A domain name registration is an organization or commercial entity that manages the reservation of Internet domain names. A domain name registration must be accredited by a generic top-level domain registry and/or a country code top-level domain registry. The management is done in accordance with the guidelines of the designated domain name registries.
This amendment required the creation of a shared registration system that supported multiple registrars. This system officially commenced service under the supervision of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), although there had been several testbed registrars using the system. Since then, over 900 registrars have entered the market for domain name registration services.
When a registrar registration a com domain name for an end-user, it must pay a maximum annual fee. Many registrars also offer registration through reseller affiliates. An end-user registers either directly with a registrar, or indirectly through one or more layers of resellers. The retail cost generally ranges from a low of about per year for a simple domain registration, although registrars often drop the price far lower – sometimes even free – when ordered with other products such as web hosting services.
The maximum period of registration for a domain name is 10 years. Some registrars offer longer periods of up to 100 years, but such offers involve the registrar renewing the registration for their customer; the 100-year registration would not be in the official registration database.
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