Nominet, the official registry for .UK domain names, has announced a substantial wholesale price increase for .UK domains (e.g. .uk, .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, etc.) effective from the 1st of March, 2016. The increase exceeds our retail price so naturally, in common with most other registrars, Layershift will be forced to increase the registration / renewal fees for our .UK domains as well.
This price change is unexpected indeed, as Nominet has not increased domain registration fees for .UK domains since 1999. As Nominet is a not-for-profit company, we like many believe that the price increase is neither necessary nor justified. However, as the pricing is part of the company’s commercial strategy, it will be reviewed annually, meaning that the fees could increase every year from now on.
Beginning with the 1st of March, 2016, all .UK domain registrations and renewals will be charged at a flat rate of £4.75 per year (excluding VAT), or $6.99 per year for accounts charged in USD.
The good news is that you can also register your domain for a period of 1 to 10 years, at the same flat rate per year, so on the assumption that Nominet increase prices further at each of their annual reviews, registering or renewing your domain for longer registration periods will give you better value, in the long run.
By the way, our new price also remains one of the lowest in the UK. For example, lower than that announced by 123-reg (£6.99/year) and Fasthosts (£6.99/year).
Four great new domain extensions you can register now with Layershift.
Starting today we’re offering .guru, .ninja, .rocks and .cool domain name registration in our store!
These new TLDs give you the opportunity to send your message in a more targeted and fun way than before: on each side of the dot there is a powerful word. If you’re a security expert, you can say it loud with security.guru or be a plumbing.ninja! Or perhaps you just want to recall your Gaelic roots with sham.rocks?
Each of these domains offer a fresh new namespace where you’re more likely to get that killer name before anyone else, so you can be the one receiving the admiring glances after coming up with the cunning rhyme or inspired prefix.
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.de, .fr, .gr, .nl and many more. Most countries in the world have a short, predictable and easy to remember domain extension, and now .UK is here!
This allows anyone to register a .UK domain in just the same way as you do with the other over 10 million existing UK domains like .co.uk. Unlike most of our competitors with inflated pricing for .UK domains (cost prices are the same as for .co.uk domains!) we’re keeping our usual low cost pricing for these new domains (just £2.95 or $4.95 per year).
Anyone who registered a domain ending in .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk etc. prior to 28 October 2013 may have an automatic first refusal right to the equivalent .UK domain until 2019. As the rules are complicated, we recommend to use Nominet’s .UK domain lookup tool.
As with all ccTLD’s, a UK contact address will be required for .UK (even if you’re based overseas), so make sure you submit the correct information when you register your new domain name.
We know how important an Internet presence is for every business, large and small, and business owners are becoming increasingly frustrated because domain names they want to register are getting harder to get. However, we have some great news for all you entrepreneurs!