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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
See also ICANN Registrar Accreditation Information, Top Level Domains (TLDs) Overview