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domain name registration
The process of selecting a domain name and registering it in a top-level domain. Domain name registration typically involves a:
- Registrant: the individual or entity who wants to register a domain name
- Registrar: an entity that processes domain name registrations
- Registry operator: the entity that maintains the master database (the registry) of domain names registered in a particular top-level domain (TLD)
To complete a domain name registration, the registrant registers the domain name with a registrar. The registrar verifies that the domain name is available in the requested TLD and submits the registration request to the registry operator for that TLD. The registry operator then adds the new domain to the TLD’s registry.
A registrant can optionally register a domain name through a reseller. Resellers are third-party companies that offer domain name registration services through a registrar.