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Advice for registering a UK domain name

A domain name is an essential part of any website. However choosing and registering it can be a tricky process. Why Think have provided some great tips to help you through this process.

1. Choose your domain name quickly. UK domain names are being registered at a rate of one every 20 seconds and allocated on a first served basis. Remember UK domains are £5, so you can always change your mind a few days later!

2. Choose a domain name that suits your business. Choose your UK domain name so that it best represents your company’s interests. Bear in mind the brand, what you offer, your unique selling point and the implications of being alphabetically listed.

Think about domain names that solve a problem or domains that describe the products or services your company provides e.g. ‘marketing solutions’. Either way, your name will help drive targeted traffic to your website if you take this approach.

3. Be flexible and creative in your choice of domain names. There are approximately 120-130 million domain names registered worldwide. It may be useful to think about a few alternatives in case the name you ideally want is already registered. Consider using hyphens, acronyms or as a last resort numbers.

4. Companies based in the UK usually register a domain name ending in .co.uk, and recent independent UK research suggests that UK Internet users are six times more likely to choose a .uk rather than a .com address.

71% of respondents also said they would visit a UK website above any other. There are however a number of other alternatives including .com or other Second Level Domains such as .org.uk (or non-commercial organisations), .me.uk (for individuals), .ltd.uk and .plc.uk (for Ltd and Plc companies) and .com, .info and others for generic usage. Although these are an alternative they are misleading (no one has heard of them) an unpopular (no one uses them).

5. Register your domain name in other suffixes (preferably the .com, but .org.uk is not a bad idea). It can be an idea to register extended domains like mycompany.co.uk, might register mycompanysales.co.uk.

6. Check whether your chosen name has already been registered Use the WHOIS search facility on our website to check the availability of all .uk domain names. See here

7. If it has been registered, you could check if it is for sale. If your first choice domain name is unavailable the cheapest solution is to choose something else. However, if you have your heart set on a particular name, you could try buying it from the current registrant. There’s no guarantee you will be able to acquire the domain, and even if the current registrant is willing to sell, it could cost you anywhere from hundreds to thousands of pounds.

8. Create your website and set up your email address. Once you have registered your domain name you are ready to create your website and set up your email address. You can do this yourself, or we would be happy to do it for you. Why Think provide a range of web design, hosting and email forwarding services that we would be pleased to discuss with you. Please call 0870 225 0377

9. Make a diary note of the renewal date for your domain name All .uk domain name registrations are valid for two years from the date of registration; others may vary so check your domain name certificate.

Your registrar or TAG HOLDER will normally contact you before the expiry date to ask if you wish to renew it for another two year period. For .uk domain names, we will also contact you before cancelling the registration. Be aware that ‘Notices of Expiration’ demanding payment from sources other than your agent or Nominet may be a scam, so check correspondence carefully and contact your existing agent or us if you have any concerns.

10. Tell us if your contact details change Your details must be correct for the domain name registration to remain valid and we will not necessarily prompt you. If you change any of your contact details please let is know so that we can ensure that your domain name registration is renewed. If you change address and forget to tell us you risk losing the domain name you have spent so much time, energy and resources developing.