We're Not Getting Awesome .UK Domains Anymore

By Sam Gibbs on at

Why are we stuck with the awkward .co.uk, eh? It's three characters too long, and stands out like a sore thumb against the chic of the .com guys. It turns out we're stuck with it because no one showed any real interest in the shorter, cooler .uk domain idea, so much so that it's been shelved. What the hell were we thinking?

Nominet, the UK's web address controller, has basically said that after a three-month consultation, not enough people stuck their hands up and said, hell yeah, give me a .uk domain, which I think is nuts. I'd love a .uk domain, I don't know about you, but there were a few catches that probably didn't help.

For one, it'd be more expensive to register a .uk domain (isn't everything when it's the new hotness?), and there would be some requirements for increased security, and even the idea of some sort of verified "trust mark". Not that the increased security provided by the likes of DNSSEC-signing would have been a bad thing, as it would have supposedly made hacking .uk sites harder at the domain level.

Anyway, the .uk domain has been shelved for now. Hopefully it'll get resurrected once people see sense. [BBC]

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