domain names explained
Put simply, your domain name is your website’s address.
Your domain name is unique to you; once you have registered it, nobody else can register the same one for as long as you continue to renew it.
First, you need to select a domain name for yourself. I can help to check if your selection is already chosen and what alternatives are available.
Think of a couple of names, just in case the one you want isn’t available. For example: www.joesboats.com.au, www.joesboatsaustralia.com.au or www.joesboatswa.com.au
If you want to use “joesboats” and the .com.au option isn’t available, think about using a different suffix. For example: .com, .net, .org etc.
the sub domain option
My website’s actual domain name is frankdesign.net.au. It’s what people type in to find me and is referenced on all stationery or promotional products. But…. when I created this newer Cesis site, Andrew created the sub domain art.frankdesign.net.au for me. This sits in a folder on my domain and I don’t need anyone’s permission to add that extra word. I wanted to add an the key word within the domain name to help with my Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), and this also allowed me to build the new site in the background while the old site was still visible.
Another client recently updated and went from timecritical.com.au to learn.timecritical.com.au …the original smaller domain is referenced on promotional material which takes up less space, and the site automatically redirects to the new domain name.
Some clients add their location within their sub domain such as sydney. or australia. while others prefer to build their site on their original domain name…it’s totally up to you!
It makes sense to keep your domain name and hosting with the same person if possible as they need to access information for both services to set up and keep your site updated. I’ve been working with Andrew Broad from Fastnet Wireless for many years now and highly recommend his services.
I provide Andrew with your information and he will set up your domain name on your behalf. You are sent a renewal once this term is up and must renew before it expires or your site or related emails will cease to work.
.com.au – $25 for two years
.com – $12 per year
Bought through Net Logistics by Andrew Broad
There are many categories from which to choose, and some suffixes (also called extensions) are more popular than others.
- .com stands for “commercial” and is the most widely used extension. Most businesses prefer a .com domain name because it is a highly recognized symbol for having a business presence on the Internet.
- .net stands for “network,” and at one time this suffix was used mostly by Internet service providers, Web hosting companies, and other businesses that are directly involved in the infrastructure of the Internet. Today, there are no restrictions on who can use a .net suffix, and many companies pick them as a second choice to — or in addition to — a .com suffix.
- .org stands for “organization” and is primarily used by nonprofit groups or trade associations. Here, too, the suffix is actually open for anyone to use, and many companies pick .org as a widely recognized alternative to .com and .net.
These also can include secondary suffixes such as .au (Australia) or .nz (New Zealand) – these are the country codes that appear behind the main suffix eg. www.yourbusiness.com.au or www.yourbusiness.net.au
Other domain name suffixes are available for both business and personal use.