Today's DateTuesday, 17th of October, 2017
General Domain Name Features
This feature allows you to update the contact details for your domain name with the relevant top level domain name registrar. The updated details will be shown on future WHOIS searches and will also be used when renewing your registration. It may take a few days for the change of details to fully take effect.
This feature is for advanced users only. It allows you to configure all the DNS records for your domain. You can add, delete and change all existing A, CNAME, and MX records for your domain. This means that if you are not careful you can stop your web services and email from working. For this reason we recommend that you do not add or delete records unless you are confident that you understand what they mean.
If the registrant of a .uk domain name is a private individual (rather than a company) they have the right to opt out of having the owner details for the domain name made available via Nominets public WHOIS database. The option to do this will be on the domain control panel for all .uk domain names.
It is a requirement to have registration details present for global domains so this option will not be available for them.
If you would like to transfer your .uk domain name to another registrar you will need to change its Nominet tag to that of the new registrar. This feature allows you to do just that.
If you do this we will no longer bill you for the domain name and all of the services associated with the domain will be removed. Changing the tag may cause interruption of services and loss of email even if services have already been arranged with another hosting provider.
This feature only applies to .uk domain names. If you want to transfer a global domain to another registrar you will need to unlock it first using our domain locking function.
If you lock your domain then all requests to transfer your domain to another registrar will fail automatically. Confirmation requests will not even be sent to the admin contact for the domain.
We lock all new domains and transferred-in domains by default. You only need to unlock a domain if you are intending to transfer it to another registrar.
This feature only applies to global domain names. If you want to transfer a .uk domain to another registrar you will need to change its Nominet tag.
Changing the name servers associated with your domain name allows you to point the domain at a web hosting account with another provider. For this to work you will need to set the name servers to the names used by your hosting provider, and also to set up a reference to the domain name within your hosting account. If you are not sure how to do this you will need to ask your hosting provider for details.
Some web hosting accounts, particularly free accounts, will not allow you to point your domain name directly at them. If this is the case you can always use our web forwarding and email forwarding tools instead.
If you do change the name servers for your domain then all requests for webpages from that domain, and all emails sent to addresses within that domain, will be sent directly to your hosting provider. This means that most of the features we provide will no longer work, at least until you reset the name servers back to the default values.
Any change to the name servers will usually take 2 or 3 days to fully take effect.