What are domain names?
First of all, we are going to talk a bit more about what domain names actually are. Essentially, they are a much better and a friendlier alternative to all of the numbers that internet addresses actually have. Every single computer in the word has a different and unique IP number and a domain name can represent one of more different IP addresses. The entire point of these domain names is to give people the ability to actually remember the handles and in this way they can just type the name of a business in a search engine instead of having to remember a bunch of different numbers. So, as you can see the domain name really is a key element to every website, so you need to pay attention to it.
Anyone out there can buy a domain name and all they would have to do is visit a site like GoDaddy or Shopify, find the name they want and pay a free in order to get it. Of course, the only domains that you can actually buy are the ones that aren’t already registered by another person as well as the domains hat actually have a valid suffix, like .com. When you are buying you want to look for something easy to remember, short and pretty catchy because that way it is easy for people to remember it and easy for people to type it in.
Consider the suffix
Before you register a domain name you need to consider the suffix of the domain name. The suffix is what will identify the name as a part of a specific top-level domain, or TLD for short. There are several of these TLDs available for people to purchase, and the most famous by far is the .com one. Some of the other top level domains include .net, .org, .green, .edu and more, but getting a .com domain is definitely like winning the domain jackpot. When it comes to how much this will cost you, it is safe to say that you can pay anywhere from $1 per year and that price can go anywhere to up to $50 a year. This mostly depends on the kind of domain suffix you have, and a lot of the time the price can go higher because there are now people that make a living out of reselling domain names that they have managed to score. When you are dealing with someone like this you need to be prepared to pay a really high price, with some of them suggesting that they will now take an offer that is under $500.
A lot of people think that once they buy a domain name it is automatically theirs, however depending on the registrar this isn’t necessarily the case. Because of this we encourage you to check out the registrars and its policies before you actually pay for the domain because the contract that you sing with the registrar can really affect you in a few different ways. For example, a lot of registrars will always reserve the right to revoke your domain name for some specific reasons, most of the time because a domain name is used for something illegal or unacceptable, like spamming. A lot of registrars will also have a clause in their contract that will give them the right to delete any your domain name for no reason in particular, and what clauses like this actually mean is that the domain name will always be property of the registrar and not yours. And probably the worst clause that these contracts can have is the right to make changes to the contract whenever they want and the worst part is that they don’t have to let you know about it. This is no way means that you should just give up on registering the name and give up on your website, but all we are saying is that you should be a bit more cautious when it comes to the registrar that you choose to use.
You will have to wait
Another thing that a lot of people don’t know about what goes into registering domain names is the fact that you don’t immediately get access to the domain name just because you have bought it. In fact, after you register the name you will probably have to wait several hours, and sometimes even several days in order for you to be able to start working with it. This is because the domain name has to go through a process that will update it on the Domain Name System information list, but the good news here is that this is something that happens in the back end and there is no need for you to do anything except wait for the process to be over. There are some registrars that will promise to give you immediate access to the name, however this is probably not the case, so if that is a reason that you want to work with a certain registrar, then we say look over the other ones that you skipped over just because of this.
Buying a domain name is easy and domain names registration is also pretty simple, but there are some things, like the ones we spoke about in this article, that you really need to be careful of and know more about. We hope that you found this article useful and that it will help you when you are registering a domain for your business in Australia.
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