Nominet (the UK domain registry) has announced that we can register everyone’s reserved .uk domains (you have one reserved for you until 10th June 2019 if you own a qualifying .co.uk/.org.uk/.me.uk domain) for free. Whilst we have provided an interface in the client area to claim them, many of you have not done so, so we’re going to take the step of registering them all for you from September 11th onwards unless you opt out. A lot of questions can be answered by checking out Nominet’s information site here:
However, we understand you may have further questions about this so here are the most common ones:
Are they really free?
Yes, 100% free, you will not be charged for these registrations at all for the initial 2 year period. After that, standard .uk rates apply, which are the same as .co.uk.
Why is this so important?
Whilst we’ve helped several thousand domain owners claim their domains so far, we envisage a situation in 2019 whereby anyone will be able to register the .uk version of a domain for which you are the .co.uk or .org.uk owner. After calling approximately 300 customers by phone to gauge what the preferred course of action is, over 99% wanted the domains registered for them immediately. We’re confident that this applies to the rest of our client base, which is why we’re taking the step of claiming them automatically for you.
As an example of the consequence of not claiming your domain, imagine you own, for example, londontaxicompany.co.uk, and you haven’t claimed your .uk domain by 10th June 2019. On June 11th, your competitor can now register and use londontaxicompany.uk, undermining your .co.uk based website. It’s potentially very bad news.
Do I have to do anything? How do I opt out?
If you’re happy to have them registered for free and added to your account, then do nothing. If you don’t want your free domains, then simply open a ticket through the client area before September 8th, stating which domains you don’t want to claim.
When will they be registered?
We will be registering the domains from September 11th onwards, until October 31st. You will receive a registration confirmation for each domain we register on your behalf, and it’ll appear live in your account instantly, as with any other domain.
Can I transfer domains to you I own elsewhere and then claim the free .uk equivalent?
Yes. Just submit a domain transfer for your qualifying .co.uk/.org.uk/.me.uk domain in the normal manner at https://my.freevirtualservers.com/cart.php?a=add&domain=transfer , transfer it to us by changing the IPS tag at the current registrar to EASY-INTERNET. Within 4 hours it’ll show as active in the client area and you can then claim the free .uk version through the client area claim interface.
What are the ongoing costs?
The first 2 years are free, and there’s no obligation to renew, though we expect most will. In an ideal world, .uk wouldn’t exist, but it does, and business owners in particular need to protect their brand names. Auto renew will be enabled by default on these domains.
If you have any further questions, please open a ticket from the client area at https://my.freevirtualservers.com/clientarea.php.
Last year saw a huge surge in the amount of cyber security attacks. High profile data breaches such as the ones suffered by Target and Neiman Marcus’ Computer Systems saw their systems compromised and their business reputation suffered as a result.
Security breaches can be very costly and devastating, so should you be worried about the security of your websites and online accounts? If you hold any kind of database or customer data, you need to take steps to ensure that your systems are secure.
We are delighted to announce the addition of “Let’s Encrypt”, which provides you with the ability to instantly issue trusted SSL certificates for all your hosted domains absolutely FREE!
We are delighted to announce that we are now Patrons of the Leicestershire Law Society (LLS), an organisation that helps its members by providing support and information on legal matters. As a Patron we will be offering members of the LLS special offers, promotions and discounts to help with websites, hosting, search engine optimisation and other services to help members get online quickly and easily.
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In the UK over 6 million people of working age are disabled or have a health condition. A large gap between the number of disabled people who are in employment compared with non disabled people exists and the government created the Disability Confident campaign with the aim of halving the employment gap between disabled people and non disabled people.
Through the campaign the government is working with employers to challenge attitudes towards disability, increase understanding of disability, remove barriers and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
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From all of us here at Free Virtual Servers we would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
During Christmas and New Year we are open as normal but please note that our phone and admin support will be scaled down between December 24th 2015 and January 3rd 2016. However, our Helpdesk will be open 24/7 during these dates, so if you need technical support or help during the festive period please visit http://help.freevirtualservers.com to submit a ticket to us any time day or night, and we will be pleased to help you. Our phone and admin support will be back to normal as of Monday 4th January 2016.