.gov.wales or .llyw.cymru Domain Registration
These are available from January 2016. In the short term (until we create a unique Welsh page) use the formm on this page to make a request to register a .gov.wales or a .llyw.cymru domain name. The rules are similar to .gov.uk domain names but HCI Data Ltd will help you through the process.
.gov.uk Domain Registration
Some of the information that follows is a brief summary of web pages from the Cabinet Office, including:
Who is Eligible to Register a .gov.uk Domain Name?
The only organisations which can register a .gov.uk domain name are:
Making an Application to Register a .gov.uk Domain Name
.gov.uk domain names are not automatically issued and not on a first come first served basis.
The Cabinet Office (eGovernment Unit), through the national Naming and Approvals Committee is responsible for the policy governing the .gov.uk domain and for managing the rules. The UK Education and Research Networking Association (UKERNA) administers the .gov.uk domain on behalf of the Cabinet Office, by providing the name submission, name modification, approval and registration systems, in effect the Registrar
To preserve the integrity of the .gov.uk namespace the registration and ownership of .gov.uk names is limited to:
You must not use a .gov.uk domain name on promotional material, printed material or other media until it has been correctly applied for and formal approval given by the .gov.uk Domain Naming and Approvals Committee.
The Committee will not be responsible for any project costs incurred by breaching this rule. Failure to secure approval prior to printing or communication errors is not a ground for appeal if the name is rejected. Project teams and their Internet Service Providers must ensure that approval is secured before authorising the use of a name.
Domain names must:
Local authorities generally use the format 'area.gov.uk', unless there is the possibility of confusion with another authority or service (for example, national, devolved, regional, county or city) then geographic clarification will be necessary. For example:
Where districts or town have the same name then county/geographic clarification is required, for example town-county.gov.uk
Where the full title is not used the following suffixes may be used (with the hyphen):
Where a domain name is to operated by a 'higher authority' for collective web-site or e-mail management of, e.g., all the parish/town councils on a county-wide or other clearly identified geographic area then the following suffix can be used 'parishes.gov.uk'. For example: www.norfolkparishes.gov.uk
Unless the full title 'towncouncil' is used the following suffix is required with the hyphen '-tc' For example:
Unless the full title 'parishcouncil' is used the following suffix is required with the hyphen '-pc' For example:
Unless the full title 'CommunityCouncil' is used the following suffix is required with the hyphen '-wcc' For example:
The acceptance of the name is conditional on that name being used specifically and exclusively for the organisation on whose behalf it is registered. The Naming and Approvals Committee expects that the use of an approved domain name on a web server will lead directly to the home page for that organisation and not to that of its ISP/hosting service or any other agent, i.e., a page on a non-public sector domain. Abuse of this principle will result in the name being withdrawn.Having a .gov.uk domain name means you (the Registrant) have exclusive right to its use. Your organisation does not own the domain name outright, periodical renewals have to be undertaken to retain the right to use it.
When your web-site goes live you must inform the .gov.uk Naming and Approvals Committee directly by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming
The recommended UK Government access key standard is set out in the Cabinet Office's May 2002 Illustrated handbook for web management teams.
It is likely that there will be additional information before the application is processed. Any questions will be sent to the registered contact's e-mail address.
It can take some time for the domain application to be processed by UKERNA. Please allow at least two weeks before chasing up your application.
Your organisation should consider the following additional techniques to draw visitors to the .gov.uk web-site:
Your organisation should also consider the following: