What is a domain name registry?

The ultimate internet authority, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is responsible for keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. ICANN assigns specific domain extensions to various domain name registries. These registries further assign accredited registrars to sell domain names on the particular extension that has been assigned to them. Neither the ICANN, nor the registry books deals directly with end customer.

For example, consider the domain extension dot com (.com). ICANN has assigned this extension to VeriSign Inc which is a domain registry. So VeriSign is a domain registry for .com domains. VeriSign then assigns certain registrars to sell the .com domains on their behalf to the end customers. These are usually the ones who are accredited by ICANN.

These registrars further assign sub-registrars under them who are not directly accredited with the registry. These sub-registrars are usually called domain resellers.

14 July 2009 | Domain Names | Comments

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