Nominet have started (from September 16) to email all eligible uk domain registrants (ie that’s .co.uk .org.uk .me.uk etc domain owners) letting them know that:
- The short .uk equivalent of their UK domain has been reserved for them
- This reservation is free, and they are under no obligation to pay anything extra, unless they choose to register the short .uk domain with a registrar
- Registrants should contact a domain registrar or hosting company if they wish to register the .uk domain. However, they have time to think about it as the reservation will last until 10 June 2019, provided they continue their existing domain registration.
Each email for some (practical?) reason will only list up to a maximum of 5 domain names but you can access their Online Services in any case where initially you can use the “… first time logging in “ facility to set up your own password after which a complete list of domains is accessible.
It has editing facilities and is we thought rather useful.
Other Nominet links that you may need (together with a repeat of the online Services facility are:
The, sort of, icing on the cake is that you can download your very own certificate signed by ….. Lesley Cowley the past Chief Executive of Nominet!
Whilst Nominet stress that the .uk rights will continue until June 2019 (as long as the domain name is continually registered) we think there is much to be said for grabbing them NOW! This will need to be done through your registrar.
Incidentally if as with ourselves certain domains were registered without one’s own email address as the contact point it will be appropriate to contact the registrar used to progress matters.
We haven’t yet received any of the promised emails but may update this post on discovery!