Discussion in '.UK Domain Name Consultations' started by Edwin, Nov 20, 2013.
Yes, in a nutshell. And pricing is the same as for existing domains.
@ jimmc, it's not £20, .UK will be the same price as current UK domains, £3.50 for 1 year or £2.50 for multi year registrations.
Yes, if you own a .co.uk registered before 11:59:59pm on October 28th, you are entitled to claim the the corresponding .UK domain, and you have 5 years in which to claim it.
Also, if you register a .co.uk today, as long as there are no other domains contesting it, you can also claim the .UK version.
Just to add, see this link for Q and A's about the way .UK will be released and who gets what etc: http://www.nominet.org.uk/how-participate/policy-development/IntroducingSecondLevelDomains/qanda
Taking the matter one step further, one wonders if many .co.uk domains will be foolishly dropped by their owners once they've established their corresponding .uk domain?
@ Anthony, on that link I posted above, one of the answers said:
16-19% is a fair chunk of domains if those figures pan out!
16% are really going to screw themselves over then.
It would be interesting to know the number of businesses they approached to get that 16% number, was it hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, I'm guessing a few hundred at most?
Add in to that the 38% who said they are not likely to register example.uk, that would be 54% of businesses dropping or not registering the .uk version of their business name, crazy really for the sake of a maximum of £30 incl vat for a 10 year registration to protect their interests.
What if a .co.uk drops, there is a .org.uk in place but a US company owns the .com
Who gets it??
The first one to register the .co.uk prior to the actual launch of .uk.
Yes seen comments from companys on the news of .UK with a few saying they will drop there .co.uk
Whether they actually will do remains to be seen.
I wouldn't expect much of value to become available. Any company that has shelled out for a premium .co.uk clearly has thought about the value of domains and probably would be wary of competitors getting hold of it, especially given that it only costs about £3 or £4 per year to keep the .co.uk
But if the majority of big brands moved from .co.uk to .uk, many small businesses would follow suit and there would probably be quite a few company names of no interest to the rest of us like johnsmithplumbing.co.uk etc becoming available as the small business owner switches to .uk and presumes no-one would be interested in the .co.uk.
I wouldn't pay too much heed to the Nominet statistic of 16% who would register the .uk and drop the .co.uk. Giving an off -the-cuff answer for a survey is one thing but when faced with the decision to renew or not, I imagine they will give it more thought and consider the consequences of a competitor getting hold of it. Especially if we start to hear stories in the news of 'domain speculator villains' registering .co.uk domains after companies switch to the respective .uks. Also one can't really trust statistics from Nominet on this issue as they clearly had an agenda to launch .uk from the start.
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