Early feedback on Nominet V2 .uk domain consultation

September 26, 2013

Here are some links to publicly available feedback documents submitted to Nominet as part of its second consultation on .uk domain names (the possible launch of domains directly under .uk, such as example.uk) which closed on September 23, 2013. Nominet has committed to publishing the responses of those who opted to make their submissions public, […]

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Media Sentiment Analysis for the Concept of .uk Domains

September 20, 2013

A media sentiment analysis was conducted on all media articles about Nominet’s .uk plans since their first consultation was announced in October 2012 (185 articles total). Only 6% of all articles about .uk were broadly or strongly positive (if neutral articles are included). When the sample size is limited to articles that express a specific […]

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78 Annoyances that Kill the Website Experience

August 12, 2013

Sound or video that starts as soon as you hit the page Shopping carts that empty themselves if there’s a glitch anywhere in the shopping-checkout process No visible means of contact, not even a form to fill in Hotmail, Gmail or other free email addresses on commercial sites Content carousels (e.g. the top 5 news […]

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A tale of 2 Nominet consultations, .uk and .wales

July 16, 2013

Never let it be said that Nominet doesn’t know how to run consultations. They’re perfectly capable of doing so – if they choose to! The .wales consultation is proof of that. By contrast, Nominet’s .uk consultation has been opaque in the extreme, with little or no information emerging at each stage of the process. Why […]

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For Nominet, .uk domains are ALL about money

July 12, 2013

It’s time to shine a bright light on the elephant in the room: for Nominet, the launch of the new .uk domain names is ALL about money. There’s nothing crass or rude about talking about money. It’s standard – and sensible – business practice to look at the potential financial impact impact of a new […]

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Introduction of .uk – Don’t Do It!

October 31, 2012

I’ve put together a detailed position paper (26 pages, incorporating over 100 hours of research) showing EXACTLY how Nominet’s attempt to roll out .uk is contrary to the precedent set in every other country. Nominet are gung-ho about it of course, because (by my estimate, based on the uptake of 2LD domains in other 3LD->2LD […]

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Could “.co.uk” be the UK’s first Giga-Brand?

October 4, 2012

Quick. What do the BBC, Amazon, Barclays, HSBC, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, eBay and Google all have in common? The answer is simple: they are among the millions of organisations that have chosen to establish their main web presence on a “.co.uk” domain name. But why is this […]

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Stamp Stampede: Beating The Rush for 1st and 2nd Class Stamps

April 13, 2012

Introduction From April 30th 2012, first-class stamps will go up from 46p to 60p each (30% price rise) and second-class stamps from 36p to 50p (39% price rise). This has led to a rush to buy stamps, with many retailers reporting shortages. Now the latest news suggests that the Royal Mail may start to limit […]

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Deconstructing Domain Name Industry Math

February 25, 2012

Deconstructing domain name industry math, or why the domain name you’re after is likely worth more than you think it is. At Memorable Domains, we consistently receive emails that seek to “educate” us about our core business. You may have come across the kind of thing I mean already: “I’ll give you £25 for your […]

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Why I’m giving up on domain drop-catching…

January 21, 2012

As of January 21, 2012, I’m no longer involved in domain drop-catching. I’ll admit to feeling a bit nostalgic, as that’s the end of a domain mining adventure that’s lasted over a decade, from the early days of flat-fee .com catches through to our current near-exclusive focus on the UK (.co.uk) namespace, with brief opportunistic […]

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