This week saw the launch of the shorter UK domain name – directly under .uk, you no longer need to choose .co.uk, org.uk or .me.uk. However registration rights have been reserved for 5 years for existing .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk holders. Rights are in descending order so .co.uk holders get first choice.
The launch was by all accounts a success, with 50,000 new shorter .uk registrations within the first 24 hours – making it one of the fastest selling new domain releases on record.
This response beats the first day sales for the entire current batch of new generic Top Level Domains by a large margin.
New Top Level Domains in the UK
UK registrants of the new top level domains now top 70,000 in 140 different gtld strings, with the most popular choices being;
new gTLD Domains % Share
1. .email 7,076 9.80 % 2. .photography 5,010 6.94 % 3. .guru 3,874 5.37 % 4. .club 3,004 4.16 % 5. .technology 2,473 3.43 % 6. .company 2,104 2.91 % 7. .today 2,084 2.89 % 8. .directory 1,960 2.71 % 9. .solutions 1,747 2.42 % 10. .clothing 1,453 2.01 %
Full list available at ntldstats.com/country/GB