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Yes, you are the owner of the domain that you have registered and not the ISP, hosting provider or Registrar.
Who Owns a Domain?
Period of Domain Registration
If you as the owner of the domain, register it through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a domain Registrar, you will be recognized as the legal owner of that domain for the period that you have registered the domain for, from 1 year up to 10 years. Depending on the Registry’s requirements for the TLD that you are registering, there are usually options of 1-year, 2-years, 5-years and 10-years available when registering your domain name.
Owner of the Domain’s Information
When you register a domain, it involves providing contact information, which is associated with the domain in the Registrar’s records, including your name, address, email, and phone number. This information is relevant to the domain and is typically accessible through the WHOIS database.
Find Out Who Owns a Domain
Anyone can use a Whois Lookup, ICANN Lookup or IANA Whois (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) tool to access the global database of all register domains. However, some of the information may be redacted due to current GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) regulations.
To retain ownership of your domain, you need to renew the registration before it expires. However, ISPs, hosting providers or Registrars are under obligation from ICANN to send multiple renewal notifications to the registered email address prior to expiry of the domain.
As the owner of the domain, you will also have the ability to transfer the domain to another ISP, hosting provider or Registrar if needed. This process involves following the domain transfer procedures provided by the new provider.
The domain Registrant also has administrative control over the domain settings with the ability to update DNS records, configure email services, and make other changes through the Registrar’s control panel.
As the soon to be owner of the domain, it is essential to choose a reputable and reliable Registrar, ISP or hosting provider, when registering a domain. Different domain Registrars may have slightly different terms and conditions, so it’s advisable to review their domain registration policies, including domain renewal procedures ands the soon to be owner domain transfer processes.