How long does domain name registration take?

During business hours domain names are normally registered within 2-3 hours and active within 24 hours, outside business hours they can take slightly longer.

Some domain names with restrictions can take longer as they have to be manually processed by the registrar:

  • net.uk - 2 - 3 days
  • gov.uk - 5 - 7 days
  • ac.uk - 5 - 7 days

Sometimes registration of a domain name can take longer although this usually only occurs for the following reasons:

  • When either the central registries are very busy
  • Insufficient information has been provided with the order
  • Your payment was unsuccessful

Once registered it can take up to 24 hours before your domain is fully visible across the Internet.

It is important to note that the application to register a domain name does not guarantee reservation of that name and the application will only be processed following payment.

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