What is a Registrar? (1 minute read time)

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Betty Fleming
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A domain name registrar is a business that handles the reservation of domain names as well as the assignment of IP addresses for those domain names. It is where you go to purchase your website name. 

Although people often speak of buying and owning domain names, the truth is that registries (.com, .org, etc.) own all of their domain names and registrars ( yes, the registrar and registry differences are a bit confusing) simply offer customers the opportunity to reserve domain names for a limited amount of time. The maximum reservation period for a domain name is ten years. A user can hold onto a domain name for longer than ten years, as registrars usually let them keep renewing their reservation indefinitely. But the user never truly owns the domain; they just lease it.

Technically speaking, domain names are what you to find a website (anywebsite.com) but websites are actually  alphanumeric aliases used to access websites. Domain names, and the DNS system, translates names into the appropriate numbers make it easier to access websites without having to memorize and enter numeric IP addresses.

Learn More: Cloudflare Explains What a Registrar is, What is a Web Application Firewall?

How To: How do I Set up Cloudflare?

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