ICANN has now delegated both .cymru and .wales meaning that they are not yet available for registration but are now on the internet’s official database. From 1st September, businesses that have already registered their trademarks with ICANN’s Trademark Clearing House can begin the process of registering their new Welsh domains. The second registration phase, which gives Welsh businesses priority, starts in November with availability to the general public beginning on St David’s Day, March 1st 2015.
Wales occupies a special place in the UK and in the world, with a distinctive identity and culture, and of course its own language. With the new .cymru and .wales web addresses there will now be a truly Welsh space on the internet. Strong backing for the new domain names has already come from a host of organisations that will be the first to switch to underline their Welsh identity online, among them the Welsh Government, S4C, the National Assembly for Wales, Sport Wales, the Federation of Small Businesses Wales, the Scarlets rugby team and the Arts Council for Wales.
So if you’re proud of being Welsh and the Welsh connection is important to your business, make sure you secure your .cymru or .wales web address. For more information, please visit ourhomeonline.wales.