www.domains.co.uk was launched in early 2010 by serial entrepreneur Steve Jackson and his business partner Harvey Mason. The service offers a secure domain leasing service on behalf of domain portfolio registrants from around the world, offering premium domains for lease from £100 per calendar month.
The site makes it possible for offline companies with smaller budgets to enhance their businesses by launching onto a digital media platform, hence also allowing them to explore the benefits and positive affects social networks can have on their business model.
The e-commerce sector and potential earnings from affiliate marketing and advertising are encouraging more offline businesses to expand online. Whilst the budget is not always there, http://www.domains.co.uk makes it possible for companies to use premium domains immediately, without having to find investment to cover the cost of buying the domain.
Another benefit of domain name leasing is that credible, premium domains can be obtained in a way that is less strenuous on the cash flow of businesses, whilst companies can also secure domains that both fit with and strengthen their brand. It also enables start-ups to get hold of domains which would otherwise be completely out of their price range, as many are worth millions.
The site leases domain names to online stores, social networks and a range of other web-based services and some of the premium URLs currently available for lease include;
Keyword-rich domains can help improve search engine optimisation (SEO) and natural traffic, but can also help to improve the credibility of services, making them appear even more prestigious to users. Domains.co.uk provides flexible monthly rates for the portfolio of URLs, categorising the strength of the domain by a unique star rating
The service has already benefited a number of businesses, including travel company Alihoco which leases Allinclusive.co.uk and entrepreneur Deano Jouni, who leases Bodybuilding.co.uk.
Harvey Mason, managing director of http://www.domains.co.uk, spoke about the service:
“Whilst the idea of leasing domains has been around for a while, I’d like to think there isn’t another service that offers it as an option in the same way we do, with flexible monthly fees and considerable legal protection. There was a definite gap in the market for a domain name leasing service such as ours and it’s refreshing to know our catalogue of domain names can help businesses access domains that they would otherwise assume are not available.
“There are so many domains out there that have been registered, but are currently not available on the market. Our service offers an attractive option for domain registrants, which subsequently pulls those previously unavailable domains back onto the market. This in itself is a huge positive for the web as a whole.”
- Domains.co.uk was launched in early 2010
- Premium domain name fees start from as little as £100 pcm
- Domains.co.uk contracts allow users to immediately experience the benefits of owning a premium domain whilst offering considerable legal protection, including:
o Rolling contracts which give users indefinite first refusal on a domain name
o The ability to cancel contracts at any time and without penalty with just 30 days’ notice
o DNS setting which are changed at top level, making setting up new email addresses and sub-domains straightforward
o Robust and legally binding contracts which give you control over your lease.