How do I manually register a domain name?

How do I manually register a domain name?

I was reading the blog below and I saw "manually register domain"  I  did  quick google search and I didn't find the answer.


A few months ago we were about to launch a new blog. We spent 3 hrs trying to think of the perfect name. And we found it!

Boy was I excited. I had one of our editors search to see if the name was available while I hopped out of the office for lunch.

It was available! And it had never ever been registered in the past.

She was unable to register the name till I got back.

2 hours later we went online to try to make the purchase. But the name was snapped up? How on earth did a name that had been available since the dawn of the Internet suddenly disappear within 2 hours of our search?

We were shattered!

Someone was snooping on us. And you would not believe who.

Turns out that many domain registrar have been snooping on customer searchs and quickly registering any hot name a customer searchs for but does not register immediately. These registrars know these domains can later fetch premium prices.

How Vile!
One of the biggest culprits is Network Solutions ( Before GoDaddy came along with its SuperBowl advertising, many people foolishly paid Network Solutions premium prices to register domains. GoDaddy by comparions - charges way less.

Network Solutions ( lost a lot of business to GoDaddy. So they apparently turned to the business of snooping on customers and grabbing names that people search for but do not immediately buy.

According to discussions cropping up at Domain Name News, Slashdot, Reddit and DomainState discussion boards.

Network Solutions has instituted a four-day lock on all domain names searched on their site. They are effectively using phishing techniques to hijack or steal domain names and forcing domain name registrants to register their names at Network Solutions. The standard domain name registration fee at Network Solutions is $34.99significantly higher than the leading alternatives, complained one commenter.

The deny this charge of course.

But one creative user at the site proved their guilt by searching for the domain name:

Which Network Solutions promptly snapped up. You can see what theyre doing with it here:

The full story on what theyre doing and how is avalaible here:

Have you been screwed by Network Solutions? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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Do you just want to register a domain name? You can get it for like 6.99 (using a coupon i found with a simple google search) at
ShortChopAuthor Commented:

Thanks for the fast reply.  Part of the issue is avoiding companies like the one listed and NetSol.

Did you perchance read the article?

Thanks for the input.

ShortChopAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the coupon as well

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i did.... just be quick about it I guess....?
Julian M.Web DeveloperCommented:
Instead of using the Whois tools on company websites like NSI and GoDaddy, you could easily make your own Whois lookup. There are many programming scripts with which you can do this. I have done it myself in PHP and Perl, which both have excellent networking functions/tools.

Copy the Whois lookup to one of your own websites and use it instead of the others to check whether a domain is available or not.

Alternatively, use the registry's own lookup tools. For example, to search for .com/.net/.edu domains, use:

For country-code TLDs, for example: (Ireland) (Germany) (Austria) (

.. and so on ...
Actually (if you re-read the article) it's insinuating that Godaddy is a great alternative to netsol which as registaurs go, I can agree with

(though they are certainly not the only one)

ShortChopAuthor Commented:
thanks for the replies

Ok maybe a revise is in order:

Is there a way to manually register a domain name without using the services of a company?

For instance: I fill out some paperwork to submit to ICANN or IANA or whoever keeps track of which domain is owned by who.

What if I own a domain and someday NetSol or some other "domain registration company" decides they own it.  Who keeps a master record to say who owns is.  Is there a master domain name records list stating who is the owner.

Which brings up another question.  If I purchase a domain name do I ever really own it?  If I do why do I have to renew every couple of years?

[Is there a way to manually register a domain name without using the services of a company?]

No, well you can, but you'd have to apply and register to be a registrar (unless you have a few hundred thousand dollars in reserves forget about it)

[If I purchase a domain name do I ever really own it?]

Yes, for as long as it remains paid for, and registered to you. Think of it more as a lease. It's yours for the term of the lease which expires when you stop renewing it

[If I do why do I have to renew every couple of years?]

Answered above

Julian M.Web DeveloperCommented:
You can register some TLDs with the registry itself. For example .de, .ie., .at, domains can all be registered by their appropriate registries - sometimes (or usually) at a higher price.

I'm pretty sure you cannot do this with .coms. If you'd like to check anyway, you can have a look at the Verisign website (Verisign is now the registry for .com TLDs).

ICANN and the registries themselves obviously have policies in place to ensure things like what you mentioned do not happen. ICANN registrars for example need to pay a certain amount of money in advance in case they go bankrupt, etc. The registries are the ones who hold the domain name records.

You will be the legal owner of a domain as long as you pay your registration fees every year. It is a little different for each TLD. Some registrars (like NSI) actually do change the registrant to themselves - but only if the registrant does not pay the annual fees.
Julian M.Web DeveloperCommented:
If you are specifically talking about .com domains then you would need to apply with ICANN (or could be Verisign now) to become an accredited registrar. This costs a lot of money in membership fees as well as advance payments in case your company goes down the drain.

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ShortChopAuthor Commented:
I wanted to split the points admin between julianmatz and kenfcamp

I did not close it properly please fix

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