Even if you are not intending to create a website for your business immediately, you'll probably be using email and want to have a presence on the web at some point in the future. This could be a single screen advertising your business and giving contact details, or it could be a site that allows customers to browse through products, place orders and make payments online.
The website address - for example, my-new-business.co.uk - is known as a domain name. For most businesses based in the UK, a name ending with .co.uk is suitable. Your email address will normally include this name - for example, [email protected]
Businesses and individuals that meet certain criteria can apply for the .eu domain extension - for example, www.my-new-business.eu.
If your business is active in other European Union countries, the .eu domain name can help you market your company as a pan-European business. Find out how to register .eu domain names on the European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid) website.
To reserve a domain name for your business, you need to register it through an agent, who will charge a small annual fee. You should do this as soon as possible - even if you're not going to use your domain name straight away.
You cannot have a domain name that is the same name as a company registered with Companies House.
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