What is the role of a domain registrar?
Learn precisely what a registrar does.
In simple terms, a domain registrar is the intermediary working with both the registrant and registry operator. Using real estate as an analogy, you can look at the registrant as the tenant; a registrar is the property manager; and an operator is the owner of the property.
Referring to the .AU ccTLD domain name, AusRegistry is the registry operator, which includes net.au, asn.au, com.au, org.au and id.au. Further to this, AusRegistry is also the registry operator of the .AU second-level domains (all state-specific domains such as vic.au plus gov.au and edu.au).
The services AusRegistry provide aren’t available direct to registrants, though, and this is where domain registrars come in. AusRegistry offers an accreditation via auDA (.AU Domain Administration Ltd.) which allows registrars to provide registration to the end-users.
Using auDA guidelines, domain registrars manage domain names and offer them to the public. For other TLDs such as .com and .org, it’s ICANN’s rules and regulations that are followed. For every one of the domains that are registered, registrars have to pay a certain amount in fees to the registry operator. Generally, any unaccredited registration services are domain resellers – essentially an extra mediator standing between ‘tenant’ and ‘property owner’.
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