Register your .UK with DomainsFoundry

The shorter, snappier domain for UK websites.

Why a .uk domain is perfect for you and your business?

The .uk domain name is the new shorter, snappier domain aimed at UK businesses and an alternative to .co.uk. It's perfect for UK-based websites selling services and products to the United Kingdom as it instantly shows your visitors that you're located in the UK and can increase your chances of being ranked in local search engines databases such as Google UK .

The shorter length makes it easier for your clients to type and remember and looks better on adverts and signs. The .UK extension is set to become the new standard for UK websites, so order yours today in just a few clicks with DomainsFoundry.

Who can register .uk domains?

Anyone in the world!

There are no registration restrictions on .UK domains so any person, company, charity or organisation can register one. If you already own a .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domain registered before 10 June 2014, then your matching .uk domain has been reserved for you.

If you haven't got a domain yet, then your perfect .uk domain is waiting for you. Use our free search to find your domain today!

Why register .uk domains?

The new, shorter .uk domain is perfect for any business looking to market and tap into the online marketplace.

This new domain extension was created by Nominet to provide a shorter domain extension for UK based individuals and companies to use. The .uk domain compliments the existing UK domains and acts as an additional choice for you to increase your online brand. The shorter .uk suffix makes it easier for you to market your website as you can use less characters in your adverts, is more memorable and faster for your visitors to type.

This is an official domain of the United Kingdom, so registering a .UK domain makes it instantly clear to your visitors that your domain is based and aimed at the UK market. This will help you increase engagement, trust and sales through your website.

Why choose DomainsFoundry?

DomainsFoundry offers fast, simple, and hassle-free .UK domain registration without any catches.

Nominet Accredited

Every .uk registered with DomainsFoundry comes with the extra protection of registering with a Nominet Accredited Registrar.

Trusted UK Company

We’re an independent, UK Limited Company founded in 2004 and helped register .UK domains for over 12 years.

Free Customer Support

Our friendly team of UK based support staff are here to help you get the most from your .UK domain.

Secure Ordering

Safely buy your domains knowing your personal details are protected and will not be passed on.

Free Control Panel

Manage every aspect of your domain names with our easy to use control panel.

No Hidden Charges

No hidden charges. No transfer-away fees. Clear prices for renewals.

.UK domain FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about .uk domains.

Who uses .uk domains?
.uk is a domain name for the United Kingdom (UK).
Are there any restrictions on who can register .uk domains?
Yes. Some .uk domains are reserved till 2019 for existing .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk domain owners.
Do I retain my rights to .uk names if I do not renew them upon expiry?
No. If at any time you decide not to renew your existing domain, the .uk equivalent will automatically become available for someone else to register.
When can I register a .uk domain that is reserved for someone else?
The reservation period ends on 10 June 2019. After this you'll be able to register any .uk domain name. In cases where the current .co.uk owner let's their existing domain expire, the equivalent .uk will then become available to register on a first come first serve basis.
How do I check who has the right to register a .uk domain?
You can check has the right to register a specific .uk using Nominet's .UK Rights Tool
Do I have to register both the .uk and .co.uk?
No. However if you can register both we recommend doing so.
I already own a .co.uk, do I have to register the .uk?
No, although we recommend doing so.
Nominet's rights checker shows I don't have the right to register .uk. Is there any way around this?
No. You'll would need to wait till 10 June 2019, when the .uk reservation period ends.
When does the .uk reservation period end?
The exact time when the reservation period ends is 07:59 on 10 June 2019.
When did .uk launch?
New .uk domains launched 10 June 2014.
Can I transfer my .uk to DomainsFoundry?
Yes.
What are the benefits of registering .uk domain names?
The .uk domain name is perfect for websites selling services and products to the United Kingdom as you will increase your chances of being ranked in local search engines databases such as Google UK
What is the minimum registration term for .uk?
1 year.
What is the maximum registration term for .uk?
10 years.
Is WHOIS Privacy Protection available on .uk domains?
No.
Are individual (personal) .uk registrations allowed?
Yes
Do I need a trademark/brand name to register .uk?
No.
How long does it take to register my .uk domain?
It normally takes less than 48 hours to register your .uk domain name. If there's a delay during registration we'll let you know.
How long does it take to transfer my .uk domain?
It normally takes less than 48 hours to transfer your .uk domain name to DomainsFoundry. Exact times depend on how quickly you can release your .uk from your existing registrar. If there's a delay during registration we'll let you know.
Do I need to provide additional information to register .uk?
No
Are company or legal entities allowed to register .uk?
Yes
Are there any nameserver requirements for .uk?
1-13 nameservers. Minimum / maximum nameserver.
Is theft protection (domain locking) available with .uk?
No
How long is the transfer lock .uk?
None, 60 days.
What is the grace period for .uk domains?
Grace period is 90 days.
What are the characters and valid character lengths for .uk domain names?

.uk domain names must:

  • have minimum of 3 and a maximum of 63 characters;
  • begin with a letter or a number and end with a letter or a number;
  • use the English character set and may contain letters (i.e., a-z, A-Z),numbers (i.e. 0-9) and dashes (-) or a combination of these;
  • neither begin with, nor end with a dash;
  • not contain a dash in the third and fourth positions (e.g. www.ab- -cd.xxx); and
  • not include a space (e.g. www.ab cd.xxx).
When transferring my .uk domain to DomainsFoundry, will my DNS records (A, MX etc.) also be transferred?

When you transfer your domain name to DomainsFoundry, your domain's name servers (ns1, ns2 etc) will not change. If your previous name servers are still active, your DNS records will work as normal.

If you wish you can can switch your name servers to our super-fast name servers. You'll be able to change your name servers and configure DNS records using our DomainsFoundry control panel.

When transferring my .uk to DomainsFoundry do I have to ask my existing domain company to do anything?
If you already have a 'NIC-D' number (a sort of 'pin' number for your domain name) you won't need anything from your old .uk host.
Can I register an .uk domain name but have the owner/contact details registered to my company, client, friend or family member?
Yes. You can enter the contact details for the person you wish to register the .uk to during checkout.
Can a UK company register an .uk?
Yes. Anyone can register .uk domain names, including UK individuals and UK businesses and organisations.
I'm a company, do I need my company number to register a .uk?
Yes, if you are a UK Limited (LTD) or UK Public Limited Company (PLC) you need to provide your company number to register a .uk.
Can I add/amend admin, billing and technical info for my .uk domain name?
Yes
What is the restoration period for .uk domain names?
None. 30 days etc.
How do I host my .uk domain name?

DomainsFoundry offer a range of web hosting, email and SSL certificates. All our web hosting plans are hosted on fast UK hosting servers and include free UK-based support.

To add hosting to your .uk simply select the web hosting option during checkout. You can also add hosting later by logging in to your DomainsFoundry account.

If you have a question about .uk domains please drop us an email at hello@domainsfoundry.co.uk or tweet @domainsfoundry.

.uk domain facts

Domain suffix .uk
Country United Kingdom
Type Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the UK.
Registration requirements None
Transfer-in Yes
Usage General use. Individuals and businesses in the United Kingdom.
Minimum registration 1 year
Maximum registration 10 years
Domain Privacy Available for Individuals
Registry Nominet UK
Registration time frame Immediately

Questions?

If you have questions about registering, transferring, or renewing .uk domain names please drop us an email at hello@domainsfoundry.co.uk or tweet @domainsfoundry.