Shorter UK domains to be made available for registration

Nominet, the UK’s registry operator, has announced that, from summer 2014, shorter .uk domain names — such as <website.uk> — will be made available for registration. This brings the UK in line with other country level domains (e.g. .fr and .de).

The move represents the biggest modification of the .uk namespace since its introduction and will affect the 10 million holders of existing third-level UK domains (such as .co.uk or .org.uk) who will need to consider whether to register equivalent .uk domains.

Holders of existing third level .uk domains (such as .co.uk or .org.uk) will be offered the shorter equivalent of their existing domain registration. They will then have five years to decide whether they wish to use it in addition to, or instead of, their existing registration…

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