• Sales : 0800 802 1588
  • Support : 0333 344 2038
  • Blog

Cheap Domain Names

Our full domain pricing is shown below. Our pricing is completely transparent. The price you see is the price you pay. There are no hidden fees.

Extension Registration Renew
.co.uk
£6.99/yr
£7.99/yr
.org.uk
£6.99/yr
£7.99/yr
.me.uk
£6.99/yr
£7.99/yr
.uk
£6.99/yr
£7.99/yr
.com
£11.99/yr
£12.99/yr
.eu
£13.99/yr
£13.99/yr
.biz
£19.99/yr
£19.99/yr
.net
£13.99/yr
£13.99/yr
.info
£13.99/yr
£13.99/yr
.co
£24.99/yr
£24.99/yr
.org
£13.99/yr
£13.99/yr
.mobi
£13.99/yr
£13.99/yr
.name
£13.99/yr
£13.99/yr
.tv
£35.00/yr
£35.00/yr
.tel
£13.99/yr
£13.99/yr
.me
£24.99/yr
£24.99/yr

Domain Names - Listen to quick overview

...

Domain Name Features

Get your domain names registered instantly with Pickaweb

Instant Registration!

Register a domain in minutes. No waiting around; as soon as you click "register" it’s yours

Affordable domains

Cheap Domain Names

Why pay more when buying domains? Getting online has never been more affordable.

Pickaweb is a domain registration provider that you can trust.

A Company You Can Trust

Pickaweb is one of the UK's longest established domain providers. Formed in 2000.

Domains can be managed via your control panel

Registrations 100% in your name

Our easy to use control panel gives you full control to make any required changes anytime.

Free email and web forwarding

Free email & web forwarding

Easily redirect to an existing website or email address for free.

No hidden fees

No hidden fees

Our registrations are competitively priced and there are no hidden fees - what you see is what you pay

You are in full control of your domain

No long term contract

Choose how long you want to register your domain for. We won't tie you into long term contracts.

Transfer domains away for free

No fees to transfer

(unlike some domain companies) With Pickaweb you are free to transfer away for free.

Pickaweb offers 24x7 support

Expert help

Registration services with an expert team on hand 24x7 to answer your questions

Renew your domain name

Renewals

Renew your domains whenever you want or set it to auto renew for added peace of mind.

Free domain name with Pickaweb´s annual hosting plans

Free Domain Registration

Get a free domain name when you order an annual web hosting plan to host your website.

.UK Domain Extension

.uk domains

Get the New, Shorter .uk domain

Pickaweb is an accredited Nominet member

Nominet Member

Pickaweb is a Nominet Member so you can be sure of the quality of our registration services.

Whois Privacy

Protect Your Identity

Get a whois privacy for your domain & keep your personal details private

Transfer your domains to Pickaweb

Transfers

Quick, Easy & Low Cost Domain Transfer to Pickaweb

How To Choose A Domain Name

Trusted by over 20,000 UK businesses

David Thorpe

David Thorpe

Pickaweb was recommended to me. I am very happy with the service. They have always answered my questions and helped me with the website even late in the evening.

Got a Question? Have a quick chat with us now

Our Live Chat Team are on hand 24x7 to help

Start Live Chat

Domain Registration FAQs

A domain provides an easy way of remembering an Internet address. This name is unique. Domains are your piece of internet real estate. There are different types of extensions that you can register eg: .com, .net, .org , .biz, .info, .name, .eu, .org.uk or .co.uk. If you are a UK business we would strongly recommend going for a .co.uk domain extension.

One really important point to remember is that once you register your domain name, and assuming that you are not infringing anyone’s copyright or trademarks (we’ll come onto that shortly) then nobody can take it away from you.

Domain names are cheap and you decide for how long you want to register them for so there is no long term obligation. If you decide not to renew your domain name, no problem, you’re under no obligation. So if you’re not sure then it’s always worth buying a domain for the minimum period, say 1 year, and then letting it expire at the end.

Pickaweb will register your domain in your name for the number of years purchased. You can manage it via an easy to use control panel. You can setup email and web forwarding. You can update your name servers.

We are available 24x7 via phone, chat and email.

Buying a domain name might not be a top priority when you are starting out.

If you’re setting up a new business or a new blog and you’ve got a ton of things to do.

But amongst all of these tasks there is one thing that really needs your attention and it could have a huge impact on the future of your business.

Yes, we’re talking about buying a domain name!

They’re not expensive and it takes seconds to buy a domain, but don’t think this is something that you can leave to the last minute.

In fact, registering your domain name should be one of the first thing you do, otherwise you could have a whole lot of changes to make to legal documents, printed materials, etc. further down the line.

But which is the best domain name for you out of the dozens of different types of domain

Well we’ve prepared some sure fire tips to make sure that you get the right name when you buy domains and you can hit the deck running.

Buying a domain name is easy. First run a check in the domain search facility on our website. This will tell you if the domain name is available for registration.

If it is it will also tell you which other extensions are available. As a minimum we would recommend that you purchase the .com equivalent even if you choose not to use it for your website. It is better to prevent someone else from registering it. You can always set it up as a Parked Domain so that it redirects to your preferred domain name when your website is set up.

Then you just need to choose how many years to register your domain name for. Most domains can be registered for between 1 to 10 years.

At this point you need to decide if you want to register the domain name in your name or a company name. There is no hard and fast rule here. However, if you purchase it for your business then the domain name is the property of the business rather than you as an individual.

You also need to decide if you want to use the Whois Privacy Service. This service is free for UK domains like .co.uk but there is an annual fee for TLDs like .com. You will see this option during the ordering process when you buy a domain name.

Once you have completed your purchase your domain name is registered in your name and an email is sent to you confirming this. There is no paperwork involved so you will not receive a certificate or anything like that.

This is a question we often hear. People assume that because they have registered their business legally (say with Companies House in the UK) that their domain name needs to reflect this exactly.

But that isn’t the case (certainly in the UK – please check with a legal expert in your jurisdiction). Don’t worry, you have a great degree of flexibility here and no one is going to start legal proceedings against you because your domain name isn’t exactly the same as your registered business name.

For example, let’s say that you’re starting a barber shop and your name is Eddie. Maybe you’re going to register your business as ‘Eddie’s Barber Shop Ltd’. You offer traditional gent’s hairdressing and beard trimming.

So here you have a certain degree of flexibility. You could buy a domain like one of these:

Eddiesbarbers
Eddiethebarber
Eddiesbarbershop
Eddiethebarbershop
Eddieshairandbeards
Eddiesgentsgrooming

The point is that you have a few options to play with. You certainly don’t just need to limit yourself to EddiesBarberShopLtd for your domain name.

OK, so now that you’ve got a few ideas for the possible name you need to think about which domain extensions are best for you.

By ‘extension’ we mean the suffix of the domain, like .com, .co.uk, .org.uk, .uk, .eu, .net, .etc..

Again, this is a question that often arises and there is simply no cut and dried answer. It all depends on personal preference.

However, as a starting point we would always recommend that you only buy a domain if you can register all of the main extensions, starting with the .com.

The reason for this is that .com domains are way out front the most popular domain extensions (they are referred to as Top Level Domains or TLDs). Whether or not you ultimately intend to use the .com or not, we would always advise you to purchase domains where you can buy the .com to avoid anyone else from domain squatting (also known as cybersquatting – see below).

So, once you have established that the .com is available there are 3 other points you need to consider:

  • Localisation
  • Organization
  • Industry
  • Value Added

Let’s have a look at each in turn.

Localised Domain Extensions

By localisation we mean that you can buy domain names related to where you are located. Starting at country level (e.g. .co.uk for the UK, .es for Spain) you can even drill down to cities (e.g. .london).

Many of our clients are based in the UK so we would always recommend that they purchase a .co.uk domain name too.

Any further down than that, e.g. to city level is purely a question of choice. If you are on a tight budget then maybe that is not the best use of your budget to buy a domain name you’re not going to use immediately when you’re just starting out, but you could always come back and buy it later.

Now if you’re getting a bit concerned about buying all these domains and what will you do with them all, then don’t worry we’ll show you a way to organise them all in a moment.

Organization Domain Extensions

Some domain names are better suited for different types of organization and should definitely be considered too.

For example the TLD .org is often used for organizations such as those run on a not for profit basis or charities.

In the UK the equivalent is .org.uk. So if you need to buy a domain name for a charity these would be a good choice.

Then there are other types such as .net (network or internet related businesses), .biz (for businesses) or .eu (businesses or organizations in the EU).

If you are in one of these categories then you should buy domains that are a natural fit for your business.

However, let’s take a situation where your preferred domain extension (e.g. .com or .co.uk) is not available but the .org or .org.uk is available. It might be tempting in this case to go for the .org or .org.uk alternative.

However, there are a couple of compelling reasons not to do this.

Firstly, .org and .org.uk are considered for not for profit ventures. If you are running a business then visitors to your website may think that they have gone to the wrong website. They may be looking to purchase and you are just sending them the wrong impression, despite what your website actually looks like or says.

Secondly and most importantly, you would normally register one of these because your first choice alternative of .com or .co.uk, etc. is not available.

This could be for one of two reasons:

  • Someone has just registered the domain to take it off the market. In that case a website may appear there in competition with you at some point in the future
  • Someone already has a business set up using the more desireable domain(s)

Either way, it would not be wise to buy a domain like .org, .org.uk etc. on that basis as you would always be looking over your shoulder at them.

Industry Domain Extensions

Another popular type of domain extension are industry specific extensions which tell people exactly what you do.

For example, if you are photographer you might want to buy a domain with a .photography suffix. If you sell bikes then you could buy domains that are .bike based.

Again, this is purely down to personal preference.

At the time of writing (March 2016) these types of domain are not as widespread as the classic domains like .com, .co.uk, etc. but they are increasingly popular and in the future they could become much more accepted so they are definitely one to consider.

Value Added Domain Extensions

A final category of domain extension that may be worth considering are value added extensions which help you to spread your online footprint. The types of domain are ones like .mobi or .tv.

The .mobi was originally intended for setting up mobile versions of a website, but nowadays with the increased use of Responsive Design in websites the .mobi is not so relevant.

Likewise with the .tv extension, these can be used for websites that intend to include a lot of video in their content output as well as being perfect for companies operating in video or television markets.

Usually though unless you are specifically involved in these markets you can probably do without these extensions.

The exception here is if you are a larger brand and there is the possibility of cybersquatting. In this case, for a small annual fee you could just register the domain and set to auto-renew.

OK, so you’ve seen that you’re not restricted to getting a domain name that matches your registered business name and you also have a lot of choice when it comes to the type of domain extension.

But another question that often arises is whether you should register a domain name to get an advantage in the Search Results, like Google. Some people will tell you that you should first run some keyword research and then use that to inform your decision on domains names.

For example, let’s go back to Eddie’s Barber Shop. Let’s say that he’s based in London. Now a search in the Google keyword tool might tell us that the most popular search terms are something like this (please note that this is a hypothetical example):

Best mens hairdresser London

Recommended gents hairdresser London

Cheap gents hair stylist London

If you wanted to try to game the system you might choose to buy a domain like ‘bestmenshairdresserLondon.com’ or ‘cheapgentshairstylistLondon.com’ change

But would you really want that to appear on your business cards or when you have to tell someone your website address. Unlikely, I’m sure. Not only does it look spammy it just sounds unprofessional.

However, there would be nothing wrong with adding some kind of geographic element to your domain name, for example you could use:

EddiesBarberLondon

EddiesHairLondon

However, whilst they are an improvement, they still look a bit spammy and they just don’t sound as nice as the shorter version.

If you are focused on SEO and getting more traffic then you will have plenty of opportunity to do that throughout your website. Google and the other search engines look at the URLs, the metatags, the headings, the internal link structure and the text that appears on the pages of your website. These are more appropriate places to add keywords to tell them where you are and what you do.

That is a complete subject in it’s own right, but overall there is absolutely nothing wrong with including either your profession or your location (or both) in the domain. Just try to exercise some discretion and try not to focus too much on squeezing in keywords. You have your whole website to do that.

So in a nutshell don’t buy domains purely to game the system. Focus on having a well optimized website which is fast, mobile friendly and has loads of great content.

Over 80,000 new domain names are registered every day.

Choosing a domain name for your business is a critical task and it is important to get it right.

People are often unsure when it comes to choosing domain names for their new website – should they choose a .com or .co.uk domain?

Really it comes down to personal preference but there are a few things to consider.

Firstly, domain names whether UK or US are registered on a first come, first served basis so anyone can register them.

You don’t need to feel that there is a restriction on them (unless of course you are trying to register a domain that infringes someone’s trademark, but that’s another story for another day!).

Also, you don’t need to feel as though you have to register every type of domain name extension such as .com, .net, .eu, .org.uk, .uk, .org, etc.

Usually what we recommend is that if you are a UK business, and especially if you are a local business like a plumber, cleaning company, accountant, etc. that is operating in a local geographical area as opposed to an international business, then a .co.uk domain name is probably a more appropriate choice for you. It is telling your potential customers that you are a UK company basically.

What you could do though if you want to take the .com domain name off the market to prevent someone else registering it is to register it & then set up what is called domain parking for the .com domain.

This is very straightforward. Basically, if you set your website up as a .co.uk domain name & then someone types in .com instead of .co.uk they would be redirected to the .co.uk website so that you do not miss any traffic.

We offer free domain parking with all of our web hosting services & it is super easy to set up. Basically, you just login to your web hosting control panel & then look for the “Parked Domains” & there you just “park” the US domain name onto the main UK domain name.

If you are looking to register domain names feel free to contact us.

Anyone can register a business domain name. There are no restrictions.

Watch this video about everything you need to know about domains.

The only thing that you need to consider is whether you are infringing someone else’s copyright. For example, if you are selling a well known brand of consumer electronics, for example mobile phones, then you shouldn’t be tempted to register a domain name that includes the manufacturer’s name in the domain.

In this case, let’s say you wanted to register (just replace ‘MANUFACTURERS-NAME’ with the brand name): cheapMANUFACTURERS-NAMEmobilephones.com

The chances are that this is infringing copyright and trademark rules and you could leave yourself open to legal action. Either way, it isn’t worth the risk - they’ve probably got a bigger legal team than you.

If you are unsure though, please consult a legal expert to advise you in these cases.

But as I mentioned above, overall there are no restrictions. But there are a few things to be aware of before you register your domain.

Check All Extensions Are Available

Ideally we would recommend getting the main extensions like .co.uk, .uk and .com as a minimum. That way you just take them off the market and prevent the possibility of someone cybersquatting your domain names.

You can always just park your domains so that they point to the main website.

Be Sure Who Will Own The Domain

If you have set up a business and you are the sole shareholder then you have the choice of registering it in your name or in the name of the business.

If you register it in your name then if you subsequently dilute your shareholding or change the ownership structure with new partners coming onboard you would need to agree on the ownership of the domain name at that point.

Or you could just register it in the company name from the start and then it is a business asset and any subsequent change in ownership does not affect the domain as it is owned by the business.

Your Domain Doesn’t Need To Be Exactly The Same As Your Business Name

When it comes to registering your domain name don’t feel constrained that you have to register exactly the same name as your company name. You aren’t breaking any rules by setting up a website that isn’t the same as your company name.

There’s No Paperwork Involved

When you register a new domain name there’s no paperwork involved. Your domain is registered instantly and you’ll receive email confirmation. You don’t need to provide anything like certificate of incorporation or anything like that and you won’t receive a certificate of ownership - it’s 100% online and electronic.

Consider Domain Privacy

When you register a new domain name your personal details will appear on the publicly accessible whois database.

You can avoid this by using the Whois Privacy service. With TLD domains like .com and .net this is a chargeable service.

With UK domains like .co.uk and .uk this is free but it is restricted to individuals only - businesses can not hide their details.

Register Your Domain Name Now And Get Your Hosting Later

Of course maybe you’ve got plans for your business but you’re not ready to set up a website just yet. That’s fine. You can just register the domain name for now to take it off the market and you can put it to use later when you are ready.

Just buy your web hosting when you need it and you can hook it up then when you are ready. It’s a very straightforward process. When you’re ready just order the hosting and when prompted just choose the option ‘I will update the nameservers on my existing domain’.

A domain name (or website domain) is your piece of internet real estate. There are different types of domain extensions that you can register eg:.com, .net, .org , .biz, .info, .name, .eu, .org.uk or .co.uk.

A domain name provides an easy way of remembering a unique set of numbers.

Instead of using eg 123.588.992.888 as your website address you use a domain name which would be something like yourbusinessname.co.uk (which is much easier to remember)

A web hosting gives you the web space that you need in order to publish a website so that it is visible 24x7 through the internet. It also provides you other features such as personalised email accounts, databases and much more.

Some hosting plans will come with one click install applications such as blog, shopping cart, forum, photo galleries, website builder etc.

Without hosting your website domain won't work. Just registering a domain isn't enough - it needs to be connected to your hosting service in order to function.

A website consists of files eg: html, php, css, images, databases etc.

If a web designer is creating your website they will probably want you to purchase a hosting service so that your website can be published there.

Once you have your details you can pass them the details and they can publish the files to your website domain name.

NO. You cannot include spaces in your domain name. It needs to be an all in one word.
Yes. You can use hyphens when looking to register a new domain.
Our personal opinion would be to try to avoid domains with a hyphen because they are more difficult to remember.
When you give out your domain name to your friends and customers they may not remember if it did have a hyphen or not. There are some popular websites that have a hyphen on their domains but it is a minority.
In terms of branding, we would recommend it without a hyphen. It just looks cleaner and will be easier to remember.
Unless you can absolutely avoid it, we strongly urge you to avoid the use of hyphens when you buy a domain name.
No. You cannot use dots in your domain names.
But What you can have is a subdomain and that would include dots eg: blog.mybusiness.com
In this case, you could set up the subdomain based on your domain name in your web hosting control panel. For those that do not know what Web hosting is, it’s just the space that you need in a server that is connected to the internet 24×7 so that you can publish your website, setup email accounts eg: [email protected]

Another issue that is worth looking at is copyright and Trademarks. Now we are not legal experts so we strongly recommend that you get the necessary legal advice if you are unsure.

So if we take an example where maybe you are a vendor of a well known household brand, maybe a world famous manufacturer of home computers or smart phones.

Unless you have their express permission you should avoid using their name when you buy a domain name. It might seem innocent enough, but remember that business that have taken the time and money to protect their brand usually have a larger legal team than you do.

As we say, take legal advice if you are not sure but usually you will know yourself in advance.

Starting your new venture is an exciting time and you are looking positively to the future. We don’t want to introduce negative thoughts, but understanding domain squatting/cyber squatting is important for you especially when you are just starting out, so let’s quickly address that point.

Domain squatting is when someone purchases your domain name but with a different extension. For example, if Eddie decided to buy Eddiesbarbershop.co.uk (because he is based in the UK) then a cyber squatter might buy the other domains like .com or .net.

They might then try to sell it back to Eddie for a much higher price.

Now that might not be an issue for Eddie as he isn’t really thinking of expanding to the United States, but for just a small annual fee, Eddie could have saved himself the hassle. As we said previously, it is worth buying the main Top Level extensions like .com and possibly the .net just to take them off the market. Remember – domain names are cheap and you can just set them to automatically renew each year.

One final point on domain squatting is that with the.uk domain extension there is some protection for you. With these extensions, only the person or business who already owns the existing .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk. This condition exists up until 10 June 2019 though.

Once you have decided on your domain name, if you decide to purchase several extensions then you might be wondering how to get the best use out of them.

Usually you will have one domain which you use as the website. Using our example, let’s say that Eddie has settled on Eddiesbarbershop.com

He also decides to buy domains like Eddiesbarbershop.co.uk, Eddiesbarbershop.uk (he owns the .co.uk so he has the right to the .uk version) and Eddiesbarbershop.london.

So now he has 4 domains in total – the main .com domain and 3 variations of domain extensions.

For now, just to be on the safe side what we would recommend is that Eddie sets up domain parking for the 3 alternatives. Domain parking is a web hosting feature that allows other domains to be ‘parked’ on the main one. If someone types in one of the parked domains then they are taken immediately to the main website.

So in this case, if someone types in Eddiesbarbershop.co.uk by mistake they are taken straight to Eddiesbarbershop.com which is the correct address for the website.

That is the real advantage of purchasing several domain options. People may write the domain extension incorrectly or maybe they do it from memory, but by using parked domains you will always be sure that they end up where you want them to – on your home page. Domain parking is free with Pickaweb’s hosting services and you can park as many domains as you like.

In the future he might want to buy a domain like Eddiesbarbershop.hair if and when the .hair domain extension becomes available for public registration. As and when that happens it is just a question of parking that domain too. Simple!

One area that can cause a little bit of uncertainty is whether or not to register alternative domains based on possible misspelling by people.

Overall this is probably over-hyped and is could be avoided simply by choosing a less complex domain name in the first place.

For example, let’s imagine that you offer Search Engine Optimization services. Or is it Search Engine Optimisation (with an ‘s’ instead of a ‘z’)? If you were thinking of a domain name that includes the word Optimization/Optimisation then you would need to decide one way or the other.

But what if your potential clients spell it the other way? And to make matters worse your main competitor spots this and registers the alternative. Now you’re in a real pickle and you wish you’d bought the other spelling too.

Isn’t it best to just avoid all of this in the first place and try to avoid using any words that may have common alternative spellings or be difficult to spell?

The alternative is to just buy domains with loads of alternative spellings of your domain name and pay the ongoing costs to renew them each year.

The owner of the domain name or web address will be yourself. The person that registers it is the owner. You have full rights to use the domain name as long as you keep renewing it.
For example If you register a domain name for 1 year you need to remember to renew it every year.
You will receive several email notifications from Pickaweb reminding you to renew your domain.
If you decide to not renew it, it would just become avaible for anyone else to register it.

Use our domain checker tool to find out if the domain you are interested in is available for registration.
It will show you if the domain name is available or taken.
Only domains that show as available can be registered.

When you buy a domain you are taking it off the market and nobody else can use it.
If you need to set up a website and create personalised email accounts you will need an additional service also offered by Pickaweb, a web hosting package.

We process domain registrations instantly. Just search for a domain and if it is available you can register it. You can also buy multiple domains at once. UK domains .co.uk/.org.uk and .com/.net/.org/.info/.name/.biz names take approx 24 hours to be fully registered.

They can be managed from your client area. You can update your contact details, change name servers and much more.

In order to publish a website to your domain you will need what is called a web hosting service. When you order this you will get the required ftp details you need to publish your website. If you are a beginner with no web design experience please check our website builder tool which comes free with all of our web hosting plans.

In terms of the length of your domain, whilst you have 63 characters to play with, there is obviously no need to use them all. Their reaches a point in terms of the number of characters where you get a diminishing return.

What we mean is that it may be tempting to try to stuff as many words into your domain name in an attempt to game the search engines, but there is no certainty that this will help you and it will certainly make life difficult for potential clients trying to write it out in their browser.

If you check back to the section on SEO, then it would be far wiser to create more pages with more focused content around specific keywords rather than trying to squeeze everything into a super-dooper-mega-extensive-catch-absolutely-every-single-possible-keyword-combination-known-to-humanity-domain-name.com

It’s really down to personal choice, but as a rule of thumb shorter domains are easier to remember.

Of course privacy is a huge issue these days and that is no exception when it comes to your domain names. Anyone can perform a Whois search on the publicly available whois database and see who owns a domain name.

In some cases it will show your contact details, address, email address, telephone number etc. (with UK domains like .co.uk and .uk your phone number and email address will never appear).

Now to reassure you, it is always possible to hide your details if you are an individual and in some cases for businesses too, but there is sometimes a cost as we shall explain.

Whois Privacy for Top Level Domains (like .com, .org, .net)

With domains like .com, .org, .net, etc. there is a whois privacy service. There is an annual charge for this service and you can activate it when you register your domain or any point thereafter during the domain’s registration period.

With Pickaweb you have the ability to manage your domain’s contact details in your client area. However, if you are tempted to change the contact details to something other than your own then you run the risk that if the registry does an audit and your contact details are false then your domain name could be suspended. Also, if you change your email address then renewal reminders may not get through to you.

Whois Privacy for UK domains (like .co.uk, .org.uk, .uk)

With UK domains the whois privacy is only available to individuals. It is not available to businesses.

If you are a business and someone does a whois search on your domain then they will see your company name, the registrants name (individual or company) and the company address. It has been known for businesses to try to circumvent this by registering a domain as an individual rather than as a company. This is against the Registry’s terms of service and can result in your domain being suspended.

With Pickaweb there is no charge for the whois privacy for UK domain names for individuals.

You're looking to register a domain name for your business or hobby website and are wondering if you can get the domain name for free.

Let's discuss the options, advantages and disadvantages.

Should I register my domain with a company that offers it to me for free?

When you register a domain name you always have to make sure that the domain is registered under your name.

This is very important, as the legal owner of the domain name is whoever appears as the registrant in the domain registry for that domain.

Free domain names are not always what they seem and it is important that you understand fully who owns the domain name and who controls it.

But there are exceptions. For instance, when you buy web hosting with Pickaweb and you order an annual service we give you a free domain name.

The domain name is always registered under the name of the client directly with the registry eg: ICANN or Nominet. You can always access it to manage it and make any necessary changes. You are in complete control 100% of your domain name.

Are free subdomains ok to use for my website?

Some website builder providers will not offer you a free domain name, instead they will offer you a free subdomain.

A subdomain is basically a folder in front of an existing domain name. For instance yourbusiness.pickaweb.co.uk

We would not recommend these types of free domains for your main website as it is not very SEO friendly.

You should get your own domain name eg: yourbusinessname.co.uk

The advantage of having your own domain is that you can switch hosting providers if you need to with ease.

Are there risks in registering a domain for free?

A domain name is a piece of internet real estate. Domains are cheap to register but can get expensive if you try to buy a domain name that is already purchased by somebody else.

You want to make sure that when you buy a domain name it is done under your name.

Also you should make sure it is registered with a reputable company who has registered domain names for many years.

Pickaweb has been registering domain names since the year 2000. You can buy your website domain in just a few minutes.

Finally, your domain names are valuable assets for your business and if you want to keep them all registered and up to date then you need to be aware of how the domain renewal system works.

Basically when you buy a domain name it becomes your property for as long as you register it. Most domains can be registered for up to 10 years into the future.

So when your domain is approaching its expiry date you will be sent several renewal notifications inviting you to renew your domain registration in advance of the expiry date. Typically these are sent 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 10 days and on expiry so you get plenty of notice.

What happens if my domain expires and I haven’t renewed it?

However, sometimes people forget or they are away when the domain expires or maybe their contact details are not up to date and they haven’t received the renewal reminders.

Well in these cases, if the domain expires there is no need to panic, you still get another bite at the cherry.

The first thing you will notice is that your website stops working once the domain expires and that is usually enough to remind you. But what happens if you have say several domains that you are parking (redirecting) and maybe you don’t notice straight away. Well it all depends on the type of domain, so here are the main processes for the main ones.

Domain Expiry Procedure for TLDs (like com, .org, .net)

With these types of domain you have 30 day grace period after the expiry date to renew your domain(s). After 30 days the domain enters what is known as the Redemption Period which lasts 40 days. During the Redemption Period the registered owner can still renew the domain but there is an additional fee to be paid called the Redemption Fee.

Be warned, the Redemption Fee is not cheap and would normally cover several years of domain registration fees. However, paying the fee and an additional year of domain registration fees ensures that the domain remains your property.

Failure to pay the Redemption Fee means that after the Redemption Period finishes the domain will be released for registration on a first come, first served basis and there is no guarantee that you will be able to re-register the domain in your name.

Please note that some domain extensions like .eu and .es do not have a 30 day grace period and the domain enters the Redemption Period immediately on expiry and the Redemption Fee is payable then.

Domain Expiry Procedure for UK domains (like .co.uk, .org.uk, .uk)

With UK domains the procedure is slightly different than for the TLD domains. Once the domain expires you have 30 days before the domain is suspended by the Registrar ( Nominet ) at which point all services like email and your website will stop working.

After this, once the domain has been suspended for 60 days (i.e. 90 days after expiry) your domain is cancelled by the UK Registry (Nominet) and the domain is released for registration on a first come, first served basis and there is no guarantee that you will be able to re-register the domain in your name.

The majority of domain registrars will allow you to register domains for up to 10 years but you can register them from just 1 year. Each year the domain registrant will receive reminders to renew the domain. You can then choose to renew it or let it expire.

In order for the internet to work a system known as Domain Name Servers (or DNS for short) is required to translate domain names (which are easy for humans to remember) into the corresponding IP addresses (which are not easy for humans to remember).
All of this happens extremely quickly and this is how you are taken to the right website when you type in a domain name in your browser.
Without DNS you would need to type in IP addresses (numbers and dots) which would be extremely slow and difficult for humans.

There are many different TLDs or domain extensions to choose from.
If you are a UK business we would recommend registering as a minimum the .co.uk and the .com extension.
Register a domain easily and quickly using our domain search.

A top-level domain (TLD) is the last part of a domain name, to the right of the dot. The most popular TLDs are .com, .net, .org, .biz, .co etc.
They can be registered by anyone.

Country-code TLDs (ccTLDs) such as .co.uk, .de, .es, .eu are used or reserved for a country, sovereign state, or dependent territory identified with a country code.

Domain names are issued by organizations called Registries. There are different registries for different domain names. Some examples are Nominet in the UK & they administer all .co.uk, .org.uk, & .uk domain names amongst others.

In the United States, ICANN is the Registry for domains such as .com.

The registries determine the rules for their domain names such as period of registration. They will also arbitrate in disputes.

The registries do not sell direct to the public. Rather they sell via intermediaries such as Pickaweb.

The cost of the domain name registration depends on the actual domain name extension that you are interested in. By extension I mean eg: .com, .co.uk, .net, .info, .biz etc. Some domain names can be registered for up to 10 years.

You can check if your domain name is available by using our domain name search facility. You can find our domain pricing on the domain price table above.

*Pickaweb Offer: Get even cheaper domains when you buy for multiple years. Up to 6% discount on .co.uk domain registrations and renewals & up to 12% discount on .com domain name registration and renewal

The definitive guide to Buying

DOMAIN NAMES

Google Analytics Alternative