Should Our Council Change to a Domain?

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If you’re responsible for managing a Parish or Town Council website in the UK, you might be wondering whether to switch to a domain. Below are some benefits you may wish to consider.

  1. Enhanced Credibility and Trust

    A domain immediately signals to visitors that your website is an official government resource. This extension is reserved for government entities, ensuring that only legitimate and vetted organisations can use it. As a result, users are more likely to trust the information and services provided on your site.
  2. Improved Security

    Security is a paramount concern for any website, especially those handling sensitive information. A domain often comes with stringent security protocols and regular audits, reducing the risk of cyber-attacks. The assurance of enhanced security can give both you and your users peace of mind.
  3. Better Search Engine Ranking

    Search engines such as Google tend to prioritise domains in their search results due to their authoritative and trusted nature. Switching to a domain can potentially improve your site’s search engine ranking – crucially making it easier for users to find your services and information.
  4. Clear Government Association

    Using a domain unequivocally associates your website with the UK government. This clear association can be beneficial for transparency and accountability, helping to separate your site from non-official or commercial entities.
  5. Consistency and Professionalism

    Adopting a domain promotes consistency across government websites, creating a unified digital presence. This consistency helps in building a professional and reliable image, which is essential for effective public communication and service delivery.

    The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a briefing recommending that councils adopt a domain name to improve professionalism within the sector and better manage information within the council.

How to Make the Switch

Contact us to find out how we can help you. We can provide you with assistance to move to a new domain and advise on maintaining good working practices.

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