A new domain with your name on it.
Your right to reserve a .uk domain – and how to do it before the 25 June deadline.
Ok, so .uk domains aren’t exactly brand new. They’ve been around since 2014, when they arrived as the snappier little sister of good old .co.uk. But if you haven’t got one yet, there’s a deadline fast approaching that you need to know about.
If you own a .co.uk, .me.uk or .org.uk domain name, you might well have the right to reserve a .uk equivalent before anyone else. So if you’ve already bought amazingdomain.co.uk, you might have a right to amazingdomain.uk too. Great news, you cry! Well yes, but the not so great news is, it’s a right that runs out this summer, when the doors swing open for everyone.
So, with the clock ticking, what should you be doing if you want to snag that new domain?
- Check you’re entitled to it.
This one’s surprisingly easy. If you registered your .co.uk, .me.uk or .org.uk domain before 10 June 2014, and you’ve continually renewed it ever since, it’s probably yours for the taking.
To make sure, try this handy tool. It shows you which domain the new .uk one is linked to. if you’re the owner of that domain, then bingo, you have the right to reserve its .uk equivalent. If the tool doesn’t come up with a match, then nobody has any pre-existing right to the new domain and it’s available for anyone to buy, straightaway.
2. Ready… steady… register.
If you’ve got a right to reserve – and you really want that shiny new domain – get on and register it now. It’ll stop someone else buying it up after the deadline, which could cause you a whole lot of problems. It’s also a great opportunity to try a new address for a specific campaign – tracking traffic and finding out just how effective your marketing really is.
If you’d like some help registering or using your new domain, just give us a ring on 0203 126 6770. We can get the whole thing sorted out for you!
Make sure you don’t miss that deadline though. Your rights to the .uk domain run out on 25 June 2019, or before that if you let your .co.uk, .me.uk or org.uk domain lapse.
3. Sell your domain to someone else.
If you’ve got a right to reserve a .uk domain but you don’t want it, that’s absolutely fine. You don’t need to do anything. Nada. But if you fancy passing or selling the domain on to someone else, just buy it before the deadline and transfer it over. We can help with that too if you need us.
Like to find out a bit more?
No problem. We help people find great domains every day, so if there’s anything you’re not sure about, we’re really happy to help – just give us a ring on 0203 005 9181.