If you have a website, you have a domain registrar. A domain registrar is a company that manages the registration and ownership of your domain name. GoDaddy.com, Register.com and NetworkSolutions.com are all examples of domain registrars. Your website host, like us for example, can also act as your domain registrar. Typically you pay anywhere from $15 to $45 per year to your registrar to manage your domain name. You can purchase the domain for one year at a time, or you can purchase multiple years often at a discounted rate. At some point, your domain name will come up for renewal and you will get a notification to renew from your registrar.
This is where some confusion enters the marketplace as there are companies, like iDNS, that send out transfer agreements masked as “renewal notices”. This notice (see below) appears to be an invoice from iDNS to renew your domain name for another year, however, if you complete the form and send payment what you are really agreeing to is the transfer of your domain name from your current registrar to the iDNS registrar.
Many of our clients have received this type of notification and, luckily, they ask us about it before they send payment off to iDNS. If you ever receive a notification or invoice that just doesn’t look right, please feel free to forward it on to us so we can analyze it and ensure its authenticity. If you are interested in finding out who is the registrar and owner of your domain, you can contact us or go to www.whois.com and run a free report there.