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What is Domain Registration?

What is Domain Registration?

Domain registration, as defined by Wikipedia, is the process of acquiring a domain name from a domain name registrar. An example of a domain name is the name of this website -“”. offers domain registration, transferl and renewal

A domain name registrar is an organization or commercial entity that manages the reservation of Internet domain names. The Network Information Center, or InterNIC, was the primary internet governing body responsible for domain name allocations from 1993 until 1998. After this time the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took over responsibility.

Process for Registering a Domain Name

  1. Choose a unique domain name. To check if the domain name is available you can use a domain registrar site like com.
  1. Submit information to registrar
    • Domain name
    • Name and contact information for domain registrant
    • Domain registration term (length of time you’d like the domain name)
    • Payment Information
  1. The registrar will start the registration process for you once you provide the required information.

Domain Name Renewal

  • The domain name you chose will expire after a designated amount of time – typically 1-2 years after you purchased it.
  • When it is time to renew your domain you will receive a notification from your registrar.
  • Follow the directions sent in your notification to renew your domain name

Important Note:

If you do not renew your domain name your website will no longer show up on the Internet after it expires.

Domain Name Transfer

You can transfer your domain name from one registrar to another. Most registrars are happy to assist you in the domain name transfer process.

Each registrar will have customer support and information for you to follow to conduct a domain name transfer.

Common Domain Name Registrars

A domain name registrar must be accredited by a generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry and or a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry.


Economical with good customer service


Cheap package deals – combined web hosting and domain registration


Offers alternative domain names if the one you wanted is not available

Common Domains (Generic TLD)

Name Entity
.com Commercial
.org Non-commercial
.net Network
.int International Organizations
.edu U.S. Higher Education
.gov U.S. National and State Government Agencies
.mil U.S. Military


For a list of country code top-level domains refer to this list.