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 188.8.131.52 — but that's not very memorable for human beings.
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 184.108.40.206.
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 such as: bücher.de or müller.info.
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.
Make sure you read our complete email guide for instructions on how to set up your personal email
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.
We also put together an in-depth, step-by-step guide on how to create a website and get it up and running.
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.