Register .gov.wales domain
Registering a .gov.wales domain is relatively simple, however as one might expect there are strict rules about who can register one. Don't worry though, we have a wealth of experience assisting governments and the public sector with registering and managing their government domains and will be able to assist you every step of the way. Also, for your peace of mind we are entirely UK based, are 100% carbon neutral, and we hold ISO 9001 and 27001 certification so you know you are selecting a registrar with stringent quality and security standards.
Registering a .gov.wales domain costs £120 every two years including VAT, we suggest you read through the below information and then give us a call on 03300 882130 or start a live chat session below to get started. Once you've placed your order your new domain is submitted for approval and normally operational within 5 working days, although often much quicker.
You can read the full government guidance on .gov.wales as well as .llyw.cymru domains in this PDF document published by the Welsh government.
Any part of the Welsh government can register a .gov.wales domain such as Welsh government agencies, non-ministerial departments, Welsh government sponsored bodies, Welsh comissions and inquiries, and Welsh government wholly-owned subsidiary companies. In addition inspectorates, statutory offices, national bodies, unitary authorities, community and town councils, fire and rescue services, national parks, and join authorities, committees, and partnership bodies.
Full eligibility details can be found in the guidance published in this PDF document published by the Welsh government.
A .gov.wales domain name must reflect the legal name of the organisation registering the name, it should be chosen to minimise confusion with other organisations and ensure clarity of geographic remit, finally the domain must be as "sayable" as possible, propositions and conjunctions such as "and" can be stripped out for simplicity.
Domains should contain only standard ASCII characters and/or Welsh language characters, must not conflict with internet protocols (HTTP, FTP etc), mustn't include abbreviations or acronyms (Unless in common use), exceed 64 characters in length, or be fewer than 3 characters in length.
In accordance with the Welsh Language Measure it is generally recommended to also register the Welsh language equivalent for your domain, Wales is unique in the United Kingdom in that it has a separate domain entirely for Welsh language with .llyw.cymru, for example Barry Town Council might register barrytowncouncil.gov.wales as well as cyngorcymunedllansadwrn.llyw.cymru. There is no requirement to register two separate domains for the provision of Welsh language websites, Welsh information can be provided on a .gov.wales domain, but it is certainly something to consider.
A .llyw.cymru domain can also be registered at the same time as your .gov.wales domain, just let us know when you get in touch. The pricing is exactly the same as .gov.wales at £120 every 2 years including VAT.
All domains registered through Freethought include intuitive and easy to use DNS hosting utilising our geographically diverse redundant name servers, if you'd like more information about our DNS hosting then give us a call on 03300 882130 and we'd be happy to chat.
Transfer .gov.wales domain
If you currently own a .gov.wales domain and would like to transfer that domain so that future renewals and support are handled by Freethought, or so that you can utilise our free DNS hosting, then transferring your domain easy and free. Get in touch with us on 03300 882130 or live chat to start the process.
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