I wanted to post on the Domainmonster.com front here. Yes, we do now default to single year for renewals. We have always (Clause 3.2 of our terms if we want to get into that
renewed at the single rate for our customers, so this is nothing new; the registry lowered the minimum period, so we fell into line to the letter of our terms as you would hope we would. In any event, this is what our customers have always told us they wanted.
HOWEVER, we do appreciate the curved ball of a registry charging more for single year registrations isn't ideal. Hence you can now customise this default in you're "Renewal Preferences" for auto renew settings. So if you prefer two year renewals at the higher overall cost, but cheaper per year, you can have that. If you prefer lower cash outlay per year, you can have that too. Have it your way!
If that's taken anyone by surprise prior to this date, please let our support guys know and we will be sure to go out of our way to redress the balance in your account with us where we can. Equally, if you would like a change made in bulk for all .uk domains in your account, please just ask our support guys and it will be done for you.
We think it was a fair and flexible solution to what actually is quite a complex problem to deal with for all registrars.