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What are Domain Contacts?

Each domain registered must include contact details. These contact details are entered into a WHOIS database so that the domain owner can be contacted if necessary for various reasons. For domains registered with 1&1, your 1&1 account details are used for each domain by default. It is possible to Update the Domain Contact Details so that different details are used for each type of contact.

  • Reg-C (Registrant Contact)
    The organization or person that has the rights to use (or "ownership" of) the domain.
  • Admin-C (Administrative Contact)
    Contact person for the domain for administrative, non-technical matters. Example, for legal matters, change of ownership, etc.
  • Tech-C (Technical Contact)
    Contact person for domain's technical matters. If it is not set up, 1&1 Hostmaster acts as Tech-C for your domains. By default we set Tech-C as a billing contact (Bill-C).

The Registrant (Reg-c) and Administrative (Admin-c) contacts are the most important. The Registrant contact will be used primarily to determine who currently has rights over the domain for matters such as domain transfers. If the Registrant cannot be contacted, the Administrative contact will then be contacted.

Domain contact details can only be updated at the domain's Registrar. If you domain has not been registered with 1&1 (such as an external domain), you will need to Update Your Domain's Contact Details with the domain's current registrar. No contact details are used for subdomains since subdomains will use the "parent" domain's contact information.

Some domains are able to be registered privately so that the contact details are not publicly available. Private registration for domains, if offered with that type of domain, are free of charge at 1&1. Not all domains are allowed to be privately registered. For more information on Private Registration, please reference the Private Domain Registration section of the 1&1 Help Center.