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Domain Names Explained

A domain name provides an easy way of remembering an internet address. This name is unique. A domain name is your piece of internet real estate.

There are lots of different tld´s (domain extensions) that you can register. For example .uk, .co.uk (very popular for UK websites and businesses), .org.uk, .com, .net, org, info, .eu, .me.uk, .biz, .eu, .co, .mobi, .name, .tv, .tel, .me, .es & .de.

There are also many new domain names that you can now register such as: .guru, .holdings, .ventures, .singles, .clothing, .bike, .plumbing, .camera, .lighting, .equipment, .estate, .graphics, .gallery, .photography, .land, .today, .technology, .contractors, .directory, .kitchen, .construction, .diamonds, .enterprises, .tips, .voyage, .careers, .photos, .recipes, .shoes, .sexy, .limo, .domains, .cab, .company, .computer, .systems, .academy, .management, .center, .builders, .email, .solutions, .support & .training.

Still the most popular domain names in the UK are .co.uk & .com domains. In order to register a domain name you need to use a domain search facility. You just need to enter the name that you are interested in registering to see if this is available or is already taken. If the domain name is taken you will not be able to register it. If you notice that the domain name is not being used by the owner you might want to contact them to see if they would be interested in selling it to you.

If the domain name you are interested in is available you can register it online with ourselves.

You may also find useful the following blog posts about domain names:

First up. Registering a domain name is super easy. Anyone can do it - you don’t need any special paperwork or permission or anything, it’s just like choose your domain name, enter your details, pay a couple of quid & bang it’s all done.

A domain is your internet real estate - it’s your property & no one can take it away from you.

Domains are issued on a first come first served basis - so be quick & make sure you get yours.

The exception here is for copyright issues and trademarks. You can’t register a domain infringes other people’s or business’ legal rights.

Domains like .com or .net are called Top Level Domains or TLDs.

Domains like .co.uk are called country level domains.

Nowadays you can also see that there are industry domains like .consultant or .photography. These are becoming more popular over time but you need to consider whether your audience will recognise them. If you’re unsure you can buy them & set up domain forwarding which is free and very easy to do.

There are hundreds of domain extensions to choose from but for UK businesses the most popular domains are .co.uk & .com. If you’re a UK business my strong recommendation is to always buy both & redirect one to the other so people will always end up at your website.

That way you can stop someone else from holding you to ransom - it does happen.

Domains are issued by organizations called Registries. They don’t sell directly to the public so they use intermediaries like us.

The Registry for .com domains is ICANN and the registry for UK domains like co.uk is Nominet.

When you register a domain name it is important to register it in your name or your company name. Don’t let someone else register it for you in case there is a dispute later.

In these instances the Registries have a dispute process where they will arbitrate to resolve the question of ownership.

If you don’t want your personal details to be shown on the publically available WHOIS database you can use a WHOIS Privacy service.

For UK domains this is free but is only available for domains registered on an individual (non business) basis. If your domain is for your business you can not hide your details but your phone number will not be shown.

For TLDs like .com domains there is a WHOIS Privacy service and anyone can use it, even businesses but there is a small annual fee to be paid.

Most domains can be registered for between 1 to 10 years. When your domain is due for renewal you’ll be sent several renewal reminders.

If you fail to renew it you will get 30 days grace for most domains where you can renew for free.

However, with TLDs like .com after 30 days you enter what is known as the Redemption period & there is an extra fee to be paid. You have been warned.

If you have a domain name with one company & you want to transfer you can do that.

With UK domains that’s free. You just need to change your IPS Tag.

With TLDs like .com you need to pay a transfer fee and you will also need to approve the transfer by email and you’ll need a transfer code which the releasing company will provide for you.

A domain name provides an easy way of remembering an Internet address. This name is unique. A domain name is your piece of internet real estate. There are different types of domain names 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 name.

The domain name that you register will be registered in your name for the number of years purchased. You can manage your domain name 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)

We process domain name registrations instantly. UK domains .co.uk/.org.uk and .com/.net/.org/.info/.name/.biz names take approx 24 hours to be fully registered.

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