About Domains

This page contains some useful information and resources on domains.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a domain name?

A domain name is simply your address on the internet. It is where people can find your website by typing its name instead of a lengthy and hard to remember IP address. When you type the domain into your web browser the internet can see where the files of your website are hosted and so route visitors to that specific location.

What is a premium domain?

A premium domain is one that has already been registered by a third party ie. a second-hand one that is no longer available to register at any registrar. This type of domain usually has pre-existing visitor traffic and is already listed and ranked in various search engines such as Yahoo, AOL, Bing and Google. Anyone can purchase a premium domain however they do cost considerably more than a freely available unregistered one.

Why do premium domains cost more?

These are simply the best domains on the market hence their higher price tag. They are extremely desirable due to their easy to pronounce and shorter more brandable characteristics. The most expensive are premium generic domains and these are usually either dictionary words, terms or well known sayings, a few examples are: films, vibrant, p2p, crowdfunding, working from home.

A comparison can be drawn between the UK property market where a new build house in Milton Keynes may be available to buy for hundreds of thousands of pounds but a property located in the centre of London could cost you millions. As with London property the appealing nature of owning a premium domain attracts thousands of new buyers each day in the UK. They all clearly have one thing in common though, and that is that they are looking for something special and unique to represent them and their business.

Why should I buy a premium .co.uk domain?

The initial outlay and cost of ownership of purchasing a premium domain are soon recouped when you consider all the many benefits one has, some of these include:

Pre-existing visitor traffic – From the word go your site can get immediate visitors as opposed to waiting for your marketing campaigns and search engine listings to be completed.

Listed page ranking – The domain may already be listed in multiple search engines like Yahoo, AOL, Bing and Google, which can produce immediate sales leads and contacts through your website.

A shorter, more desirable name – Easy to pronounce, shorter and more memorable for your customers.

All-in-all owning a premium domain can produce fantastic results generating extra income for your business whilst having a name that looks as good as it sounds! Don’t wait until someone else snaps-up your ideal name, buy your premium domain today and start experiencing the many benefits it has to offer!

How do I buy a domain and what is the transfer process?

Buying one of our premium domains is a relatively straight forward process, simply follow the steps below -

1. Buyer submits offer to purchase a domain using our offer form

2. If offer is accepted, buyer receives a confirmation email with details on how to make payment.

3. Buyer places their order through our secure checkout

4. Buyer receives confirmation of order including full domain transfer details. Payment is confirmed and the domain transfer is initiated instantly to buyer via our account at Nominet

5. Buyer receives a transfer email from Nominet with a secure link to change the domains WHOIS registrant details to that of their own.

6. Buyer completes the Nominet transfer.
Domain is released to the buyers web host or registrar.

  Domain is ready for buyer to use as website and email address.

A more detailed explanation of the above process may be found here

Who are Nominet?

Nominet are the UK's domain name authority and registry, they are responsible for management of the UK's web space. 3DWEB are a long-term registered member of Nominet and also an offical domain registrar. Further details about Nominet may be found here

What is the WHOIS?

The WHOIS is operated by Nominet, the UK's domain registry. It is where you can find the current registrant details that is associated with a domain. You may look up any domain using the official Nominet WHOIS Lookup below.

How do I renew my domain?

By default we automatically renew your domains for you for an additional 2 year period, 7 days prior to its due expiry date. You may choose to renew your domains for a period of between 1 and 10 years, to do so all you need to do is let us know this is what you require. If you no longer wish to renew your domains with us we require a minimum of 30 days notice in advance of the domains expiry date, you may then request cancellation or transfer them to another registrar.

How much does it cost me to renew my domain?

Once a domain has been purchased from us it is yours to keep for life, and there are no additional charges other than the Nominet domain renewal fee. This is a compulsory fee that anyone who owns a UK domain will need to pay to keep their domain. This is payable to the registrar that the domain is hosted with and usually costs little more than £6 to £20 per year.

A list of our registration and renewal prices can be found here

How do I transfer my domain to another registrar?

If you would like to move your domains to another registrar we can do this for you. You just need to contact us with the name and IPSTAG of your chosen registrar and we will then release the domain to them for you.

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Websites, News & Forums

Sales Stats - domainprices.co.uk
Market Prices - sedo.com
Live Auctions - domainlore.co.uk
Discussions - acorndomains.co.uk
News - dnjournal.com
UK Registry - Nominet.uk

Registrant Resources

Whois - Nominet
Online Services - Nominet
Domains - Nominet
Manage your Domains - Nominet
Announcements - Nominet

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