domain name is currently unregistered but it's reserved for us to register until 10 June 2019
. After that date it will become available for anyone to register. (*.uk domains are reserved for the registrant of the corresponding *.co.uk domain, which is PPUK.)
In the first instance I think the party should just register this domain to ensure its future use for the party.
I've been thinking through some ideas for simplifying the party in various ways and I think moving to use pirateparty.uk as the main domain name would be a step in the right direction. It's shorter than the current pirateparty.org.uk domain name and reads exactly like the real name of the party, which our current domain does not. The shorter URL is easier to include on stickers, posters, avatars etc. where space may be limited. It's easier to say.
If we move to the new domain name, it's important to ensure that the old domain still works and all URLs and email addresses are properly redirected
. We would also need a new wildcard SSL certificate for pirateparty.uk. (As a warning, make sure to use HTTP 302 rather than 301 redirects until you're absolutely sure
everything is working properly, as 301s are permanently cached and can't easily be changed.)