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Announcing .uk Domain Multi-year Registrations

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

As a member of Nominet, the organisation responsible for .uk domains, we’re very pleased to announce that simplewebhosting.co.uk customers can now register .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .ltd.uk and .plc.uk domains for up to ten years!

Previously .uk domains could only be registered for two years but now you can register for anything from twelve months to ten years.

We’ve already renewed our important domains (eg: whois) for the full ten years to protect our business – you should do the same.

 

Why .uk is the Best Domain Name for You

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Choosing the best possible domain name for your business is a difficult task. There are so many factors to take into account when you make the decision as to which domain name is best for you. With a UK-based business however, there is no question about the fact that the best domain name you could possibly go for is a .uk.

This is because it instantly identifies your company as a business that is based in the United Kingdom. For many people, buying from a company that is located in the same country as them gives a sense of peace of mind that they don’t get.

Having a .uk domain name means that a customer knows straight away that your company is based in the UK. Any customer resident in the United Kingdom will be instantly more attached to your organisation, knowing that it is based in the same country as they are.

Also, a .uk domain name looks immediately more professional than a domain name such as .biz or .me.uk. Automatically, the domain names .com and .co.uk look corporate and professional, meaning that customers are far more likely to buy from a company that has one of these two domain names.

Of course, if you are outside of the UK, then you should go for a .com, or the particular TLD for your country. The connotations of a corporate feel mean that the extra cost of a .uk domain name is definitely justifiable based on the money you will make from the corporate identity it provides.

Looking professional also means that you are trusted by customers, which is an excellent achievement for any company and means that you are almost guaranteed to earn money from these customers. They are far more likely to buy from an organisation that they feel they can trust.

As well as this, a .uk domain name has the advantage of being one of the first extensions people decide to guess at if they forget the extension of a website. If, for example, a customer remembers the “simplewebhosting” part of our domain name, but cannot remember the extension, then the .uk domain name is one of the first extensions that they will try, especially if they live in the United Kingdom.

So overall, there is a multitude of benefits to registering a .uk domain name for your business website. It helps to establish your company’s identity as a UK business and increases the likelihood of your website being visited and trusted, both of which are very useful factors when trying to establish a presence online.

Of course, this does not mean you are limited to just the .uk domain name. You could buy one, or even several more, other domain names and redirect them all back to one particular domain name, whichever one you want to use.

However, .uk is certainly a domain name that has its benefits and therefore you should consider it as the best possible choice of domain name for your UK-based company website.

How Many Domain Names Should I Register?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

So you’ve decided on the domain name you want for your company, but you can’t decide which of the TLDs you want to use. You are considering the benefits of .co.uk and .com always seems professional, but you just aren’t sure what the best domain name for you is. This is a conundrum faced by many new webmasters who simply do not have the knowledge to choose one specific domain name for their website or just aren’t sure which will benefit them the both.

Of course, there is one simple way to avoid a predicament like this. Buy more than one domain name.

There are many advantages to purchasing various domain names. Firstly, as in the example above, it can be solution to the woes of weighing up which of the domain names are the best for you. Buying all of them means that you don’t have to worry and can redirect them all to the one that you decide is your favourite in the end. It is a simple way to solve what can be a very difficult problem for many webmasters, particularly those setting up a website for the very first time.

In addition, buying all of the different TLDs is helpful for securing the brand identity of your company. For example, if you were to buy only the .com domain name, that opens the field up for another organisation to purchase the .co.uk domain name. This means that they could be confused by surfers with your company, meaning that another business (who could even be your direct competition) could be benefiting from the traffic that is intended for your site.

Furthermore, buying up all of the domain names allows you to redirect all of the traffic to those other TLDs to the main domain name that your business uses. This makes your website easier for users to find as they may be unsure which TLD it is, something which ceases to be an issue if a large number of popular domain names are bought by the webmaster.

Often, a user will use the .com or .co.uk extension automatically when typing in a web address, so having both of these domain names in your permission is almost essential if you want to preserve the traffic for yourself. Not having these two domain names could mean that you lose traffic to the person who actually does own that domain name, meaning that they get the visitors that you originally had earned. The potential levitra order costs to your organisation are huge if business is continuously lost in this way.

So to conclude, it is advisable to buy as many domain names as possible for your website, ideally incorporating all of the popular TLDs, so as to ensure that all traffic is redirected to your domain name instead of that of a business with a similar name or, even worse, a competitor.

Mistakes cannot afford to be made when it comes to domain names, so when it comes to this issue, it’s a case of the more the merrier!

Free .uk domain name with any hosting plan

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Don’t forget that simplewebhosting.co.uk will give you a .uk domain of your choice absolutely free when you order your web hosting plan.

No strings. No complicated terms and conditions. Just order our Starter, Commerce, Advanced or Windows hosting plan and you can choose to register a .co.uk, a .org.uk or a .me.uk domain absolutely free.

There are over six million .uk domain names registered making it one of the world’s largest Internet registries.

Companies based in the UK usually register a domain name ending in .co.uk, and recent independent research suggests that British Internet users are six times more likely to choose a .uk rather than a .com address when looking for information via an Internet search engine. 72% of respondents also said they would visit a British web site above any other.

Why is it so important to renew your domain name?

Monday, August 18th, 2008

As part of Nominet’s campaign to encourage domain renewals, they have some important advice about keeping your domain name.

If you don’t renew your .uk every two-years, it will become available for anyone to register. So what happens then?

  • Your customers won’t know where to find you anymore. This means no more access to the information you provide about your company online, your customers won’t know where to shop, and all that brand equity you’ve built up will be undermined.
  • You’ll need to completely rebuild your search engine ranking. This will undoubtedly mean losing customers and revenue.
  • You’ll need to change all of your email addresses. This means no more contact with clients, no more email orders and even potentially losing touch with friends and colleagues.
  • All the online services you use, like internet banking, which use your email address as a log-in will need to be changed.

All of these points could be a hassle for you and your company. However, and we’d like to stress this point, if you don’t renew your domain anyone else can register it.

Likely? Well, yes. Statistics show that 15% of non-renewed domain names are re-registered by someone else within one day. Astonishingly 7.5% are re-registered within 10 seconds.

As soon as this happens, someone else will immediately receive all your web site traffic and the search engine rankings associated with your domain name.

If you don’t renew, and someone else registers it, you can challenge this through Nominet’s Dispute Resolution cialis buy on line Service or through the courts. Although it’s free to make a complaint in the DRS, and mediation often resolves cases, it’s certainly not as quick or cheap (in terms of your time or professional advice) as just renewing a domain name that you want to keep.

Of course, there is the chance that you don’t want the domain name anymore. If this is the case, please keep in mind that it’s just like moving house or changing your business premises. It needs to be carefully planned and could become a major headache if you’re forced into it.

Your .uk is valuable – look after it.

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