) and/or email. If you host with NinerNet, please contact us to discuss your options, or contact your hosting company if you do not host with NinerNet. If you do host with NinerNet, we can “alias” your new dot-uk domain to your existing dot-co.uk (or dot-org.uk) domain for no additional hosting charges.

If you would like to register any or all of the second-level dot-uk domains to which you are entitled, please contact us and we will work with you to register it/them before the deadline.

Domain news: Price increase on dot-uk domains, elimination of multi-year rates

19 January 2016 01:22:12 +0000

The dot-uk registry is raising the price of their domains and eliminating lower pricing when registering for two years at a time effective 1 March, and so we must too.

This means that the new annual price for dot-uk domains will increase from US$14.00 to US$17.00 per year on 1 March. Most of this increase is due to the elimination of the lower pricing on biennial renewals.

Due to low demand for multi-year registrations and renewals, we’re also taking this opportunity to eliminate our multi-year pricing that we have offered on most domains we sell. In order to make a meagre profit on a ten-year registration/renewal we have had to charge a high enough single-year price that when you whittle down the price to what we’d offer for ten years (the maximum allowed by most registries), we were possibly making mere pennies. Given that we have absorbed domain price increases in the past, we would have actually lost money on a ten-year registration at our posted prices on some top-level domains.

We’ll still sell multi-year registrations and renewals, but any discounts will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Thanks for your business.

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