Domain Names

Domain Names

It starts with a name

A domain name is important. It's your address on the Web. You'll need a domain name for a site before you start hosting with us, and when you order one we'll provide you with numerous free features to help you manage that name. A domain name registered via us is registered to you, not us, so you retain full control of the name.

Our registration system is automatic, fast and efficient — and our fees are low.

Our fees

Domain name registration

Some domain name suffixes are registered for a minimum of one year, some for a minimum of two years (you'll see when you run a search for the domain name you would like). The following table shows what the most popular domain types cost to register through us, calculated as an annual fee:

Domain type Fee per year*
.co.uk, .me.uk, .org.uk £8.00
.com, .net .org, .biz, .name, .info, .eu £12.00
.tv, .uk.com, .uk.net, .gb.com, .gb.net, .cc £35.00
.mobi £12.00
.me £15.00
.co £30.00

Domain name transfer

If you have already registered the domain name you require but would like to transfer it to us so that you can better manage it, then the following fees apply:

Domain type One-off transfer fee*
.co.uk, .me.uk, .org.uk FREE
.com, .net .org, .biz, .name, .info
1 year added free
£7.00
.eu £9.00
.uk.com, .mobi £15.00
.tv, .cc £35.00
.me £17.00
.co (1 year added free!) £20.00

Features provided free with every domain name

  • Web Forwarding (multiple types)
  • Unlimited Email Forwarding
  • Catch-All Email Forwarding
  • Change Name Servers
  • No Fee For Changing Nominet Tag
  • Easily Change Contact Information
  • Full DNS Management
  • Nominet Whois Opt Out
  • Manage Everything Online Easily
  • No Hidden Fees
  • Upgrade to Web Hosting Instantly
  • And Much More

Tips on choosing a domain name

Keep it short and simple

To find your site people need to be able to remember your address and easily type it into their browser. Aim to register the shortest name that your customers and visitors will associate with your website.

Make it novel

Almost all standard spellings in the English language are now registered, so you might find you need to use variants or some up with something really novel. If you are starting a new company you might even want to consider the company name around the availability of the domain name.

co.uk, com, eu, net, org...?

It is a good idea to register several similar domain names, particularly if you own a trademark for a certain name. If possible register the .co.uk, .com, .eu and .net. These are the most popular domain names and by registering all of them you can help to prevent cybersquatters and losing traffic.

Consider common typos

If you have a domain name that can easily by pluralised or miss-spelled then you might like to consider registering those as well to prevent traffic going elsewhere.

Don't be over-charged

Some companies still sell domain names for as much as £100 per year. There's no need for you to pay this much.

Register sooner rather than later

Once you have decided on a domain name, you would be well advised to register it fast. Thousands of domain transactions take place each day and the pool of available names becomes smaller all the time. You do not need to have hired us (or anyone else) to build your site yet — simply search for your domain name right here and register it yourself.

Frequently asked questions

· How long will it take for my new domain name to become active?

Domains are registered as soon as you order them, however it can take between 24 and 72 hours for a domain name to become visible on the Internet as each DNS updates its database of domain names.

Domains are registered as soon as you order them, however it can take between 24 and 72 hours for a domain name to become visible on the Internet as each DNS updates its database of domain names.

· Can I buy a domain name, but not buy web hosting?

Yes. You don't have to buy the web hosting when you buy a domain name. If you decide to add web hosting in the future you can easily upgrade with one of our feature rich hosting packages.

· Do I own the domain name?

Yes. We always register the domain in your name, or in your customer's name if you are working on somebody else's behalf.

· Can I transfer the domain away again at any time?

Yes, you can, and we provide a control panel so that you can make these changes yourself at any time and that's all included in the price.

· Do I get a certificate of ownership for the domain I purchase?

In the past Nominet issued certificates as confirmation of the contract that exists between Nominet and the registrant. This system has now been updated to their paperless Online Services system.

· How should I transfer my hosting and domain(s) to you?

We've written a clear guide to this help you make this move (and begin to make savings) with minimal, if any, downtime. If you have any further questions please simply contact us.

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* Excluding VAT