Shorter, snappier .uk domains to launch on 10th June

30th January 2014

.uk registry Nominet has announced a launch date of 10th June 2014 for new ‘’ domain names.

From this date, people will be able to register the shorter ‘’ domain names through their registrar, alongside existing domains such as ‘’ or ‘’.

The new domain is an opportunity for those wanting a short, snappy web address combined with the recognition and trust of the .uk namespace.

Over ten million existing .uk domain holders will be offered the shorter equivalent of their current address, with five years to decide whether they want to use it in addition to, or instead of the domain they already have. Nominet will be contacting these customers following launch to ensure they’re aware of their opportunity to exercise this right.

Nominet’s WHOIS tool has also been updated to allow people to look up who (if anyone) holds the right of registration for an ‘’ domain.

People can find out more about the new domain by visiting

For domain registrars, Nominet’s Registrar Resources site has been updated with further information about the launch including technical specifications and processes.

Detailed rules about the release process, including excluded domains and the rules applicable from launch date, are also now available on our website here.