.UK - Full Steam Ahead!
Annual Nominet Report - 2010:
Nominet, the official registry operator of the .UK country-code Top-Level Domain, recently released its Domain Name Industry Report for 2010. Many important bits of information and some excellent findings are in this report that HEXONET would like to share:
1) .UK is growing at a remarkable 11.5% year-over-year and .UK domain registrations have hit a record high with 8,722,474 registrations (as of August 2010) . Nominet estimates that they will reach 9 million domains by the end of 2010.
2) .UK is now the second largest ccTLD in the world just behind Germany's .DE. In fact, .UK has surpassed China's .CN ccTLD, which was in the number 2 position until recent turmoil.
3) Despite the worldwide economic downturn in 2010, March of this year happened to still be the busiest month for new .UK registrations in recent years, surpassing 200,000 new registrations in a single month!
4) Renewal rates are approximately 69%
5) 80% of British consumers prefer to use a .UK search result over .COM
6) Nominet has released new tools for registrars to quickly identify and permanently remove domain names suspected of criminal activity from the domain name system.
7) 65% of UK print and television advertising now includes domain names
.UK News Not in the Annual Nominet Report:
1) The secondary market for .UK has been strong for a long time. SEDO, a leader in secondary domain name markets, in their Q3 2010 Domain Market Study (http://goo.gl/2ewG6), stated that .UK has increased its total share to 14% of all ccTLD aftermarket sales and is second only to .DE.
2) In March 2010, Nominet commenced its DNSSEC implementation; when completed HEXONET will be one of the first registrars to support it.
3) In December 2010, Nominet will release a number of previously held one and two-character .co.uk domains. Click here for more details.
We at HEXONET would like to congratulate Nominet on the work they have done to consistently grow the UK ccTLD. And we encourage all of our resellers to add .UK domains to your service offerings. The ccTLD is one of the strongest and most popular in the world and continues to expand its influence and reach.
.UK at a Glance:
Available Domains: .co.uk, .org.uk, ,me.uk
Pricing: View Pricing http://www.hexonet.net/price-list.php?location=world#prdomains
Requirements: Anyone can register a .co.uk domain
Registration Period: 2 years
IDN Capable: No