You arrive at a web site by using its name, for example, this one is www.cantweb.co.uk. These names are called domain names because the dots inside them are used to provide structure.
A company called Nominet manages the .co.uk address space and we registered cantweb.co.uk with them. Once registered, we then add names into the cantweb.co.uk name range providing www.cantweb.co.uk.
Your browser then looks up this web site name in a service we provide to the Internet to get a number, the IP address, that is used to locate the actual computer that provides this web site.
When we register a domain name for you, say yourdomain.co.uk, we will provide a mapping for a number of different names:
When we register a .uk domain name for you, you are also entering into a contract with Nominet and you implicitly agree to their terms and conditions. This is a separate contract from any you will have with us. Please read the Nominet page before you ask us to register your domain name.
Your UK domain name is your property, we manage for you, but in the event of any dispute you can go to Nominet's web site and move it elsewhere. Your contract with Nominet requires that you and us are bound by Nominet's Dispute Resolution Policy and must follow their procedure.
Once registered, we will manage the technical glue which makes the name work for you and we will ensure that the name is maintained with Nominet or any other company we use. We charge for the service associated with this, and pay any bills from the registration companies as part of this service. We only handle domain names for our clients and will expect you to move the names away from us if you choose to change your web provider.