Strong backing of .cymru and .wales came from a host of organisations that will be the first to switch to the new domain names at the Royal Welsh Show today. S4C, the Welsh language TV channel; the National Assembly for Wales; Wales Federation of Young Farmers Club; Sport Wales; the Welsh Books Council and the Arts Council for Wales will all be using them to underline their Welsh identity online. The Welsh government announced its switch to .cymru and .wales just last month and some will be switching over as soon as the new domains go live in late autumn.
The world wide web is 25 this year and the evolution in domain names has allowed businesses to define themselves online in a more sophisticated manner. So if you’re proud of being Welsh and the Welsh connection is important to your business, you can now promote that by having a web address ending in .cymru or .wales.
Nominet, the company behind .cymru and .wales is encouraging trademark holders to act now to help to secure the corresponding domain name by submitting it to the Trademark Clearing House before the end of July. Everything you need to know about the trade mark process is here http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com. Businesses without trademarks will still be able to secure domain names matching their business or brand. To register your interest, click here http://ourhomeonline.org.uk/sign-up-for-updates