If you have registered a .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk, or ltd.uk domain name, then the matching .uk domain may have been reserved for you by the UK's domain issuing authority, Nominet. But, not for much longer. Nominet has only reserved your .uk domain until 25 June 2019.
This means that if you've registered your-site.co.uk, then your-site.uk could currently be reserved for you. After 1 July 2019, any unregistered .uk domains will be released to the public: meaning that anyone can register it.
Check and register
You will know if your-site.uk has been reserved for you if you registered your-site.co.uk on or before 28 October 2013. But, if you're still not sure, visit Nominet's domain checker to find out. Using the checker, you will be presented with three possible results:
- Right of registration. This means that Nominet has reserved the your-site.uk domain for you.
- Registered until expiry date. You or someone else has already registered the your-site.uk domain.
- This domain name has not been registered. The your-site.uk domain is available and the your-site.co.uk domain was first registered after 28 October 2013.
.uk is the shorter domain for businesses and individuals. It makes for a snappier, easier to remember domain name. Registering both the .co.uk domain and the .uk domain helps you protect your brand. A domain name should be seen as a business asset and from early July onwards an asset that ought to be yours could be in someone else's hands. Contact your registrar to register your-site.uk domain.
Did you know that SYPO is also an accredited domain name registrar? Visit our own domain name registration service today.
What can go wrong
Should someone else set up a domain under your-site.uk, this has the potential for creating confusion among your existing and any future customer base. It could give the impression that you are deviating from your current product range, or excellent levels of customer service. Worse, it could lead potential customers to believe that you have gone out of business.
The consequences of there being a website under your-site.uk, when you have your main business site at your-site.co.uk, are generally not too severe. Nominet has safeguards in place so that actions can be taken against those who register domains for illegitimate purposes.
If you discover your-site.uk is being used for something you aren't happy with, it is possible that this breaches Nominet's terms and conditions, including their abuse policy. If this is found to be the case, they will lose their registration and you will be free to register the domain for yourself. Should you have any subsequent issues with the way in which any domain is being used, you can lodge a complaint with Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service.
To make sure you don't have to go through what could be a lengthy process check and register your .uk domain before someone else does. There's less than a month to go!
Nominet's domain checker: https://www.nominet.uk/whois/
SYPO's own domain name registration service: https://www.sypo.uk/what-we-do/domain-registration-request/
Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service: https://www.nominet.uk/domain-support/uk-domain-disputes/