Domain Name Registration
What is a domain name?
Computers connected to the Internet have unique numerical addresses so that electronic information is delivered to the right place. The domain name system (DNS) translates the numerical addresses of computers into more user-friendly names. The resulting domain names are easy to recall and help people to find information on the Internet.
Domain names are used to identify both websites and e-mail addresses. For example, if your domain name is joebloggs.com:
Your website address will be http://www.joebloggs.com.
Your e-mail address will be email@example.com (the name in front of the '@' sign can be chosen by you to direct mail to specific users, eg firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc.
Why should I register a domain name and how do I choose one?
Your domain name will be your exclusive address for your website and e-mail addresses. You ideally therefore want a name that is relevant, not too long, not likely to be commonly misspelt and is fairly easy to remember. If you have not already done so, it is vital you secure your own unique domain name. There are three aspects to choosing a domain name:
- The choice of top level domain - such as .uk, .com, .org, .net, .biz, .info, .co, .me
- The choice of second level domain - such as .co.uk, .plc.uk, .ltd.uk, .org.uk
- The name itself - such as bbc.co.uk, bloggs.com. You can choose either to use the name of your business, eg bloggs.com or you may prefer to use a domain that describes the services you offer, eg designerclothing.co.uk. Specific rules apply to the registration of each top and second level domain, so contact us if your are unsure. General domain naming rules are shown at the foot of this page.
How much will it cost?
Our domain registration prices are extremely competitive as they not only include your first two years registration fees, but also include configuration of up to 12 e-mail accounts or forwarders (if you need more, contact us for a quote), and our industry-leading webmail interface (which also allows you to set auto responders and task reminders).
We also offer professional cloud-based filtering of your emails with market leading guaranteed 99.9% spam detection, with less than 0.0004% false positives. The filtering also contains two independent virus filters with guaranteed virus detection rate of 100% of known viruses, and 99.99% of previously unknown viruses. Get more information about our spam filtering service here.
If you would like us to order a domain name, check availability of a name for you, or if you need guidance in selecting the appropriate domain name, contact us and we'll get back to you at our earliest opportunity.
Domain Naming Rules
Domains must contain only letters, number and hyphens(-). No spaces are allowed. Cannot begin or end with a dash.
Minimum 3 characters (2 allowed if a mixture of letters and numerals, eg 'c5.co.uk')
.com, .net and .org Names
Minimum 2 characters
.plc.uk or ltd.uk Names
More information is required in order to register either of the above variations. Please contact us for full details