Domain Name Registration
Registry – A registry is an organization or company that keeps a record of all domains under a certain extension. For example, Verisign is the registry that manages all.Com extension domain names. In essence, a registry is a supplier to the registrar.
Registrar – A registrar is a company that manages the buying and selling of domain names. All registrars are credited by the overseeing entity called ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). To register a domain, you will typically work with a registrar service, such as GoDaddy.com, NetworkSolutions.com, or Web.com. However, you don’t need to choose between one of the mainstream registrars. There are hundreds, if not thousands of other registrars that offer many of the same services and at lower prices.
Registrant – This is the consumer (business, individual, or organization).
Domain registration process:
Like any other industry, registrars vary in price and quality of service. Some registrars operate in high volume with low margins, so they’re relatively cheap. Others are a little more expensive but offer more bells and whistles. When making a decision, you have to think about what you’d like to accomplish with the domain after you register it. Does the registrar offer hosting solutions, email, website builders, etc.? You also need to consider the price of registration versus the price of long term maintenance of your website. Some more expensive registrars offer ongoing services after registration that may balance out the price over time.
If you’re looking to purchase a domain name and the domain name has already been registered, consider a broker like Saw.com to advise you to make the right decision on the right domain name. Our experienced professionals will make sure you’re getting the best price for your brand, your name, and your online identity.