A domain registrar is a company that has been accredited by ICANN and certified by a domain registry to provide domain registration services to the public. A company must meet certain requirements in order to become an accredited registrar. Requirements may include: authentication, legal agreements, financial requirements and technical readiness. This stringent application process puts into place protections for all parties involved – the registrant, registrar and registry.
Companies like GoDaddy, Namecheap, and NameSilo allow everyday people like you and me to register domain names through their platforms. Once a domain is newly registered, portions of the registration fee goes to the registry and ICANN. The domain registrar is the main point of contact for the registrant (customer). This means that if you need to push, transfer or update any info related to your domain, you would do it through your registrar account.
Domain Registrars and TLDs (Top Level Domains)
Domain registrars must be certified by the managing registry in order to offer a specific TLD. For example, .COMs and .NETs are overseen Verisign, so any company that wants to offer .COM and .NET registrations, must go through Verisign for approval. Verisign is just one registry. There are other registries that manage other TLDs. The TLDs that a domain registrar is offering depends on which ones they were approved for.
Choosing a Domain Registrar
There are currently over 900 domain registrars worldwide. While they are all similar in what they do, each one has some flexibility to set their own features and prices. As you can imagine, choosing a domain registrar can be a real challenge for the first-time registrant. Like shopping for anything else, you need to compare features and prices to get the best deal. Sometimes, people will pay a little extra for customer service. It all depends on what matters most to you.
Don’t Forget about Coupons
Domain registrars are always giving out domain coupon codes to grab new customers. Take advantage of them! You could save a lot of money in the long-run. And, why not save on something you’re going to buy anyways?