A domain for a decade from May Day as registrations fall in October.

Nominet (the .uk internet registry) will from 1 May 2012 let domains be registered for up to ten years. The current 2 year maximum has been extended & it will be up to individual Registrars to decide what options they offer customers. 1,2 5 & 10 years are likely to be the most popular.

Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said: “For millions of businesses, their domain name is mission critical – from their website to the email addresses it supports. By offering longer registration periods, these businesses will have peace of mind that their domain name is secured for a number of years, and they won’t have to worry about renewing so frequently.”

The announcement came as total .uk registrations in October dropped below the monthly total for the preceding two years.

With November and December traditionally being a relatively quiet time any annual increase will likely be  pretty small and could be the lowest for 5 years or more.

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