If you have a .co.uk domain name you will almost certainly want to claim the new .uk version of your name – your shorter, sharper identity on the web. The good news is that you don’t need to panic; a carefully designed registration system should prevent a free-for-all.

Suppose you already have the domain MyCompany.co.uk. From June this year you will be able to register and use MyCompany.uk. The registration authority, Nominet, has automatically reserved the .uk version for holders of .co.uk domain names. You can check that your name is reserved for you by going to www.dotuklaunch.co.uk. The reservation is good for five years.

If you are a Riverbank client, we will be in touch with you over the next few weeks to help you get your domain name(s) registered and working. If you have any questions, please contact your account manager or call us on 0845 680 9680.