Domain Registration

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Overview

A domain registration is the name of your site, which must be purchased in order for the domain to resolve online. There are a variety of different names and Top Level Domains (TLDs) that you can choose from in order to register. This article provides general information in regards to domain registrations with DreamHost.

The Basics

Domain registration (or TLD - Top Level Domain) is the first half of a two-step process for getting a site on the Internet. It takes care of providing contact information for both the registrant (the owner of the domain name) and the nameservers; the latter handle the actual domain-name-to-IP-address lookups.

Note2 icon.png Note: It’s possible to delete a domain registration within 5 days of purchase. This is often necessary if it was misspelled when purchased. However this time period is not available for certain TLDs. Depending on the TLD you purchased, it’s possible there is no grace period at all.


The registration information for any domain name can be looked up with a WhoIs search. You can take a look at the following wiki article for more details on the WhoIs information and how you can retrieve it for your domain name:

Note2 icon.png Note: The common .COM/.NET/.ORG/ and .INFO (as well as other TLDs) offer privacy for the contact information you provide when you register. However other TLDs may not offer any privacy protection. You’ll need to check into the TLD you wish to purchase to see if privacy is available.


You can read more about our free privacy setting in the following wiki article:

Free Registrations

The DreamHost shared hosting service provides you with one free domain registration for the full year. You will receive the free registration credit again, 11 months after you last used it. This will allow you to renew your registration for free before it expires.

Please note that you can use your free registration credit on any COM, .NET, .ORG, or .INFO TLD, and you can use it on one registration this year and another next year, as long as it's not "locked" to any particular domain.

You can read more about the free registration offered with the shared hosting service in the following wiki article:

Renewals

Visit the Renewals article for details on how to renew your domain registration at DreamHost.

Transfers

For an overview on how to transfer your registration to DreamHost, or away from DreamHost, please review the following wiki articles:

Expiration

If a registration expires we will hold it for 30 days in the case that you have either forgot to renew the registration or you have changed your mind. In this period you will be able to renew the registration at the regular price. This is called the renewal grace period for a domain.

Note2 icon.png Note: Not all domain TLDs will offer a grace period. That all depends on the registry policy for that specific domain TLD. However, the 30 day grace period applies to the standard .COM/.NET/.ORG/.INFO domains.


Per ICANN policies, regardless of whether you wish to keep the domain name or not, as long as the registration is active, you will continue to receive the notifications for the domain name you own. There is no way around this as ICANN requires that the owner of the domain name is notified every step of the way until the domain is finally deleted from the registry.

Also according to ICANN rules, you can transfer a domain registration away from DreamHost if it’s expired, but unfortunately, the domain’s WhoIs details cannot be edited after the domain expires. So, DreamHost recommends that the transfer of your registration is completed before it expires. Otherwise, you will have to renew it with DreamHost in order to adjust any WhoIs information.

Redemption

When a domain expires, most TLDs will have a 30 day renewal grace period where you can renew the domain at the standard cost. Once that grace period expires, the domain will be placed into another 30 day period called redemption with the current registrar that issued us the license for the domain.

The redemption period, for most TLDs, will last for another 30 days. During this time, you have one more chance to redeem the domain name, but this will cost an additional fee to our registrar to process the redemption.

If you would still like to retrieve the domain in this stage, the registrar charges $100.00 to redeem it. Then you will just need to pay for the standard yearly registration cost.

To redeem a domain name during the redemption period, you will need to click the ‘Redeem this domain!’ button through the ‘Registrations’ page on your account panel. This process will prompt you to pay for the redemption cost at $100 before you can complete this process.

The redemption will require some time for that to get processed. Please allow up to 30 minutes and if the domain is not redeemed and renewed at that time, feel free to contact our support staff for assistance in your panel at (Panel > ‘Support’ > ‘Contact Support’).

Internationalized domain names

Internationalized Domain Names are domain names which contain characters other than unaccented Roman letters (A-Z), digits (0-9), and the hyphen. For instance, 日本語.idn.icann.org contains Japanese characters. DreamHost offers a wide variety of domain names other than the standard .COM/.NET/.ORG/.INFO domains that are more commonly used. A lot of these other TLDs offered are for other countries. You can see the various domain extensions in the panel at (Panel > ‘Domain’ > ‘Registrations’).

  • When the Registrations page opens, click the ‘See all domain extensions and pricing’ link.
Note2 icon.png Note: Each international TLD is managed by a registry for that domain extension. Because of this, the policies and details for each section of this wiki may or may not apply to certain domains.


Registering and Hosting your IDN

To register an IDN directly in your panel

  1. Navigate to the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Registrations’) page.
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  2. Enter your domain name, including international characters, into the “Register a new domain” box.
  3. Click on the Check Availability button.
    Your IDN is converted into standard characters. This is known as “Punycode”, which you can read about here. Although the domain name is converted, once it's registered, you can use the international version of the domain name to access it online.
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  4. On the next page, enter your contact details and submit your registration request.
  5. After the domain is registered, visit the Add a domain wiki to set up hosting.
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  6. Enter your domain name in the panel's 'Fully Hosted' section in the converted format, without entering any special or international characters.
Note2 icon.png Note: Keep in mind that most modern browsers will display IDNs properly, but if your visitors are not using browsers that support IDNs, they may not be able to access your international domain name with their browser.


IDN TLDs

Dreamhost does not currently support the registration of IDN TLDs (the extension after the first part of the example name - .com is a TLD) such as:

  • .xn--55qx5d (.网络)
  • .xn--io0a7i (.公司)

These are not currently a component of the ICANN DNS root and thus are not available to all Internet users.

NSSET ID

Some international registrars have changed the way they handle TLDs. The registrations no longer include reference to the nameservers themselves but instead they reference an NSSET ID. You must register a group of nameservers to get this ID, then you can use it when registering the domain. The advantage is claimed to be that you can edit NSSET (change the nameservers) and this will be applied to all domains referencing the same NSSET.

The TLDS that are known to use this are:

  • .cz (Czech Republic)

The NSSET ID you must use is "DREAMHOST".

Registration Terms and Conditions

When you register a domain name with DreamHost, you also enter into a legal agreement. You can find more information about these agreements at the following link:

For most domains, the terms and conditions are located in the legal documentation at:

You can also view the registrant agreement for .CA domains (Canada’s ccTLD) at:

Additional legal terms and policies can all be viewed at: