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there is a strange website at, why is this and who put it there. the descrp just says it's for ISP's, what's it history 12:37, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Looks like it's just somebody who has registered in order to attract traffic to his site. Note that although that LOOKS like the www server sub-domain on the front of a registered domain, in fact his domain is, since he can't own the SLD (talk) 22:07, 15 February 2014 (UTC)


The end of Allocation of domain names is inaccurate. In the US, school districts, which can be likened to local education authorities, each have domains such as (though many now use less buried addresses like In this address, the US ccTLD comes at the end, preceded by the state domain (Ohio), preceded by the k12 domain. This .k12 domain is used like the .sch domain: for "schools, primary, and secondary education" – in fact, it's named for K-12 (Kindergarten–12th grade) education. Finally, district's domain may have subdomains for individual schools.

This section makes it sound like .edu is the only school-specific domain, but that schools have to register their own .com or .org domain. That's not true, although many schools do opt to do so, because .com or .org domains are much easier to remember.

 – Minh Nguyễn (talk, contribs) 23:52, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

Northern Ireland/The six counties[edit]

Should the article mention that .uk us is bound to continue even if Northern Ireland ceases to be politically joined to Great Britain as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? -- 10:27, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

It seems a somewhat irrelevant point to make - the country would still be the United Kingdom. Shimgray | talk | 10:52, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

Yeah and the fact Northern Ireland leaving the UK is a minority position that is weakening every day thank God! We don't need any nationalist propoganda creeping into a UK article thank you very much. ``

Northern Ireland isnt going to leave the UK, unless it has a damn good reason to (If it is because it wants to be run seperately from the UK, it would just go back to Ireland. 'cliché') —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:29, 10 February 2008 (UTC)[edit]

are you sure is rejected, you can register domains under that name.. (have a look on 17:41, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Apparently there were two different original proposals for, and one was accepted and the other rejected, which is why it shows up in both lists. *Dan T.* 18:23, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Since it actually has been accepted wouldn't it make sense to eliminate it entirely from the "rejected" list? I understand that multiple proposals were made (according to the above statement), but the fact is, it has been accepted. Shouldn't matter how many rejections it went through on the way. It's like applying for a job. If you re-apply after you've been rejected once, and finally get the job, do you then still log that as a rejection? No, just took two tries. Crocadillion (talk) 00:57, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Why the '.co' in ''?[edit]

The article mentions that it is prohibited to register a domain name directly under .uk (such as, but it doesn't say why. Does anyone know? Because I sure can't find out.

Because, like a number of other country code domains, .uk has chosen to subdivide its space by category, separating companies ( from organizations (, and some other categories like for the government. *Dan T.* 00:38, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
But why has this strange decision been taken? And why .co and not the standard .com? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:38, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

Why and not[edit]

Some domains use .co (, whereas others use .com ( Why use .co? I would have thought they would have just copied the ".com" and add their own domain after it - why drop the m?

It's just how that particular country code developed; the people in charge of Internet naming in each country get to make independent decisions, and didn't always decide it the same way. There is no "standard" about how a country code domain is to be subdivided. *Dan T.* 16:03, 18 October 2007 (UTC)
Bear in mind that the use of ac and co dates back to Janet days too - and at the time, with a non-Internet network, what would be the rationale of following the American system? (especially as it took no account of other countries in its naming convention. .us remains somewhat of a minority TLD). In Janet naming, institutions had full and abbreviated names; many used two-letter abbreviated names (these were carried over - look at UK academic domains and many are very abbreviated). If the other elements are short, the second-level might as well be. JohnGray 01:09, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
Also probably because 'Co' is a longstanding abbreviation for Company, as in 'Joe Boggs & Co'. cdv 14 Mar 2008 —Preceding comment was added at 10:33, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Usually .co. is used by a country that is made up of smaller united countries or automonous counties —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:24, 10 February 2008 (UTC)


I remember reading a story in the early/mid 90's about the Ukraine making a claim for ownership of the .uk top level domain. I cannot find any reference to this now. The official 2-character ISO country code for Ukraine is 'UA', which makes this idea seem less credible, but I wonder if there is any reference to this story that would add value to this entry? --Davagh (talk) 00:06, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

I have heard similar stories and believe them to be true, but the only references I can find are blogs by people I don't recognise. By the way, I think Ukraine dislikes being called "the Ukraine". Certes (talk) 22:39, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
Certain places seem to have wound up with the definite article before them in normal English usage, for some reason, including the New York City borough of The Bronx. *Dan T.* (talk) 00:16, 2 February 2008 (UTC)


There was also a proposal for England to have a separate internet address. It was supposed to be either, .en or .eng (both en and eng were rejected because they are used to show when a webpage is in English). (talk) 22:20, 10 February 2008 (UTC)Falcon-eagle200780.192.246.56 (talk) 22:20, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

.Uk / .gb[edit]

It is somewhat contentious to say in the second paragraph that 'the use of .uk rather than .gb is due to pre-existing use in JANET'. 'UK' is also the correct name for the sovereign state (The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland); Great Britain is only a part of the state, and is not a formal entity of any kind, as far as I am aware.

It is arguably ISO 3166 which is anomalous. ISO say:

The codes in ISO 3166-1 are - wherever possible - chosen to reflect the significant, unique component of the country name in order to allow a visual association between country name and country code. Since name components like Republic, Kingdom, United, Federal or Democratic are used very often in country names we usually do not derive the country code elements from them in order to avoid ambiguity. The name components United and Kingdom not being approriate for ISO 3166-1, the code GB for the United Kingdom was created from Great Britain. (

However, in general usage, no-one normally uses 'GB': to refer to the component countries collectively, people say 'the UK'.

JANET used; I'm sure that could have been converted to rather than had .gb been the preferred TLD. I would expect people preferred to follow common usage rather than ISO 3166.

I suggest we revise the second paragraph.

cdv —Preceding unsigned comment added by CDV (talkcontribs) 12:56, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Then why did ISO assign "US" as the code for the United States? "United" and "States" are the same sorts of generic components they're supposedly avoiding. *Dan T.* (talk) 13:17, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Speculation about "Northern Ireland" is something of a red herring. GB was the correct general designator for the country even when the whole of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland prior to 1922. Indeed, there has been more than one united kingdom in the world. The ISO list is not the anomaly; the modern use of 'the UK' is. For nearly every other international designation GB is used in preference to UK. For example, the correct postal address for the country as a whole is GB rather than UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales etc (Universal Postal Union 1885).

Attempts to obtain a rational explanation from UKERNA and the British Government concerning the suppression of the .gb domain met with evasive, uncertain and vague responses, even as to who took this decision. It might possibly be indirectly related to the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to change the 'GB' vehicle national identification letters to 'UK' post-1997. It seems a strange decision to positively prohibit the use of this extant domain in a purportedly 'free market' economy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:49, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Gary brammel[edit]

gary brammel is a person who lives in clifton, nottingham and founded high bank primary school in 1953 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Moogee (talkcontribs) 01:24, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

What does this have to do with the .uk domain (or the price of tea in China)? *Dan T.* (talk) 02:12, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

"co. = commonwealth"[edit]

Someone was trying to convince me .co. stands from commonwealth. I thought it's commercial or company. Does it have any merit? --AaThinker (talk) 11:26, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

None whatsoever. (talk) 22:11, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

Most popular TLDs?[edit]

quote from .de: .de is currently the second most popular ccTLD in terms of number of registrations, after .cn, and is third after .com and .cn among all TLDs.

quote from this page: As of July 2008, it is the fifth most popular top-level domain worldwide (after .com, .cn, .de and .net), with over 7 million registrations.[2]

I guess that is an unacceptable inconsistency... (please note that I will also post this on .de's talk page) —Preceding unsigned comment added by My name is Jasper (talkcontribs) 13:44, 4 May 2009 (UTC)[edit]

Today a new police website launched with the URL "". Is this a new domain that has been registered with the .uk top level domain with special permission or something? Or is it an old one that was registered before the creation of Nominet UK, that has simply not been used for some time? (talk) 18:23, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Dead link[edit]

During several automated bot runs the following external link was found to be unavailable. Please check if the link is in fact down and fix or remove it in that case!

--JeffGBot (talk) 15:16, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Discussion re domain names at Talk:Northern Ireland[edit]

A discussion is taking place at the above page relating to what domain name or domain names whould be listed for Northern Ireland (if any). I am a participant in the discussion so do not wish to be seen to be canvassing here so I simply encourage more Editors to get involved at Talk: Northern Ireland. For balance I am also making this post on the .ie talk page. Frenchmalawi (talk) 17:26, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Howard Burroughs[edit]

I take a course on the basics on the internet and DNS at my university, a course which has taught me about Howard Burroughs and his current ownership of the .uk domain. If any new citations are found please add but don't bully new users and blindly remove factual posts. Big love from iTajjx (talk) 13:16, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

I couldn't find any sources that mention Howard Burroughs owning the TLD, or that link him to Nominet at all, and unsourced claims about living people should always be deleted. I dug up a source that says "Nominet began registering Domain Names on 1 August 1996 and is now officially recognised by the UK Government as the manager of the .uk TLD." - if you can find a source that says otherwise, feel free to swap that in. --McGeddon (talk) 13:22, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
(It looks like the Howard Burroughs thing is just somebody's obscure in-joke, there have been some silly IP edits along the same lines over the past year, to this and related articles.) --McGeddon (talk) 13:49, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Registrations directly under .uk[edit]

Registrations directly under .uk are permitted from summer 2014. Source. Rob (talk) 23:58, 24 November 2013 (UTC)