We’ve recently added .EU domain names, to our free domain bundle package. Want a .EU domain name? You can have it free for the first year, if you buy a 12 or 36-month web hosting or BaseKit siteBuilder plan together with it*!

Why choose .EU? Well, if European identity is part of your brand or marketing, then it’s a highly effective way to communicate that to your customers.

A .EU domain name shows that you or your company is European, or that you are focused on the European Union market. A .EU domain name can assist in showcasing products and services to the 500 million Europeans in 27 European countries.

For a variety of reasons, some institutes and individuals identify more with the EU than with the countries which make it up. And for them, .EU is an obvious choice for their domain name.

If you have offices in different European countries your .EU domain can act as a ‘mini-portal’. To register a .EU domain name, all you need is an address in any one of the 27 EU countries.

The .EU Web Awards

Having a .EU domain name also entitles the holder to enter The .EU Web Awards, an online competition, launched in 2014 and designed to acknowledge the best websites, using the .eu (or .ею extensions), in five categories.

The .EU Web Awards is completely free to enter. No fees required, from nomination to winner! 15 finalists will be invited to a prestigious .EU Web Awards Gala, held in Brussels, Belgium on 21 November 2018.

The Nomination and Voting Process

  • The Nomination and Voting Period runs from 18 April until 1 August 2018 .
  • Each nominated website will be briefly evaluated and contacted before published as a Nominee.
  • Once made available as a Nominee, the public can vote for it. Website owners are encouraged to spread the word through their social media platforms in order to gather as many votes as possible!
  • The 3 websites under each category with most votes will become 2018 .EU Web Awards Finalists.
  • The Finalists will be revealed on 5 September 2018.

The Winners will be those Finalists who receive the highest points from the jury. Winners will be announced during the Awards ceremony, held in Brussels, Belgium on 21 November 2018.

The Categories

  • The LEADERS (If the website represents an established national business that is currently in operation and possesses multiple years of industry experience, more than 10 employees and a stable yet growing customer base. )
  • The RISING STARS (If the website represents a start-up company that is in a process of development and finding its niche in the marketplace in addition to having no more than 3 years of industry experience and less than 10 employees.)
  • The LAURELS (If the website represents an institution such as a school, a training program, a charitable organisations, etc., that promotes ongoing education/pan European projects.)
  • The HOUSE of .eu (If the website, or blog, represents companies or private persons in the news, media or entertainment industry such as news portals, advertisement agencies, etc.)
  • The BETTER WORLD (If the website encourages green initiatives and diffuses ecological information with regard to environmental protection as well as the promotion of green projects and environmentally-friendly businesses. This category include eHealth, Smart Cities, Intelligent Transport solutions, or Smart Agriculture as non-exhaustive examples)

Should you have any doubt as to which category your website belongs to, please feel free to contact webawards@eurid.eu.

The five winners will receive the following:

  • A custom trophy along with a personalised .EU Web Awards certificate
  • A customised 1 minute promotional video arranged and produced by EURid
  • A two month billboard advertising campaign in Brussels Airport
  • Three different digital .EU Web Awards icons

For more information, and to enter, visit webawards.eurid.eu. And don’t forget to get your free .EU domain name* when buy hosting or BaseKit siteBuilder for 12 or 36 months at Blacknight.

* Offer applies to new .EU domain names or transfers of existing .EU domain names from another registrar. Only one free domain per hosting/BaseKit subscription. Domain names will renew at the normal price after the first year.

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