Domain names in Scotland

Your domain name is the web address people go to when they want to access your products or services online - or your email. To register a domain name, you must apply to an accredited registrar.

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In your web address, the domain name is the words that come after ‘www’. In your email address, it comes after the ‘@‘ symbol.

Many businesses in Scotland use a co.uk or .uk domain name. Research has shown higher levels of interest in the .uk domain among the tech-savvy, digitally-engaged people.

Although it usually incorporates your company name, owning a registered trade mark does not automatically entitle your business to use it as a domain name.

How to apply

To register a UK domain name, apply to an accredited registrar – this is an online retailer where you can buy your domain. Nominet is the biggest domain name registry in the UK. It provides a list of registrars, advice about how to register or resolve a dispute about a domain name.