@Sven Groot: Really? I thought you couldn't do that with the built in integration in Win 8.1. I'll have to try it when I get home, thanks.
@cheong: It looks like the way things work in HK are quite unusual. Typically these days there's no restrictions on who can buy a domain with most TLDs. Hence you don't have to provide any official paperwork to the registrars.
The registrar doesn't host anything, they just modify the register on your behalf (in most cases, again apparently not HK, you can't deal directly with the registry; at least not at initial registration).
In other SkyDrive news: https://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-now-supports-10-gb-files/
I can now stick ISOs in my OneDrive folder without it kicking up errors :D
In less good news the fact it forces me to use a specific directory in Win 8.1 makes it annoyed because some of my files paths get too long... I suspect I'm an atypical use case though.
I don't know the rules in UK, but in Hong Kong, unless you buy the domain yourself, it's the DNS company who buy the domain for you who owns the domain, and then lend the usage right to you for the annual subscription fee.
Technically if the DNS company goes bankrupt, the domain names it bought becomes properties of whoever claimed the assets of that company later. It'd be at the mercy of them to allow you continue use the domain name or not.
The way .hk domains work does look somewhat different to .*.uk and .com etc. (As far as I can tell the registry also acts as registrar, this is unusual for TLDs (except gTLDs)).
For most (?other) TLDs you would retain control, even if the registrar goes bankrupt, as long as you are entered as the owner in the registry. This is easy to check with a WHOIS look up.
The below may be a bit different for the new gTLDs, but for traditional TLDs:
DNS Registry: they keep track of who has paid for what names and run a set of DNS servers that are root servers.
Yes. A registry is the organisation (usually at a national level and often non profit) that oversees the operation of a country's TLD(s). For instance in the UK Nominet are the registry and responsible for administering .co.uk, .org.uk etc. domains. Typically consumers can't deal directly with the registry but have to act through an accredited intermediary - a registrar.DNS Hosting: any company that runs DNS servers can offer to publish that name aaabbbccc can be found at address 111,222,123,213
I think here Cheong is referring to registrars. DNSs are typically run by organisations such as ISPs for their customers and are typically a complete copy of the root servers run by the registry. You don't have to contact the operators of DNSs to be included on them.
A registrar is a third party who is authorised to deal with the registry on your behalf. ie. They will take payment for the domain and enter into the registry details of the owner, the IP address it should point to etc.
EDIT: A registrar doesn't (necessarily) host any DNSs themselves, they just update the root DNS on your behalf. DNSs are part of the website visitor's ISP's infrastructure.a register may also offer hosting, a web hosting provider or other service provider may also offer DNS services.
A registrar would. Most registries don't deal directly with consumers.
as far as I know you can always register a domain and buy hosting from any service you want.
You can buy a domain from any accredited registrar or reseller (a reseller sells services on behalf of a registrar but can't provide registrar services themselves) and point it at whatever IP address you like. (I guess if a company that primarily provides hosting is providing domains to go along with that hosting they may not allow you to point the domain elsewhere but you could still transfer your domain away from them. Whether or not this is allowed would depend on the agreements between the registry and the registrar which govern such things.)
now I have seen companies offer package deals where they build a site and register the domain and then charge for the package. when that happens you need to read the fine print and make sure that the domain is in your name so that you own it and can take over.
Yes. In most cases the name in which a domain is registered is considered to be the legal holder of that domain by the registry. Thus beware of WHOIS privacy services that register your domain in someone else's name. Many registries now offer their own privacy services that avoid this pitfall.
normally there are multiple contacts for a domain, make sure you are the admin contact and only let the hosting company be the technical contact, if you are the owner / admin then it's yours. if you are not then they can hose you.
There will be an entry for registrant in the registry. De jure this defines ownership. Of course if you let someone else be the admin contact then, to all intents and purposes, they have de facto ownership.
also in the US most domain registrations cost less than$50.00 a year USD the only time they would cost more is if you have to buy the name that someone else registered, even then that is a one time cost.
Yes. Although gTLDs are operated on a far more commercial basis and can be quite pricey. I suspect they will flop, though.
You can't. Not with Nominet (UK registry) at least.
I certainly don't like the idea of hosting a popular website and then losing the domain after the DNS provider go bankrupted and than whoever bought the domain asset decide to auction them away.
You wouldn't loose the domain, you would just use your advance renewal fee if you've paid up front for a longer period of time than the registry allows you to register a domain for.
Exactly. They don't actually register your domain for ten years, you just pay in advance for renewals. Make sure you trust the company not to go bust and check for any nasties (e.g. we can raise he price if we like) in the ToS before you sign up for a deal such as this.
Assuming constant screen size...
Of course that problem is resolved by just selling everyone VR headsets...