A lot of people ask me what is this "ICANN"? You might have seen their logo at some sites that register domain names, or some sites that state they are ICANN accredited. But what does it mean?
Let`s see what is ICANN and how can you benefit from it?
ICANN is short for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and they are the organization which organizes the Domain Name System.
What is the purpose of ICANN?
It was formed in October 1998, mainly because of a need to manage domain names at international level. Before that time each country managed its own domain name system. Can you imagine what mess it was when there were different conditions to register .com domain names in every country? Thats why ICANN was born.
Does ICANN register domain names?
ICANN itself does not register domain names, but has the power to authorize institutions for specific domain extensions. So for every extension, like .com, .jobs, .info there is a company that takes care for all registrations under it. For example, VeriSign is the authoritative registry for .com and .net domain names. Anyone who wants to sell .com domain names must have an agreement with Verisign or sell domain names through reseller companies.
What means if registrar is ICANN accredited?
ICANN accreditation means that accredited registrars are doing business that complies with rules and regulations set forth by ICANN. It also means they are a reliable domain name seller and you, as a customer are protected by ICANN.
An ICANN intervention happened on March 31 2007, when ICANN degraded Registerfly and it no longer was an ICANN accredited registrar, because they RegisterFly was providing a horrible service for their users. All users were transfered to other registrars and their domain names were saved.
Conclusion: What you need to know about ICANN?
- ICANN manages domain name system and protects domain name owners.
- ICANN charges a small fee (about $.20) for every domain name people register. So at checkout page you might notice the price for domain name is slightly higher. Thats ok! Everyone has to pay this fee, but I don`t mind because I know if there is trouble, ICANN will take care of it.
So next time you hear about ICANN, you will know what is about.
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