Which Domain is Which?
Which Type of domain should I use?
There are set rules as to which type of domain you use for your business, determined by your industry and what type of service you are providing. If you are a business located in Australia who is servicing Australian consumers, a domain ending in .au will generally perform better both with search engines and your human users. Here is a run-down of the types of domain names available to register in Australia and what they are used for. In most cases, you would need an Australian ABN number to register a .au domain name, except in the case of id.au which can be used for any Australian resident.
For incorporated associations, political parties, trade unions, sporting and special interest clubs
For commercial entities, such as companies, and businesses
For individuals who are Australian citizens or residents
For commercial entities, such as companies and businesses with an ABN
For charities and non-profit organisations.
For educational institutions registered at federal or state level
For Commonwealth, state, territory and local government bodies
How much does it cost to register a domain name?
In most cases, you will be able to register a domain name for 12 months for around $15. Some can be slightly more and other slightly less. However, be aware of those selling domain names at exorbitant prices as this is usually a scam. Yes, there are people out there who buy up common domain names and try to on-sell them for hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
How do I register a domain name?
There are many providers around that can register a domain for you, such as Go Daddy and Crazy Domains. Most web designers will have an option to assist in that regard, so sometimes it is worth having it all done through the design agency if you are using one. That way all your relevant information remains with the one provider and you know everything is looked after in the same place.