UK WebnamesDomain name registration, email & web site hosting

What types of name can I register?

Let's say you have your heart set on the domain "happy-holidays" , the options open to you are any (or all!) from this list:

  • happy-holidays.com
  • happy-holidays.net
  • happy-holidays.org
  • happy-holidays.biz
  • happy-holidays.info
  • happy-holidays.uk
  • happy-holidays.co.uk
  • happy-holidays.org.uk
  • happy-holidays.me.uk

Are there any rules or restrictions?

No! Although each of these domains has been set up with a particular use in mind (apart from the dot com type which is general purpose), there are no qualifying rules or regulations for any of the types of webname that we offer, which means that you are free to order any type you like.

Which one is right for me?

People sometimes seem to think that a dot com is the "best" type, but that is often a mistake. Of all the different types of domain name the dot com says the least about you. It reveals nothing about where you are based or what kind of activity you're involved in. Of course some organisations and activities are truly global and wide-ranging. In those cases the dot com domain type is perfect. But for all other cases the use of such a vanilla, anonymous flavour is at best unhelpful and at worst positively harmful.

It pays to work with the domain name system, not against it by choosing the type of domain that most accurately reflects what you do. That helps search engines and directories list your web pages accurately and it helps your web site communicate the right message to web surfers.

What the different types of domain convey

Obviously a UK domain name says something about where you are based. The four types that you can buy from us are as follows:

  • .uk ~ for anyone
  • .co.uk ~ for businesses
  • .org.uk ~ non-commercial organisations
  • .me.uk ~ for personal use

The other types of domain - the "generic" types carry no information about your geographical location. If you are based in the UK they may be appropriate if your target audience is global. In addition to the non-specific '.com' type these are as follows:

  • .biz ~ for businesses
  • .info ~ sites whose primary purpose is to provide a helpful resource - whether commercial or otherwise
  • .org ~ non-commercial organisations
  • .net ~ for Internet service providers (ISP's)