|What is a registry, registrar and registrant?|
What is a registry, registrar and registrant?When you register a domain there are always three parties involved; the registry, registrar and registrant. Below we explain what their roles are.
RegistryThe registry is responsible for the overall administration of a top-level domain (TLD). They set the policies for the domain, manage the registrations and generate the zone file.
A registry can manage multiple domains, like Verisign for .com and .net, or just one domain like SIDN for .nl.
RegistrarThe registrar is the middleman. It is an accredited organization that registers a domain with a registry, on behalf of the registrant. Your hosting service is usually an accredited registrar with ICANN.
Your hosting service is usually a registrar for a number of TLDs, among others, .dk, .se and .de domains.
RegistrantThe registrant is the registered name holder of a domain. This person or entity owns the rights to use the domain for their website and email, as long as they pay the domain fee every year.
When you host a domain, you are the registrant.
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