Nominet Introduce Shorter .UK Domain Extensions
The body responsible for .UK domains, Nominet, have issued a press release today detailing the approval and subsequent plans to roll out the new shorter and simpler .UK ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain), due to be available from Summer 2014. The new .UK domains will run alongside .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, .NET.UK and so on. The release of .UK will be a welcome addition to those that crave the simpler structure of .COM and other ccTLD’s, this represents the biggest modification of the .UK namespace since it began.
Users of current .UK ccTLD’s concerned about the potential registration of their .*.UK equivalent can rest easy, here’s a quote from the press release outlining further details regarding the roll out:
“Any unique ‘example.uk’ domain name (e.g. one that does not have an equivalent name already registered as a .co.uk or a .org.uk) will be available on a first-come, first served basis from launch.”
“Over ten million existing .UK customers will be offered the shorter equivalent of their current address, with five years to decide whether they want to use it in addition to, or instead of the domain they already have. In the small proportion of instances where there could be competition – e.g. where one person holds example.co.uk and another holds example.org.uk – the shorter domain will be offered to the .co.uk registrant.”
The significance of the .UK extension is that it brings the UK in line with other country specific registrars, such as France’s .FR and Germany’s .DE extensions.