WHC is now an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar

WHC is now an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar

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In December 2020, Web Hosting Canada (WHC) achieved an important milestone in its drive to become Canada’s leading online solutions provider by becoming accredited with ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

What is ICANN?

Formed in 1998, ICANN is a not-for-profit organization that helps establish policies and coordinates the efforts to make domain names — and to a greater extent, the Internet — work.

ICANN oversees the management of the root nameservers that power the Domain Name System (DNS), the various registries that operate Top-Level Domains (TLDs) such as .com, .net and .quebec, and the registrars such as WHC that provide these domain names to end users like you.

What is ICANN Accreditation?

ICANN accreditation is a certification a company can receive that enables them to sell domain name registration services directly to businesses and individuals. Once accredited, a company becomes a registrar and can establish direct relationships with domain registries.

ICANN’s accreditation process thoroughly verifies that the company has:

  • Solid finances to sustain its activities in the long run
  • The staff and expertise to handle a domain name’s management throughout its entire lifecycle and provide assistance to clients throughout this process
  • Redundant and secure systems to ensure maximum availability and adequately protect confidential client information
  • The expert know-how to intervene when legal disputes or abuse incidents arise

This certification needs to be maintained and renewed annually.

Without this accreditation, a provider can still offer domain name registration services but will do so as a reseller, relying on another ICANN-accredited company to ultimately fulfill their orders.

What does this mean for you?

Here’s what our ICANN accreditation ultimately delivers:

  • More trust and accountability
  • You now have external assurances that your domain names are registered and renewed by a provider that has been thoroughly vetted and is equipped to safely and securely manage your domains for you.

  • Better pricing and promotions
  • By cutting out the middleman, WHC can now work directly with the registries to deliver better promotions and pricing to you.

  • Improved access to premium and aftermarket domains
  • You’ll soon have access to special domain names that were previously unavailable, gain the ability to resell domain names you’ve already registered, and secure expired domain names before they become available on the open market.

  • Faster time-to-market for new TLDs
  • You will have faster access to pertinent new domain types as they are made available by the registries, allowing you to secure that great new domain name... faster.

  • Added control for a more integrated experience
  • You can expect better tools in your Client Area for simplified domain management, including parked domains, forwarding and bulk changes.

  • Domain name reselling
  • Resellers and domainers will soon be able to leverage our registry partnerships to resell domains directly through WHC rather than use third party suppliers.

ICANN Accreditation: Paving the way forward

WHC has become the 18th ICANN-accredited registrar in Canada and one of the only ICANN and CIRA-accredited providers whose primary focus is the Canadian market. This makes WHC a more resilient partner and a go-to provider for all Canadians’ domain name needs, both local and international.

This achievement paves the way for WHC’s future growth and development, but keep in mind that some of its impact may only be felt in the months and years ahead.

Thanks to a team obsessed with delivering value through automation and focused on building Canada’s online platform of the future, we’re incredibly excited about the potential this will ultimately unlock. We’re already working furiously towards delivering the next set of features and improvements that will help realize your next online project.

Stay tuned for more to come!

About the author: Emil Falcon

Emil is WHC's Founder and CEO. When he’s not busy obsessing about things such as optimizing workflows or enhancing system performance, security and reliability, he’s spearheading initiatives that can help entrepreneurs and businesses succeed across Canada.

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