Website owners can expect to see the release of a new and more streamlined domain name extension for the United Kingdom becoming available from the mid part of 2014.
The new extension will be .uk
that’s it. Short and sweet with less letters than the usual domain extension for the UK of .co.uk.
How does this affect existing .co.uk domains?
If you already have a .co.uk domain name then you will get the opportunity to register the .uk version of it before it’s available to register by others.
So to clarify if you already own xyzbuilders.co.uk then you will have the first option on xyzbuilders.uk.
Existing .co.uk domain name holders will receive more information from Nominet about when the .uk option will become available and how to go about getting yours.
Is the .co.uk being discontinued?
Simply put ‘no’ the new domain extension will be available in addition to the older .co.uk extension.
What about unique .uk domain extensions?
If there isn’t already a .co.uk or .org.uk version of a domain name that you would like to register then you’ll be able to register it as a .uk as soon as they become available for purchase.
Should you invest in the new .uk domain version?
Well fortunately you have 5 years to make up your mind. IF you already own the .co.uk version then the option to register that domain as .uk will remain with you for this 5 year grace period.
It does seem to me that over time this shorter extension will become the norm. Countries such as France have .fr and Australia .au so really the UK is just falling into line with what is the standard elsewhere. The cost of registering a domain name is minimal and potential customers will quickly become used to the new two letter extension. In fact not moving forward with the change will eventually make your domain name look dated.
If you have any thoughts about the planned addition to the United Kingdom top level domain (TLD) extensions then please comment below 🙂