The number of registered .uk domains broke through the 10 million barrier, i won’t lie, i had my fingers crossed that it would have happened on my birthday earlier this week, but still, its cause for celebration ☺
Preference for .uk domains is strong in Britain, with 81% of those surveyed by Nominet in 2011, saying they prefer .uk sites when given the choice of a .uk or .com in search results. Amongst the reasons given were that it would be more likely to be a UK based company and have more relevance with prices in sterling and local cheaper delivery charges.
In Q4 2011 Nominet (the .UK registry), released figures showing that .uk registrations grew by 10.5% over the past 12 months and .uk maintains its position as the world’s second largest country code registry after Germany’s .de which has 15 million registrations.
It’s definitely an exciting time for the UK Internet space. In May 2012 we have the roll-out of multi-year registrations (1 to 10 years) for .uk domains names and recently Nominet were confirmed to establish both .cymru and .wales in the interests of Welsh businesses and consumers.
With the increased visibility of the US government taking the view that any .COM, .NET, .ORG, or .BIZ domain name is fair go and seizing domain names from registrants around the world that it believes have infringed on US law (google Bodog.com and read what it says), such actions may only prove to strengthen the position of the country code domain names of the world?