|Domain Services - Questions & Answers|
Domain Names are probably one of the least understood aspects of the Internet. It's true that when we start uncovering the mysteries of domain names, the talk can turn pretty technical really quickly - we're going to try to avoid or explain that "stuff" as we go along here. What's often not understood is exactly what domain names offer, and why they're well worth the investment of time, effort and money involved.
The good news is that Virtual Access is able to handle all your domain registration and service needs. This document is intended to give you a background as to why domain names are important, the issues involved, and an idea of the costs - and how small they really are in the "big picture". Ultimately, before you make any decision on domain names, you should give us a call to discuss the options.
What is a Domain Name?
In many ways, a Domain Name is like a vanity licence plate for your car. It lets you stamp your name on some Internet "space", and like a vanity plate, it's licensed to you for a period of time.
Licensing a Domain Name gives you the opportunity to:
Most important of all:
As a general rule, anyone can register a Domain Name, even as an individual. Registration of some Domain types is restricted. For example, to register a .com.au domain, you must have a registered business or company name.
In Australia, .au names are governed by the Australian Domain Authority (auDA). Their web site is http://www.auda.org.au and .au policies can be found at http://www.auda.org.au/policies/current-policies
Domain names such as .com, .net., etc are called Top Level Domains. They do not have the familiar two-letter country suffix (e.g. .au). These names are administered by the INternet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). You can visit the ICANN web site at http://www.icann.org or you can find out about the rights and responsibilities of registrants of these domains by visiting http://www.icann.org/en/registrars/registrant-rights-responsibilities-en.htm
As you will be aware, there are a number of different types of Domain. This table details the most common types used in Australia, and gives some details of each. Worldwide, there are hundreds of domain types. If you have specific interest in Domain types that we haven't listed here don't worry! Through our Reseller Agreements we are able to register most domain types regardless of where they originate. If your needs are obscure, we'll check it out for you!
If you have questions about this topic, please call us on 1300 132351 or use one of our contact email addresses.