Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most frequent questions we get asked when buying a generic domain name, so we have created this FAQ guide.
What is a generic domain name?
Will it bring extra business?
Is it a one off payment?
Will the domain name be mine?
What are domain renewals?
Who are Nominet.org.uk?
Unlike the model for gTLDs and ccTLDs in some other countries, by and large, customers wishing to register a domain do not approach Nominet directly, but register the domain via a registrar. This is an organisation that is authorised by Nominet to register and update domains on behalf of customers, and that has provided a PGP public key to enable Nominet to authenticate communications from them. Registrars were formerly known as “tagholders”.As of March 2012, the .uk register held 10,000,000 .uk domain names making it the second largest ccTLD in the world.
Nominet also deals with disputes about registrations of .uk domain names, via its Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) which is similar to the UDRP system used for generic Top Level Domain Names, but with certain innovations such as a free mediation service. Nominet, which operates the .uk domain and is soon to start operating the UK ENUM registry, has launched a charitable foundation, the Nominet Trust. Nominet has been running up a surplus (profit) on its ordinary operations since 2003; since its constitution forbids it from distributing surplus funds to members in the manner of a commercial company paying dividends, it is now looking at charitable activities as a means of running down the money mountain.
In September 2008, Nominet’s board made an initial donation of £5m to its charitable offshoot, which will support “education, research and the funding of suitable projects for the benefit of UK Internet stakeholders”. Further donations have been made since this date. DATA taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominet_UK
How long does the transfer take?
How do I purchase a domain from you, what is the next step?
Step 1: You can simply checkout through our Secure 256-bit SSL Encrypted website to make an instant purchase or make contact via email or telephone or through our online web form, we will then contact you back normally straight away during business office hours 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday. Out of office hours will require a longer wait, normally around 2 hours.
Step 2: Once we agree on a price, we will email across a PDF invoice for your records. Payment is normally made via bank transfer or PayPal through our Secure SSL Encrypted website and is normally instant.
Step 3: As soon as the full payment clears, we will log into our Nominet.uk account and request the transfer to be sent to you via email, also an instant process.
Step 4: Once the transfer has arrived you simply click the blue link and follow the simple transfer instructions.
Step 5: Use your new domain straight away! It should now be all legally in your name and address, and also moved to your preffered registrar.