.UK Anniversary Promotional Offer!

happybirthday1We’ve got a present for you!

As .uk reaches its first birthday this June, we have a great deal lined up so you can register your own .uk domain for just £1 ex VAT. Here’s how it works:

  • Register your .uk domain with us by 12 PM (BST) 31 July 2015 and get it for just £1 ex VAT. This promotion applies to both new registrations and any .uk domains reserved for owners of existing .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domains.
  • When your .uk domain needs to be renewed, you will be charged our standard registration rate for .uk domains if you decide to renew.
  • If you are registering a .uk domain that is reserved for you and you choose not to renew it, it will become available for anyone to register.
  • Multi-year registrations are not included in the promotion and will be charged at our standard registration rate for .uk domains.

-> Register your .UK domain now ->

Free Prize Draw

Along with our fantastic promotion, you will also have a chance to win a weekly prize to the value of £1,000! Simply register your .uk domain during the promotional period to be automatically entered into the prize draw for that week. A total of £7,000 worth of prizes is up for grabs!

Please see the free prize draw terms and conditions for full details. Winners will be announced on agreatplacetobe.co.uk and will be contacted directly to claim their prize.

Where do I start at UK-Cheapest.co.uk?

girlbooksWhere Do I Start?

It can be confusing so let’s start here.

If you’re wondering whether you need a presence on the internet, you’re not alone. Struggling to make sense of the various options?

Thousands of individuals and businesses are in the same situation. This page will help you understand and to make the right decision.

What does it mean to have a website?

Many feel they need to get their business/organisation “on the internet”. Often they aren’t sure exactly what this means, but think they should be doing it. Does this sound familiar?

Being “on the internet” can mean many different things. We use the term “Internet Presence” to describe all or any of the possibilities, but more specifically, being visible on the internet so that other people can find you. Here are some of the things your internet presence might include:

  • Website
  • E-mail address
  • Listings in directories, search engines

Do I need to put my business on the internet?

Some organisations really don’t have much use for the internet, in fact many small businesses survive without a web site at all. However, if you’re in business or if you represent an organisation of any kind, then we can almost guarantee that some sort of internet presence will benefit you. It may be a full-blown website, it may be a lower-cost alternative, it may be a simple listing in a directory. In any case it makes sense to explore the options.

What if I don’t use the Internet?

It doesn’t matter. You don’t necessarily need to use the internet to have an internet presence, just as you don’t need to read the phone book to be listed in it. Just remember that most other people do use the internet — more and more use it as their main source of information. If you’re not there, you’re slowly becoming invisible.

Do I need e-mail?

Do you need a postal address or a telephone? If not then maybe you don’t need an email address. Otherwise you certainly should be considering it. You may be surprised at how useful email can be.

Do I need a web site?

Generally speaking, you should have a web site if any of these criteria apply to you:

  • You would like to provide information about your business/organisation to the public.
  • You would like people to have a good chance of finding you on the internet.
  • You would like your business/organisation to have a professional image.
  • You would like to sell goods or services over the internet.

There are many other reasons to have a web site but these are the most common.


Okay, I want a web presence. Where do I start?

1) With UK-Cheapest, it is possible to have a basic web site with an email address just by purchasing a domain name, we offer all the facilities to get a web presence online using the domain Homepage Builder just by making a single domain registration. So, as a minimum, you need to register a domain name.

Choose your domain name carefully, make sure it is easy to remember and easy to spell. Your domain is your website address. If you purchase more than one it is easy to point your extra domains to the original domain

2) If you are going to design your own web site or are hiring a web designer to do this for you, then you most certainly need a web hosting package. This will provide you with webspace, FTP facilities and full incoming/outgoing email for you to make your custom built web site available to the internet community.

You ideal web hosting plan really depends on what application you are using to design your website and how busy your website will be. If your site gets very busy in the future it is easy to upgrade.

3) If you want a site more professional looking than the Homepage builder can provide but you do not want the expense of hiring a Web Design then our online site builder is the answer. You can build professional looking web sites without any technical knowledge whatsoever – including ecommerce and web shops.

Unless you are comfortable with an FTP application (such as FileZilla, which you can download here) we recommend you design your site using either Microsoft FrontPage or simply use our Online Site Building Tool.

Ready? Start by finding a suitable domain name, choose “Unlimited Hosting” and then choose “Web Presence Builder” for access to 1000’s of pre-designed web site templates!

Buying domain names, a definitive guide

Are you in the market for a domain name?

girlbooksNo doubt there are hundreds, no, thousands of domain providers out there. So, how do you choose? Can you choose a domain name provider based squarely on price? Let’s see, do you select your car on price? Or your home on price alone… I didn’t think so.

It’s not just about the domain name. What about all the gubbins that you would expect to come with your domain name? In fact, you might not even know what you might need with your domain name – so how does that work?

You need to find a domain name provider that will supply all the features you need – and more, ready for when you eventually work out what to do with your domain.

Let’s explore what features you may require with your domain name.

Make sure the domain is registered in YOUR name

As a minimum you want to reserve the domain name for immediate use or for use in the future should you find the time. Well, all domain registrars meet this requirement – or do they? Well, no they don’t. Many domain name providers will register YOUR domain name in THEIR name. How does that work? Well, they just do and so when it comes to having control over your domain name you simply find it is limited – simply because it isn’t really YOUR domain name. Only choose a domain name host that registers the YOUR domain name in YOUR name.

Ensure you have the freedom to choose any web host

Once you have your domain name you do not want to be tied to a single host as this could negate any saving you make on your domain name. Besides, you should have the choice right? Well, many domain name providers will NOT allow you to change your domain name servers to point to another host. This would tie you in to using that particular domain provider should you need a Web Hosting account in the future. You need to keep your options open. Only choose a domain provider that allows you FREE and UNLIMITED changes of your domain nameservers. This guarantees that your domain name can be used with any web host without restriction or cost.

Can your domain name point to your free web space?

Do you have free webspace provided by your ISP? You probably do, so why buy a hosting package if you already have webspace? Check with your ISP/Broadband Supplier and find out how to upload your new website to your free webspace. So now all you need to do is point your domain name to your free webspace. This usually uses a feature called “web forwarding”. Ensure that web forwarding is supplied as standard with your domain name, you’d be surprised how many domain name hosts charge extra for this feature.

Is your domain name email enabled?

While you are pondering the use of your domain name, wouldn’t it be useful to redirect any email sent to your domain name to your everyday email address? This is called email forwarding and again, is often an extra charge on your domain name after you have purchased. Read the small print before your select your domain name host.

So, to summarise….

Find a cheap domain name host that meets the above criteria and you can’t go far wrong with your domain purchase.

Should you have difficulty, let me save you some time. Here is a UK based domain name provider that meets all of the above criteria and more…Cheap Domain Names – https://www.uk-cheapest.co.uk

Start the Transfer-In of a Domain

transfer-iconStarting the Transfer-In to UKC

There are many reasons to transfer your domain names to UKC. This is where you begin the process for all domain name types. All domain transfers start here.

Let’s do it

Enter your full domain name carefully into the box below. eg: yourdomain.com

You will be taken straight to the Checkout to complete your transfer. If you need more information, please review the following helpful articles:

How to Transfer non .UK domains to UKC

transfer-iconTransferring Non .UK domains to UKC

The process for non .UK domain names such as .com, .net and .guru is very easy as long as you carefully follow the transfer-in process.

Follow the steps below for a trouble-free transfer

In our example, we will use yourdomain.com but of course, replace this with your actual domain name.

  1. At your current registrar: Ask your registrar to “unlock” your domain name so that you may transfer it away. Sometimes you can do this through your registrar control panel, or you may need to ask them to do this for you.
  2. At your current registrar: Check that your domain admin email address is current and that you can receive emails to this address. If it is not, update the email address to your current email address. The public WHOIS will show this as the ADMIN-C email address.
  3. Go to “Start the Transfer” and enter yourdomain.com and then hit the “Transfer” button. Your domain transfer will be added to the cart and you will be taken to the checkout.
  4. Complete the checkout process. This adds your domain to your Client Area > Domain > My Domains panel. The registry charge a 1 year renewal fee however we return this to you by extending your domain name by 1 year. This is going to be cheaper than renewing for 1 year with your current registrar.

Monitoring the progress of your domain transfer

Non-UK domain name transfers follow a particular process and can take up to 7 business days to complete.

You can monitor the progress of your transfer in Client Area > Domains > My Domains > yourdomain.com > Manage Domain > Information

  1. PendingOwnerApproval: At this stage, an email is sent to the domain admin (ADMIN-C) email address. When you receive this email, you must approve the transfer (usually you just click a link). Then we move to stage 2.
  2. PendingRegistryApproval: Here, the registry are aware of your transfer authorisation and require a few business days to approve the transfer. After this stage the transfer of your domain name is complete.
  3. TransferTimedOut: If you see this then your transfer has stopped. This is usually because stage 1 was not completed and you did not respond to the authorisation email. Contact us to restart the process. There is no additional charge.

Here is an example of your Transfer-In Status: