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domain names

Before you can do anything online, you need a domain name. Ordering a domain name is a simple process. It's as simple as entering your choice of domain name and then clicking order, that's the hardest part taken care of. You will then receive confirmation of your domain name purchase within 24 hours.

AU Domains DNS Hosting Identity Protection Price (2 Years)
 
.com.au included included $26.00
.net.au included included $26.00
.org.au included included $21.00
.asn.au included included $21.00
.id.au included included $29.00
NZ Domains Price (1 Year)
.co.nz included included $32.00
.net.nz included included $32.00
.org.nz included included $32.00
UK Domains Price (2 Years)
.co.uk included included $32.00
.org.uk included included $32.00
Global Domains Price (1 Year)
.com included included $14.00
.net included included $14.00
.org included included $14.00
.biz included included $14.00
.info included included $14.00
.name included included $14.00
.mobi included included $14.00
.co included included $14.00
.me included included $14.00
.tv included included $14.00
.us included included $14.00
.eu included included $14.00

domain name rules and regulations

Domains can be 2 to 63 letters. Words can be separated by hyphens but not by spaces.

.com.au & .net.au

To own a .com.au or .net.au domain name, you must be an Australian registered company or a business with a registered business number (ABN, BRN, BN).

The licence requirements for a .com.au and .net.au domain name require your business to be registered for business in Australia. This means registering your business or company name with one of the official government authorities, eg ASIC or the Department of Fair Trading in your State. Or you can obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN) from the ATO.

The domain name you order should be an exact match, acronym or abbreviation of the supplied business registration, or it should bear a close and substantial connection to the domain name:

For example, the Mazda Motor Company would be reasonably entitled to own:

  • www.mazda.com.au
  • www.mazdacars.com.au
  • www.mx5car.com.au
  • www.zoom-zoom.com.au

.com, .biz, .net, .info, .org

Thes domain names are not restricted. They are therefore policy free and anyone can register any domain name.

.org.au & .asn.au

To qualify for these domains, you must be a "non-commercial organisation".

The domain name you register should have a solid relationship to the organisation it represents.

For example, the Salvation Army are reasonably entitled to own:

  • www.salvationarmy.org.au
  • www.salvos.org.au

.id.au

Designed for individuals who reside in Australia. You may register ANY personal name by which you are known.

For example, John Howard would be reasonably entitled to own:

  • www.john-howard.id.au
  • www.littlejohnny.id.au
  • www.theprimeminister.id.au

.co.nz, net.nz, org.nz, gen.nz, geek.nz

These domain names are not restricted. They are therefore policy free and anyone can register any domain name.

.co.uk, .me.uk

These domain names are not restricted. They are therefore policy free and anyone can register any domain name.

tips on registering your domain name

keep it short

It goes without saying, the shorter the better. If you have a short domain, it will be easier for people to remember and find. Short enough for ya?

make it memorable

With so many different domains online, it's easy to get lost in a crowd. One of the best ways to stand out is by crafting a domain that is clever or witty. Making your domain uniquely odd will gain attention and be remembered. For example, if I have a side business selling baseball cards, the domain CrackerJackCards.com is shorter and much more memorable than BestBaseballCardSeller.com. Consider using lingo from the industry that is relevant for your market rather than common terms that could already be taken. Using uncommon words also gives you a better chance at finding a shorter domain.

don't include hyphens or numbers

It may be tempting when you see that your desired domain name is taken and all you need to do is insert a hyphen and you've got it! Inserting odd characters like a hyphen can often cause you to miss out on traffic. A lot of people tend to forget to include the hyphen and can result in directing traffic to the other domain name that you originally wanted. The hyphen can also get lost in translation, like when you try and tell somebody over the phone. The same thing goes for substituting a number where a similar phonetic word would go.

go for the .com first

By far the most popular Top Level Domain (TLD) is .com. Here are a few of the more common TLDs to consider if you aren't familiar with them: .com, .net, .biz, .info, and .org. The majority of searchers out there will put a .com on the end of every domain. Many people still think there aren't any other domain extensions available. If you don't own the .com extension, you're missing out on a lot of traffic.

register your domain name for 2 years

Register your Domain Name for 2 years or more. This will tell Search Engines that you are serious about your business and they will take more notice of you and your placement in their listings.

register as many domain name options as you can

Register other Domain Name options for your business such as '.com', '.net', .net.au' etc. This will protect your name online and will ensure that competitors cannot set-up similar names to attract your business.