What is a domain name?
A domain name is a unique word or phrase in a particular format that allows people to find information on the Internet. Instead of accessing information by IP address which uses a number string, a domain name allows people to navigate to Web sites and send email using familiar, easy to remember names e.g. www.Domains.Boats.

There are different levels of domain names. You can tell what level you are looking at by its position in relation to the ‘dot’. Values to the right of the dot are called Top Level Domains (TLDs). In this example, www.Domains.Boats , the Top Level Domain = Boats.  Values to the left of the dot are called Second Level Domains (SLDs) and using the previous example, “Domains” would be the second level.

What is a Registry Operator?
A Registry Operator is the wholesaler of domain names and sells names via Registrars. It manages the registration of domain names, establishes policies for domain name allocation, and technically operates the domain. Dominion Enterprises is the Registry Operator for .Boats.

What Are Domain Name Registrars?
Registrars are the retailers of domain names. They provide domain name registration services directly to registrants. These include helping registrants find, register, renew, and delete domain names. They send the information to the registry for entry into the centralized registry database.

Who are the Accredited Registrars of .Boats?
Dominion Registries publishes a list of all .Boats accredited registrars on our Registrar page. All .Boats registrars must be officially accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and will have executed a Registry-Registrar Agreement (RRA) with Dominion. .Boats domain names may also be offered by resellers that operate under a contract with one of the accredited registrars.

What is a Registrant?
A Registrant is a company, organization or individual who registers a domain name.

What is ICANN?
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a non-profit, private organization responsible for coordinating IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and other services.