Feeds

Kerching! Nominet preps for cash AVALANCHE from shorter UK domain names

'Blatant money grab' wail cash-strapped registrars

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whether online businesses in the UK like it or not - Dot-UK registry Nominet is now bringing second-level namespaces to life.

The Oxford-based outfit said today that, from next summer, companies would be able to bid for the shorter domain names.

It said that Nominet's existing 10 million .uk customers would be offered the shorter equivalent of their current address.

Those businesses will have five years to decide whether they want to ditch their current namespace in favour of the stubbier one, or to use the shorter version alongside their current domain.

Nominet said:

The five-year free reservation period is designed to help businesses taking up the new domain do so at a time that coincides with when they next change signage or stationary, so they don’t incur unnecessary incremental costs.

The wholesale price for the new domains will be £3.50 per year for single year registrations and £2.50 per year for multi-year registrations. This is the same price as a current co.uk domain, ensuring the cost of a domain name will remain a very small proportion (around 1.5 per cent for a small business) of the cost of being online.

Meanwhile, registrars who own a .co.uk address will get preferential treatment over owners of .org domain names.

"In the small proportion of instances where there could be competition – e.g. where one person holds example.co.uk and another holds example.org.uk – the shorter domain will be offered to the .co.uk registrant," Nominet said.

The company's boss Lesley Cowley claimed that Nominet was "upping the bar for security, data quality and the way we engage with our registrars".

It plans to debut new security tools for customers to apparently "enhance" the protection of their domain portfolios early in 2014. Registrars will also be offered additional security controls to help prevent their domains being hacked later next year, Nominet said.

The company has also drawn up a data quality policy and a new registrar agreement. Domain name owners have until 20 December to wade in with comments before Nominet adopts the changes next year.

Some registrars have previously said there was little appetite for the namespace changes.

Inevitably, biz peeps have already complained about Nominet's .uk decision by arguing that it was motivated by greed – an accusation that Nominet denies.

Others on the micro-blogging site similarly characterised it as a "blatant money grab" or as Nominet's "new cash cow". ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.