Domain Names

Frequently asked questions

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What is a Domain Name?

How do I search for a Domain Name?

Why would I need a Domain Name?

Can I contact the naming authority directly?

Can I transfer my name to my own ISP?

Should I purchase a dot com or dot co name?

How much will it cost me?

Do I need a web site to have a domain name?

Someone else has my name?

What Free services do you offer?

 

 

What is a Domain Name?

A Domain Name allows users of the Internet to find you by an easily identifiable method, rather than a long set of numerical numbers.

How do I search for a Domain Name?

You can use our search box at the top of the start page, which will search the relevant names databases.

Simply enter the domain name in the search box, select the type of domain type by using the drop down menu then click on search. If a buy button appears the name should be available for purchase.

Why do I need a Domain Name?

There are many good reasons for registering your domain name.
1. People will be able to find you easily on the Internet.
2. It portrays a more professional image for your company.
3. You can receive emails from your domain, again portraying a more professional and business like image.
4. Once you register your domain no-one can use it other an you, as long as you pay the relevant naming authority fees.

Can I contact the naming authority directly?

Yes you can register your domain name with the naming authority. The direct registration fee is 80 (plus VAT) for UK domain names which is payable in advance. The renwal, or naming fee, payable every two years, is also currently £80, our current charge is just £15 per year.

Can I transfer my name to my own ISP?

Yes, free of charge from us, but your current provider may charge you for the process and for naming fees. But with our web forwarding service there should be no need to transfer, as we can host your name and you can still host your site with your current ISP if required, or take advantage of our excellent hosting packages.

Should I purchase a dot com or dot co name?

Companies with offices and trade relationships worldwide generally prefer .com names.
It portrays a global image, and carries more "kudos", but as a down side it doesn't immediately reveal your whereabouts. So for a company mainly trading in the UK a .UK domain may be a better alternative. The best choice however is to register both.

How much will it cost me?

We charge a one off fee of £ 27 for .co.uk domains and £45 for .com or Net domains. These include all naming fees for two years.

Naming fees are charged by the authorities in the country concerned. UK domains are administered by Nominet. If you go to Nominet direct or to many of our competitors you would pay 40 per year, two years in advance, total £ 80+VAT per two year period.
We charge a reduced rate of only £ 15 per year, total for two year period £ 30 which also includes Free email and web forwarding services.

Dot com domains are administered by ICANN appointed registrars such as Network solutions and Melbourne IT. The usual naming charges are $ 35 per year. We charge only £ 20 per year after the first two years.

Do I need a web site to have a domain name?

No you do not need a web site. You can secure your name and still use it for email purposes with our email forwarding service. When you are ready to have a web site we can instantly activate your domain name for you.

Someone else has my name?

If your choice in co.uk has gone and you are a limited company you can register.ltd.uk. The domain name must exactly match your company name at Company's House.

Alternatively you can use a variation on your name.
E.g. if your company name was freds autos and fredsautos.co.uk was registered you could try
freds-autos.co.uk

Similarly, if you were looking for a dot com web address you could try a dot net.

What Free services do you offer?

With every domain name registered we offer,
Free email forwarding service
Free web forwarding service
Free domain name parking
Free domain transfer
Free updates to forwarding services