The new .uk domain. What you need to know

What are .UK domains?

Put simply the new domain is a shorter and punchier domain suffix that allows you a greater opportunity to promote yourself or your company.

The .co.uk is still going to stay, but you will now have an opportunity to buy an additional domain to complement your existing domain.

Will I lose my domain to a competitor?

1. For the majority of you with existing .co.uk domain names, you will automatically get first right to the new .uk when it launches on 10 June 2014.

2. So if you have a unique .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk the shorter and snappier .uk will be reserved especially for you for free up until 10 June 2019 as long as your domain remains registered.

3. If you decide to let your existing domain lapse then that domain and the .uk equivalent will automatically become available for someone else to register.

What happens next?

TJS are Members of Nominet. This means we have access directly to Nominet as domain registrars. We will notify you nearer the time that your .uk domains is soon to become available and how to register it. We operate a fully managed service so you don’t have to worry about eligibility, registration or renewal.

If you are approached by a 3rd party to register the domain, please be aware of the following guidance for marketing the new .uk names.

  • Customers with existing rights must not be led to think that they are under any kind of time pressure to exercise their right to a .uk. Neither should they be led to believe that they are under obligation to make any payments up front to secure or retain that right.
  • Customers who do not have existing rights should not be given the impression that they can be guaranteed registration of a particular domain when that is not the case due to existing rights.

If you are in any doubt, please feel free to contact us for clarification.

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