.gov.uk domain name registration
BestHost is approved to register .gov.uk domain names and host their websites.
Please note that we will only register .gov.uk domains if the website is to be hosted on our server. For this, you will also need to purchase a hosting package from us.
Registering a .gov.uk name can be more difficult, more expensive and time consuming than, for example, a .co.uk or .com name. This is due to the fact that the registration process for a gov.uk domain is handled manually in consultation with Jisc, the UK's education and research network.
.gov.uk domain names are available to UK government departments and agencies and applicants must meet all of the eligibility guidelines set by the UK Central Office of Information (COI) . All applications for .gov.uk domain names are put before a committee who decides whether the request meets all of the guidelines.
The registration cost for a .gov.uk domain is £150.00. This covers the first two years, with the renewal fee being £98.00 for every additional two year period.
Eligibility for a .gov.uk name
To preserve the integrity of the .gov.uk namespace the registration/ownership of .gov.uk names is limited to:
- UK government and devolved administration departments and agencies
- executive and advisory non-departmental public bodies and appropriate projects
- local and regional government bodies (including properly constituted town and parish councils)
The official guidelines for registering a gov.uk domain can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/naming-and-registering-government-websites (opens a new window)
Transferring a gov.uk domain
If you already have a gov.uk domain and would like to move away from your existing provider and have us host your site, the domain can be transferred to our administration.
We can help you transfer your website to a new hosting package on our servers and ensure a smooth transition from the old to the new setup.
Content Management System (CMS)
We can provide your organisation with a CMS so that you can fully manage your site and its content in-house. For more information, please click here.