To unlock your online presence, your domain name is the key.
Claim Your Domain
With QiQ, it’s never just a domain, it’s everything you’ll need.
Wide Choice of Names
QiQ gives you easy access to one of the largest selection of domain names available. All generic, specialty and country-code extensions are available at competitive prices plus hundreds of brand new top-level domains.
Smart DNS Tuning
QiQ provide reliable and extensive managed DNS service with guaranteed uptime for increased website performance.
Domain Transfer Service
If you wish to consolidate all your domains with one provider we can assist with our transfer service. In many instances there is no charge to transfer a domain name to QiQ.
Quick & Easy Setup
All domain names are automatically configured with the purchase of a QiQ hosting account. If you need to configure the DNS in a custom manner we can provide a control panel to enable you to do this yourself. Alternatively, just drop support a line and we’ll make any configuration changes for you.
Privacy and Protection
When available, Contact Privacy can be activated on your domain name at no additional charge. This service:
- Hides the identity of a Registrant when a user does a WHOIS lookup on that Registrant’s domain.
- Protects the Registrant’s identity, including home address, phone number, and email address.
- Blocks spammers, identity thieves and scammers.
- Masks contact information in the public WHOIS database.
User friendly support
Our support team is available around the clock to answer any questions you may have about your domains, including assistance with any custom configuration options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Top tips for choosing a domain name
It’s important to choose the right domain name. Choose a name that people will remember. After all, the right domain name will increase visibility, inspire trust and attract customers.
Here are some great tips to help you through this process.
1. Choose your domain name quickly
.uk domain names are being registered at a rate of one every 20 seconds and allocated on a first-registered, first-served basis, so a delay in decision making could mean someone else gets there first.
2. Choose a name that suits your business
You should choose your domain name so that it best represents your company’s interests. Bear in mind the brand, what you offer, your unique selling point and the implications of being alphabetically listed.
Think about domain names that solve a problem or names that describe the products or services your company provides e.g. ‘marketing solutions’. Either way, your name will help drive targeted traffic to your web site if you take this approach.
3. Keep it short and memorable
Short memorable brand names are effective, especially if relevant to the personality of a business brand. If you keep the name short and snappy it is also less likely that people will misspell it and more likely that they will remember it and pass it on via word of mouth. For the same reasons it’s a good idea to keep the number of words in a domain name to 2 or 3 at most.
4. Think about keywords and branding
There is some debate about whether it’s better to choose a domain name that contains keywords (that will increase your search engine optimisation) or to focus on a name that is more generic or related to your brand.
If you are particularly interested in attracting customers via search engines it is advisable to choose a name that is a keyword. Choose keywords that are the names of the products or services you will be offering on your web site. You could then use specific keyword software to see how popular your potential domain names are to customers using search engines.
5. Decide which Top Level Domain (TLD) to use
Companies based in the UK usually register a domain name ending in .co.uk, and recent independent research suggests that British Internet users are six times more likely to choose a .uk rather than a .com address when looking for information via an Internet search engine. 72% of respondents also said they would visit a British web site above any other.
There are however a number of other alternatives including .com or other Second Level Domains such as .org.uk (or non-commercial organisations), .me.uk (for individuals), .ltd.uk and .plc.uk (for Ltd and Plc companies) and .com, .info and others for generic usage.
6. Register your domain name in other suffixes
It’s not a bad idea to register several similar domain names. If you have ‘yourname.co.uk’ you could register ‘yourname.org.uk’ so no-one else can come in at a later stage and capitalise on your brand name using another major domain name type. You could also register your full company name and a shorter, easier to remember version.
7. Hyphens: Good or Bad?
If your ideal choice of domain name is not available, you might consider using a hyphenated version. One advantage of using them is that hyphens are said to identify keywords to search engines more clearly. The disadvantages of using hyphens are it makes your domain name harder to remember and more difficult to tell to a customer (e.g. on the telephone).
8. Take account of misspellings
Don’t use words that are difficult to spell, as people are likely to misspell your domain name, which may mean they don’t arrive at your web site. It’s also a good idea to avoid words that are spelt differently in some countries.
However, if you have a company name that is difficult to spell, it is worth registering domain names with common misspellings of it. You can of course point several domain names to your web site.
9. Before you register it, ask other people for their opinion
You might think your domain name is great, but what about other people? Ultimately you will be relying on whether other people find it memorable, understandable and useful in terms of attracting traffic to your web site.
A name that makes perfect sense to you may be too hard to remember or confusing to someone else. The easier the name is to spell, pronounce, remember and type the better. Web users are often impatient and if your site is not easy to find they may quickly give up trying.
10. Check whether your chosen name has already been registered
Use the search facility on our web site to check whether the domain name you have chosen is available. If the domain name is not available in any of the suffixes, you could try and contact the current registrant to see if they would be willing to sell the name to you.
What are the domain Terms and Conditions?
When you register a .uk domain name you are also entering into a contract with Nominet and you agree to their terms and conditions. This is a separate contract to any you may have with a third party for the provision of Internet services. Please read before you register your domain name. Domain names registered by Host on the Coast through ICANN are subject to the following Registrant’s Benefits and Responsibilities. Clients may wish to refer to ICANN’s site for registrant education.
Can I use my domain just for an email address?
Yes. Our Hosted Email service can be used for this purpose.
Do I own the domain name?
The domain is always registered in your name, or, if you’re working on someone’s behalf, your customer’s name.
I can't find the domain I'm looking for.
We have additional domain extensions to choose from. From 2013 a new range of domain extensions were introduced to complement .com, .net. org, .com.au – over 200 of them.
We do not make these available for instant online ordering, but if you are interested in any of these domain types please drop us a line and we will provide a quote for their provision and check the availability for you.
Can I transfer a domain name to QiQ?
What is 'WHOIS' information?
When you register a domain name you are asked to enter your personal contact information such as your name, address, email address and phone number (as part of regulatory requirements). As your domain name is registered these contact details are stored and made available through a public WHOIS database that can be accessed by anyone. Host on the Coast offers free WHOIS privacy on new domain names where this is supported by the domain registry. If you prefer, Host on the Coast can securely keep your domain contact details from the WHOIS database private, by substituting your details with a Domain Privacy Services’ information instead.
How do I renew my domain name?
You will receive a 30 days’ notice when your domain is coming up for renewal, so make sure your email address is valid and working in order to receive the notice. You can then pay online to renew your domain. We do not automatically renew domain names.
How long does registration take?
Your domain is registered as soon as you order it, but it can take between 24 and 72 hours for it to appear online.
Is QiQ an accredited domain seller?
QiQ is an accredited member of Nominet, the UK domain registry, and also registered with AUDA (The Australian Domain Name Administrator) as a reseller.