.com.au Domain Registration FAQ

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You may be wanting to register a new domain for your business but you may be unsure if you should go ahead with a .com.au registration or a .com or another TLD. We hope to clarify the pros and cons of .com.au registration over conventional .com and other domain TLDs.

.com.au Domain Registration 101

Historically, TLDs represented the purpose and type of domain. ICANN has generally been very strict about opening up new TLDs, but in 2010, it decided to allow the creation of numerous new generic TLDs as well as TLDs for company-specific trademarks.

A top-level domain recognizes a certain element regarding the associated website, such as its objective (business, government, education), its owner, or the geographical area from which it originated. Each TLD includes an independent registry controlled by a specific organization, which is managed under the guidance of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

.com.au is a domain TLD that is regulated by Australia just like .us domains are managed by the US delegated departments. This for 99% of us doesn’t make a difference but if a lawsuit was to happen hypothetically they would have to go through Australian legal channels to get the domain taken down or seized. The US gov would act unlawfully if they tried to seize a domain that they don’t have jurisdiction over, although technically they managed many of the DNS servers in the world. However, the most likely outcome if the Australian gov failed to seize a domain the US would block the website from being accessible rather than unlawfully seizing it.

Apart from that legal aspect having a .com.au domain just gives your consumers the belief that you are a proper Australian business because Australian .com.au domains have to be registered with an ABN. This creates additional trust with this particular TLD as overseas scam agencies have trouble registering these domains and the ownership of the domain and the business can be looked up.

The only requirement for .com.au registration is that you need an ABN

You need to have an Australian Business Number for .com.au registration and it should be noted that the ABN holder is the legal lessee of the domain. Usually, the registrant is the owner of the domain but .com.au is a domain that falls out of this rule.

We do facilitate a chown (change of ownership) of domains but we need to have a conversation with both parties involved and there are fees involved.

Consider buying an SSL certificate for your .com.au Domain Registration

Because .com.au is a more reputable and trusted TLD for Australian consumers you might also want to invest in having an SSL certificate for your website. WebJex shared hosting offers cPanel auto-SSL certificates that are issued from cPanel. We don’t charge extra for this service with our web hosting but we also do encourage you to consider purchasing a premium SSL certificate which is backed by a warranty in case the encryption is ever breached and you are looking at fines or financial loss the warranty with a premium SSL certificate will help your business in damage control. If you just want a basic SSL certificate to make your website compliant with payment vendors we also recommend LetsEncrypt.

 

Information about .com registrations and other TLD’s for bonus reading material

A dot com domain (.com) is known as a top-level domain (tld). Examples of other top tld’s include .net .org.net and .biz with a few others like .gov and .edu which are reserved for government organisations. Typically top tld’s are the most common tlds are they have been around the longest. In short most of the short and domains are taken.

The top-level domain (TLD) refers to the last segment of the domain name or the part that follows immediately after the last decimal place. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is the entity that coordinates domains and IP addresses for the internet and delegates the provisioning of other tld’s to other providers.

ICANN recognizes the following types of TLDs:

  • Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD): These are the most popular types of TDLs. Some examples include “.edu” for educational sites and .”com” for commercial sites. These types of TLDs are available for registration.
  • Country-Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD): Every ccTLD recognizes a specific country and is generally two letters long. For example, the ccTLD for Australia is “.au”.
  • Sponsored Top-Level Domains (sTLD): These TLDs are supervised by private organizations.
  • Infrastructure Top-Level Domains: There is only one TLD in this category, which is “.arpa”. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority controls this TLD for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Some of the TLDs and their explanations are as follows:

  • .com – Commercial businesses
  • .org – Organizations (generally charitable)
  • .net – Network organizations
  • .gov – U.S. government agencies
  • .mil – Military
  • .edu – Educational facilities like universities
  • .th – Thailand
  • .ca – Canada
  • .au – Australia

According to the IETF, there are four top-level domain names that are reserved, and are not used in production networks inside the worldwide domain name system:

  • .example – Only available to use in examples
  • .invalid – Only available to use in invalid domain names
  • .localhost – Only available to use in local computers
  • .test – Only available to use in tests

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