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Free .co.uk or .uk Domain name for one year @ names.co.uk
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Free .co.uk or .uk Domain name for one year @ names.co.uk

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Posted 25th May

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The following suffixes are on offer when registered for 1 year using the embedded voucher code - .co.uk and .uk. The offer prices are: .co.uk and .uk - FREE.

(standard prices are: .co.uk - £7.99; .uk - £6.99)

These offers entitle you to one .co.uk and one .uk at the offer price per account. Additionally, the following extensions will be offered at the prices shown (ex VAT) when registered on site for one year: .website - £3.00, .site - £3.00, .tech - £5.00, .store - £5.00, .fun - £3.00, .space - £3.00, .app - £12.00, .london - £14.99, .online - £3.50.

Please note, for EU customers VAT rates payable will be subject to your country of residence. Offers are for the first billing period only, do not apply to renewals, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of Namesco Limited. Standard terms & conditions apply.

Note: Namesco (the company that operates names.co.uk) will require a temporary £1 card charge just to validate the owner details (domain identity requirement). The charge will be reverted automatically a few days later.
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Watch out. I avoid names.co.uk like the plague because they actually charge you to move the domain away from them.

"Please carefully read the text on this page, paying attention to the fact that there is a £10 + VAT administration fee. "
names.co.uk/sup…tml

It will usually work out way more expensive to have a domain with them after the first year, unless you know you actually only want it for 1 year.
Covid20 is avaliable, yay
Tip: register now to get the domain(s) free for the first year, then transfer to another provider. Namecheap will give the first year free for .co.uk transfers, and carry over any remaining time - so transferring any time during the first year you effectively get two years free. Then you can either renew the third year there or transfer elsewhere.

Edit: £10+VAT "admin" fee for transferring out of names.co.uk so that needs to be factored in as well.
Edited by: "vutuubunn" 25th May
Loads of domain registrars do this deal, it’s pretty much a way to get more money out of you... extra charges and higher renewal prices. These deals are only good if you want a domain name for a year.
Edited by: "R0BUST" 25th May
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Similar to LCN.com deal but includes .uk as well (for those who still debate which one is better - hint, it's not .uk!)
Covid20 is avaliable, yay
Tip: register now to get the domain(s) free for the first year, then transfer to another provider. Namecheap will give the first year free for .co.uk transfers, and carry over any remaining time - so transferring any time during the first year you effectively get two years free. Then you can either renew the third year there or transfer elsewhere.

Edit: £10+VAT "admin" fee for transferring out of names.co.uk so that needs to be factored in as well.
Edited by: "vutuubunn" 25th May
Heat
This domain registrar or LCN is better, long term?
Watch out. I avoid names.co.uk like the plague because they actually charge you to move the domain away from them.

"Please carefully read the text on this page, paying attention to the fact that there is a £10 + VAT administration fee. "
names.co.uk/sup…tml

It will usually work out way more expensive to have a domain with them after the first year, unless you know you actually only want it for 1 year.
Loads of domain registrars do this deal, it’s pretty much a way to get more money out of you... extra charges and higher renewal prices. These deals are only good if you want a domain name for a year.
Edited by: "R0BUST" 25th May
avoid this place will be free but will hike on renewal
wiz126/05/2020 11:32

avoid this place will be free but will hike on renewal


As do all other registrars... You can always move your domain to a different registrar before renewal.
wiz126/05/2020 11:32

avoid this place will be free but will hike on renewal


And they charge for domain transfer for moving away from them, had them last year.

I beat that though by not renewing and by cancelling my domain at nominet and then buying my domain again elsewhere.

Their support was utter crap as well as I initially asked them to cancel but they didn't allow me to.
Edited by: "LordMetro" 27th May
147sham27/05/2020 10:46

As do all other registrars... You can always move your domain to a …As do all other registrars... You can always move your domain to a different registrar before renewal.


...for £12.
Not sure if we are allowed to mention other companies but I use iwantmyname.com because they are the only domain company I know that offer 2-step security on your account.
I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one.

Few questions:

1. If I get a domain will I own it for life?
2. If I get a domain will I need to pay somebody to host it for me right?
3. Once a domain is hosted, and providing they provide email services I can use the domain email address?
4. Any other costs I need to consider?



Thanks!
I am moving away from names.co.uk as their renewal prices are outrageous. I have several domains with them and a hosting package but can see me moving it all away from them on renewal due to pricing.
ceanth27/05/2020 10:57

I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few …I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few questions:1. If I get a domain will I own it for life?2. If I get a domain will I need to pay somebody to host it for me right?3. Once a domain is hosted, and providing they provide email services I can use the domain email address?4. Any other costs I need to consider?Thanks!


1. No, you are effectively renting the name, however you will have the option to renew it for life unless it's taken away due to copyright etc.
2. If you want a website then you pay for hosting, you can own the domain without hosting if you do not need a website.
3. You can have email provided with the domain registrar usually, or you can pay for a Microsoft Exchange Online licence and link the domain to Microsoft 365 services (no hosting package needed for this).
4. If you need a website then the hosting cost and the cost to build it if you use a pay for tool, email may cost depending if the domain registrar offers free basic email or not. Domain renewals are annual.
ceanth27/05/2020 10:57

I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few …I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few questions:1. If I get a domain will I own it for life?2. If I get a domain will I need to pay somebody to host it for me right?3. Once a domain is hosted, and providing they provide email services I can use the domain email address?4. Any other costs I need to consider?Thanks!


1. As long as you keep renewing it, if you don't renew it - you risk losing the domain if someone else registers it while you haven't claimed it by renewing whenever it is due to expire.
2. You need to buy hosting for your domain if you would like to host a website/server, yes.
3. Usually you get email forwarding with most registrars for domains e.g. ceanth@mydomain.com -> ceanth@gmail.com. You need to setup and email server to be able to use your domain for email properly.
3. Domain + hosting is usually all you'll need, you can add stuff like SSL which can have a cost.
thedavebaxter27/05/2020 10:56

Not sure if we are allowed to mention other companies but I use …Not sure if we are allowed to mention other companies but I use https://iwantmyname.com because they are the only domain company I know that offer 2-step security on your account.


So does namecheap, GoDaddy and many other companies
Thanks guys. When you say that it needs to be renewed, who does this need to he renewed with? Also what's to stop them charging whatever they like?
ceanth27/05/2020 10:57

I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few …I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few questions:1. If I get a domain will I own it for life?2. If I get a domain will I need to pay somebody to host it for me right?3. Once a domain is hosted, and providing they provide email services I can use the domain email address?4. Any other costs I need to consider?Thanks!


1) No. You rent it.

2) If you want a website behind it, you will need to host it somewhere. Easiest way it to buy hosting, you could host it yourself if you really wanted.

3) You don't usually have to buy the "Mail add-ons" for email. I usually use the ones built into cPanel (usually installed for you). Or just redirect all your mail to Gmail.

4) Depends on what you want to do. Want a fancy WordPress Theme? These are usually paid for. There are plenty of free ones available though. Want a "professional" SSL cert, these are a cost (free via Let's Encrypt).
ceanth27/05/2020 11:03

Thanks guys. When you say that it needs to be renewed, who does this need …Thanks guys. When you say that it needs to be renewed, who does this need to he renewed with? Also what's to stop them charging whatever they like?


When you purchase a domain you purchase for number of years. If you purchase for a year, when that year is coming to an end you will need to renew it from where you have it registered. A bit like car insurance. And again, like insurance, nothing stops them charging whatever they want for it

Sometimes you can find a good price for a domain and purchase it for many years that way you avoid paying different prices everytime it comes to renewal each year...
Good deals, also lcn.com gives you a free domain mailbox too, example if you register cutie.co.uk, you can setup a free mailbox like me@cutie.co.uk ect.

Also if you want a free text-only website, you can use pastebin.com,
Create an Unlisted paste, and copy the Raw link, use domain name to point to it.
Edited by: "marcus_black" 27th May
heat - thanks for sharing
Be careful! These guys register your domain and will hike INSANELY in the second year / make it hard for you to get that domain elsewhere if you leave
emilyyC27/05/2020 11:25

Be careful! These guys register your domain and will hike INSANELY in the …Be careful! These guys register your domain and will hike INSANELY in the second year / make it hard for you to get that domain elsewhere if you leave


Literally I renewed my .uk domain 1 hr ago and it turned out to be £16.79 including VAT.
ceanth27/05/2020 10:57

I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few …I've never owned a domain and this might be a nice way to get one. Few questions:1. If I get a domain will I own it for life?2. If I get a domain will I need to pay somebody to host it for me right?3. Once a domain is hosted, and providing they provide email services I can use the domain email address?4. Any other costs I need to consider?Thanks!


You own it for as long as you pay for it.
Yes you need someone to host it if you want a website. That tends to be an additional cost.
Depending on the host but normally you’ll receive email services as part of your package.
Other costs are the cost of getting a website built and maintained. You should also pay for privacy otherwise your full address, name and phone number will be searchable by just using the domain name.

I offer all the above services. Let me know if you need any help
Monkeyface25/05/2020 22:24

Watch out. I avoid names.co.uk like the plague because they actually …Watch out. I avoid names.co.uk like the plague because they actually charge you to move the domain away from them."Please carefully read the text on this page, paying attention to the fact that there is a £10 + VAT administration fee. "https://www.names.co.uk/support/1153-transferring_a_domain_name_away_from_namesco.htmlIt will usually work out way more expensive to have a domain with them after the first year, unless you know you actually only want it for 1 year.


Couldnt agree more. Air on the side of caution with these. Customer service is appalling. It's a good offer but if you're looking for a long term domain look elsewhere
emilyyC27/05/2020 11:25

Be careful! These guys register your domain and will hike INSANELY in the …Be careful! These guys register your domain and will hike INSANELY in the second year / make it hard for you to get that domain elsewhere if you leave


So you don't just pay to transfer?
Im looking for a domain just to have an email address, how does this stack up they are charging £3.59 a month for email hosting with the domain.
I've seen a domain I'm interested in, just looking for the email address. Guess I could use my NAS for the email? What the least cost to do this? Recommendations appreciated.
i too would like a domain.. I would only use it for emails.. multiple accounts for the family. Does anyone have any recommendations? Ideally I'd like it to support IMAP.

Thanks
If you want a free business email using your domain name just use this zoho.com/mail/

Just in case that helps anyone.
They will still ask for your credit card details.
"Choose a payment method below to use for future renewals.Please note, we will confirm the validity of your chosen payment method but no payment will be taken until your next renewal date."
PulseLinuxx27/05/2020 13:09

Couldnt agree more. Air on the side of caution with these. Customer …Couldnt agree more. Air on the side of caution with these. Customer service is appalling. It's a good offer but if you're looking for a long term domain look elsewhere


Can you recommend any long term domain provider ?
Stick with google domains for £10
avoid - it's a scam - due to the confusingly displayed info on the panel , the free domain is actually set to auto-renew:
if you go to Billing > Renewals you get a "You have no renewals due that are not set to auto renew."
But, if you go to Billing > Manage Payment Methods > then right hand corner > Move Services > Move packages manually > you will see the Auto Renew for your domain is ON


That combined with the fact that you can't delete the stored credit card details and delete your account makes me mark them as SCAM. Sure you can send them a letter and submit a cancellation ticket - they made it as tricky as possible.
PS: Save me the bs and don't tell me they are a "big name" and can't be scamming ppl, a scam is a scam.
tarcamion27/05/2020 12:04

Literally I renewed my .uk domain 1 hr ago and it turned out to be £16.79 …Literally I renewed my .uk domain 1 hr ago and it turned out to be £16.79 including VAT.



It’s not a lot, but you could save a tenner each year with someone else. £5.57 plus vat at NameCheap, and free domain privacy which names.co.uk charge £4.99 plus vat for.

As I said it’s not a lot, it’s only a tenner, but this is a site for saving money. Bottom line is this ‘free’ domain is £4.99 plus vat if you want domain privacy. It’s not free.
matpal27/05/2020 17:38

Can you recommend any long term domain provider ?


I use 123-reg. Had my domains for a few years now and never have any issues. Was easy to add it into a hosting provider too. Hope this helps bud
dahokolomoki25/05/2020 21:59

This domain registrar or LCN is better, long term?


Each have their pro's and con's, I use both but I tend to try and use LCN more.

Neither have 2FA, which is a little annoying.
Waltz27/05/2020 11:00

1. No, you are effectively renting the name, however you will have the …1. No, you are effectively renting the name, however you will have the option to renew it for life unless it's taken away due to copyright etc.2. If you want a website then you pay for hosting, you can own the domain without hosting if you do not need a website.3. You can have email provided with the domain registrar usually, or you can pay for a Microsoft Exchange Online licence and link the domain to Microsoft 365 services (no hosting package needed for this).4. If you need a website then the hosting cost and the cost to build it if you use a pay for tool, email may cost depending if the domain registrar offers free basic email or not. Domain renewals are annual.


Domain privacy to hide your Whois information may be something to consider also.
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