Domain Name Registration in the United Kingdom
3E Accounting explains the ins and outs of domain name registration in the UK in this quick read.
The United Kingdom has millions of businesses, and it takes something special to stand out and get noticed. One way of doing this is to get a smashing domain name for your company’s online presence. As it identifies your digital presence to the whole world, it should be a reflection of your brand. Domain name registration in the UK is usually done for business purposes and is an essential step in making a good impression.
Owning a Name
Once you are done setting up and registering your company with Companies House, it is time to establish your digital presence. A domain name is not to be confused with web hosting services or website design and development. A domain name is a specific address for your website’s homepage, and you can even add a matching email address.
Choosing a domain name is important as it is a part of your business, and the brand the world will see. It is best to keep it short and simple, preferably with a unique moniker that describes your business. Keep your target audience in mind, consider your location and make it something easy to type out. Avoid symbols, punctuations, complicated alphanumeric combinations, etc. When someone types in your domain name into the URL bar, it should be easy to remember.
Domain names use what is known as ”standard naming hierarchy” and some points to remember include:
- They are read from right to left.
- Is divided into sub-domain, domain and top-level domain or TLD.
- TLDs can have country codes attached to them.
For example, www.3ecpa.co.uk consists of co.uk which is a TLD with a country code indicating where 3E Accounting is based. This is followed by .3ecpa which is the domain and name of the business. The sub-domain www. indicates the prefix for the World Wide Web. Usually, companies based in the United Kingdom will go for the .co.uk TLD while a .com tends to project more of international status. Aligning your email adds a final polish to the whole experience and sets you up as a serious business.
In the United Kingdom, domain names need to be purchased from a domain name registrar. A database of registration information is maintained by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN. You can do a database search on your chosen domain name’s viability and availability within the system. Assuming the domain name you require is available, the cost for registration is relatively low and paid annually.
Managing domain names or gaining control of domains requires some professional help. You will also want good security and plenty of uptime for your domain name to be easily accessible. 3E Accounting offers customisable solutions that are highly innovative and add value to your business.
Domain name registration in the UK with 3E Accounting comes feature-packed but competitively priced. It can be upgraded or have extensions added at a pace that suits your business. We provide impeccable support, cutting edge security and a digital service your business can rely on. Contact 3E Accounting and speak to any one of our helpful experts on how we can be of assistance to you.