To get your own domain name up and running, you need to:
- Register your domain name through an auDA accredited registrar or their reseller;
- Arrange for your domain name to be hosted.
A hosting service provides a location (a computer somewhere, connected to the internet) for your web site. Your existing Internet Service Provider (ISP), other ISPs, or a web hosting service can host your domain name.
Some registrars and resellers also include hosting as part of their domain name service.
Shop around for the service that best suits you. Unlike a domain name that is part of your ISP’s domain, your own domain name will be ‘portable’, which means that your web site can reside on a server in Australia, or you can move it overseas. The domain name system (DNS) files must be kept up-to-date with the current address, otherwise, when your customer types your web address into their browser, it won’t be able to find your web site.
Finally, create your web page and set up your email addresses. You can do this yourself, or your registrar, reseller, ISP, or someone else can handle it for you.