Support has been strong in Wales with the Welsh Assembly being the first to switch on its new domains back in December. Others to have already taken the opportunity to register their .wales and .cymru domains include the Welsh government, S4C, Sport Wales, the Federation of Small Businesses Wales, the Scarlets rugby team, the Welsh Rugby Union, the Millennium Stadium, the Arts Council for Wales, Golwg360, Bloc, Gwalia, Atlantic PLC, Orchard and Portmeirion.
Wales is also one of the few countries in the world to have two top level domains as well as the option for using .uk that was their only TLD representing the country previously.
âThese domains are about taking our Welsh passion, pride and provenance to the online world and as a consequence we all now have an opportunity both within Wales and around the world to do exactly that,â said Ieuan Evans MBE, Chair of the .cymru and .wales Advisory Group and former Wales rugby captain.
âIâm thrilled to finally be able to use my own .cymru and .wales web addresses and know that anyone with a connection with Wales will want to do the same and join me in making the web more Welsh.â
“The new domain names create a fantastic opportunity for Wales that support development of businesses, communities and the Welsh language online. It means we could use the top level domain names to establish a strong online presence, which truly reflects our national identity,” Carwyn Jones, First Minister, has previously said.