There is no reason why you cannot have a .scot domain name as well as another domain name. Many companies, brands and organisations have more than one domain name depending on who they want to attract to their website. You can either have tailored website content on your different domain names or you can have one domain name redirect to another. Of course, we would like your main website to be a .scot site!
The price of a .scot domain name is set by the registrars, not by us. We expect this to be around £25 per year although some registrars may offer discounts or promotions from time to time, so it might pay to look around.
All domain names have to be renewed each year. The price for this is set by the registrars and we expect this to be around £25 per year. Some registrars may offer discounts for multiple-year registrations.
Why is a .scot domain name more expensive than a .com or a .co.uk?
We aim to make .scot domain names as affordable as possible and fully expect the price to decrease with time. The price of .com and .co.uk domain names started out much more expensive than they are now and have decreased over the years.
If you don’t have a website already and want to create a new one with a .scot address, you will need to register your choice of domain name through one of our Approved Registrars. You will also need to find someone to host your website and a way of creating it, either yourself or professionally. Often both services are available from the same Registrar.
If you have a.scot domain and your web host offers this service then you can set up a .scot email address. We are planning to make .scot email addresses available soon for those who don’t want a website. Please keep checking for more information.
If you believe they are acting improperly, you can use one of our dispute resolution processes, see our policies below for details.
Alternatively you may want to choose a different name that represents you or what you do.
I have a registered trademark. How can I make sure I can have my trademark name as a .scot domain name?
Like all new gTLDs we offered a sunrise period where trademark holders had first priority. However this is now closed so register your name quickly!
Before launching .scot, we reserved a number of domain names including places and localities in Scotland, the names of civic bodies and a few iconic names to stop them falling into the hands of domain squatters. These names will be released over time, with prior notice posted on our website.
A domain name is the address that points to your website.
Extensive market research was carried out both in Scotland and in the Scottish diaspora and by far and away the more popular of the two names was .scot so that was the one chosen.
Any surplus funds will be used to sustain the business as we grow. Once we have reached a stable position, we intend to fund Scottish digital initiatives which you may submit to us. We aren’t able to take applications yet so don’t send us any until we advertise that we are open to take them!
In order to ensure fair and equitable operation of the .scot domain we have developed a number of policies that will guide all aspects of its use and operation. You can access them via the links below: