Domain terminology for dummies!

Domain terminology for dummies!

If you’re new to domaining and someone who is easily confused by the jargon other domainers frequently throw around Whether for genuine reasons or to make themselves look more knowledgeable then this non-exhaustive list of terms (which is in no particular order) should be right up your street.

For the benefit of anyone a little short on common sense, a registrar is simply where you register your domain. Such as Go Daddy, Namecheap and Enom are all registrars.

Each domain extension is operated by a specific service or entity called a registry who provide certain services relating to the operation of the extension. For example, .com .net and .tv are all operated by Verisign

Reg, regging or regged
Slang, meaning to register, the act of registering a domain. “I regged a sweet new domain yesterday”

A publicly available database containing the owners contact information which is required by ICANN to be kept on file. Most registrars do however, provide privacy options to protect the owner’s private information from public view whilst keeping their data on file.

Many domainers like to park their traffic generating domain names with a parking provider, such as Sedo or Bodis to earn parking revenue through clicks or leads.

A backorder is somewhat like advanced order of a domain that is currently registered. This is the process in which a provider (Such as SnapNames, Namejet or GoDaddy) will attempt to automatically register a domain name once it expires and is deleted by the registry. This is a popular service for those interested in acquiring valuable/premium domains which would be unobtainable via manual registration. Please be aware that there is usually an additional fee to backorder a domain and success is not guaranteed even if the provider promises exclusivity as anyone else can still attempt a backorder via other services.

A service provided by some registrars such as WildWestDomains (GoDaddy) or Enom which allows users to provide domain name registrations. Fees for these services can vary. Can also refer to a person who buys and sells domains but rarely develops them.

A 3rd party individual or company who is authorized to sell or obtain an owned domain name on someone else’s behalf, usually for a fee.

An obvious one perhaps but this simply refers to a person or company who’s business relates to the specific domain being sold and is likely to have commercial value to them as a result.

Also known as account change or internal transfer. This is simply the transfer of a domain from one account to another at the same registrar.

A type of auction where a registrar auctions expired domains which are then renewed and pushed into the buyers account after a set time. This may vary depending on registrar!

There are various different forms you’ll see these in, but they simply refer to different characters and characteristics of a domain and whether it is a consonant, vowel or number and also the number of letters.

As the title would suggest a mini site is a small, often one page website used to provide product information. These are typically used by domainers as a means of driving traffic and earning revenue through adverts in the hope of increasing the value of the domain.

Premium Domain
A heavily abused term used to categorize highly valuable domains.

In domaining terms, this typically refers to a specific section within a category or market. Such as a specialized or other less popular area. “Your domain is very niche, you might find it hard to find a buyer”

UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy)
This is a process established by ICANN for disputes pertaining to the registration/ownership of a domain. Commonly used for resolving TM infringements but also used by unscrupulous investors to try to hijack domains they have no rights to under the pretense of infringement.

Reverse hijacking
As touched on above, this is a malevolent attempt to obtain a domain name from their owner via making false UDRP claims, usually based on trademark or other intellectual rights conflicts.

3rd party valuation of your domain name, either from a tool such as or via another person.

Appraisal scam
A common e-mail scam where a domain owner is e-mailed with the promise of an offer/sale on their domain provided they pay for an appraisal via a 3rd party site. You should NEVER have to pay to sell your domain if you did not list it for sale where a fee is required.

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