Do you currently own a .org.uk, .net.uk, .me.uk, .plc.uk, .ltd.uk, or .co.uk domain name?
If so, it’s possible that until June 25th, 2019, the matching .uk domain may automatically have been reserved for you. So, for example, if you own mywebsite.co.uk – until June 25th the corresponding mywebsite.uk domain may have been reserved.
If you’d like to make the most of this opportunity, you need to act quickly. From July 1st, any reserved domains that have not been claimed and registered will become publicly available.
How do I check if I have a reserved domain?
The simplest and most effective way of checking if you have a .uk domain reserved for you is to contact catalyst2 today.
We’re specialists in everything relating to domain names, and we can tell you quickly whether or not your equivalent .uk domain name is reserved for you to register. If it is, we can take you through the process of registering it easily and efficiently.
Make sure that you have registered your interest before June 25th, 2019 – remember that on July 1st, all unregistered reserved .uk domains will go be publicly available. You can still register it after July 1st, but you’ll be at risk of losing it to another party.
Also please note that this only affects your .uk domain name. The current .co.uk, .plc.uk, etc, domain name for your website will be unaffected.
Frequently asked questions
To keep everything is as simple as possible, we’ve put together a quick FAQ to give you an overview of the basics that you need to know. If there’s still anything you’re unsure about, don’t hesitate to contact catalyst2 for more help.
Why would I want a second domain name?
There are many reasons – .uk is a much shorter and catchier domain name, so you may find it easier for new customers to find you. Any additional domain names that you can secure are always going to be a net asset for your business. Similarly, you may wish to register the second level domain simply to prevent another business from doing the same.
What if I want a .uk domain that is not reserved for me?
All .uk domains that have been reserved but not claimed will become available for the general public starting July 1st. If a domain has been reserved for another company then you’ll simply have to wait until then. If you register your interest with catalyst2 as soon as possible, however, we can do our best to ensure that domain becomes yours if and when it’s available.
Who is eligible for a reserved domain?
Any domain registered before 23:59 on October 28th, 2013 will have the automatic right to the corresponding .uk domain name. If your domain was registered after that point, or you have let the registration lapse for a period, you will not have the .uk domain automatically reserved for you. If you’re not sure, contact catalyst2 for help.
What if another person gets a similar domain?
If you lose out on your .uk domain, there’s no need to worry. Similar domain names can all be registered to different people, just having different dot suffixes. So mywebsite.co.uk and mywebsite.org.uk may be operated by different parties. With many safeguards in place to prevent any malicious or illegitimate activity, it’s not something that you should worry about. If it concerns you, make sure you register your interest as soon as possible.
June 25th, 2019 is the final deadline for registering your interest.
So if you want to check for and register your reserved .uk domain, or there is one that you’d like to register post July 1st, contact catalyst2 today.