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Where I try to figure out what domain parking is, and how to combine web hosting and domain registration from two different suppliers.




Stream of Consciousness

A first draft, and more concise than I expected. I plan to revise the following and use it as the basis of letters (email) to my potential registrar and web hosting provider.

I don't completely understand (a lot of things, including) domain parking. Some specific questions:

  • After I register a domain, must I "immediately" park it somewhere? Why? Is this a requirement of ICANN (or whoever) or a something related to the idea that things like a trademark must be used or can be potentially lost?

  • I plan on registering a domain with one provider and hosting a website using that domain with another (to take advantage of the lowest cost supplier of domain registration and a low cost but recommended web hosting provider (web hoster?)).

    • Initially I thought I'd register the domain and "hold it" while I set up the web site (which might take from 6 hours to 6 months), then apply the domain which I registered previously. Although I see a better way, I'm curious (first question above) is there anything that would prevent me from doing it that way?

    • In this scenario, whose DNS servers do I use (and who provides the information to set up the DNS servers) -- those of the "registrar" or those of my web hosting provider?

  • In the above scenario (registration from one provider, hosting from another):
    • Must I "transfer" the domain from the registration provider to the hosting provider? What does that mean (general question)? Is there a cost? When I renew the registration, can I renew it with the original provider (at his presumably still lower cost)?

Caveat: In any case I want to be careful -- I want to "own" the domain name, not have it "owned" by either the "registrar" or the web hosting provider.

Domain Parking

From http://thewhir.com/reseller/articles/domain-parking.cfm (the remainder of that page is probably worth reading -- I skimmed part of it):

Domain parking is the process of registering a domain name and placing it on hold. Simply put, many Web hosting companies and resellers will allow consumers to "park" an Internet domain by adding the consumer's domain name to its domain name service (DNS) servers to act as the authority for the domain.

For some additional perspective:


There are some forums with helpful information. (I should insert a standard rant here that IMHO a wiki would be more useful that a web forum -- just as an example, one of the forums has over 140,000 posts in over 14,000 threads -- think there's any duplication, conflicting information, confusion?)

Warning (to me, at least): Some of the pages on eryxima consistently crashed my Mozilla 1.1 (on Mandrake 9.0).


  • () RandyKramer - 17 Jan 2003
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