Knowledgebase: Domains & DNS
All About Domain Registration
Posted by CTX Admin on 18 December 2014 12:37 PM

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) regulates domain registrations and sets prices. See our knowledgebase article about ICANN to learn more.

Domain Registration

The registrar can be a company other than the hosting company. While we can host any domain name (as long as the DNS is pointed to us), we cannot register every domain. Check out a comprehensive list of domains we can register in our TLDs knowledgebase article.

If you register a domain directly with us, you should always contact us for domain-related help. If you register your own domains as an eNom reseller, then most issues will be handled directly by eNom. You may still contact us first to be sure, if you'd like. We're here to help!

Need to register a domain? Go here!

When registering a new domain, be sure to provide a valid email address for your WHOIS as you will be required to verify your WHOIS information via email. If verification is not received within 15 days, the domain name will be suspended.

It is recommended that you use an email address independent of the domain you are registering since you will need access to this email address to verify your WHOIS information.

If the type of domain you want cannot be purchased online, or if you need to pay with a method other than credit card, please submit a ticket to our Billing department for assistance.

Note: Per rules set by ICANN, the maximum registration period for any domain is ten years. You may request renewal or registration up to this limit by submitting a ticket to us.

Domain Order Validation

Once you have completed your domain registration us, you will be required to validate your domain order. This is a required step in the domain registration process in accordance with the ICANN 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement.

Domain Registration Renewal

Renew your domain registration early, before the expiration date. See how to renew your domain in our handy how-to article.

Domain Expiration

If you fail to renew your domain, your registration will be interrupted, at which point your nameservers will be changed by the registrar. This means it will take a few days before you can see your site is down, and after you finally pay to renew, it will be a few more days before you can see your site is back up. We will send domain renewal reminders prior to the expiration date by email to the email address you listed with us.

Domain Transfers

You must always initiate the domain transfer with the new company. The process takes approximately 5 to 7 days to complete. It is important to keep in mind that there are several obstacles that can make a valid domain registration transfer fail.

  • If you have been with your current registrar for less than 60 days, then you are not allowed to transfer yet; however, if you just renewed your domain, you may still transfer because this means you were with the current registrar for more than a year.

  • If your domain status is "Locked," you will need to ask your current registrar to unlock your domain.

  • If your WHOIS information is incorrect or private, you must have your valid email listed as the Admin Contact Email so you can receive a confirmation notice from the current registrar.

  • If an invalid EPP code was provided, you must get the EPP code from the current registrar and provide it to the new registrar. If you change any contact information or name servers with the previous registrar, you must get a new EPP code, because it may have changed.

  • If your domain name is in redemption, you must pay the current company before you may transfer.

Tip! Initiate your domain registration transfers at least one month before the domain expires. This will give you ample time to fix any mistakes and re-initiate the transfer in time.

Normally, when you transfer your domain registration to a new registrar, you get an additional year added to your expiration date. However, if a domain expires, is renewed and then transferred between registrars within the first 45 days after the expiration date, the domain will not retain the original renewal year once the transfer completes (meaning your expiration date stays the same). This is a registry restriction and applies to all registrars.

Wanna transfer your domain? See our how-to here.


See also ICANN Registrar Accreditation InformationTop Level Domains (TLDs) Overview 
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