The .uk suffix has grown to become the second most popular domain name in the world, new data has revealed.
Nominet’s Domain Name Industry report has shown that the number of sites being registered with the .uk domain has now surpassed those for China’s .cn.
The report found that the number of .uk domain registrations has grown by 11.5 per cent in the last year with up to 200,000 new domains being registered each month. There are now nearly nine million domains using the .uk suffix, said Nominet.
Director of marketing and communications at Nominet Phil Kingsland said: "Registrations in the .uk domain space have been particularly good this year, with some of the highest levels of new registrations that we've seen since the dotcom boom, despite the current focus on austerity."
Nominet also found that 80 per cent of consumers are more likely to visit a .uk domain than its .com equivalent, showing an increased level of trust in websites registered with the suffix.
“Trust and confidence in the .uk domain namespace is important for UK consumers and businesses alike,” the report said.