Frequently Asked Questions » Domain Names


What is a domain name?

A domain name is the web address you type in to the top of your web browser. For instance the Domain name of this site is: Although is usual, your domain name can be anything you'd like it to be. However, it can only contain letters, numbers and hyphens (-).


What is a domain extension?

A domain extenstion is the part that follows the domain name, in this case .com. There are many different extensions: .com, .net and .org are the most common worldwide.


Why don't you register names?

The reason we don't offer domain names ending in .uk (eg:, or is because we use a US registrar for all our domains. NameCheap register TLD for much less than most UK registrars and offer an excellent service. But US registration systems do not take into consideration .UK registration laws. This is how it works: they register the domains to themselves, using their company information allowing you to change it later. Usually this is fine, but if a .uk is registered to a company that information cannot be changed without a further payment to Nominet and 6 months of to-ing and fro-ing. In UK law only the name that appears in the whois lookup is recognised as the owner, not who made the payment and consequently using a US registrant means you may not own the domain name for which you have paid. I've been stung by that before. Therefore we do not register any .uk extensions (eg:,, etc). Should you prefer a .uk site, we strongly recommend that you choose a UK-based registrar, such as 123-Reg.

At the moment we offer several other extensions for registration. For more information see our Services page.