a “Registry” refers to an organization or entity that manages the top-level domain names (TLDs) within the internet’s domain name system (DNS). Registries have the authority to control the policies and procedures for their respective TLDs, including registration, renewal, and transfer processes.
Registries work with domain registrars to handle the actual sale and management of domain names to end users. When you register a domain name, your chosen registrar communicates with the relevant registry to ensure the domain is available and to officially record your ownership.
Each TLD (.com, .org, .net, etc.) has its own designated registry. For example, Verisign is the registry for .com and .net domains, while the Public Interest Registry manages .org domains.
Understanding the role of registries is crucial for domain investors, as they are ultimately responsible for the underlying infrastructure that enables domain name investment. They also set wholesale pricing for domain names, which can impact the overall profitability of domain investing.