Why Do I Need A Domain Registrar?
Posted by Shaker B. on 15 January 2015 12:03 PM

Every type of domain has a single organization that is responsible for maintaining the list of all the domain names of its own type (called a Top Level Domain - TLD). For example, the .COM TLD is run by a company called Verisign. The .CA domain (which is a country-code or ccTLD) is run by CIRA - the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. 

Registries do not generally deal directly with the public, working instead through companies who deal directly with the end-user, ensuring that domain registrations are properly maintained and connecting securely to the registry to register, renew and edit domain information. Without going through a registrar, there is no way to register a new domain.

For more details on the history and structure of Domain Registrars, see the Wikipedia article here.

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