A strong sales month for .UK.
Over 100,000 second level domain names under .uk have been registered since they became available for registration last month, .uk registry Nominet announced today.
About two-thirds have been registered by people who have matching third level .uk domain names. They are given first rights to the second level domain name for a period of five years.
Surprisingly, over one-third have been registered as completely new and unique registrations, showing demand for shorter .uk domain names for terms that people didn’t yet pick up in .co.uk
Buoyed by second level domain sales, last month was Nominet’s biggest sales month in 14 years. It sold 225,000 new registrations across .uk, .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk.
This comes as Nominet is gearing up for an expanded namespace in England. Nominet will begin offering .wales and .cymru domains soon, but will also face competition from .London.