Australian Domain Extensions Explained
How familiar are you with the differences between various domain extensions? While you may recognise that different websites use a particular domain, you may not understand why.
Below is a guide that breaks down the differences between extensions used in domain names, while explaining which domain extension may best serve your business.
Domain Name Categories
The domain extensions you notice when you visit different websites can be broken down into the following subcategories:
- .com (commercial use)
- .org (non-profit or other organisations)
- .net (originally intended for networks, but free to use for any purpose)
- .int (limited to organisations endorsed by a treaty between nations)
- .edu (educational institutes and entities)
- .gov.au (Australian government)
- .com.au or .net.au (Australia-specific businesses)
- .id.au (regular Australian residents)
If you are running a business, a .com or .com.au domain name is the best approach for your website. Including the .au extension into the domain name is helpful if you are planning to do business exclusively in Australia.
The .net domain name is an option for any Australian business, but is generally associated with networks or companies pertaining to the internet and telecommunications. If your business has no relation to those sectors, a .net domain name may confuse potential customers.
There are restrictions on both the .com.au and .net.au domain names, per the Australian Domain Name Policy law. The company must have a legitimate connection to Australia, such as being based in the country, registered in the country, or licensed to trade in Australia.
Any business, even a smaller one, which plans to serve clients in other countries may want to stick with the traditional .com domain name.
Non-Profits or Community Groups
A non-profit organisation or community group in Australia should use the .org domain name. If the .org domain name is not available, you may want to consider using .asn.au, as most Australians recognise that domain name as pertaining to organisations.
If a regular Australian wishes to register a domain name, with the purposes of marketing themselves, they can use .id.au. Such a domain name, however, is only for personal websites. You cannot start a business with the .id.au extension, and will have to use another if you eventually convert your personal website into a business site.
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