New .cymru and .wales domain names get off to a flying start

.cymru and .wales sell over 5,000 in the first 24 hours, more than a 1,000 in the first hour

New Welsh domain names - .cymru and .wales - have just passed the five thousand mark, selling over a thousand new domains in the first hour yesterday. The new gTLDS went on sale to everyone at noon on St David’s Day.

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of adults in Wales identify themselves as mainly or partly Welsh, as opposed to simply British, and almost all of this group (97%) express pride in their heritage.* Up until now, there were no dedicated Welsh domain names to choose from and it’s not just about websites, having a domain name means you can have a personalised email address that reflects your online identity.

In a unique approach developed especially for .cymru and .wales by Nominet, both are bilingual and allow the registration of names with the diacritic marks used in the Welsh language. So if you’re proud about being Welsh, or the Welsh connection is important to your business, now you can celebrate that by giving your website a name that ends in .cymru or .wales.

Russell Haworth, CEO, Nominet commented: “It’s been fantastic to be part of bringing .cymru and .wales to life. These new domains are all part of offering more choices after the dot to anyone who wants to make the web more Welsh.”  

All .cymru and .wales domains are now available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit http://ourhomeonline.wales/

Notes to Editors

Research Methodology
* Opinium Research surveyed 1,003 Welsh adults between 5th February 2015 and 10th February 2015.