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New site: .co.uk or .uk?

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  1. leec United Kingdom

    leec Active Member

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    Hello!

    We are launching a new site (fingers crossed next week!)

    It's 100% targeted to UK visitors, but the question is do we launch it on the .co.uk version of our name or use the .uk?

    Just looking to see if peoples opinions have changed since this was discussed back when the .uk was launched last year.

    So do we launch on .co.uk or .uk. What would you do?


    Thanks :)
     
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    I think it would depend on the project for me, i still find that some domains look/feel better with a .co.uk and visa versa some look good with .uk. There is nothing defining that would stop me from using the .uk and redirecting the .co.uk though, if it suited then id use it.
     
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    I still like .co.uk and cant see that changing any time soon.
     
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    100% .co.uk too
     
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    ian Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    To simply avoid consumer confusion, it has to be .co.uk - I still think .uk looks a little odd and when I've used a .uk email address in the past, I've had mates correct it to .co.uk thinking I'd made an error!!!
     
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    Are you a digital pioneer?
    Are you fearless and forward-facing?

    If the answer to both the above is yes then according to Nominet you should be using .uk

    'Digital natives' are no longer mentioned, if you're one of those you may need to call Nominet for advice.

    Hope that helps :)
     
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    ian Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    Nominet don't seem to know who they are these days, so what chance do the rest of us have :D
     
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    They're obviously digital natives attempting to break through the IoT glass ceiling with some pioneering blue sky thinking, from a smart city!

    And apparently they also run some sort of domain registry.

    :)
     
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4AocwNDRKw

    Launch on the .co.uk then put a futuristic landing page on the .uk with a link to the .co.uk... or just 301 the .uk to the .co.uk :)
     
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    Ironic that DigitalPioneer.co.uk was taken and the .uk was FTR :p I couldn't leave it without an owner, that'd be rude.
     
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    Nice spot!

    Mad thing is they could have got the .uk for free when they registered the .co.uk version thanks to the current Nominet BOGOF offer!
     
  15. leec United Kingdom

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    Thanks to everyone who has posted.

    Was close to choosing the .co.uk and these posts today have made my mind up.

    Will stick the site on the .co.uk and 301 the .uk version.


    Cheers Lee
     
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    Definitely go for the .uk

    In two to three years' time, the .uk will have got a lot more traction and people (the public) will be getting a lot more comfortable with it.

    Many new sites are kicking off on the .uk and sometimes you'll even find the .co.uk unregistered and the .uk active.

    You'll then have the advantage of have all those links from other sites pointing at the .uk rather than locking yourself into something that is so 1900's.

    .uk - crisp, to the point and what you'll wish you'd done in two years' time.

    Hope that helps
     
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  17. leec United Kingdom

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    Thank you for your views.

    I agree with with what you have said. I just know whatever route we take with new sites and also those we own on the .co.uk now will be the wrong choice in a few years time.

    Would be great to be able to see the future. But for now we will just have to choose one and hope that we made the right choice!

    Thanks Nominet for making things that little bit more of a pain!

    I know Nominet came in to existence after .co.uk was launched, but I've always felt that .co.uk should never have been started and that we should have just used .uk from day one.

    Still we can't change things, so will just have to get on with it!
     
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