Nominet proposes .uk domain, asks you to join them

Nominet, a leading registry company in the UK, is proposing the adoption of a brand new domain : .uk . It would definitely save half a second for everyone typing UK web addresses, but it would also ad some extra security and incur extra charges for companies having to buy new domains. The firm is lobbying ICANN, just in time for their TLD expansion that will add domains like .home .shop and .play.

Nominet has promised tough requirements for access to the new domain including proof of operations in the United Kingdom. There's also the question of price, the new domain costing about 4 times as much as the regular .co.uk , with that money going into security features: daily malware scanning and the rest heading to a trust to improve web security.

If you're interested you can voice you're opinion on Nominet's site where they are holding public consultations until January 7th of next year.

Source: Nominet via: Engadget, BBC

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Finally, the amount of times I've set them a bitchy-ish email saying "WHY ISN'T THIS POSSIBLE"

ot got much need for it now though haha

Because if most decide on doing things one way the British by default have to do it some other way and simply refuse to follow suit. What they're still doing in the EU, per example, is beyond me.

.Neo said,
Because if most decide on doing things one way the British by default have to do it some other way and simply refuse to follow suit. What they're still doing in the EU, per example, is beyond me.

yeah imperial units anyone?

I might join them if they allow us to have WHOIS privacy on this one. I don't want anyone knowing my location, unless I tell them.

Calum said,
I might join them if they allow us to have WHOIS privacy on this one. I don't want anyone knowing my location, unless I tell them.

You can have privacy on the regular one Except (obvious reasons) if you are doing some sort of business.

exotoxic said,

You can have privacy on the regular one Except (obvious reasons) if you are doing some sort of business.


When I checked (I think I was using GoDaddy, but I could be wrong), WHOIS privacy was not available on any .co.uk domains, even if they were used for personal websites.

Unfortunately, I'm not using either of them. I'm using a different ccTDL (as I like the domain name), which appears to not allow for WHOIS privacy on any websites (mine is a personal website), and that is my main concern.

EDIT: Yeah, I just checked again on GoDaddy and it tells me that WHOIS privacy is not allowed for .co.uk domains

Edited by Calum, Oct 1 2012, 1:11pm :

Calum said,

When I checked (I think I was using GoDaddy, but I could be wrong), WHOIS privacy was not available on any .co.uk domains, even if they were used for personal websites.

Unfortunately, I'm not using either of them. I'm using a different ccTDL (as I like the domain name), which appears to not allow for WHOIS privacy on any websites (mine is a personal website), and that is my main concern.

EDIT: Yeah, I just checked again on GoDaddy and it tells me that WHOIS privacy is not allowed for .co.uk domains

You can simply opt out no need to pay for it removing. Here is the info link http://www.nominet.org.uk/uk-d...domain-lookup-whois/opt-out

exotoxic said,

You can simply opt out no need to pay for it removing. Here is the info link http://www.nominet.org.uk/uk-d...domain-lookup-whois/opt-out


Thanks for informing me of that. After a quick search, it appears that is only referring to UK domains (which would mean my initial complaint has been answered). But as I mention, my main concern is my own domain which is a different ccTLD (I'd rather not mention which one in public, but I could private message you it). Do you happen to know whether there is any way for anyone to opt out of WHOIS, no matter what gTDL/ccTDL they're using? In the meantime, I will continue to search for a way. Thanks again.

I agree 100% with this, and 4 times the cost is still worth it as .co.uk domains remain to be one of the cheapest (circa £3 a year).

.co.uk is of course the fourth most popular top-level domain worldwide (after .com, .de and .net), so it's an important step in internet development and good to see security high on the agenda.

Farstrider said,
Sounds like the way to go, does not apply to me as I live in SA. 4x the normal amount does sound a little excessive!

you cant purchase a brittish domain TLD when your not a brittish resident anyways. (maybe this changed though, but this was the case 4-5 years ago)

Shadowzz said,

you cant purchase a brittish domain TLD when your not a brittish resident anyways. (maybe this changed though, but this was the case 4-5 years ago)

You've never been able to purchase a .uk TLD, even before nominet came about. You can only purcase a SLD such as .co.uk, me.uk etc. The only current UK TLDs are reserved for police.uk nhs.uk nic.uk .etc

As for UK SLDs, the only restriction on registration is what category you register the domain name as. For a person to register a domain name as a company, they must beable to provide a valid registered business number. Although a non-for profit business, such as charity and the like, must also be registered in the UK. However, it doesn't dictate what they register their SLD as, a for profit, ltd/company can use a org.uk if they wish, so can a individual in the same way they can use .me.uk or any of the other SLD used in the UK.

However, all registered companies, including sole traders, must have their name and contact details visible on the nic.uk whois register for the domain name. Domains registere belonging to an individual can opt-out of this however.

A business/company does not have to be owned by a person in the Uk, mearly registered in the UK. Domains who have been registered to a individual can be registered at anylocation in the world.

However, with most businesses deciding to use a .com anyway for their domain name even when they are a UK based company it makes little sense in the effort nominet are going to as the companies won't take notice and nor will customers. I don't think many people even know how to use whois or what it is for.

Shadowzz said,

you cant purchase a brittish domain TLD when your not a brittish resident anyways. (maybe this changed though, but this was the case 4-5 years ago)

Nope, back in *checks certificate* 2003 I got a .co.uk domain as did someone from america both with register1 (american ISP) and we both got them.