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Free .UK Domains Available!

Yes, you read that right! If you own a UK SLD (Second-Level Domain), your site’s .uk domain TLD  (Top-Level Domain) is completely free of charge for one year at Namecheap.

(Note: this offer is available only if you owned your UK SLD before October 28, 2013.)

UK SLDs include .co.uk, .org.uk, and .me.uk. So, if you owned example.co.uk before October 28, 2013, then example.uk can be yours at no cost for your first year.

Why Your .uk Is Free

The UK registry has reserved a .uk for everyone who owned a co.uk, org.uk, or me.uk domain before October 28, 2013. To make this even better, we’ve created an exclusive offer so you can get your .uk completely free for a year. To take advantage, you’ll need to register your new .uk before March 31, 2019 when the deal ends.

In June 2019, .uk domains will be made available for anyone to register. Shorter TLDs are likely to be the first to go, so you could miss your chance if you don’t register before July.

Why Claim .uk?

  • Choose a Top Level Domain (TLD), rather than Second Level Domain (SLD).
  • Stop competitors from snapping up the URL of your company name
  • Make your URL shorter and punchier
  • Fit more in social media posts with fewer characters wasted on your URL
  • Improve site SEO with an alternative URL
  • Redirect to your existing website easily using Namecheap’s control panel
  • Get your .uk TLD, whatever it is—even short, high-value ones are available

How to Claim Your .UK Offer

Your current UK SLD will need to be registered with Namecheap in order to claim our offer. If it is registered elsewhere, it can be transferred in for free. Once this has happened, you can claim your .uk TLD.

Because your .uk TLD has already been automatically reserved until June, you won’t be able to process the transaction in the normal way. If you are eligible for this promotion, you should have received an email from us with a unique link to purchase your domain. You’ll need to be logged in for this link to work.

If you can’t find this email and believe you should have, contact our customer service team which will be able to help you out.

What if Someone Owns another UK Variant?

If someone owns the same domain name in one of the other UK variations, such as org.uk, the .uk will be awarded on a priority basis according to TLD extension.

The TLD .co.uk is prioritized highest, followed by .org.uk then .me.uk. So, if you own example.org.uk, but someone else owns example.co.uk, you will not have the option to claim the .uk variant.

What if My Domain Has Expired?

It’s easy for a domain to slip into a grace period—you’re busy and it’s one of those things that you can forget. That’s why, if your domain has expired but is still in the grace period, you can still claim your .uk. You can also use this opportunity to renew your original domain if you wish.

Unfortunately, if your domain expired at any point after October 29, 2013, and passed the grace period for renewal, you will not be eligible to get it for free. It will already be on sale as normal. You should still, however, look into purchasing your .uk TLD so it doesn’t fall into a competitor’s hands.

Keep Your Contact Details the Same

Our system relies on the personal data you enter during your purchase being exactly the same as the information on your current UK SLD. If the information doesn’t match, the transaction won’t go through. When you are filling in your address details, ensure that everything is exactly the same. The form is also case– and character-sensitive, so please take extra care.

We’re Here to Help!

If you have any further questions about your .uk TLD purchase, or think you should be eligible but don’t have the email from us, you can contact our customer support team. They’re there for you any time, day or night, with all the information you need.

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