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Domain Name Registrars

Definition

A domain name registrar is an entity that manages the allocation and reservation of domain names. Domain names are addresses such as ww.example.com that are used to locate resources that on the internet. A resource could be a post, page, website, document, media file, or even an application that is located online.

Domain name registrars work with various domain name registries that manage the running of respective domain names. These could be generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries or country code top level domain (ccTLD) registries.

How Domain Name Registrars Work

Domain registrars act as intermediaries between the registries and registrants, who are the people buying them domains.

For a start, a domain registrar needs to be accredited by the specific registries that they are to work with. For gTLDs, the registrars should be accredited by ICANN, while ccTLD can accredit their own registrars in their area of operation.

Once accredited, a registrar facilitates the registration of a domain name for a registrant at the registry, at a fee. This means that the registrar pays some money to the registry, and charges the registrar at a reasonable markup.

Top Domain Registrars in the World

Domain name registrars can operate globally or in specific countries which they are licenses to operate by the cTLDS. For global registrars, one needs to be accredited by ICANN, then seek partnership with each of the registry whose domain they want to resell.

The top domain registrars in the world today include:

  • GoDaddy.com, LLC
  • NameCheap, Inc.
  • Chengdu West Dimension Digital Technology Company
  • Eranet International Limited
  • GMO Internet,
  • Google LLC
  • Tucows Domains Inc.
  • HiChina Zhicheng Technology Limited
  • Web Commerce Communications Limited
  • West263 International Limited
  • PDR Ltd
  • Alibaba Cloud Computing Ltd
  • NameSilo, LLC
  • Dynadot, LLC
  • Network Solutions, LLC
  • Name.com, Inc.

Top Domain Registrars in various Countries

There are dominant domain registrars who operate in different countries and regions. If you want

A list of the top domain in some select countries can be found in the following links:

  1. Domain name registrars in South Africa
  2. Domain name registrars in the United States
  3. Domain name registrars in the United Kingdom
  4. Domain name registrars in China
  5. Domain name registrars in India
  6. Domain name registrars in Indonesia
  7. Domain name registrars in Pakistan
  8. Domain name registrars in Turkey
  9. Domain name registrars in Nigeria
  10. Domain name registrars in Canada
  11. Domain name registrars in Kenya