Domain Name Registration


Domain name registration is the process whereby an individual, organization or business registers a domain name. This is usually carried out via a third party known as a domain name registrar. Registrars offer a Web-based service and all that is necessary to register. Domain names usually start from $10 a year and up.

Domain Name Registration Process:


  1. Come up with a domain name
  2. Do a research on domain registrars. Select a registrar with good reviews that is known for customer service.
  3. Go to the domain name registrar website and search for availability of the name
  4. If the domain name is available follow the payment process to purchase it
  5. If your domain name is not available, registrar will give you some suggestions. You may want to take your time and come up with a few other possible names.



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Domain Name Protection


Privacy Protection
Registries make the domain name index available to the world via system for the direction of Internet traffic unless you pay the privacy protection fee. Privatizing the domain name will hide your contact information but won’t hide the expiry date.

Ownership Protection
Some of the registrars don’t provide an “Expiry Notification Service” therefor ensure to mark the expiry date on your calendar for renewal purposes.

Auto Renewal
Most registrars give you the option of auto renewal in case of expiry.




Domain Expiry


Grace Period
Most registrars allow a grace period for many domain name extensions (such as .com, .net, and .org) allowing you to renew the domain name after expiration without penalty. After the grace period for these extensions, you must pay a redemption fee plus the cost of regular renewal if you want to keep the domain.

Redemption Period
After the registrar's grace period, most domain names have a redemption period. This period can last from a few days to a few weeks, and during this time, the current registrant can renew the domain name by paying a redemption fee along with the domain name's renewal fee.

If the current registrant does not renew or redeem the domain name, it might be auctioned. When a domain name is released to a public auction, you can participate and possibly capture the domain name by placing a bid on it. If the domain name is not renewed, redeemed, or purchased through an auction, it is returned to its registry. The registry determines when the domain name is released again for registration. Once it's released to public, anybody can register the domain name.

Domain Names & Trademarks


If I have a trademark, do I have a domain name?
No. A trademark is not the same thing as a domain name. A trademark identifies goods or services from a particular source or of a defined quality. If a trademark owner would like to use its trademark as its domain name, the owner must purchase the domain name registration from an ICANN-accredited registrar. Many companies register domain names that contain their trademarks. For example, Nike owns

In certain instances, a trademark owner may benefit from ownership of its mark when it comes to domain name registration. For example, when a new top-level domain (TLD) or country code top-level domain (ccTLD) is launched, there will be a “sunrise period,” which allows trademark owners to apply for domain names that correspond with their registered trademarks before domain name registration opens up to the general public. However, this is not an automatic process, and the trademark owner must take active steps to register the domain name.


Cybersquatting & Trademark Infringement


Registering a domain name with bad faith intent is known as cybersquatting.
Registration of a domain name that is identical to or confusingly similar to someone else’s trademark known as is considered trademark infringement and has legal issues.


  1. Buying domain names that use the trademark names of existing businesses with the intent to sell the names for a profit to those businesses (
  2. Intentional misspellings of and similarities to trademarked names


Under UDRP policy, successful complainants can have the names deleted or transferred to their ownership (which means paying regular renewal fees on all the names or risk their being registered by someone else).


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