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Domain name registrar

A domain name registrar is an organization that processes domain name registrations, renewals, transfers, and other requests on behalf of people registering domain names (registrants). Domain name registrars also maintain the information in the Whois database.

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Domain name registrar accreditations

To handle gTLDs (generic top-level domains) such as those with .com, .net, and .org extensions, the registrar must be accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) are the two-letter domain extensions that represent a specific country, such as .ca (Canada), .in (India), and .uk (United Kingdom). ccTLDs are accredited by national ccTLD authorities, and the ccTLD authorities for each country have their own rules. Many domain name registrars are accredited by both ICANN and national ccTLD authorities so that they can handle both gTLDs and ccTLDs.

Domain name resellers

A domain name reseller is an individual or organization that resells domain names through a domain name registrar reseller program. Domains are still registered through the domain name registrar, but resellers can offer the domain registration services at their websites and earn a profit from each domain registered. Most web hosts are domain name resellers. In addition to being able to offer another service to their clients, web hosts can also package domain name registrations with their other services if they choose to.

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