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.co.uk and .uk domains

You can register, transfer, or connect domains ending in .co.uk or .uk to Squarespace. While these domains are a great option for establishing a presence in the United Kingdom, they follow different rules than most other TLDs we offer. Note that .uk domains require a valid UK address at registration.

This guide walks you through all of these requirements and exceptions.

Tip: The .co.uk and .uk TLDs are country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), which work differently from generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

Pricing

The price of a .co.uk or .uk domain:

  • $20
  • €18
  • £16
  • A$27

We may collect state and local taxes for your domain purchase. To learn more, visit our guides on taxes in the United States, European Union, or Australia and New Zealand.

Free domain offer

When you purchase an annual billing plan, you are eligible for a free domain. This offer can apply to registering a new .co.uk or .uk domain. It's not possible to apply the offer when transferring a .co.uk or .uk domain to Squarespace. 

TLD features

Browse the table below to learn about the unique features and rules of registering or transferring a domain ending in either .co.uk. or .uk. See below for specific instructions on transferring .co.uk and .uk domains to or away from Squarespace.

Feature

Rules

Address requirements (.uk only)

You must enter an address located in the UK to register or transfer a .uk domain.

Domain locking

Domains can't be locked.

WHOIS privacy

WHOIS privacy isn't available.

Email verification

After registering a domain, you’ll receive an email from nominet@nominet.org.uk acknowledging your purchase.

Five-day registration grace period

There’s no five-day grace period to cancel these domains and no refunds.

Before you register the domain, ensure that you want to keep it. Double-check the domain for typos.

Registration contact options

There are two contacts: Owner and Admin. You won’t see Tech or Billing contact options.

Registrant type

To register or transfer a .co.uk or .uk domain, you must choose a category that defines who is registering the domain. The options include individuals and several types of businesses and organizations. You'll select the category from a drop-down menu in the registration or transfer process.

You can change your registrant type at any time in the Domains panel. Click your .co.uk or .uk domain, click Registration Information, then click Additional Information.

Registration number

Depending on the registrant type you select from the drop-down menu, you may need to add your government issued organization ID number. These are the registrant types that require this:

  • UK Limited company
  • UK Public limited company
  • UK Limited liability partnership
  • UK Industrial/provident registered company
  • UK School
  • UK Registered charity

Trading name

Depending on the registrant type you select from the drop-down menu, you may need to add the trading name of your organization. These are the registrant types that require this:

  • UK Limited company
  • UK Public limited company
  • UK Limited liability partnership
  • UK Industrial/provident registered company
  • UK Registered charity
  • Non-UK corporation
  • Other
  • UK Sole trader
  • Non-UK entity that does not fit another category

Transferring .co.uk and .uk domains

These TLDs have special requirements and rules for transferring:

  • The domain must have less than five years of registration remaining. Domains with more than five years won't transfer.
  • You can transfer the domain away from Squarespace at any time. You don’t need to wait the usual 60 days after registering or transferring it.

Transfer pricing

The price to transfer the domain depends on how much time remains on the current registration:

  • If you have more than seven days left on your current registration, the transfer is free. However, we don't add one extra year of registration, as we do for other TLDs. During the transfer process, you'll enter your credit card information so we can charge you the standard price on your usual renewal date.
  • If the domain will expire within seven days, or if it's been less than 30 days since the domain expired, you'll pay the standard price for one year of registration when transferring in.

Transferring a domain to Squarespace

The process of transferring a .co.uk or .uk domain to Squarespace is similar to that of other TLDs, but with an additional step for updating the IPS tag. This is an overview of the process when transferring your .co.uk or .uk domain: 

  1. Contact your current provider to learn if they require you to unlock the domain prior to transfer. If so, unlock the domain.
  2. Start the domain transfer within your Squarespace site.
  3. Confirm the registration terms and billing. This will start the transfer process between Squarespace and your current provider. 
  4. When prompted by the Domains panel, contact your provider and request that they update the domain's IPS tag to TUCOWS-CA. Only do this when prompted within Squarespace. Changing the tag too early can stall the transfer.
  5. The transfer should complete immediately after your provider updates the IPS tag, but you may still experience some wait time depending on when the provider updates the tag.

For the full transfer process, visit Transferring a domain to Squarespace

Transferring a domain away from Squarespace

You can transfer your domain away from Squarespace at any time. Unlike other TLDs, you don't need to unlock the domain or generate a transfer code to start the process. 

To transfer your domain away from Squarespace:

  1. Start the transfer process with your new registrar.
  2. When prompted by the new host, contact us and request to change your IPS tag to the tag your registrar requires. Only do this when your new registrar requests the change. Changing the tag too early can stall the transfer.
  3. The transfer should complete immediately after we update the IPS tag, but it can sometimes take up to 72 hours to see the update in your Domains panel.
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