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It is interesting to note that the "www." commonly associated with
domain names is not actually a part of the domain name but is simply an abbreviation
of "world wide web" which serves as an indication that the user is requesting
a web site with the domain name (as opposed to an email address, FTP or other
address associated with the domain name). You will note that you can type chilliwebsites.us or www.chilliwebsites.us into
a browser and you will get the Chilli Websites web site with either request.
|Chilli Websites is a domain name reseller. We purchase domains at wholesale prices
which allows us to register domain names for our customers at prices lower than
most retail domain name registrars (i.e. Melbourne IT or www.domainregistration.com.au).
By providing this service to our web site clients it enables you to manage all
of your web site requirements in one place and avoids spending time and effort
(as well as more money) in coordinating web services.
to have us register a domain name for you.
Click here for domain prices.
There are different bodies that control the regulations for different types of
domain name. For example, auDA (Australian Domains) will only allow 2 year registration
periods - so any domain name ending in .au (i.e. .com.au or .net.au) can only
be registered for a two year period, whereas ICANN (com/net/org/info/biz) allows
from 1 to 10 years of registration for a domain.
Click here to view our entire listing, pricing
and registration periods.
Also commonly referred to as a "URL" or a "web
address", a domain
name is a usable method of navigating the internet. Originally the
internet was comprised only of IP addresses, such as 18.104.22.168 (if
you click on this IP address you will see that it opens the Chilli
Websites web site). Domain names were introduced to make the internet
easier - it's a lot easier to remember a name like www.chilliwebsites.us than it is to remember the 12 digits behind the name.
Domain names are comprised of 2 or more parts, separated by dots. For example,
the domain chilliwebsites.us has 2 parts - "chilliwebsites" and "com". "com" is
the top level domain, or the end of the name, and "chilliwebsites" is the second
level domain. The domain name "chilliwebsites.us.au" has
3 parts - "chilliwebsites", "com" and "au". The "au" is the top level domain,
which is short for Australia. The "com" is the second level, which means that
the domain name is a commercial business operating in Australia, and "chilliwebsites" is
the name that Chilli Websites chose for their website. This is also the third level
in the domain "chilliwebsites.us.au".
Domain names were created because they are easier to remember than numerical IP addresses. Every domain name is unique and is mapped to an IP address through the Domain Name System (or DNS for short).
There are 13 computers throughout the world called Root Servers, which hold the information about the whereabouts for all of the top level domain names (.com, .info, .org, .au, .jp, .uk, etc). The top level domain names include universal names such as .com & .info, as well as country-based names such as .au and .uk.
Every top level domain has its own database where information concerning the
location of 2nd level domains are held. For example, the .com database would
contain the information about the whereabouts of the chilliwebsites.us domain
name, while the .au database would contain information about the whereabouts
of the chilliwebsites.us.au domain.
Most domain names, with the exception of .au domains and .eu, can be registered by anyone. However .au and .eu domains have specific licensing requirements.
To purchase a .com.au or .net.au you must be an Australian registered company or business with a registered business number (ABN, BRN, BN) trademark owner and/or foreign company licensed to trade in Australia.
The licence requirements for a .com.au and .net.au domain name require your business to be registered for business trading in Australia, this means registering your business or company name with one of the official Government Authorities, eg ASIC, State Dept. of Fair Trading, or alternatively by obtaining an Australian Business Number (ABN) from the ATO.
The domain name you order should be an exact match, acronym or abbreviation of the supplied business registration, or it should bear a close and substantial connection to the domain name:
For example, the Ford Motor Company would be reasonably entitled to own:
Domains can be 2 to 63 letters
Words can be separated by hyphens, but not spaces.
To qualify for these domains your organisation must be a "non-commercial organisation". The domain name you register should have a solid relationship to the organisation to which it represents.
For example, the Salvation Army are reasonably entitled to own:
This domain name is intended for individuals, who reside in Australia. You may register ANY personal name by which you are known.
For example, Jay Meredith could purchase:
You must have a European Registrant Contact address to be eligible for a .eu domain registration.
For additional, more detailed information on domain names, view the Wikipedia
article on Domain Names.
We encourage you to contact
us with any questions or to register your domain name!
Last updated on October 15, 2008.