16 Jan 2006

What is a domain name?

Posted by kilbot | Filed under: Frequently Asked Questions, Hosting FAQ

A domain name is your unique address on the internet (eg: kilbot.com.au). Domains are available from Domain Name Registrars. The registrars charge a yearly or biannual fee and so long as you continue to pay the fee no one else can register or use that domain name.

A domain name contains an extension called the TLD. The most common TLD is the .com (short for commercial). The equivalent TLD in Australia is the .com.au. Functionally there is no difference between a .com and a .com.au – the internet will deal with each equally – however you do need an Australian Business Number (or similar) to register for a .com.au. Other TLDs have similar restrictions, for example a .org.au can only be registered by a non-profit organisation, a .edu.au can only be registered by an educational institution etc.

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