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It's just about learning a few definitions that's all.

I have never become a reseller of hosting because I feel that if a client has a relationship with the tech support of their hosting companies their website will become a better tool and they will be more empowered with using and understanding this tool. I am a reseller of domain names through DomainPeople but you get your username and password and are the owner of your domain name. You buy it; you renew it; you are the admin and billing contact.

I often find situations where someone has had a web designer buy a domain name and set up site hosting but the client does not really own the domain name or have a relationship with the hosting company. This gets messy. Any business person will eventually want to own their business domain name. If you had a phone service you would not pay a 3rd party to pay your bills and configure your mailbox. It took a bit of fiddling but you figured it out. It's the same for hosting and domain names. Learn a few definitions and take the reins. The convenient part is that good hosting companies and domain registrars have 24-hour toll-free tech support to help you and hold your hand during this familiarization period. Even better is that the sky will then be the limit: autoresponders, polls, site stats, blogs and more are at YOUR fingertips.

You will find that hosting companies and registrars really dance around the reseller issue because they make a lot of money through resellers. The biggest registrars and hosting companies in fact only sell through resellers. In the end the person with the domain name pays more and gets less and it usually is because they can't face learning the meanings of the following terms.

What is a domain name?
Domain names are the familiar, easy-to-remember names you find on the Internet, such as - and they dont have to include the doublyoudoublyoudoublyou (www) - the domain name is just a name with the extension (.com or .net, or .ca or .org etc)

Domain names identify a location on the Internet. It is your identity on the Internet and provides you with an address that other Internet users can use to find your website on the World Wide Web. You also use your domain name for your email address. In your admin area for your domain name you can point it to where the website files are (on a web host server somewhere) and you can set up email aliases or pop email accounts.

An example of a domain name is There are no spaces in a domain name.

It's easy peasy to search for a domain name and buy it.

What is a URL?
URL stands for Universal Resource Locator and is a unique identifier for your web address. Your URL contains your domain name along with the http://
An example of a URL is Identify pages on the web with the complete url because the link will then be an active link. There are no spaces in a url and when you use it in an email dont add a period after it.

What is a Registrar?
The organization responsible for the actual registration of the domain name is known as the Registrar. This is the company that you bought your domain name from. When you buy a domain name the email of the admin contact is the owner of that domain name. You will receive a username and password and a link for an admin area where you can manage your domain name. DomainPeople is a registrar.

What is hosting or a web host
The World Wide Web is a massive collection of web sites, all hosted on computers (called web servers) all over the world. The web server (computer) where your web site's html files, graphics, etc. reside is known as the web host. To have a website you must first own a domain name then you have to host the website files somewhere. You set up a hosting account with a hosting company to do this. Sometimes you can buy a domain name and set up hosting from one company but they are still two different animals - (hosting and domain names) or (registrars and hosting companies). A hosting company rents you space on their computers for your website. A domain registrar sells you the domain name. EasyHost and NetNation are hosting companies.

It's easy peasy to set up a hosting account.

Transferring a domain name
People want to transfer domain names so that they can move to better registrars. Often they initiate a transfer because someone else has bought their domain name for them and they now want to become the admin contact and manage their own domain name. The current admin contact will have to give permission for this transfer. If you are not able to transfer your domain name - it means that you don't own your domain name. Find out more here.

It's not so easy to transfer a domain name if you are not the admin contact. You will need the permission of the person who is the admin contact. The easy part is that a good domain registrar will help you.

Glossary Continued

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1. Domain Name
A domain name is the core of your online identity. It is the address web surfers use to find your web site. Your domain name is yours entirely because once registered, no other party may use that identity online in that Top Level DomainDomain Names always have two or more parts, separated by periods. The part on the left is the most specific, and the part on the right is the most general.
Computers on the Internet use IP (Internet Protocol) numbers (e.g., 123.452.06.31) to locate other computers. Internet users would have a difficult time remembering these long strings of numbers to find sites, so domain names were developed to translate IP numbers into easy-to-remember domain names.

2. Registrant

The entity, organization, or individual who is the owner/lease holder of a particular domain name is known as the Registrant. When registering a domain name for a Company or Organization be sure that the Company or Organizations name is listed as the Registrant if you wish for the Company to have complete control over ownership/lease hold.

3. Registrar

An ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.) accredited entity (or an affiliate to such an entity) which acts on the behalf of a Registrant regarding domain name registrations or modifications, is known as a Registrar.

4. Registry

The organization responsible for the actual administration and maintenance of the top-level domain database is known as the Registry. The Registry is where Registrars create new or modify existing domain names for Registrants. For the .com, .net, and .org extensions the Registry is a US government contracted database.

5. Administrative/Technical/Billing contacts

contact Records are individuals or groups who represent a Registrant on matters related to the Registrant's domain name(s). There are three types of Contacts: Administrative, Technical, and Billing. Contacts have the ability to modify information pertaining to a domain name. A contact may be a single person, a company, or an organization.

6. DNS

DNS stands for Domain Name System. This System translates a domain name such as into IP address. DNS is basically a piece of translation software which allows humans and computers to easily communicate. The network of computers that constitute the Internet map domain names to their corresponding IP numbers.

The DNS record consists data similar to the following example:
Primary Nameserver: DNS1.YAHOO.COM
Primary IP address:

7. Primary and Secondary Name Servers

The Primary and Secondary Name Servers indicate the hostname of a name server that will contain authoritative data for the domain name being registered and will deliver/translate that domain name to its corresponding IP number. The designation of "secondary" indicates that the name server will be used in addition to and as a backup for the primary name server that is listed as Primary.

8. Primary and Secondary IP address/numbers

IP stands for Internet Protocol. A unique number consisting of 4 parts separated by periods/dots. Every machine which houses information that is available on the Internet has a unique number, which correlates to its domain name.

9. Domain Parking

Registrars require Primary and Secondary Name Servers and IP Numbers for every domain registered (DNS). Every domain name has to be linked to this information for it to be valid (i.e., each domain name needs to have an address attached to it). At the time of registration some people do not yet have Name Server and IP Number information (which is provided by a Web Host), therefore here you will receive a free business card web site, and either domain or url forwarding. You can park your Domain for free and will be able to use your new domain for an email address immediately.

10. Modification of your domain name's contact information

"Modification" is a function where a domain name's information is updated to reflect new contact or DNS information. Administrative and Technical Contacts have the ability to modify domain name information.

11. Web Host

Hosting companies offer a service where their "server" computer stores your web site's HTML files, and graphics for a fee. Sometimes they are free, but you will have ads. Their server allows your web site to be viewed over the Internet.

You do not need to have a web host to register a domain name!

12. ISP (Internet Service Provider)

ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. An ISP provides access to the Internet for others via some connectivity service(s).

13. InterNIC

InterNIC was a U.S. government agency that has been effectively replaced by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). ICANN now oversees the domain names industry concerning the TLD's .com, .net, and .org . ICANN is technically an international organization, which holds meetings at different international locations throughout each year.


WHOIS is a term referring to a domain name search feature for the .com, .net, and .org database. The WHOIS can be used to search for the owner/lease holder of any domain name which has already been registered. This is valuable information if you wish to contact the owner of a domain name that may or may not be attached to a functioning web site.

15. Renewal

Registration for domain names needs to be renewed based on a scheduled yearly interval. This gives the Registrant (you) and the Registry an opportunity to update contact information and settle on the payment of the registration fee(s).

16. Transfer - Registrant (Domain Name Owner/Lease Holder transfer)

The procedure for change of ownership is known a Registrant Transfer. Domain names can be given or sold to a different party, or the name of a company might change. The Registrar requires a process by which permission from the old owner to hand over control to the new owner is obtained and authorized by notary public documentation.

17. Top Level Domain (TLD)

In the example the ".net" is the Top Level Domain. There are two types of Top Level Domains. The most common type is gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains) , such as .Com, .Net, .Org. The other type of TLD is the ccTLD (country code Top Level Domains) which are assigned to all countries and their dependencies (e.g., Germany is .de). Every TLD Registry - generic or country code - has its own prices, policies, and procedures that Registrants (name holders) in that Registry are subject to. It is important to know and be prepared to accept these terms before registering name(s) in a particular Registry. The most commonly registered names are in the .Com, .Net, and .Org gTLD's.

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The Domain People support team is here to answer your domain name registration questions online and over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Farsite always recommends that you pick up the phone if you become at all frustrated by these processes.

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There are restrictions on .ca, .us, .info, .name and .biz domain names.

.us domains are available to individuals and companies that have a legal interest in the United States only.

.ca domains are available to individuals and companies that have a Canadian presence and they must agree to the .ca service agreement, as well as the standard DomainPeople service agreement.

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