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What is a Domain Name?

A domain name, in its purest form, is an Internet Website address. Think of it like your house or apartment; that has its own unique identifying address and so does each and every website in existence.

The actual address used by your computer when you access a website is numerical in format and is referred to as an IP, or Internet Protocol, address. An IP address takes the form of four series of numbers separated by periods. An example of an IP address is 215.55.258.145, and as you can see this would be pretty hard to memorise for all the websites you visit on a day-to-day basis. So to make the web more usable, the Domain Name System was created. It’s much easier to remember a website named "thiswebsite.com" than it is to remember a number such as the one above, right?

Subdomain

In the Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy, a subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain. For example subdomain.example.com.au is a subdomain of example.com.au.

Addon Domain

An Addon Domain is second website with its own unique content within a single hosting resource. Addon Domains are handled like subdomains as far as the server is concerned, but to the outside world they are separate domains. For example, you might own bobsburgers.com and burgersbybob.com, and have them exist under a single account.

Parked Domain

A parked domain is NOT a unique website. Instead, it is a masked forward to the primary domain name of your account, much like a website alias. Parked domains are commonly used when you need a place to park a domain you do not have a website for, when you have more than one domain that should lead to your primary domain, or when you have common misspellings of your domain name that you have registered.

For example, visiting http://www.gooogle.com (note the extra 'o'), will direct you to http://www.google.com.

Why do you need a domain name?

In the business world, domain names are becoming as common as telephone and fax numbers. If your advertisements and business cards don't display a domain name, you run the risk of being completely passed over by customers that prefer to browse merchandise and services online.

Choosing the right domain name is critical. This WikiHow article has some great tips on choosing the right domain name.

Once you have made that all-important decision on a domain name, jump over to Netregistry to see if it’s available to register.

If it is, either call us on 1800 800 099 or complete the Secure Online Order form, available on our website.

If the domain name you chose is unavailable, that's unfortunate, but can't be helped. Simply keep searching until you find something else you love.

Domain Renewals

Domain renewal is the name given to the process of renewing the registration of your domain name. All domains with WebCentral will automatically renew, except country-coded domains (.com.au, .co.na, etc.), which can only be manually renewed, and only for a period of two years at a time.

For customers with CCTLD's (country-coded top-level domain names), an email notification will be sent to the primary contact 90, 60 and 30 days prior to the renewal date, allowing you sufficient time to either respond to the job through Mission Control, or contact us on 1800 800 099.

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