[Nottingham] registering web domain

Simon Huggins nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Tue May 20 12:11:01 2003

'ello Nottingham

On Tue, May 20, 2003 at 12:55:29PM +0200, Martin Waryniak wrote:
> When you pay a company to host your website on a certain domain name,
> do you "own" the domain name as well or does it belong to the company
> that hosts your site?

You should own it yourself.  In reality no one really owns domains.
They're owned by the registry e.g. Nominet for .uk domains.

But yes you should definitely ensure that your name appears as the admin
contact for the domain for gTLD domains or as the Registrant for Nominet

> And what's the situation if you register a domain name and pay for it,
> will any provider host your site under your registered domain name? If
> someone does host your website, is it still your domain name for a
> couple of years or so?

Some providers get a bit arsey if they don't hold the domain as well.
There can be good reasons for this if the DNS you supply or buy
elsewhere is dodgy then their hosting service won't be working properly
due to DNS issues which are outside their control.

But technically there's no reason why you couldn't buy your domain from
one place and then get hosting elsewhere.

If people host your website, then they have no claim to your domain.
Only the people that registered your domain in the first place would
potentially have a claim to it (i.e. if they don't put you as the Admin
Contact or for .uk domains the Registrant).

Oh and gTLD domains are generally bought in minimum of one year periods
whilst .uk domains are bought in minimum 2 year periods.

Hope this helps,


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