Domain names are relatively cheap to register through an Internet Domain registrar like GoDaddy.com or Register.com, though they must be renewed every year or few years.
Anyone can register a domain name, and the name is yours until you stop renewing it.
Do I own my domain?
You may not own your domain name… really! Just because a domain name has your website hooked up to it, does not mean that you are the legal owner. The registered domain name owner has complete control including what website it points to, what domain name registrar maintains it, and they can even sell it.
What happens when you buy a domain name from GoDaddy?
This is done via a domain name “registrar” such as GoDaddy. Registrars are like high street shops – they actually get the domains from wholeseller-equivalents, but provide a convenient way for customers to buy and manage domains. Next, someone has to tell the rest of the Internet that google.com points to 216.58.
When you buy a domain name is it yours forever?
As long as the company remains in business, you keep your domain name. However, if the company goes out of business, your domain name goes with it. There are two ways to buy a domain for life. The first way is to buy only the domain.
What does owning a domain mean?
A domain name is your website’s location on the internet. It translates the digits that make up your IP address into something catchy that people can remember. Domain names are bought through Domain Name Registrars, companies that manage the reservation of domain names and point them to your website.