“We knew we had a great idea and a great name. We just couldn’t wait to go on to 123 Reg to see if we could get the .com”
Your domain is the first step on your online adventure and we want you to get off to a great start. At 123 Reg, we’ve helped over a million people find their ideal domains. So, if you’ve got a business idea or project that is firing you up, you’re in the right place.
With over 400 extensions and a virtually infinite number of names to choose from, a domain name that fits your line of business and is both individual and memorable is going to be easy to find with us. We’ll then make registering your perfect domain as easy as 123.
Creating your own online identity has never been more affordable – and now, you have more options than ever! From the straight-laced to the wildly creative, you’re sure to find a domain name and extension that fit your business, branding and audience – all without spending a bundle.
There are plenty of perks when buying domains with 123 Reg. From the tools to make your own 2-page website to professional, customised email accounts, your domain name comes packed with features that make bringing your business online a breeze.
Look professional, credible and unique with an email forwarding address customised to your domain. You can forward all mail sent to your forwarding account to any other email so you can look professional without needing to create a new address.
Stop waiting and get your site up and running! Website Builder gives you the power to customise hundreds of professionally designed templates with drag-and-drop tools for a 2-page site that suits your brand - no technical knowledge necessary.
Managing your domain names will never be a chore. From adding new ones to modifying your account, our control panel is both powerful and intuitive for every level of user, eliminating needless wasted time and frustration for your business.
If buying multiple domains, you can point them all to your site, directing visitor traffic from any range of URLs. Own your brand name across all of the most important TLDs, or use your different website addresses for unique audiences and ad campaigns.
Don't worry - we're flexible. You can point your domain name at any website of your choice. Edit your account settings however you like, from controlling where your email goes with MX records to updating registrant details, cname records and more.
Blacklist monitoring checks your site against the Google Safe Browsing List and other search engines including Yahoo and Bing, revealing any issues that got you blacklisted. You're able to take immediate action to fix the problem and ensure you don't lose rankings or customer trust.
From keeping your sensitive information safe to selling the domain name to a massive market, we’re in your corner with plenty of convenient add-ons, upgrades and time-savers.
Most businesses don’t know it, but the minute you register domain names, all registration details – your name, phone number, address and email – are recorded in a public database.
Anyone can see those details, from spammers on the hunt for emails to scammers eager to take advantage of your information.
Our Domain Privacy service keeps your private information private, replacing your contact details with a generic proxy. You maintain complete control over your domains, and we forward any serious inquiries your way.
Better still, protecting your information costs very little, just £4.99 per domain name per year.
If the web address you want is already taken, we can help you get it. When you place a backorder with us, we’ll try to register the domain you want the moment it expires.
To place a backorder, search for a domain name as you normally would. If the name you’re after is unavailable, you’ll see an option to place an order instead.
If you want to save time while buying domain names, we’ve got you covered.
Easily transfer multiple domains from anywhere else you’ve registered.
See how easily you could find an incredible extension fit for a global brand, just like Cauli Rice did using 123 Reg, the UK’s #1 domain provider.
Now that you've registered a branded domain name, you can boost customer confidence and look more professional with an email address that’s customised. Use your account to stay organised, manage your emails and contacts and keep track of tasks on your calendar.
Getting a professional-looking site up needn't cost a fortune or feel like a chore. You've got options: make your own with Website Builder using hundreds of templates, choose a CMS like WordPress and get online with a hosting plan from 123 Reg, or hire our Online Experts to design and build an affordable custom site for you from scratch.
When your mailbox and website are up and running, it’s time to start getting traffic. We've made improving your rankings, getting more customers and building an email list simple with our easy-to-use SEO Optimiser, managed PPC Marketing Service and powerful Email Marketing Tools designed to help businesses get traction online.
This is the web address your business’ websites can be accessed on. For example, our domain name is 123-reg.co.uk.
Every site is hosted on an internet web server, or a “host”. Computers access these hosts using an IP – a string of numbers like 220.127.116.11 – but that’s not very memorable for human beings.
A “domain name” converts an IP address to a more memorable, text-based version so that people don’t need to punch in a huge string of numbers to find the websites they want.
Think of your domains like web addresses – the place people will find you online.
An extension is the ending of a domain name. Extensions are commonly referred to as a TLD (Top-Level Domain), suffix, or domain root.
There are many types of TLDs such as ccTLDs, which are country code specific, like .uk for the UK, and gTLDs, which are new generic extensions such as .website.
Some of the most popular TLDs include .com, .org, .net, and .biz.
Many businesses and brands register their name with multiple extensions to protect their online identity, increase visibility and attract more visitors to their website.
gTLD stands for generic Top-Level Domain. It’s a category of extensions that are alternatives to the traditional .com, .co.uk and .de domain roots.
Also called ‘new gTLDs’ or ‘nTLDs’, these are just a few of the hundreds of new names to search for that have been released recently for businesses and individuals to use.
These gTLDs vary from practical extensions such as .web or .tech, to location-based ones such as .london or .wales, and even catchy extensions such as .ninja or .xyz. Check if yours is available now.
Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) correspond to a country, territory, or other geographic location.
For example: .uk represents the United Kingdom, .de is for Germany, .mx for Mexico and .ch is used for Switzerland.
The rules for registering ccTLDs vary significantly depending on the extension. Some ccTLDs such as .de have residency restrictions, meaning that registrants are required to be located in the country of the domain extension they want to use.
However, many of the ccTLDs can be registered by anyone without any restrictions, including .uk, .ch, .es and several more.
The Domain Name System (DNS) is the internet’s equivalent of a phone book, converting the text-based web addresses you’re used to seeing into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (a string of numbers corresponding to a place on a web server).While machines access websites based on their individual IP, it’s much easier for people to remember a web address such as company.name than an IP like 18.104.22.168.
In order to register domain names, you’ll need to provide your name, address and a few other contact details. It’s crucial that the information you share is up-to-date and valid in case of a dispute or other situations where you need to show proof of ownership.
We will also need your payment details so we can process your registration.
We’ve got a huge selection!
As the UK’s #1 domain name provider, every new extension that is released is also available to be registered on 123 Reg. From the traditional .com, .co.uk, .net, .org to the new .uk, .london, .ninja, .xyz, we have it all.
Use our domain search to see which extensions are available for your desired name.
Just a few.
Some domains have registration restrictions, meaning they can only be used for a specific purpose or by specific organisations/companies in a specific country or region.
For example, .archi can only be used by individual professional architects or architecture firms, while .eu can only be used by registrants who are located in a country in the European Union.
Don’t worry – we make it obvious when restrictions apply. For every name you look up on 123 Reg, you will also find specific information regarding any domain registration restrictions that apply.
Regardless of the extension, all domain names use the same character rules which must be followed when you search for yours:
You can use letters (a-z), numbers (0-9) and dashes/hyphens (-). Spaces are not allowed, and your domains cannot begin or end with a hyphen. Your web address cannot include special characters like “&” or “!”. However, there are exceptions with IDNs where you are allowed to include special characters from other languages in your domain names.
A domain name cannot be less than three characters long, not including the extension, and names cannot be more than 63 characters so check yours is less than this.
A subdomain is a subdivision of a domain name that enables your businesses to put another name in your URL before your namespace.
For example, blog.companyname.com or shop.companyname.com would both be subdomains of companyname.com. In fact, the www at the start of your web address is actually a subdomain!
Certainly – you can cancel any time you choose.
Simply log into your control panel, go to the Domain Names section, click Manage Auto Renewal and choose the name you wish to cancel/allow to expire.
Click Confirm to confirm the name you have chosen, and you will also see the date they are due to expire.
If you’ve already registered a domain name with 123 Reg, you can associate it with your hosted website when you order your hosting package.
If your name is hosted elsewhere, make sure you transfer it to 123 Reg first before buying your website hosting package.
If you want to use your domain name for a branded or personalised email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org, you will need a 123 Reg mailbox to enable you to send and receive emails.
When you use the 123 Reg mailbox, you have three options to retrieve your email:
123 Reg Webmail – This option allows you to access the emails sent to your new customised address, no matter where you are.
Email Client – With this option, you can receive email to your PC or laptop through an email client of your choice such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora or Apple Mail.
Mobile Device – You can easily set up 123 Reg mailboxes to your mobile device, giving you access to your email from anywhere with an internet connection.
It is also possible to setup a personalised or branded email address that simply forwards email to an existing inbox you may already have elsewhere such as Gmail, Yahoo or similar. This way, you can continue using your existing email address and receive your emails through your branded domain name. To send from your personalised address you will need an email mailbox account.
After you’ve registered your domain name and purchased your hosting package, you can set up your free two-page website as a placeholder until you are ready for a proper site launch.
123 Reg offers a few great ways to get a website created, from our totally managed Make Me a Website service to our DIY Website Builder tool.
A site seal is a badge that helps build trust among your site’s visitors and customers. It tells visitors that your site is safe and secure, which makes them feel more confident purchasing from you.
To get a site seal, you need to purchase an SSL Certificate. SSLs encrypt the data that’s passed between your customers and your website like credit card info, login details or passwords to ensure no prying eyes or online threats have access.
123 Reg offers multiple SSL Certificate options to suit every business.
We’ve made it incredibly easy to earn money by selling your unwanted web addresses on the global market place.
You list your domain through our domain selling service and set the price you want to sell at. We’ll list it for you on Sedo and Name Media, the two largest domain name marketplaces, as well as through 123 Reg’s premium domain service.
You’ll have unparalleled reach in the marketplace, making it more likely you’ll sell your domains faster and for the price you’ve set.
We’ve created a huge support site, chock-full of information about everything from registering domains to hosting and building a website.
The information there covers an enormous scope of common problems and questions, and it’s quite likely we’ve already solved your issue or offered a quick answer there.
If you still can’t find an answer on the support site, you can ask for help by using the Contact Us button. One of our friendly online experts will contact you as quickly as possible.
Pete T, from TRUSTPILOT
Questions? Call us 24/7 on 0330 221 1007