Glossary

Geek speak: the domain industry dictionary

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Anycast DNS

Anycast DNS is an advanced DNS service that boosts your website’s performance by using a large network of DNS servers around the globe.

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BIMI Record

A BIMI record is a type of DNS record that allows organizations to display their brand logo next to their authenticated emails in their receiver's email inboxes.

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ccTLD

A ccTLD (country code top-level domain) is a domain extension associated with a particular country but they are usually open to registration for anyone in the world.

Certificate Authority

A Certificate Authority (CA) is a trusted entity that issues digital signature certificates, such as SSL certificates for websites and Code Signing certificates for software.

Code Signing Certificate

A Code Signing Certificate is a digital certificate that developers use to digitally sign their software applications, scripts, or code files.

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Digital Signature Certificate

A digital signature certificate (DSC) is a secure digital key, issued by a Certificate Authority, that validates and certifies the identity of the person or organization holding this certificate.

DKIM

DKIM stands for “DomainKeys Identified Mail”. This is an email authentication protocol that domain owners can add to the DNS zone of their domain.

DMARC

DMARC is an email authentication protocol that verifies whether the sender of an email that claims to be from a particular domain actually has permission to send this email.

DNS

The DNS is like the Internet's phonebook, translating the numerical IP addresses that computers use to connect into easy-to-remember domain names.

Domain Extension

A domain extension, also known as a top-level domain (TLD), is the part of a domain name that comes after the dot.

Domain Forwarding

Domain forwarding, also known as URL forwarding, is a service that lets you redirect visitors from one domain name to another.

Domain Management

Domain management refers to the different tasks and responsibilities that come with registering and managing domain names.

Domain Portfolio Consolidation

Domain portfolio consolidation refers to the process of transferring a collection of domain names owned by one domain reseller or company to just one domain registrar.

Domain Promotion

A domain promotion is a special price or deal on domain names, usually on their registration price.

Domain Redirect

The process of a domain redirect, also commonly known as domain forwarding or URL forwarding, lets you redirect visitors from one domain name to another.

Domain Registrar

A domain name registrar is a business that provides domain name registrations.

Domain Registration

Domain registration is the process of registering a unique name for a website on the Internet.

Domain Registry

A domain registry serves as a centralized database responsible for managing and maintaining domain name registrations within specific top-level domains (TLDs).

Domain Renewal

Domain renewal is the process of extending the registration period for a domain name.

Domain Reseller

A domain reseller is someone that offers domain registration and management services to their customers, while not being an accredited domain registrar.

Domain Reseller API

A Domain Reseller API is a tool that allows domain resellers to integrate domain registration and management functionalities into their websites or applications.

Domain Reseller Program

A domain reseller program is a special program that domain registrars may offer to resellers.

Domain Transfer

A domain transfer is the process of moving a registered domain name from one domain registrar to another.

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EasyDMARC

EasyDMARC is a tool that makes it possible to add and update a DMARC record straight from its control panel, without the need of manually updating the DNS.

Email Hosting

Email hosting is a service that provides a dedicated platform for managing and hosting your email accounts.

Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate

Extended Validation (EV) certificates are a particular subset of SSL certificates. EV certificates are designed for use by large enterprise companies.

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gTLD

gTLDs (generic top-level domains) are the largest category of domain extensions. gTLDs are not connected to a particular country or region.

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ICANN

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the authority responsible for the management of the domain name system.

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Landrush Period

The Landrush Period is a specific period in the launch of new top-level domain extensions (TLDs) where domain names are made available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

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New gTLD

A new gTLD is a gTLD that was introduced after 2012. In the early 2010s, ICANN, the authority that oversees domains, launched a program to introduce more gTLDs to the Internet.

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Organization Validated (OV) SSL Certificate

OV certificates are the right choice for small 0 to medium-sized businesses that process any kind of customer data on their websites, such as personal information, payment details, or passwords.

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Plesk

Plesk is a web hosting control panel that simplifies website and server management.

Plesk License

A Plesk license is a legal agreement that gives users the right to use Plesk’s software on their servers.

Premium DNS

Premium DNS is an enhanced DNS service that provides your server with higher speed, security, and reliability.

Private Domain Registration

Private domain registration is a service offered by domain registrars to shield the personal information of domain owners from being publicly accessible in the Whois database.

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S/MIME

An S/MIME certificate is a type of digital signature certificate for secure email communications that is particularly used in business environments.

Second-level domain

A second-level domain is located directly “below” a top-level domain. For example, many British web addresses end in .co.uk rather than in just .uk.

SpamExperts

SpamExperts is a spam filtering solution designed to protect you from spam, viruses, and other malicious email content.

SPF Record

SPF record is an email authentication protocol that defines which servers and domains have your consent to send emails on your behalf.

SSL

SSL is a security protocol that ensures data transmitted between your device and a website remains private and secure.

SSL Certificate

SSL certificates are digital certificates that provide a secure and encrypted connection between a web server and a user's web browser.

Sunrise Phase

The Sunrise Phase is the first launch phase of a new gTLD. This phase offers a first opportunity for trademark owners to secure domain names matching their trademarks within the recently launched new gTLD.

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Top Level Domain (TLD)

A top-level domain (TLD) is the last part of a website's address, right after the final dot A well-known TLD is .com.

Trademark Clearinghouse

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is a centralized database of registered trademarks within the domain industry.

Typosquatting

Typosquatting is a phenomenon in which malicious actors create websites with slight misspellings of popular domain names to deceive users.

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Web Hosting Control Panel

A web hosting control panel works as an intermediary between system services and administrators. We can automate daily tasks by using a web hosting control panel.

WHMCS

WHMCS is a software platform that helps streamline and automate the various aspects of running a web hosting business.

Whois Database

The Whois is a publicly accessible database that stores information about all registered domain names and their owners.

WHOIS Lookup

A Whois lookup refers to the action of looking up a particular domain name in the Whois database. Performing a Whois lookup allows you to search for and access the registration details of a domain, including the owner's personal information.

Wildcard SSL Certificate

A wildcard SSL certificate is an SSL certificate that covers all of the subdomains under the main domain name that you order the certificate for.

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