Domain Name Registration - ICANN accredited
Welcome to probably the longest running original FAQ on domain names
- The total cost to register a domain name is only $30/name per year and as low as $15 per year for a 10 year registration.
- DomainRegistry.com, Inc. is an ICANN accredited registrar and
has been registering domain names since 1996! That's longer then 99% of the other
- Pay by credit card, check, money order, paypal or even Western Union.
- Fortune 1000 companies can generally pay by purchase order.
- City/State/Federal government can generally pay by purchase order.
- Universities, colleges and schools and school districts, can generally pay by purchase order.
- Note: For instructions on paying by purchase order write to the help address at the bottom of the page or see our contact page for our fax number.
- Register your domain name for use NOW, or simply register for FUTURE use.
- Register domain names in .com, .net, .org, info or all 4.
- Use your registered domain name at your current ISP, or another web
provider or host, at any time.
- Price includes FREE web forwarding! Forward your domain name to your existing personal or business website or a specific page within that website! (Web forwarding subject to
reasonable usage restrictions).
- Price includes FREE email forwarding. Forward mail sent to your domain name (ie. firstname.lastname@example.org ) to your existing personal ISP or business email account or
any email account located anywhere. (Email forwarding subject to
reasonable usage restrictions and has no spam blocking.)
- Allows optional (additional charge) full web page hosting (http://www.yourcompany.com)
Web forwarding as mentioned above is FREE
- Allows optional (additional charge) e-mail (email@example.com)
Email forwarding, as mentioned, is FREE
- Fast Service - names are registered in less than
- DomainRegistry.com operates 7 days a week.
- You can search the database of available domain names for free
Why Should I register a Domain Name?
Getting a domain name registered is the first step to having a real presence on the Internet. Combined with web hosting (we can suggest an ISP, or you can use your current ISP) you'll get a real internet address in the form of http://www.yourcompany.com instead of being "part" of a provider's web site. Once your name is registered you can also get free e-mail forwarding in the form of "firstname.lastname@example.org". Of course, you don't need a web site to have e-mail or vice versa.
How Do I Register a Name?
- If you already know the name or names that you want to register,
simply start the process here.
What if I'm not sure of the name that I want?
- If you would like to research domain names before registering, check
How many names can I register?
- There is no limit to the quantity of domain names that you can
register. We have customers who register 1 domain and customers who register hundreds. A typical
customer (individual or small business) might own between 5 and 10 domains.
How long can I register a domain name for?
A domain name can be registered for up to 10 years.
How soon after I register can I use the domain name?
It takes a minute to register and the domain is available after that to either
forward to an existing site and/or forward email, or setup a website (you need to get hosting for
that either here or elsewhere). Email and of course web forwarding as mentioned is free.
What is the cost to register a domain name?
- The total cost to register a domain name is currently $30 per
name per year. Registration for up to 10 years drops the price
per year to only $15.
Can I use a purchase order to register a domain name?
- Fortune 1000 companies, city, state and local government, as well as schools and
school districts, can generally use a purchase order to register and pay for domain name registration and domain names.
Please fax us (refer to our contact page for our fax number) or send an email to the help address at the bottom of
this page for details on how to use a purchase order.
Can you help me purchase a domain name that someone already
- Yes. We offer a custom service where we can help you buy a domain name
that is currently owned by someone else (either that is being used or not being used). The service
involves research, strategy and making offers for the domain to allow you to
buy it at the lowest reasonable cost given your budget. We are also able
to find info on ownership that is not publicly available as well. This information helps greatly in our
efforts, but is also of value if you would like to handle the transaction and negotiation directly with the
How long does it take to register a domain name?
- It normally takes less than a minute. You can begin the
registration process by filling out the form located
Do I have to use the name right away, or can I just "reserve" it
for future use?
- Yes you can reserve for future use as there is no requirement to use the domain name within any set time
period and this is actually quite common.
Will I receive a renewal notice when my registration
- We generally send out at least 2 emails and 1 notice by postal mail to most
of our customers. If the domain name is not paid for within the grace
period after expiration (generally 2 to 4 weeks) it will be deleted or changed
to registrar ownership or sold to another buyer as allowed by ICANN. At
that point, as specified by ICANN, the name goes into what is known as
"redemption". During redemption we are charged extra fees and have to
follow different procedures to get the name back on the Internet.
Consequently you will pay extra charges (currently $100 plus the
renewal fee) to get a
deleted name back. Redemption lasts 30 days (plus 5 day no activity
hold) during which only the prior registrant can get the name. After
redemption ends anyone can register the name for the regular fee. The
best way to avoid a name being deleted is by paying upfront or at
anytime for multiple years. You can register or renew for up to 10 years
at a time. Please ask for pricing on this.
What happens when my name is put on "hold"?
- Per ICANN policy (in part), and with some exceptions, domains not
paid for will be put "on hold" at approximately 20 to 30 days past expiration (subject to change
without notice). Any name put on "hold" will require a reinstatement fee of $25 to
be taken off hold regardless of whether the renewal fee was paid (unless the renewal
fee was paid prior to the name being put on "hold"). Domains will remain on hold
for approximately 8 days after which they will be deleted, resold or auctioned at our option and
go into redemption (which will require payment of additional redemption fees).
If I renew my name prior to expiration what happens?
Your name is renewed the extra period of time you specify (up to
10 years) and that is added to the current expiration. So there
is no penalty whatsoever to renew or pay for extra years in advance
and it also protects against any price increases.
Do I have to be a "company" to register a domain name?
- No, individuals and organizations can also register domain names.
Does a company or individual need to be located in the United
States to register a domain name?
- No, we can register .com, .net, or .org and .info for companies, organizations or individuals
located anywhere in the world. As of April 2000 (when we stopped counting), DomainRegistry.com had
customers in 53 foreign countries who had registered domain names with
What is the difference between .com, .net, .org and .info?
- ".com" names were originally designated for commercial
(for profit) organizations or individuals but now are typically used for any purpose.
- ".net" was originally for network providers, but can
now be used for any purpose, commercial, non-profit, or personal.
- ".org" was orignally designated for non-profit organizations
or groups, but now can be used for any purpose, commercial,
non-profit, or personal. Important: Organizations that register in .org are strongly encouraged to register the similar .com name to prevent confusion from users who type the .com of the same domain by accident.
- ".info" is a new general purpose TLD that can be used for any purpose.
- ".edu" is for 4-year, degree granting colleges/universities ONLY.
- ".gov" is for US Federal Government agencies ONLY.
TLD stands for "Top Level Domain", so ".com", ".net",
".org", ".edu", ".gov" are all examples of TLD's.
Other less popular TLD's include .aero .asia .biz .coop .mobi .name .tel .pro .travel .xxx .cat .int .jobs .museum. As these are far from ubiquitous and rarely used, DomainRegistry.com Inc. does not offer registration of those TLD's.
A ccTLD is a country top level domain. Examples of ccTLD's include .uk (United Kingdom), .de (Germany), .nl (Netherlands), .ch (Switzerland), .za (South Africa), .es (Spain) to name only a few.
I'm confused by all of this. What's the best and safest
TLD to register in no matter what I am doing?
The answer is emphatically .com. The majority of the domains registered are .com.
You can rarely go wrong registering a .com even if you would fall under another
TLD or even a ccTLD. It is quite common for a foreign company, individual or organization to
want to have a .com name instead of their own country code domain as shown
by our historic registration records.
Should I register in more than one
TLD? Which ones?
It is typical to lock up a domain in .com .net .org and .info.
If cost is an object you should try to register in .com, .net and .org.
Obviously you can start with .com and add the other TLD's later assuming
they are still available.
If I register a .org or .net or .info
domain, should I also register the .com of the same domain?
- Absolutely. It is a best practice, for anyone who registers outside of .com
to also register the .com of the same name even if not using that domain.
People, by default, will many times type in the .com by accident. If you don't register
the domain someone else might and/or your visitors will be redirected to
another (possibly) undesirable website. This point can't be stressed enough.
How long can a domain name be, and what characters/numbers or
symbols can it contain?
- A domain name can be up to 63 characters PLUS the extension
(.com, .net, .org etc.)
- A domain name can contain upper and lowercase characters (A-Z,a-z), numbers (0-9), or both.
- A domain name can contain a dash "-" (example: domain-register.com).
- "Case" (upper or lower) does not matter with domain names. The
domain name "Larry.com" is the same as "LARRY.COM" or "LarRy.Com".
- Names are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Subject to
any trademark, legal, or ICANN rules or changes, once you register a
name it's yours as long as the appropriate initial and renewal fees are
paid. (Please note that registration of a domain name, does not prevent
a company or individual with an exact or similar trademark from raising
objections to the registration through legal or domain dispute methods.
Please make a good faith effort not to infringe on known trademarks.)
Once I register the name, what can I do with it?
mentioned previously, you can:
- Just reserve it for future use.
- Use it for a Website, a blog for email or anything you can use a domain name for. While there will typically be an additional charge to "create" the web pages many people with a "how to" type book or after an internet search are able to do this themselves. There will also be an additional charge for "hosting" of the web pages or blog (as opposed to just "hosting" the domain name) but you can also use the included FREE webforwarding and have the name forwarded to an existing free web site, blog, or any address on the Internet and/or use the free email forwarding to have
your email forwarded to any existing email address.
I've heard that the older a domain is, and the longer
it is registered for (in advance), the more likely
the domain is to be ranked higher for SEO purposes by google and other
search engines. Is that true?
In general, yes. An older domain has more authority SEO
(also business wise for that matter)
Also it is
felt by many that a domain that expires far in advance
is generally given more SEO "juice" (authority) as
well. As only one reason: simply that a site
owner or company is more serious about their
web presence if they are paying for their domain registration
well in advance as opposed to year by year - which
wouldn't typically be a practice done by, for example,
a major corporation. It should be pointed out that
as with any SEO practice, there are things that are
endorse by google as being correct, and there are
things that aren't specifically endorsed.
The reason is that doing so would enable people
to "game the system" and gain an unfair advantage.
Consequently it's up to each individual site owner
to take advantage of as many things as they can.
Where is your domain name dispute policy located?
- You can view the current ICANN approved domain name dispute policy
Anything special I should know about your free web and/or email
- Yes. Please read "What's the difference between web/email forwarding
and web/email hosting?" located on our
Support Page. Also note that if you are getting DNS service from us (nominal DNS at no
charge) you can't get email or web forwarding as well. (It's one or the other). So for example
if you are having us point to Volusion, or Shopify or XYZ by DNS you won't be able
(without paying an extra charge) get email and/or web forwarding because of the way
this is setup. Any questions please ask first!
Where is ICANN's Registrant Rights and Responsibilities document?
- You can view the current ICANN Registrant Rights and Responsibilities document
Can I register on-line, right now?
If you already know
the name or names that you want to register, simply start the process here
Will you auto-renew my name?
DomainRegistry.com doesn't store your credit card information
and as such cannot auto renew your domain name. You must supply
us with your current credit card info and specifically let us know
that you want to renew your domain name. You can also renew
your domain name by sending us a check or money order and even Western Union. We sometimes
allow certain larger companies or institutions to use purchase
orders - please ask for details. As mentioned you will generally
receive several email notices and possibly even postal notices prior to the
What types of renewal notices and other notices do you send?
We send the following renewal notices (dates are approximate; subject to change w/o notice):
- 90 days prior to expiration - HTML email sent to admin contact
- 60 days prior to expiration - HTML email sent to admin contact
- 45 days prior to expiration - Txt email sent to admin contact
- 30 days prior to expiration - HTML email sent to admin contact
- 7 days prior to expiration - Txt email sent to admin contact
- 25 days post expiration - Txt email "Last Notice Sent" to admin contact
- 35 to 45 days prior to expiration - Some US and International customers also get postal notices
- 130 Days prior to expiration "day" (not date) - ICANN required WDRP (whois data reminder policy) txt email notice sent
to admin contact requiring verification and updating of whois information.
- Domains are put on hold approximately 30 days post expiration
- Domains are deleted or changed to registrar account approximately 38 days post expiration.
If I don't pay for my domain, when will it be deleted?
If you domain name is not paid for, it will generally be deleted
between 35 and 45 days past the expiration date. It then goes
into "redemption" status at which point extra fees (detailed above)
are due to get the domain name restored. Redemption status lasts 30 days
past deletion followed by a 5 day "freeze" period after which the
domain is released to the general public. Please note that names
released after the freeze are sometimes "snapped" by speculators
so if your name is valuable you will want to make sure to either renew
it or restore it while it is in redemption status.
Is there a database that I can search to see what domain names are
Yes, If you would like to research available
domain names, use the form located here. This is a FREE service.
Where is your whois located?
Our whois is located
After registration is complete, will my name point to an "under
construction" web site?
Yes, within an hour or so of the domain
registration, your name or names will point to our "generic" under
construction web site. Further details are contained in our
service agreement. (Keep in mind that the same page is
used for all names that are registered and is not specific your domain
name. That is why we call it "generic".)