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Registry? Registrar? Registrant? What do these words mean?
Posted by James Robshaw on 04 May 2006 12:10 PM

There is one Registry for every Top-Level Domain.

For example:
The Registry for .com and .net domains is maintained by VeriSign, Inc.
The Registry for .org domains is maintained by Public Interest Registry (PIR).
The Registry for .biz domains is maintained by NeuLevel, Inc.
The Registry for .info domains is maintained by Afilias Limited.
The Registry for .co.uk domains is maintained by Nominet.

A Registrar is a company that can enter new domains into the Registry. ProExe use the most appropiate Registrar depending on the chosen domain name. We don't use an exclusive Registrar, as we shop around to get the best deal for our clients.

The Registrant is the individual or organisation that registers a particular domain name.

For example, Joe Bloggs (registrant) registers the name joebloggs.com through OpenSRS (One of ProExe registrar's) who in turn writes the name to the central database (VeriSign, Inc., the registry).

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