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 Registry? Registrar? Reseller? Registrant? What do these words mean?
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Registry? Registrar? Reseller? Registrant? What do these words mean?


Registrar: A "Registrar" (or "Domain Name Registrar") is an organization like Tucows or Network Solutions that has control over the granting of domains within certain TLDs (top level domains, like the generic .com/.org/.net or country-specific .ca/.us/.mx etc.).

Registry: The 'Registry' is the backend that registrars have shared access to. Each registrar writes new names to a central registry database, from which the authoritative root (essentially, a table of all domain names on the Internet) is built.

Reseller: A reseller is a company that uses the Tucows/OpenSRS registrar system to provide domain registration services to the general public. All City Solutions is a Tucows/OpenSRS reseller.

Registrant: A registrant is the person or company who purchases a domain name. For example, Jessica Smith (registrant) registers the name example.com through an OpenSRS Reseller.


 



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Created On: 14 Jun 2007 09:09 PM

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