Domain Registration Frequently Asked Questions

This document is meant to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about Regzilla and domain name registrations. If you have a question that is not listed on this page, please feel free to email us at hostmaster@regzilla.com.

Questions

  1. What is a domain name?
  2. After I've chosen a Registration Service Provider, what's involved in getting my domain name?
  3. Once I have a domain name, how can I make changes to it?
  4. How do I change ownership of my domain name? (ie. I want to sell it or give it to someone else)
  5. What's the difference between a Regzilla registered domain name and a Network Solutions (NSI) registered domain name?
  6. Registry? Registrar? Registrant? What do these words mean?
  7. I forgot my login name and password.
  8. Who does a registered name actually belong to, the end user or the Registration Service Provider?
  9. How much control do domain owners have over their domain once they've signed up through Regzilla?
  10. I heard the "WHOIS" at Internic is not in real time. How is this different from the WHOIS function at Regzilla?
  11. What's the difference between .com, .net, .org domain names?
  12. Does Regzilla register in any other top level domains (.ca, .biz, .tv, .uk, etc.)?
  13. What's the difference between a ccTLD and a gTLD?
  14. This is fascinating. Where can I go for more information on the domain name space?

Answers


  1. What is a domain name?
    A domain name is essentially a signpost on the Internet. Every website you've ever been to, and every email you've ever composed, has used a domain name in its address. People register domain names in order to 'stake a claim' to a particular name -- whether for business or personal reasons. Once a domain name is registered to a person or company, it is that person's to use exclusively as long as they continue to pay the yearly renewal fee. Our domain name is regzilla.com, and we also own regzilla.org and regzilla.net

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  2. After I've chosen a Registration Service Provider, what's involved in getting my domain name?
    Most Registration Service Providers have built a domain registration process that you initiate from their web site. Once you've applied for the name, the Registration Service Provider accepts payment, processes the order, and then the domain name is registered to you. This process can generally be completed within one business day, but it will vary by Registration Service Provider.

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  3. Once I have a domain name, how can I make changes to it?
    You can make changes to your domain name by using the Regzilla management interface at: https://www.regzilla.com/login.php. Bear in mind you'll need your domain's username and password to make the desired changes. If you don't have a username and password or have forgotten them, please contact the person who registered the domain for you on your behalf, or contact Regzilla at hostmaster@regzilla.com if you registered it yourself.

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  4. How do I change ownership of my domain name? (ie. I want to sell it or give it to someone else)
    You can simply give your username and password to the new owner, and allow them to change the contact information using the Manage Domain interface. They should also change the domain's profile to a new one with a unique username and password.

    To change the contact information:

    In the Manage Domain interface (https://www.regzilla.com/login.php), click on Organization link and update the information

    To change the domain's profile:

    Log into the Manage Domain interface at: https://www.regzilla.com/login.php

    Click on "Manage Profile" and then select "Change Ownership of Domain". Fill out the username/password of the profile you want to add this domain to, or create a new profile and provide a username and password. If you are moving the domain to an existing profile, click on "Move to existing profile" and type the name of a domain that is already in the profile into the "Previously registered domain" field. Click on "Change Owner" and the domain will be in the new profile.

    * It is important to remember that anyone with the profile login information can change all info for all domains in the profile, including ownership.

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  5. What's the difference between a Regzilla registered domain name and a Network Solutions (NSI) registered domain name?
    There's no difference between a name registered with Regzilla and a name registered with Network Solutions. Network Solutions is currently better known because they ran the first domain registration business without competition for a number of years.

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  6. Registry? Registrar? Registrant? What do these words mean?

    Registrar: A "Registrar" (or "Domain Name Registrar") is an organization like Regzilla or Network Solutions that has control over the granting of domains within certain TLDs (top level domains, like the generic .com/.org/.net or country-specific .ca/.us/.uk etc.).
    Registry: The 'Registry' is the backend that registrars have shared access to. Each registrar writes new names to a central registry database, from which the authoritative root (essentially, a table of all domain names on the Internet) is built.
    Registrant: A registrant is the person or company who purchases a domain name. For example, Jessica Smith (registrant) registers the name jessicasmith.com through Regzilla (registrar) who in turn writes the name to the central database (Registry).

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  7. I forgot my login name and password.
    Your login name and password (used to make modifications to your domain name record) can be obtained by contacting hostmaster@regzilla.com.

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  8. Who does a registered name actually belong to, the end user or the Registration Service Provider?
    Domain names are not truly owned -- they're leased out on a first-come, first-served basis, and remain with the initial lessee until either a) the lessee does not renew the name, or b) a business with a trademark of the same name demonstrates a greater claim to the name than the lessee can demonstrate. The question is better phrased as 'who can control the domain name'. With Regzilla, the answer is the domain's Administrative Contact. This is usually specified by the registrant during the registration process.

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  9. How much control do domain owners have over their domain once they've signed up through Regzilla?
    Domain owners, in general, have full control over their Regzilla registered domain names. This means that the domain owner has the power to:
    a) Change admin/technical and billing contacts for the domain.
    b) Change ownership of the domain.
    c) Change the nameservers that are authoritative for the domain.
    d) Create sub-users and enable them to change some/all of the options in a, b and c above.
    e) Change the password that enables a, b, c, and d above.


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  10. I heard the "WHOIS" at Internic is not in real time. How is this different from the WHOIS function at Regzilla?
    WHOIS is a tool that permits people to access information about a particular domain name. Internic updates their WHOIS data twice every 24 hrs. This means the data it presents isn't as up-to-date as it could be. For example, if a domain name has transferred ownership, it's possible this fact wouldn't be available to you for up to twelve hours. In contrast, with regard to names we host, Regzilla WhoIS information is updated in real time.

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  11. What's the difference between .com, .net, .org domain names?
    Originally, the three letter extensions after the dot (or Top Level Domain/TLD) were meant to denote whether the domain name was being used for business (.com) charity/non-profit (.org) or for a technology based company (.net). However, with the explosion of the Internet (and specifically, the world wide web) as a new business medium, the lines were blurred, and companies and individuals alike started cross-registering domains (ie. Me.com, me.net, me.org) just to protect their interests. Now, .com, .net, and .org names (the generic Top Level Domains) can be used for any purpose.

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  12. Does Regzilla register in any other top level domains (.ca, .biz .tv, .uk, etc.)?
    Currently, Regzilla offers registrations in the .com, .net, .org, .asia, .at, .be, .biz, .ca, .cc, .ch, .cn, .de, .dk, .es, .eu, .fr, .info, .it, .li, .me, .mobi, .com.mx, .nl, .tv, .uk and .us TLDs.

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  13. What's the difference between a ccTLD and a gTLD?
    A gTLD is a generic Top Level Domain. These are top level domains that are NOT affiliated with any country and can be registered by anyone for a fee. Currently, these are .com, .net, and .org. ccTLDs are Country Code Top Level Domains.These are the two character top level domain names affiliated with various countries around the world. Many ccTLDs are closed or restricted, requiring proof of residency in the country in question. Others are not restricted, and can be purchased much like gTLDs.


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  14. This is fascinating. Where can I go for more information on the domain name space?
    For a detailed account on the evolution of the domain space as a business phenomenon, please visit http://www.icann.org.

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