Popularity of UK domains grows – new .uk hits 100k within weeks of launch

3rd July 2014

New, short .uk domains have passed the 100,000 registrations milestone, contributing to the biggest-selling month Nominet – the internet company behind the .uk internet infrastructure – has seen in almost 14 years.

June 2014 saw almost 225,000 new registrations across .uk, .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk, second only to March 2000, when registrations nudged 250,000.

“Given that the domain name market is more competitive than ever before, this is a fantastic endorsement of the power of the UK brand,” Eleanor Bradley, Nominet’s Chief Operating Officer said.

“We’re pleased not only that our new .uk domain has hit this milestone, but that other .uk domains such as .co.uk and .org.uk continue to be so popular as hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) hit the market.  It shows that highlighting your UK connection continues to be a compelling prospect for businesses and individuals online.”

While registrations are weighted towards existing customers, who are being offered first choice on the shorter equivalent of their current UK domain, in the last week over one third (36%) have been new, unique registrations.

There are over 10.5 million domains registered in the UK namespace. People can sign up for the new .uk domains through domain name registrars, alongside existing domains such as .co.uk or .org.uk. For more information please visit www.agreatplacetobe.uk.