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Popular websites that have switched to .uk

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  1. helmuc United Kingdom

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    :) just checked >> gumtree still hasn't bothered even to book the .uk domain :D :D
     
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    articles.co.uk
     
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    Just scanning the 11 pages... so have any actually switched?
     
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    If eBay haven't even bothered to register ebay.uk yet, they're hardly going to register gumtree.uk first to be honest.
     
  5. Domain Wizard United Kingdom

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    IMO switching to a .uk at the moment is just far too risky if you receive significant traffic from Google. Until Google confirm that .uk is treated exactly the same as .co.uk we won't see any large websites make the change. That's what's stopping me from moving sites anyway, especially when you see things like the issue in Google Chrome.

    If Google has said something about the .uk launch and I've just missed it please say, happy to be corrected :)
     
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    Google has always treated .uk domain names the same as .co.uk. The likes of the NHS have been using .uk domains for years.
     
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    Maybe but I don't think the NHS is a great example as it's a government site. I'm yet to see any large company (that wasn't a government site already using .uk before the launch) ranking well. Even Stephen Fry's site that's been very well documented and linked to is nowhere in the search it seems; not the first couple of pages anyway and if any new .uk site should be ranking near the top, it has to be that one, although I suppose there is an argument about duplicate content with his site. Fairly sure his .co.uk website ranked before though.

    Wasn't long ago that when typing in a name+.uk in chrome, it would do a google search rather than take you to the url so I think it's fair to say there's at least some uncertainty as to whether they are treated exactly the same.

    Hopefully Google will provide clarification soon. Either that or we see some big websites move across and then we should know whether it's ok or not.
     
  8. Murray

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    I think it's only visitors from the UK that get redirected, he is still using the .com

    You're talking rubbish btw (no offence), google wouldn't favour co.uk over .uk, it's all the same.

    Google "web hosting" heart internet on their .uk are ranking on the first page.
     
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    As of last night, exactly 40% of the Alexa Top 20,000 websites that are based on .co.uk domains (205 sites in all) have registered their corresponding .uk.
     
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    You are correct Murray, I use a US VPN, I just switched the proxy off and I get redirected using my native ip.

     
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    Government site or not, it shows that Google has always treated .uk sites the same as .co.uk sites.

    Chrome is not Google.
     
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    I imagine there must be some benefit to registering .uk now in order to get it to age when you finally use it.

    I know people debate about domain age vs rankings but if there's a chance it will help then might as well. Also worth pointing out all .uk domains will have 0 age so that may affect rankings (compared to popular .co.uk domains which will be at least 5-10 yrs old)
     
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    There is no age benefit, there is only benefit to be had if you have a site on it and links pointing to it. I don't see any point in registering .uk's you have the right to at this point, unless you actually intend to develop them.
     
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    Switching from co.uk to .uk isn't a trivial matter. It may look the same as the old domain but it's a new domain nonetheless.
     
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    I also noticed that when I type a website.uk into the chrome search bar, it doesn't load the site and instead goes to Google.

    You need to type in website.uk/ with the forward slash in order for it to load.
     
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    Also in firefox the "www" is greyed out when you enter a .co.uk, but not when you enter a .uk; as if it doesn't recognise it as a web url. Doesn't seem Nominet discussed this with the web browsers before launch.
     
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    This was fixed in the last update. If you close chrome and re-open it should refresh to the latest version?
     
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    And if it doesn't (e.g. if you have auto-updates turned off) then:
    1. Click on the 3 lines icon to the far right of the URL/search bar
    2. Choose "About Google Chrome"
    3. That should fire off a check to see if you've got the latest version or not, and if you don't, either go ahead and update, or prompt you for permission to update
     
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    So have any legitimate, major well known commercial brands actually changed over to .uk ? I can't think of any that you'd call a 'big well known brand' that have done so.

    I've changed on a couple of my sites, but only because the original one was penalised :lol:
     
  20. Edwin

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    Only Heart Internet have out of the top 20,000* sites on Alexa. Don't know about sites outside the top 20,000...

    (NOTE: only 205 of those 20,000 are on .co.uk domains so it's not as large a number as it sounds)
     
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    I think anyone selling domain names as a huge chunk of their business probably shouldn't really be counted as being significant.

    I wonder if they're just changing as part of a sales pitch. Its hard for them to say you should change to a .uk (and buy it from them) if they're not doing it themselves. imo they have too much of a vested interested in this to put any weight on them changing.

    I'd love to see a major high street retailer or a big newspaper or something make the switch. I do feel if one or two of the major sites go for it, we could see an avalanche effect and a bunch of others following suit.
     
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