What is a domain name?
Are a URL and a domain name the same thing?
A domain name is often confused with a URL, but they are different things.
URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator and refers to the entire address used to visit a website, including all those colons and slashes. This address includes the domain name.
The URL for the Netregistry website would be 'http://www.netregistry.com.au'. This contains the 'hypertext transfer protocol' (http), telling the browser that you are using a domain name instead of an IP Address. This is followed by the domain name itself (www.netregistry.com.au or netregistry.com.au — both are valid). This points to the server where the website is hosted and the particular files on that server to be accessed.
What are top-level and second-level domain names?
Dot Com (.com) was the first domain type to be introduced and is considered a top level domain or TLD. Top level domains include any that contain only one suffix — for example .net, .info, .biz and so on.
Second level domains or 2LDs are domain names containing another level after the .com or .co suffix. For example, .com.au is a second level domain style as it contains an additional suffix after the .com that shows the website originates in Australia.
What are gTLDs and ccTLDs?
A gTLD is a generic top-level domain and includes addresses like .marketing, .estate, .fashion, and .photography. This is an area really booming in popularity lately and there is a huge range to choose from, whatever your industry!
ccTLDs are country code top-level domains which are usually restricted to certain countries. These are domains like .au, .uk and .us.
Domains and email?
Email also relies on domain names to work. Once you have a domain name, it is short work to create your own email address of email@example.com. This has many advantages for branding and professional communications. Many people register domain names purely to have their own email address instead of relying on Hotmail, Gmail or any other generic service.
Learn more about domain name registration
Learn more about domains and domain registration in our FAQ.
Why choose Netregistry?
Part of the ASX-listed Melbourne IT Group, Netregistry is Australian-owned.
Over 500,000 Australian businesses trust Netregistry with their online success.
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Your first step in starting a business online is to register a domain name. Your domain name is more than just a web address; it’s your brand online, which is why it’s so important to choose the right one. There are many extensions to choose from and ideally you should select the main ones (.com.au, .com, .net.au and .net) at registration to protect your brand.
Keep in mind that some extensions have certain requirements. For example, .com.au domains require the registrant to have an Australian business or company number (ABN or ACN). For more information please refer to our FAQ.
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