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Domain Glossary
 

Domain Hijacking

Domain hijacking is the illegal practice of gaining control over a domain name from its rightful owner without paying for it.  This is often accomplished by deciphering (insecure) passwords, or by gaining illegal use of a registrant’s email service and then accessing the user’s domain account.  Whatever method is used …
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Data Transfer

Data transfer refers to the amount of data sent across an Internet connection over a given time period.…
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Databases

A database is a data structure used to store information in an organized fashion and with the ability to retrieve information upon request.  Original databases are known as “Flat Databases” with limited functionality, while nowadays, databases are much more complex known as “Relational Databases” which allow users to manage information …
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Direct Traffic

Direct traffic, also known as “Direct Navigation”, also known as “Type-In Traffic” refers to users who type a web address directly into the browser URL bar bypassing search engines or any other Internet links.  If you watch new Internet users (newbies) navigating on the web, it’s interesting to see that …
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Disk Space

Disk space refers to the amount of storage you are allocated on the web server or mail server to store your website, files, and emails.  Disk space is measured in MB (Megabytes) or even TB (Terabytes).  For example, Matt’s hosting account gives him 100MB of disk space, while Kevin has …
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Disk Transfer

Disk transfer is the amount of data transferred back and forth within a specific period of time.  Your hosting plan incurs data transfer every time a visitor views your website, every time you upload or download a file to your FTP account, every time someone submits your form, and so …
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DNS (Domain Name System)

DNS is the acronym used for Domain Name System.  DNS refers to the naming system invented in 1983 and used by computers, networks, and other Internet connected services to translate otherwise complicated strings of numbers (IP addresses) into easy to remember addresses (domain names).  When you visit a website, a …
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Domain Auctions

Domain auctions are the sale of a domain name in an auction style format, with the highest bidder purchasing the domain. Most often, the term domain auctions refers to the high-profile, premium domain auctions that feature generic, high-traffic, high-valued domain names. These auctions are offered on an ongoing basis by …
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Domain Broker

A Domain broker is an individual or company who helps people to either buy or sell a domain name by handling the negotiations on their behalf.  Domain brokers charge different amounts for this service, most commonly as a percentage of the final price of the domain.  A good domain broker …
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Domain Extension

Domain extension is another name for TLD (Top Level Domain) or the suffix that follows your address.  For example, in the domain name iGoldrush.com, the domain extension is .com which is pronounced “dot com”.…
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Domain Kiting

Domain Kiting refers to the process of registering a domain name, deleting it within the 5-day add grace period (AGP), then immediately registering it again for another 5-day period. This cycle can be repeated over and over, resulting in the registrant owning the domain name without actually paying for it.  …
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Domain Name

A domain name is a series of characters that resolve (through the DNS) to an IP address.  A domain name generally consists of a word, followed by a dot (.), followed by a TLD (like “com”), for example, “iGoldrush.com”.  It is interesting to note that regardless of the server on …
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Domain Name Affiliate

A Domain name affiliate is an individual or company that displays links on their websites or emails that direct users to a domain name registrar or reseller site.  The affiliate collects a commission any time a user takes an action, usually by placing a domain registration, but sometimes if the …
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Domain Name Aftermarket

The domain name aftermarket refers to the buying or selling of currently registered domains. Domains sold in the aftermarket are often sold in an auction format, with the highest bidder taking control of the domain. For buyers, the main advantage of the aftermarket is the potential to purchase domain names …
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Domain Name Registrant

The Domain Name Registrant is the individual or organization that has registered a domain name.  According to most domain name policies and agreements, regardless of other contacts that may be associated with a domain name, the registrant has the final say with regards to a particular domain.…
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Domain Name Registrar

A domain name registrar refers to a company that has the right to register and manage domain names on behalf of registrants for any given domain registry.  There are many registries around the world, handling the 100’s of different TLDs (domain extensions).  Despite common misconceptions, although a company must be …
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Domain Name Registration

Domain Name Registration describes the act of reserving the right to use a domain name for a specified amount of time, usually a period of 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.  A domain name is registered using a domain name registrar or reseller of a registrar.…
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Domain Name Registry

A domain name registry is an organization that maintains control over a specific TLD (domain extension).  For example, Verisign is the registry that manages the popular .com and .net TLDs, as well as several other domain extensions.  deNIC is the registry that manages the country code domain .de used in …
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Domain Name Reseller

A domain name reseller is a company that manages domain names on behalf of their customers (registrants) through a registrar’s system.  The registrar generally provides the reseller with a wholesale rate for domains and other services, as well as a management interface to service their customers.  Some registrar’s reseller programs …
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Domain Parking

In general terms, domain parking is the practice of directing a domain name to a single dynamic web page which then delivers targeted content and links related to a specific keyword (usually the domain name itself).  When a visitor lands on the parked domain, clicks on any of the links, …
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Domain Parking Companies

Parking Companies are companies that operate web sites where domain owners can “park” their un-used domain names. To park a domain name, you simply point the domain name’s DNS to the parking company’s DNS servers. Parking companies then most commonly deliver a dynamic web page through an automated process that …
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Domain Tasting

Domain tasting refers to the practice of purchasing an available domain name and ‘tasting’ or testing the domain during the 5-day add grace period (AGP) in order to determine the domain’s profitability and marketability. If a domain is deemed profitable, it is kept in the registrant’s portfolio. If it is …
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Domainer

A Domainer is a relatively new term used to describe someone who makes money by registering, buying, selling, leasing, parking, or through any other means of monetizing domain names.…
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Download

Download is the term used to describe the act of retrieving a file from a computer server through a network (i.e. the Internet).  For example, you download a file when you request a document or media file from a web site, and you also download a file simply by visiting …
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Drop Catching

Drop catching refers to the practice of instantly registering a domain name after the expired domain has been deleted by the registry and released to the general public. While drop catching can be done manually, there are many companies that offer automated drop catching services, giving you a better chance …
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Drop Lists

Drop lists are comprehensive lists of domain names that will soon be deleted by any given domain name registry. These lists are often used by domainers looking to utilize a drop-catching or back-ordering service to instantly register the domain after it has been deleted and released.…
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Dropped Domain

A dropped domain is a domain name that was not renewed by the prior registrant and has expired and since been released to the available pool.  A dropped domain is not to be confused with an expired domain which may still be renewed by the current registrant during the registry …
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Dynamic Content

Dynamic content refers to web site content that changes based on the user or the server or other input to create a more targeted or interactive experience.  For example, a web page may deliver content specific to the country or city that you are located, or deliver content based on …
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Dynamic IP Address

A dynamic IP address refers to an IP address that will change after a session ends, or other specific time-frame.  The converse of a dynamic IP address is a static IP address which is also covered in this glossary.…
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