Businesses and organizations purchasing domain names with a UK country code top level domain (ccTLD) now have a wider range of registration options, it has been reported.
Nominet – the not-for-profit organization responsible for managing the .co.uk domain – is now allowing parties to register domain names for up to ten years.
They will also be able to secure domains for periods as short as one year, reports The Register.
Previously, anybody buying a .co.uk domain name was required to sign up for an initial period of two years, and then re-register every two years after that.
The changes have been brought into effect to bring the UK ccTLD into line with other major domain such as .com and .org.
More than ten million businesses, organizations and individuals currently use a .co.uk domain to support their online activities.
This makes the suffix the world’s second most popular country code top level domain, after Germany’s .de.