Comparison of Australian US domain registration providers

| February 12, 2014 | 6 Comments

So what is Domain name ?

With every Australian wordpress hosting account you will need a Domain name. So what’s a domain name ?

In simple terms it’s like an address to your blog or website. Just like people need an address to get to your house, on the internet they need a domain name with the www to find your blog or website . You do not have to be a company or organisation (“organization” in US English) to register a domain name. Any individual can register a domain for themselves from as less or $1 or $2 for a www domain name (when they are special deals), but normally its priced between $10 and $14 for .com domains and more for .com.au which is Australian domains.

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Should i get  a .com or .com.au domain

Registering a .com.au domain improves local search results and marks your business as Australian, but if you are just after starting a hobby blog or a personal blog you can surely start off with a cheaper .com domain.

One way of getting cheaper domain and still making it relevant to Australia is to either get the term Australia or Australian attached to the domain name while  thinking of a domain name.

For example… if you are thinking or a gadget blog (you could try if www.gadgetaustralia.com is available ). BTW Its not available  as i already own it and its my  other gadget blog , but to just give you the idea, the name puts Australia  in it  to show its a Australian related domain name  and i got this .com domain much cheaper @$.9.99 instead of  $20 or more for a .com.au

Most of the domains pricing below is  for 1 year unless where specified for longer term. Most “aussie domains“(.com.au) registration  has a minimum registration of two year term ,so you will need to multiply the prices below x 2 in most cases.

Comparison of 8 Australian .com.au and US .com  domain registration providers

 

Domain Provider Price
per yr.
Features
1.
www.smartyhost.com.au (AUS) get smart with smarty host domain registration


SmartyHost started in 1999 is a privately owned Australian web hosting and cloud services provider.$20 for.com
$20 for .com.auDomain renewals cost more (currently $29.50 per year) and Minimum registration period for Australian domain names is two years
2.

www.godaddy.com.au (US)

Discount Link: http://x.co/digitalgrg

Godaddy is one of the largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider in the world and has more than 12 million customers around the world.
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$9.99
for.com
$9.99 for .com.au

2 year registration required for .com.au domains( regular price$14.99)

24/7/365, round-the-clock customer care operations and good phone support

 

3.
www.crazydomains.com.au (AUS)

teh australian crazy domain provider

For 2 years its $12 for.com ( current sale price)
Crazy Domains was originally founded in 2000 and provide services as  a domain name registrar, web hosting and online marketing company$3 for.com

$12 for .com.au
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Regular price is $9 for.com
Minimum registration period for .com.au is for 2 years

 

4.
www.namcheap.com (US)

when domain is namecheap

Namecheap was founded in 2000 and has over 800,000 clients and over 3 million domains under its management. They provide services like domain registration, web hosting packages, secure SSL certificates, WhoisGuard domain name privacy

They are the only provider who actually reduce the price if you register your domain for more years.$10.69 for.com
$14.98 for .com.auPrices get cheaper  a few cents if you register for more years

2 years minimum registration for .com.au domain
* Free WhoisGuard Privacy Protection, a $2.88 value*

 

5.
www.netregistry.com.au (AUS)

aussie domain provider netregistry
Netregistry since 1997 is Australia’s trusted online provider offering domain names, hosting and online marketing services$12.50 for.com
$16.95 for .com.au

 

6.

www.hostgator.com

the alligator that hosts domains
Hostgator not only provides cheap hosting but also domains

HostGator.com LLC founded in 2002 is a world-wide provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated web hosting$12.95 for.com
$NO for .com.auWith hostgator you can get a www .com domain and the hosting for your domain in the same place and in one seamless transaction7.

You can also  avail of my permanent 25% off by going to www.hostgator.com website  and entering dg25percentoff  coupon code to get 25% off

 

7.

www.bottledomains.com.au
Registrations for international and Australian domains
australian domain in abottle

$30 for.com (1year)
$99 for .com.au(2 years)Its a bit surprising how these people are so pricey8.
http://www.uber.com.au/
Aussie hosts now redirect to uber

uber domain provider australia

They provide a lot of services  such as; software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, domain registration, web and email hosting, ecommerce, instant messaging and collaboration, dedicated servers and bespoke managed enterprise systems$16 for.com (1year)
$30 ( 2years) for .com.au

Most of the  us providers provide the additional services like Url forwarding and cloaking, email forwarding ,Dns and MX servers records adjusting  for free

Domains ending with  .com  or .com.au are not the only options available and people can easily buy .info or .org  or .net .au which are generally more cheaper  than a .com or .com.au domain

when you need domain privacy block name address from domain

Privacy is another extra  that one might need to consider  while buying domain,  most domain providers  charge a extra charge for privacy ..so they block out your personal email contact and address from the website if you take the privacy option provide by the registrar.

How to Register Your Own Domain Name

If you have a website or blog , you should seriously consider registering your own domain name. So what is a domain name ? A “domain name” is a name like e.g. “www.digitalgrog.com.au” orgadgetaustralia.com” which you give to your website , which you can then  use to refer or point to your website or blog.

Registering a www domain in 5 minutes

Generally, there are no restrictions on who can register .com domain name, the period of registration can vary from 1 to 10 years

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Buying your own domain name can be a great way to set up your own website/blog and/or personalized email address.

To register a domain name its as simple as doing search on the domain name provider for your name

Do a domain search in godaddy

Example: Say you are going to start a bbq recipe blog, go to the website godaddy.com and in the search button put in bbqrecipe and search (go) and they will tell you if its available or not availbale  to register ( and also provide you other name options and prices) , and if  the name you want is not available , you will need to try different variations to the name until you get related name and then buy the domain via PayPal or your credit card or other payment options available and this whole process is done in 5 minutes.

Difference between .com and .com.au domains & domain name registration

In simple words the .com.au domains are governed by Australian regulations and so are much stricter policies to follow, but the .com domain is governed by the US policies and are much more lax and domains are even cheaper. Normally if you are starting a business in Australia you could prefer a .com.au domain, but if just starting a hobby or personal blog you could just opt for the .com cheaper domain.

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pic: from crazydomains

The .au domain extension is a country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) restricted to use by individuals, organisations or companies registered and/or residing in Australia. Australia has excellent domain name policy which has a much higher integrity and strict protection for domain fraud/squatting and  policies over generic top level domains (gTLDs) such as .com, .net and .org.

 

 

 

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  1. I always spent my half an hour to read this website’s posts all the time along with
    a mug of coffee.

  2. It’s a good head ups, JayJay. I’ve just read your post and done a good comparison about both .com and .com domain. This is something worth to read and I’ll share this in my social network too. :)

  3. Go daddy says:

    I like your write up
    I have actually switched over from smarty host to godaddy reading your article and thanks for the discount link .. i bought 4 au and com domains

    time for aussie domain providers to up thier game

  4. Kev says:

    I think generally .com are perceived as american based websites. So if you want a entirely Australian focus its still better to register a .com.au address.

  5. JJ says:

    Hi kev

    You are right if you want people to know its a aus domain you can get .com.au domain which is also now available from godaddy
    .com domains are cheaper and really on the internet if your blog is popular it doesnt really matter .com or .au

  6. Great work! This is the kind of info that should be shared around the net.

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    upper! Come on over and visit my website . Thanks =)

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