Need a domain? Confused about where to start or what you can register? Read on...
What's in a Domain Name
The first step in setting up a website is choosing a domain name. The domain name is effectively your website address. Registering a domain name ensures that it is available for you to use when you are ready to set up your website.
When choosing a domain name, try to make sure it relates to your business name, branding or product. Try to make it easy to remember, and easy to spell and don't make it too long. You can use a maximum of 63 characters for your domain name ( this does not include the extension such as .com.au)
Your Own Domain Name
To register an Australian domain name (with a .au suffix) there are certain eligibility rules that must be complied with. The domain name you register must be related to the business it represents.
To own a .com.au or .net.au you must be an Australian registered company, or business with a registered business number.
To qualify for .org.au and .asn.au domains your organisation must be a "non-commercial organisation".
Domains names ending in .id.au are designed for individuals residing in Australia.
A YourSite Sub-Domain Name
Here is an example: www.karriwaters.yoursite.net.au
The consulting arm of our business, Eaglehawk Computing, offers a range of services including a domain registration service at domains.ehc.net.au (The link opens in a new window). There is a lot of information about domain registration in the help pages there if you want to learn more about domains.