Domain registration with 123-reg.co.uk is
a short, painless process. Just follow these simple steps..
Decide which domain(s) you want to register.
Your choice will depend on which domains have already been used, so if your company
name isn't particularly unique you should be ready to go for alternatives.
As a guide:
Domains ending in .co.uk and .com are most familiar to people and are
therefore to be recommended. The .co.uk domains are cheaper (under £10 for two years) than
the .com domains (around £30 for two years).
Short domain names are usually already in use. You won't be able to get a four character
.com domain, for example. Also, common (and obscure) words are generally taken. If you
have an unusual company name (like Quarella) you're probably not going to have a problem,
but otherwise word combinations are a useful alternative.
Before you commit to a domain name, think about how you will tell people about it.
For example, if you give someone your email or web address over the telephone, how
easy is it to spell? If you were given the address, would you remember it? It is
possible, for example, to buy .uk.co domains, but most people when they see one
assume that it should be .co.uk and "correct" it.
Following from the last point, be careful about hyphens and numbers. If your address
includes a number, will people be tempted to spell it or use the number directly? Is
it easier to say tell someone that your address is "www.joe-bloggs-limited.com" or
"www.joebloggslimited.com"? Is "limited" spelt in full or abbreviated to "ltd"?
Before you get put off, remember that if there is a good domain name out there that suits you
it may not be available later if you put it off, and almost any possibility is better than
Open the 123-reg website. You can do this by clicking
here - the site will open in a new window.
(It should open up leaving this one on top - you might need to resize some windows to be able
to see it.)
Click on the Members Login button on the left, when confronted with
the username and password window select cancel, you can then get an account set up. Fill out the
details form noting your preferred username, you will need this later. Once signed up you will be given
a password, this will be quite hard to remember, but you will also receive an email with it in, and
you get the chance to change it from the members area.
Once you have a username and password login to the members area, this time
you have the details needed to fill in the popup security window.
Once logged into your account you can Order New Domain Names. Enter the domain name
you wish to purchase, if available you will find it in the list with a tick next to it, you can then
search for further domains or proceed to checkout.
You will then need to select the web hosting required. We would recommend the
default selection - no hosting, this is because you will probably already have a basic site set up,
or you have some free webspace with your current dial up ISP, or you will need a specialised hosting
Enter the details that are going to be
recorded against the domain - the legal owner of the domain, please note that some of this information
will be available via the internet so please think about telephone number etc.
Once complete you are shown what you are purchasing, and its cost. Depending
on the domain you may have a choice of selecting the period to register the domain for, we would
recommend 2 years as this is the default, and you will be given the chance to extend this when the
2 years is almost up, if you no longer require the domain you can let it expire at no cost.
If you are happy proceed to the next screen and enter your credit card details.
This site is secure, you can check this by looking for the closed padlock at the bottom right of the
browser window (Internet Explorer).
Congratulations you have now purchased yourself a domain name!
Domains can take a day or two to process from here. You will get information about this by email after registration.
For example, for .co.uk and .org.uk domains you can tell that the domain has been registered by checking it at
Meanwhile we can set up your email and website forwarding details, (we can test these
until the domain has bee processed by NIC).
Email address forwarding first. Go to the control panel and select the domain you wish to
setup from the drop down, (you may only have the one domain in the list). Select Update Catch All Email Forwarding.
This is where things may become slightly confusing. You need to decide how email sent to
email@example.com gets handled, where should it be forwarded? If you have a single mailbox such as
firstname.lastname@example.org then option 4 is the one for you. All email sent to
email@example.com will get sent to firstname.lastname@example.org without
the sender knowing. If you have a number of email boxes such as email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org etc you will need option 3. This will forward all the sales emails
to email@example.com and all the info emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
etc. Options 1 and 2 are really used at a more advanced level, you don't want to be bouncing email unless you are sure you
know what you are doing. Don't forget to enter your freeserve email address in the box provided.
Website forwarding. This is slightly easier, you either have an existing website or you don't. If
you do then select Framed web-forwarding and enter the existing address of your website, it will be something like
http://www.freeserve.co.uk/freespace/yourname. If you do not have a website than for the time
being you can leave the default selected - No web-forwarding. We you visit your new domain in 24-48 hours time you will see
what is called a parking/holding page, 123-reg create a temporary page saying the domain has been purchased by one of there
We hope this short guide proves useful.
Please if you have any problems, or if you think it could be improved.