Alibaba Cloud Domains is a domain name management platform that provides the domain name registration, transaction, monitoring, and protection services. Alibaba Cloud Domains works with Alibaba Cloud Internet Content Provider (ICP) Filing and Alibaba Cloud Domain Name System (DNS) to provide you with a comprehensive domain name solution.

Register a domain name

If you need to use a domain name to provide website or email services, you can register the domain name on the Domain Name Registration page. After you register a domain name, you must complete real-name verification, apply for an ICP filing, and enable domain name resolution for the domain name. Then, your domain name becomes accessible and you can provide services by using the domain name.
  • Register a domain name

    Alibaba Cloud allows you to register a variety of types of domain names. You can select a suffix for the domain name to register on the Domain Name Registration page. For more information, see Register a genericdomain name.

  • Complete real-name verification

    The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a notice in 2017 requiring real-name verification for all domain names. Therefore, you must complete real-name verification before you can use the registered domain name. For more information, see t14315.html#concept_uhk_w5v_12b.

  • Apply for an ICP filing
    You must apply for an ICP filing for a domain name before you can use the domain name to provide Internet information services in mainland China.
    • If you run a website without an ICP filing, you will be fined and your website will be shut down. If you need to use the registered domain name to provide Internet information services, you must apply for an ICP filing for the domain name in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.
    • If you need to point the domain name to a website that provides commercial services, you must apply for an ICP license after you obtain an ICP filing.
    • As required by the Measures for Security Protection Administration of the International Networking of Computer Information Networks of China,after your website obtains an ICP filing from the MIIT, you must log on to the National Internet Security Management Service Platform and submit a PSB filing application within 30 days after the launch of your website.
  • Enable domain name resolution
    You can enable domain name resolution for a domain name after you register it in Alibaba Cloud, complete real-name verification, and apply for an ICP filing for the domain name. The domain name becomes accessible after you enable domain name resolution for it. Alibaba Cloud DNS provides you with stable, secure, and fast resolution services. For more information, see Alibaba Cloud DNS.
    Note If you have purchased the CloudWebsite or CloudWebdesign service, you can enable domain name resolution in the console with one click. No further configuration is required.

Buy a domain name

If the domain name that you want has been registered by another user, you can buy the domain name from the user on the Alibaba Cloud Domain Name Trade platform. After you complete the payment, wait for the seller to transfer the ownership to you. You must complete real-name verification to use the domain name. You may also need to apply for an ICP filing and reset the DNS records for the domain name to make the domain name accessible and provide services by using the domain name.
  • Check the status of a domain name

    You can check the status of the domain name that you want on the Alibaba Cloud WHOIS page. Then, you can contact the domain name holder to buy it.

  • Buy a domain name

    The Alibaba Cloud Domain Name Trade platform is a safe and convenient domain name trading service that is designed based on Alipay secured transactions. The platform allows you to register domain names, sell domain names with fixed prices or in bidding mode, and buy domain names.

  • Transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud

    After you buy a domain name from another user, we recommended that you transfer the domain name to your Alibaba Cloud account to facilitate subsequent maintenance and management. If the transaction was made on the Alibaba Cloud Domain Name Trade platform, the domain name is automatically transferred to your Alibaba Cloud account after the transaction. If the transfer fails due to reasons such as poor network conditions, you can manually transfer the domain name to your Alibaba Cloud account. For more information, see Transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud.

  • Transfer domain name ownership

    When you buy a domain name from another user, the seller must transfer the ownership of the domain name to you to complete the transaction. If the transaction was made on the Alibaba Cloud Domain Name Trade platform, the domain name ownership is automatically transferred to you based on your registrant information after the transaction. If the transfer fails due to reasons such as poor network conditions, the seller can manually transfer the domain name ownership to you. For more information, see Transfer domain name ownership.

  • Complete real-name verification

    After the ownership of a domain name is transferred to you, you must complete real-name verification because the registrant of the domain name changes. For more information, see t14315.html#concept_uhk_w5v_12b.

  • Apply for an ICP filing
    You must apply for an ICP filing for a domain name before you can use the domain name to provide Internet information services in mainland China.
    • If you run a website without an ICP filing, you will be fined and your website will be shut down. If you need to use the registered domain name to provide Internet information services, you must apply for an ICP filing for the domain name in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.
    • If you need to point the domain name to a website that provides commercial services, you must apply for an ICP license after you obtain an ICP filing.
    • As required by the Measures for Security Protection Administration of the International Networking of Computer Information Networks of China,after your website obtains an ICP filing from the MIIT, you must log on to the National Internet Security Management Service Platform and submit a PSB filing application within 30 days after the launch of your website.
  • Enable domain name resolution
    You can enable domain name resolution for a domain name after you register it in Alibaba Cloud, complete real-name verification, and apply for an ICP filing for the domain name. The domain name becomes accessible after you enable domain name resolution for it. Alibaba Cloud DNS provides you with stable, secure, and fast resolution services. For more information, see Alibaba Cloud DNS.
    Note If you have purchased the CloudWebsite or CloudWebdesign service, you can enable domain name resolution in the console with one click. No further configuration is required.

Sell a domain name

You can post your domain names for sale in the Alibaba Cloud Domains console for free. After the buyer completes the payment, you must transfer the ownership of your domain name to the buyer in a timely manner.
  • Sell a domain name

    You can post your domain names for sale in the Alibaba Cloud Domains console for free. You can set up a shop for selling domain names and construct a page that displays the domain names for sale. Based on the high traffic of Alibaba Cloud, you can improve the exposure of the domain names to buyers. You can also post domain names for sale in the Alibaba Cloud Management Console.

  • Transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud

    After you sell a domain name to another user, you can transfer the domain name to the domain name registrar of the buyer to facilitate subsequent maintenance and management. If the transaction was made on the Alibaba Cloud Domain Name Trade platform, the domain name is automatically transferred to the Alibaba Cloud account of the buyer after the transaction. If the transfer fails due to reasons such as poor network conditions, you can manually transfer the domain name to the Alibaba Cloud account of the buyer. For more information, see Transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud.

  • Transfer domain name ownership

    If the transaction was made on the Alibaba Cloud Domain Name Trade platform, the domain name ownership is automatically transferred to the buyer after the transaction. In seldom cases, you may need to manually transfer the domain name ownership to the buyer and provide a transfer password to the buyer to complete the transfer, or you may need to manually transfer the domain name between Alibaba Cloud accounts. For more information, see Transfer domain name ownership.

Manage a domain name

After you register or buy a domain name, you must perform routine management and security management on the domain name to ensure that the domain name can provide services in a stable and safe manner.
  • Perform routine management
    • Renew or redeem a domain name

      You must pay attention to the validity period of your domain name. Alibaba Cloud also sends notification messages to your mobile phone number and email address when your domain name is about to expire. We recommend that you renew your domain name in a timely manner. For more information, see Renew a domain name. After your domain name expires, it enters a 30-day grace period. If you do not renew your domain name within the grace period, you may need to redeem the domain name at a higher price. For more information, see Redeem a domain name.

    • Manage domain name information

      Alibaba Cloud provides you with convenient information management services related to your domain name. You can create and manage registrant profiles in the Alibaba Cloud Domains console to facilitate domain name registration. You can also modify domain name information, such as the email address of the registrant, in the Alibaba Cloud Domains console. For more information, see Create a domain name registrant profile and Modify domain name information.

    • Manage domain name resolution

      You can configure domain name resolution for your domain name so that it can be accessed from the Internet. For more information, see Overview.

  • Perform security management

    We recommend that you enable the transfer prohibition lock and the update prohibition lock for your domain name as required, and regularly check DNS records to ensure domain name security. For more information, see Enable the update prohibition lock, Enable the transfer prohibition lock, and t14350.html#concept_xrn_cfw_12b.

    For more information about the practices and operations related to security management, see Best practices for domain name security.

  • Manage authorization
    • If you need to authorize other users to perform basic management operations on your domain name, you can use the Resource Access Management (RAM) service to grant the permissions in the RAM console.
    • If your Alibaba Cloud account is a HiChina agent account, you can enable the separate domain console for your domain names. For more information, see Manage the separate domain console.
    • Alibaba Cloud Domains allows only a HiChina agent account to enable the separate domain console for domain names. If you Alibaba Cloud account is not a HiChina agent account, we recommend that you manage authorization in the RAM console.
    • If you Alibaba Cloud account is not a HiChina agent account and the separate domain console has been enabled for your domain names, you can continue to use the console. However, if you disable the console for your domain names, you cannot enable the console again.

Alibaba Cloud Domains also provides additional features to meet your requirements. For example, you can download domain name certificates. For more information, see Download a domain name certificate.