Re: How do the sites that you get a .com from go about owning the address?
Originally posted by omnistegan How do the sites that you get a .com from go about owning the address?
Agreements are made among the accredited registrar, ICANN, and
the Registry. Only the registrars have the hardware and the tech
expertise to manage them.
Instead of letting people "buy" domains directly (which can cost
the end user more than they'll bargain for), registrars "lease" the
right to use the name instead. Domain names are kinda like just
"empty spaces", it's the end users that assign a label or name to
Anyone feel free to correct me.
Originally posted by omnistegan And can I buy the .com without their help?
You can't because, in reality, it's an expensive venture registering
and managing domain names. Like any business, there are costs
involved (i.e. continually maintaining and adding/upgrading the
servers, making connections/requests to the Registry, paying
employee salaries, etc.).
Considering how much they spend on operating expenses, be all
the more glad they're still charging about $7-$9 per year on the
Originally posted by omnistegan I remember hearing one time that for a one time price you can permenantly own a .com (or other .net/.org/etc. domains). Is this true?
Not true at all. Current agreements require renewal of domains up
to a maximum of 10 years.
We don't have to like it. But we gotta deal with it for now.
When a domain is resolved it is resolved backwards from the TLD backward. The root is actually a . after the .com which refers to the ICANN database that resolves the location for the TLD .com. Once at the .com database it looks up domainname.com and returns the nameserver information for that domain that has been entered into the database for that entry. It gives the IP address for that domain so the host has the network address of the "distant end" and allow for the transfer of IP packets.
ICANN and the various TLD's are not just going to trust anybody to submit information to change their domain. Can you imagine the havoc if they allowed just anybody to come along and enter information in their TLD databases? Each TLD registry (whether it be a .com, .org, or a country for example "trusts" registrars who have demonstrated themselves trustworthy and responsible. It not only takes the load off of the TLD registries from managing all the customers themselves but it also allows them to sell more domains with centralized management and decentralized execution (but not so decentralized as to lose responsible registration).
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