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Comparison of Australian and US domain registration providers

| September 18, 2017

UPDATED 07/02/2018  With every Australian wordpress hosting account you will need a Domain name. The first most important thing you would need to consider is “Do i get a Aussie .com.au domain” or  do I get a  .com domain.

Then comes the price factor  between .com and .com.au domain names, which is equally important and you cant really ignore.


So what is a domain name and how do your register one?

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.whatever.com to find your blog or website .

So you tell/give a person your online address  whihc is  www.whatever.com – they type that int their browser and reach your website/blog (online address).

You do not have to be a company or organisation (“organization” in US English dictionary) to register a normal .com domain name. Any individual can register a domain for themselves from as less than $1 or $2 for a dot com domain name (when they are special deals), but normally  these domains are priced between $10 and $14.

The dotcom.au australia names are juts a little bit pricier at anywhere between $22 to $49  a domain a year depending on who you buy it from – yes Australian domains are a bit pricier  and you need an ABN to get one.

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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.

What is .au or .com.au  domain name ?

.au represents the Top Level Domain for Australia and is the preferred Domain Name for all Australians.  Japan (.jp) and Germany (.de) are other examples of Top Level Domains.

Any website that ends in .au is a website built specifically for Australian Internet users.

.com.au For commercial purposes. Includes commercial entities, currently registered and trading in Australia, as well as commercial products and services.

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

Below are the price features  and details of some Australian and  US based web-hosting companies that provide hosting for  blogs and websites

1.  www.smartyhost.com 

SmartyHost started in 1999 is a privately owned Australian web hosting and cloud services provider with a price range at that time of $20 for .com.au

get smart with smarty host domain registration
Domain renewals cost more (currently $29.50 per year) and  Australian Minimum registration period for  domain names is two years as with most providers.

2. www.godaddy.com.au  (RECOMMENDED)

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. They also cater to the Australian market and is the only US provider to compete with local domain providers  to give a cheaper price for .com.au domains
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$9.99 for.com
$9.99 for .com.au (as of publishing)

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

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EOFY Savings – Get your Australian business online with upto 56% off and .com.au domain name.

With this promo code you will save 30% off all your online purchase. If you are small business owner, this is an opportunity for you to order multiple items and save big.  This promo code also applies to basic, deluxe, and advanced plans.

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
pamela anderson for crazy domain ad

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.au Prices 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



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.au With 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 25% off by going to www.hostgator.com website  via this partner link alternatively use  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 pricey


8. 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


9. Bluehost.com

blue host hosting for 2016

Bluehost.com  currently has a special deal of $2.95 per month for hosting (until sep 15th)   which will not last long at this reduced rate. The reason  why I added them is their plans usually provide a free domain with hosting, so if you are planning  to start a website – this is a good option to get domain and hosting both in 1 go and get started.

They also have a 1 click install to get a word-press blog started quickly. check out their most current deals here.

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


Go daddy Domain Checker 

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.


Bluehost Domain checker tool :

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You can also get our DG blog special offer  for bluehost Hosting  where you get a Domain free ( with an hosting account for $3.49 a month)- Get this deal here 

Quick Tips to choosing a Website Domain Name

  • Make it Memorable
  • Keep it short
  • Target your audience
  • Don’t use hyphens or numbers
  • Name should be brand-able
  • Keep it Interesting

Use these tips and you will not regret choosing  your website name or brand name for your business.



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  3. Go daddy says:

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    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:

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  10. Pat says:

    I made a purchase Online at Melbourne IT at 1.45pm on 30th May 2016. The purchase was for a domain name. I made the purchase on the recommendation of a Sensis Representative. Unfortunately that advise was not good as I can not use the domain name he recommended as it is too similar to another companies name and I do not wish to open myself to possible ligitation. As someone who is not very familiar with the IT world all I can do is follow advise given to me. I contacted Melbourne IT by phone at approximately 4.48pm 30/5/2016. I asked to cancel the product and for a full refund of the purchase $149.99. The first person read from a script and was totally unhelpful. I asked to speak to the supervisor. His name is John Patrick who refused to offer a surname for the record.I explained the situation to him and asked for some goodwill from MELBOURNE IT he blank refused to budge. Citing only terms and conditions. I asked for some compassion and the credit card purchase is still pending and still hasn’t been completed as I type this review. Surely in less than 4 hours it is fair and good will to offer a customer a refund. Shame on you Melbourne I! You can still fix this by offering a refund now. Once again the tickabox mentality prevails. Why are companies such as Melbourne IT so inflexible. I even offered due to Melbourne IT inflexibility and bad will to purchase another product in lieu of one I purchased but again Melbourne IT refused. Essentially they would lose no money but still they would not accept. Totally exasperating that a surpervisor can be so INFLEXIBLE. He offered some kind of upgrade on the existing product which I can not utilise and which I explained to John Patrick. His words that’s all I can offer. In the end Melbourne IT terminated the call at 6.09pm. I was not abusive or rude and MELBOURNE IT your lack of compassion in customer service is totally unacceptable. If I could give a zero score I would. Tghe ball is in your court to resolve this complaint to my satisfaction. To this point I have received NONE.

    • JJ says:

      Hi Pat
      i think it would be a good idea to go to the ombudsman if you think they have not done right by you , i know i would in your situation

      Hope it gets sorted out


  11. Sanj says:

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  12. Candace says:

    Hey JJ, i’m still a little confused. To be on the safe side i’ve purchased both .com.au AND .com for my new business. I will be selling active wear on line, so would like it to appeal to a world wide market, but i am based in Melbourne, Aust. So which domain should i use for my Shopify store? I’m worried that using the .com.au will disengage potential customers from, say USA or other countries?

    • JJ says:

      Hi candace

      Just use the .com.au for your shopify store and also redirect your .com permanently to the .com.au in your domain admin panel
      That way you can use both domains while making one shop
      Hope that helps

  13. Nathan nouvong says:

    Hi, I have seen many bad reviews for GoDaddy. I am planning to create a new business and need to create a website. From my research I have done, it seems that GoDaddy is only good for registering a domain and that it is cheap. It should not be used for web hosting and email. I am thinking about registering with GoDaddy and going with inmotion for web hosting, is this feasible.

    Thank you

  14. Markus says:

    Im very confused. I would like to buy say all 10 variations of my new website venture.
    As in .com, .com.au, .net & a few variations of the paraphrase / wording of the domain name. How and where do I group buy all of these then have them all linked to the .com format????
    Very dumb i know

    • JJ says:

      Hi markus
      No question is dumb
      I would say go – godaddy.com. They are good for domains and its daymm easy to redirect domains to the main domain or other websites as well. You should be able to buy multiple domains from godaddy. You can use my affiliate discount promo link if you like-> godaddy.com
      Hope that helps
      Good luck

  15. Sally says:

    I’d be careful recommending netregistry …. They keep your credit card details, you cannot delete your credit card details. They set all accounts to auto renew – if you turn off auto renew they turn it back on. They renew your domain one month before its due and if you say you don’t want it renewed they say “too bad” and sign that advice with “kind regards”. I am deleting all my accounts – its the only way I can erase my credit card details. I am so concerned I am seriously thinking of reporting my card as stolen and get a new one just to get my details out of their hands.

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