Domain name registrars are essentially retail companies that handle all of the consumer contact for domain name registrations, including customer service and billing.
The domain name registrar you choose will ask you to provide various contact and technical information that makes up the registration. The registrar will then keep records of the contact information and submit the technical information to a central directory known as the “registry.” [full definition]
Largest Domain Name Registrars
According to Webhosting.info at the time of publishing, the following companies are the largest domain name registrars in the world. (Note: DomainSherpa does not use affiliate links.)
1. Go Daddy, http://godaddy.com, 32% market share
2. Enom, http://enom.com, 8.5%
3. Tucows, http://tucows.com, 6.6%
4. Network Solutions, http://networksolutions.com, 5.2%
5. Schlund+Partner, http://schlund.de, 4.3%
6. Melbourne IT, http://melbourneit.com.au, 3.3%
7. Wild West Domains, http://wildwestdomains.com, 2.8%
8. ResellerClub.com, http://resellerclub.com, 2.2%
9. Moniker, http://moniker.com, 2.2%
10. Register.com, http://register.com, 1.9%
A full and updated list of domain name registrars can be found at Webhosting.info.
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