Domain Glossary.

Just a handful of key terms used in the domain industry ~ Enjoy!

An administrative contact in the domain name industry is a person responsible for managing domain-related issues, including renewals, contact updates, and dispute resolutions. They act as the primary point of contact for the domain's registrar.

The aftermarket in the domain name industry refers to buying and selling domain names that have already been registered. It involves transactions for premium or expired domains, often at prices higher than their initial registration fees.

A backorder in the domain name industry is a service where individuals or companies reserve the opportunity to purchase a domain name if it becomes available for registration after its current registration expires.

Bidding in the domain name industry involves participating in auctions to acquire valuable or expired domain names. Bidders compete by placing monetary offers, with the highest bid winning the right to register or purchase the domain.

A billing contact in the domain name industry is the person or entity responsible for managing and paying for the domain registration, including renewals and related financial transactions.

A deleted domain in the domain name industry refers to a domain name that has not been renewed by its previous owner and has consequently become available for registration by the public again after a specified grace period.

A domain appraisal is an evaluation process to determine the market value of a domain name based on factors like keywords, length, market trends, and comparable sales.

A domain broker is a professional who facilitates the buying, selling, and negotiation of domain names on behalf of clients, often helping to secure valuable or premium domain names.

A domainer is someone who buys, sells, and manages domain names as an investment, often aiming to profit by selling them at higher prices or by monetizing traffic through advertising.

Domain extensions, also known as top-level domains (TLDs), are the suffixes at the end of domain names (e.g., .com, .org, .net) that indicate the category or country code of the domain.

A domain name is a unique address used to identify a website on the internet, such as "" It translates human-friendly names into IP addresses, enabling easier access to websites.

A domain name hack creatively uses a domain's structure or country code to form a word or phrase, like "" where ".ly" forms "bitly." It blends letters with domain extensions for memorable URLs. Sometimes simply known as a domain hack, the term was first used by Matthew Doucette in 2004.

Domain resellers in the domain name industry are entities or individuals that purchase domain names in bulk from registrars at wholesale prices and then sell them to end customers at a higher retail price, often providing additional services like hosting or management.

DNS (Domain Name System) translates domain names (like into IP addresses computers use to identify each other on networks, facilitating internet browsing and services.

A dropped domain in the domain name industry is a previously registered domain name that has not been renewed by its owner, making it available for registration by someone else in the domain name industry.

Escrow in the domain name industry refers to a third-party service that holds funds and domain assets during a transaction, ensuring security for both buyer and seller until the agreed terms are met.

An expired domain is a previously registered internet domain that has not been renewed by the owner before its expiration date. It becomes available for registration by anyone after a certain grace period.

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) oversees domain name system management, ensuring domain name uniqueness and stable operation of the internet's addressing system.

Parking in the domain name industry refers to temporarily placing a domain name on a parked page with ads, generating revenue from visitors before developing the site or selling the domain.

A pending transfer in the domain name industry refers to the process where a domain name is in the midst of being transferred from one registrar to another, typically involving verification and confirmation steps to ensure the transfer is authorized.

A premium domain in the domain name industry is a web address that is considered more valuable due to its short length, popular keywords, brandability, or high traffic potential, often commanding a higher price than regular domains.

Privacy in the domain name industry refers to services that shield personal information (like name, address) of domain owners from being publicly accessible through WHOIS databases, protecting against spam, identity theft, and unwanted solicitations.

A registrant in the domain name industry is an individual or entity that registers a specific domain name through a registrar, gaining ownership and control over that internet address for use in websites or other online services.

A registrar in the domain name industry is a company authorized to sell domain names to the public, acting as an intermediary between domain registries and customers who wish to register and manage their internet domain names.

A registry in the domain name industry manages and operates top-level domains (TLDs), maintaining the authoritative database of domain names ending in specific extensions like .com or .org.

A renewal in the domain name industry refers to the process of extending the registration of a domain name beyond its initial registration period, typically for another year or more, by paying a renewal fee to the registrar.

A technical contact in the domain name industry is a designated person responsible for managing technical aspects like domain name server (DNS) configurations and ensuring the smooth operation of domain-related services.

A transfer in the domain name industry involves moving ownership of a domain name from one registrar to another, typically initiated by the domain owner for various reasons such as better service or pricing.

WHOIS is a service used to look up information about domain names, including registration details like the owner's contact information, registration and expiration dates, and name server details.

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