Nominet has published the rules and processes for the launch of .cymru and .wales in September. They have come about following a three-month consultation.
With its own distinctive identity and culture in Wales, and of course our own language, the new gTLDs will be unique. Plus Nominet has worked closely with the Welsh Government every step of the way to ensure that these new domains are good for Welsh businesses, good for Wales and support the Welsh language online.
To begin, there will be a restricted launch phase to benefit businesses active in the Welsh market before the domains are opened up to everyone, but in a unique approach that has been developed especially for .cymru and .wales, both domain spaces will allow the registration of names that use the diacritic marks used in the Welsh language.
For trademark holders, Nominet is recommending submitting their marks to the Trademark Clearing House before the end of July.
Key policy points for .cymru and .wales:
- Domain Resellers who sell the domain names to the public will be required to stock both .wales and .cymru domain names providing equal status to Walesâs two languages and the two domain names. There will be a restricted launch phase that will benefit businesses active in the Welsh market before the domains are opened up on a first come, first served basis.
- Individuals, companies and organisations will be able to choose to register their domain name in either .cymru or .wales or both.
- An innovative partnership has been set up with Gwynedd Councilâs Galw Gwynedd to offer bilingual call centre support to Welsh and English speaking callers. Nominet will also publish a voluntary Welsh Language Scheme.
- In a unique approach especially for these domains, both domain spaces will allow the registration of names that use the diacritic marks used in the Welsh language to mirror non-diacritic domain names.
Commenting on the announcement, Ieuan Evans, Chair of the Nominet Wales Advisory Group said: âThe new .cymru and .wales domains are an exciting opportunity for Wales to reach its full potential online by creating a platform for Brand Wales to become recognised worldwide. We are absolutely committed to making these domains work for everyone in Wales and that they empower people to create and use Welsh language content.â
Jo Golley, leading Nominetâs Wales team says: âPublication of our policy document is the next step in our drive to give Wales an exciting new online platform on which to build the Welsh brand. Having worked for over two years with the Welsh Government and key Welsh businesses and organisations we are confident that we are now well placed to deliver domains which are more relevant to Wales.
âToday we have further been able to clarify our commitment to the Welsh language. The extensive technical measures we have put in place to allow diacritic marks to be used have been taken with the full intent of enabling people to use the range and subtlety of the Welsh language online. These important steps will enable a massive increase in Welsh language domain names on the internet.â
To register interest and for the full policy, go to ourhomeonline.org.uk/sign-up-for-updates