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Domain Services - Questions & Answers Print

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?
What are the Benefits of having a Domain Name?
Who can get a Domain Name?
What policies exist for management of Domain Names?
What rights or responsibilities does a Domain Name holder have?

What types of Domain Name are there?
What are the costs in registering a Domain Name?

 

 


What is a Domain Name?

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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.

 

The simplest way to explain domain names is to give you an example. At Virtual Access, you know our home page address is www.virtual.net.au. You've probably also seen our Help Desk email address - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . "virtual.net.au" is our Domain Name. "virtual" is a part that we chose, and ".net.au" is our Domain type. In this case, ".net.au" identifies us with the Internet in Australia.

 

As the licence holder for "virtual.net.au", we have complete control over the computer names (like www.virtual.net.au) and email addresses (eg This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) within that domain. No-one can allocate these addresses except Virtual Access.

 


What are the benefits of having a Domain Name?

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Licensing a Domain Name gives you the opportunity to:

 


     
    Choose any names for computers or (importantly) email addresses within your domain. You can allocate addresses of your choice knowing that these cannot conflict with anyone else's addresses.
    Relocate your Domain to any Internet Service Provider through a process called "re-delegation". This gives you the ability to change ISPs without re-printing business cards & other stationery, or wasting days of effort notifying all of your contacts of changes. This transportability alone is sufficient to cost-justify most domain names on the basis of the cost of a single relocation!

    Ensure that your email and web site addresses are easily remembered by your clients, or guessed by future clients! Your Domain name offers you the opportunity to make these addresses as "short and sweet" as possible - and remove our company name from your address!


     
    Some search engines are prone to give lower rankings to web sites hosted under another organization's domain - deeming them to be "personal" pages.

 

Most important of all:

 

      Right or wrong, many Internet users will judge you on the basis of whether you have a domain name or not. Simply for someone who doesn't know you or your business, it gives an indication of whether you're serious enough about what you do to make a small investment to improve your profile online. The perception will be that if you're not serious enough to spend a couple of hundred dollars, you're probably not worth doing business with. Sorry folks - just telling you how "Joe Consumer" sees it!

 


Who can get a Domain Name?
What policies exist for management of Domain Names?
What rights or responsibilities does a Domain Name holder have?

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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

 

What types of Domain are there?

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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!

 

Domain Type Description and Restrictions
.com.au

 

For commercial purposes.


Includes commercial entities, currently registered and trading in Australia, as well as commercial products and services.

 

.net.au

 

For commercial purposes.


Includes commercial entities, currently registered and trading in Australia, as well as commercial products and services.


Almost all of the domains in this domain type tend to be Internet or Communications related.

 

.org.au

 

For non-commercial purposes.


Includes not-for-proft organisations, charities, churches, welfare groups etc.


Proof of registration of an organisation name is required.

 

.asn.au

 

For 'associations'.

Includes associations incorporated under specific state legislation, some incorporated bodies, political parties, trade unions, sporting and special interest clubs and 'partnerships' between disparate organisations.

Proof of registration of an association name or similar is generally required.

 

.id.au

 

Reserved for the people of Australia to create their own online identity.

It can be used for any purpose to provide personalised, transportable web site and email addresses for anyone.

 

.com
.net
.org
.biz
.info

 

These domains, typically considered "American" or "Global" are available for registration worldwide. There are no restrictions on who may apply, or for which domain names.

 

 


 

What are the Costs?

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Domain Type

License Fee

 

.com.au
.net.au

 

$49 for 2 years

 

.org.au
.asn.au

 

$33 for 2 years

 

.id.au

 

$44 for 2 years

 

.com
.net
.org
.biz
.info

 

$22 for 1 year

 


 

If you have questions about this topic, please call us on 1300 132351 or use one of our contact email addresses.

 
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