Sunday, 14 December 2014

The three R’s of the domain industry

Hello Namelynx friends, it is I, Lynx the cat, and I am back to provide you with some of my (many) pearls of wisdom that will help you along your journey to understanding Namelynx. The theme of this month’s blog post is getting to know certain terms that are associated with the domain industry. It is easy to get mixed up and confused with all the different words being thrown around which is why I am going to give you a crash course into the three words on every domain expert’s lips: registry, registrar and a registrant.

What is a registry?

A registry is the central database where all registered top-level domains (TLDs) are stored. This means that once you have registered a domain name it will automatically be deposited into the registry. Here you will also find a list of all the rules and regulations attached to the registered domain names as well as a record of the registrant details of each domain name. Don’t forget though that you cannot register a domain directly with a registry.

What is a registrar?

That’s us! Namelynx is an ICANN accredited registrar, which means we paid a lot of money and have gone to great effort to provide domain names to the public (you). We are the important link between you (the registrant) and the registry because it is through Namelynx that you will register your domains.

Who is ICANN?

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the non-government, non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the domain name system and other fancy technical stuff. They are responsible for accrediting registrars such as Namelynx and keeping registries in check.

What is a registrant?

A registrant refers to you - the person, or organisation, who has registered and now owns a specific domain name. For example if you register the domain name you are now the registrant of that domain. This means that your contact details will show up next to this domain name in the registry.

So here is a simple breakdown:

Let’s compare the Domain Name system to your address book on your cellphone. Your actual, physical phone, be it the iPhone, Samsung, Nokia etc. is the registry that holds you store all your contacts details onto – there numbers, names, email addresses and the companies that they work for are all loaded onto your phones system. You, the owner of the phone, would be the registrar because you are the one loading the data into your phone and finally the people who are attached to the data are the registrants because it is they are the owners of those numbers and email addresses.

Does this make a bit more sense? I sure hope so!

Until next year, have a safe and fun festive season and don’t forget to keep registering.

Lynx the Cat

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