Ask CyberGuru: Can I buy a similar domain name that is owned by another organisation?

Ask CyberGuru

In this month’s Ask CyberGuru, we are asked the question, “Can I buy a com.au domain name that is similar to a org.au domain name owned by another organisation?”.

In terms of your question, a com.au domain name needs to be resemble your Australian business name or trademark. The auDA or Afilias (the name of the .au Domain Administration registry), the organisation is responsible for .au domain names, advises that com.au are for commercial organisations and org.au are for not-for-profit organisations. They advise that Australian domain names must have a “close and substantial connection” to the person or business intending to use it.

If this is the case, then you can likely purchase the .com.au domain name you are seeking, and you are welcome to do so through our CyberGuru Domains website. Upon registering you need to provide your Australian Business Number (ABN), which needs to be associated to this.

However, please be mindful that if another organisation is the has a similar domain name as yours, it may lead to confusion for your visitors and also be difficult to have a good search engine ranking in place if both organisations have similar domain names, so it may be better to consider choosing another name.

If you have any question that you would like to Ask CyberGuru, please contact us.

Are you the master of your domain name?

Are you the master of your domain name?

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A domain name is a part of your business, and as such is an important asset. We strongly believe that you should own your domain name and website. Not only will you have control of how it operates, you can make changes without the need to go back to the website designer and it will enable you to receive notices directly from the domain name registrar when your domain name comes up for renewal.

Over the years, CyberGuru have looked after a number of clients who may have had their website designed previously by someone else, perhaps another professional, website designer, colleague, friend or family member. What we have noticed with several of these is that the website’s domain name (eg. cyberguru.com.au), has been registered in the domain name registrar’s records under the name of the designer, not the business owner.

When CyberGuru registrars a domain name for a client, we ensure that they are the owner and registrant. We also set the chosen contact for administrative, technical and billing contact listed to be them also or we can management to oversee this on their behalf. However, the business owner remains the registrant and the owner of the domain name at all times.

If you don’t know if you are the owner or registrant of your domain name, we strongly suggest you check. If you check your domain name to ensure you are the owner, you can do so using the AusRegistry WHOIS Lookup (for Australian domain names such as .com.au and .net.au) or ICANN WHOIS Lookup (for generic domain names such as .com). If you find that you are not listed, then it is worthwhile contacting your website designer or person listed to adjust accordingly. Alternatively, CyberGuru may be also assist with this should you require assistance. If you are looking to purchase a new domain name, why not look at our Domain names page for more information.

Ask CyberGuru – What happens if I forget to renew my domain name registration?

Ask CyberGuru – What happens if I forget to renew my domain name registration?

Ask CyberGuru

In this month’s instalment of Ask CyberGuru, we answer the question, “What happens if I forget to renew my domain name registration?”.

When you buy an Australian domain name (such as .com.au, .org.au, and net.au) you own the use of that domain for the term of the registration (usually two years).

If you forget to renew your domain registration and it expires there is a 30 day grace period, during which time you can renew your domain by paying the renewal fee. During this time the domain is removed from the internet and cannot be updated. Regardless of when the domain name is renewed, the new expiry date is automatically set to 2 years from the previous expiry date.

If you fail to renew your registration during the grace period it becomes a “dropped domain” and can be bought instantly by an interested party. There are many websites and third parties which monitor dropped domains, looking for interesting domain names to buy and on-sell to new companies or re-sell to the old owner for what can be a large profit. If your domain name is scooped up by one of these companies it can be a long and expensive process to buy it back.

If you have an international domain name (such as .com, .org, .net or .biz) there is an additional redemption period after the grace period before it becomes a dropped domain, but the price of renewal goes up significantly.

The easiest way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to renew your domain registration as soon as you receive your first renewal reminder email. If you have your domain name hosted with CyberGuru we provide several reminder emails to our clients to ensure they don’t forget.

If you would like to buy or renew a domain name with CyberGuru, please contact us today or visit our Domain names page to review pricing and make a purchase.

.net.au domain names half price for the next week only

.net.au domain names half price for the next week only

.net.au domain names half price for the next week only

Are you looking to purchase a new .net.au domain name for your new or existing small business or not-for-profit organisation?

For the next week only, as an end of financial year special you can purchase a .net.au domain name for half the regular price. At just $22 for two years, a .net.au domain name can provide your organisation with the recognition it deserves.

A domain name is your front door to your business and provides customers and visitors with ways to find you online. It can be used for your email address and allow you to brand your business in unique ways.

If you already have an existing website, CyberGuru can provide you with Domain Manager at a small additional monthly cost, which allows you to use additional functions of your domain name even without a website, including forwarding and redirection to another site hosted elsewhere. If you aren’t ready for a website, you may choose to use our Email Hosting plans. Alternatively, you may look for a Website Hosting plan also. We can also assist with website design and maintenance services through our Design solution.

To register your .net.au domain name or find out more on domain names, email hosting or website hosting, please contact us.

Terms and conditions:

Please note that in order to participate in this offer, CyberGuru will register the domain name however you will have ownership of this. To do this, we need your Australian Business Number (ABN) and some additional information. This price applies to new two year registrations for .net.au domain names only. Regular price is $44/two years. Price shown in Australian dollars. Offer ends at midday 25 June 2015 AEST.