Web domain clean-up and renewal deadline

November 8th, 2021

The External Relations Digital (Web) team are seeking assistance in identifying the business owners of web domain names purchased between 2001-2021.

Where an appropriate owner cannot be identified for individual domains by Friday 31 December 2021, these will no longer continue to be renewed by the External Relation’s team.

In total there are 175 of domains and no records relating to who requested their purchases or their purpose. A full list of these can be viewed here.

From initial analysis:

  • 9 redirect successfully to nottingham.ac.uk
  • 164 have no obvious purpose, present an error, or direct to a page that gives an error

To give you an idea of what this means:

  • The latest invoice for the renewal of just 6 of these domains came to a total of £471.68.
  • Single domains with non-standard (i.e. not .com or .co.uk) can cost up to £500 to renew each year.
  • With the renewal of each domain, there is also a finance administrative process which can take up to 10 minutes per domain.
  • Occasionally, external parties to UoN contact us to stake a claim to individual domain names, which requires lengthy investigation by the team.

Staff are asked to take a moment to review the full list of domains and let the team know if you are the business owner or know who the business owners of any of these domains are by completing this form.

In the first instance the team will work with identified business owners to establish the best way to proceed with any further renewals.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Web Team.

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