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 Wednesday, 2nd May 2012, 10:35:04

Domain names can now be registered in 10-year blocks

Domain names can now be registered in 10-year blocks

Owners of .uk web domains will now be able to register or renew their addresses in annual blocks of ten years.

Nominet, the .uk registry manager, has changed its policy to also allow businesses to register domains for a 12-month period.

This is a change from the previous rules which meant that firms could only sign up for an initial period of two years.

Owners of extensions such as .uk, co.uk and .org.uk will benefit from the policy, which could prevent cyber squatters from poaching recently expired websites.

The move could also boost a business' Google search ranking as they will be investing in their domain name over a period of a decade.

In March this year, Nominet announced that the ten millionth domain name was registered, with Steven John Northam signing up with Swarvemagazine.co.uk.

".uk is a prestigious address that people admire, respect and trust all over the world, and individuals and organisations of all shapes and sizes have recognised this," said Lesley Cowley OBE, CEO of Nominet.

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