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A Domain Registrant is an individual or organization that registers a unique TLD (Top-Level Domain) through a Registrar when establishing an online presence. 

The process involves choosing a domain name, such as www.example.TLD, and registering it with a domain Registrar. Once completed, the Registrant is granted the right to use the domain name for a set period, which is usually one year.

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Key Points about a Domain Registrant:

Contact Information:

During the registration process, the domain Registrant is required to provide contact information, including names, registered company name, addresses, email information, and phone numbers.


After registration, the domain Registrant is considered the legal owner of the domain name.


The Registrant is responsible for managing the domain, which includes renewing the registration before it expires, updating information, and complying with the terms and conditions set by the domain Registrar.


In some cases, a domain Registrant may choose to transfer ownership of a domain to another party, which can be done through the administrative tools provided by the hosting provider, or the domain Registrar.

Authorized Changes:

The domain Registrant has the authority to amend the domain’s settings, such as updating DNS records, pointing the domain to a different hosting provider, or configuring email services.

Responsibilities of Registrants:

Domain Registrants have various responsibilities related to the ownership and management of domain names. The onus is on the Registrant to ensure this information is updated and conditions are adhered to:

Details and Information Accuracy:

When registering a domain, it’s crucial to provide accurate and current contact information. Keep all contact details, including your email address up to date with the domain Registrar. All domain Registrant’s information is maintained in the globally public WHOIS database and must be legitimate. In the event of any changes, promptly update your contact details. This is crucial, as it is also part of the Certificate Authority checks done prior to issuing SSL Certificates.

Should you not wish to have your information available to the Public, you can request WHOIS Privacy for your domain registration which incurs a small annual fee charged per domain, please contact Hosted.com’s Support people.


It is important for website owners and businesses to ensure the timely renewal of their domain registration to prevent expiration. Failure to renew a domain can result in the loss of the website and its associated email addresses, leading to a disruption in online presence and communication. To avoid this, it is important to set up reminders for renewal or opt for automatic renewal through the domain Registrar.

Authorization Code (Auth Code):

Securing your authorization code, also referred to as the Auth Code or EPP Code, is of utmost importance when overseeing the management of your domain name. This code acts as a distinctive identifier for your domain and is imperative for initiating a transfer to another Registrar.

Follow the terms and conditions of the domain Registrar and Registry, adhere to legal and regulatory requirements for domain ownership, ensure compliance with trademark and intellectual property laws for domain registration, be aware of and comply with laws regarding hosted content, and take responsibility for resolving disputes, including legal and ownership matters, that may arise related to domain name registration.

Rights of Registrants:

The registration of a domain name, with any privacy or proxy services utilized, must be governed by a Registration Agreement either with a representative of an ICANN Accredited Registrar, or directly with the Registrar. You have the right to review and download this Registration Agreement for your records at any time. Additionally, you are entitled to clear and accessible information regarding:

  • The identity of your Registrar and any affiliated proxy or privacy service provider associated with it.
  • Your Registrar’s terms and conditions, including pricing details applicable to domain name registrations.
  • Customer support services offered by your provider and the privacy services provider, including instructions on how to access them.
  • Procedures for expressing concerns and resolving disputes with both your Registrar, or its representative, and any associated privacy services.
  • Instructions outlining your Registrar’s processes for registering, managing, transferring, renewing, and restoring your domain name registrations, including those involving any proxy or privacy services offered by your Registrar, or its representative.

One of the most frequently asked questions is: What is the difference between a Registry Registrar, these are in fact two separate entities – read our Knowledgebase article: The Difference between a Registry and a Registrar for more information.

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