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What are domain names?
Internet users are able to find your site by your domain name, or web address. Put simply, it works like this:
- Your web server, like all computers connected to the internet, has an IP address (eg. '188.8.131.52')
- When you buy a domain name (e.g. 'getstarted.com.au') you direct it to the IP address of your web server - a bit like redirecting your mail to a PO Box
- When a visitor asks for your domain, they are sent to the IP address of the web server, which then points them to your website files. Simple!
It's not really that simple. If you'd like to know exactly how it all works have a look at this Wikipedia entry: Domain Name System (DNS).
Why do I need a domain name?
You can probably get a free URL from your ISP and have your website located at www.isp.com/members/yourbusiness. However, this will not do good things for your reputation with prospective customers. To put it plainly, those URLs are for personal and kids websites. A domain name is such a small investment (less than $60 per year) that it really has become a must-have for business alongside a registered business name and business card.
Domain Names with Get Started
We manage your domain name.
That might not sound like a lot, but it is when compared to the vast majority of domain registrars in the Australian marketplace. The domain business in Australia is filled with sharks attempting to trick business people into purchasing, and in some cases repurchasing, a domain name. There are those that will simply sell you a domain and walk away from any support commitment.
We take domains seriously.
If your domain name is not renewed, you can say goodbye to your website for awhile. If your domain name is not active then browsers don't know where to point yourbusiness.com.au. You don't need to worry about this problem. We have a rigorous system where we make contact with clients 3 months prior to the domain name expiring and prepare for the renewal.
We can help with strategic domain name decisions.
Need help choosing the right domain name or web address? Are all your options taken? We can help you find the right domain and secure it for you rapidly.
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