In June 2014 Nominet introduced a new shorter domain extension – .UK this one joins the other extensions Nominet provides here in the UK, .co.uk, .org.uk and me.uk.
The owners or registrants of any existing .co.uk, .org.uk, and .me.uk domains registered before October 2013 had five years to snap up the corresponding .uk domain name.
Why did Nominet do this?
“We opened up the shorter .uk domain to increase choice for those seeking to register a domain in the .UK family.
We wanted to give existing customers a right to register the corresponding .uk domain. At the end of this 5-year period, our priority has been an orderly end of the reservation period. We have been working hard to raise awareness, without pressuring people to register a domain they may not need or want.”
By the close of the rights period Nominet report that over 8 million rights holders out of the 10 million that were granted have either taken up their rights to the equivalent .UK name or the rights expired.
This left around 1.8 million unclaimed .UK domains left for the domainers to fight over and try their luck making a profit on, good luck to them!
In the first week 41,459 new .UK domains were registered and at one point on 3rd July Noinet were getting 12,239 request per minute. Below you can see a list of the top 10 most contested domains, z.uk was the most hotly contested domain with 80 registrars trying to register it on Friday at 2pm.