Website Hosting / Web hosting is like renting an office space
Hosting is the virtual space you rent for your website, so it’s available to your customers 24/7.
In technical terms, it’s your space on a big computer (a server) with fast internet that operates 24/7.
Domain Name / Just like an office or shop, your website needs an address
The address for your website is your domain name, like yourbusiness.com.au or yourbusiness.au.
For an Australian business, it’s best to have a domain name that ends in .au as this shows Google you are an Australian business.
If this sounds technical, it is! But lucky for you, we’ve been doing this for over 25 years (since before Google even existed), so we know how it all works and can look after you. We can register your domain name or even register a few domain names to protect your business so no one else grabs them. Then once your domain is sorted, we can host your website on our high-tech Australian servers located in secure data centres in Queensland and around Australia.
Australian Website Hosting
Secure, Robust, High Tech – with local suppport
Data Centre / A data centre is just a big secure room with lots of impressive computers.
We call these impressive computers “servers” and the Data Centres have high-tech security and climate control, so the servers don’t overheat as well as redundant power and internet access so they automatically switch to alternatives to keep running if there’s a power failure or internet outage.
We have many servers in secure data centres around Australia, including the Microsoft Azure data centre in Sydney, and UmbrellaNET secure data centre nodes in various locations across Queensland and Australia.
World first solar powered hosting
The UmbrellaNET data centre nodes use solar power, in a world-first approach, to completely power the data centre nodes with backup power from the grid when needed. When the sun is shining brightly, they even pump excess electricity back into the grid; on average, they create more power than they need.
Distributed data center network
High tech security
While it’s all very high-tech and exciting…for you it means your website hosting is on robust infrastructure with high security, so your website is well looked after.
For your website and email – yourbusiness.com.au
Your domain name is the address for your website and your email accounts. And you can register extra domain names just to be sure your competitors don’t grab them.
A domain name registration is a bit like a business name registration: there’s a small fee, and it needs to be renewed every two years.
Australian .au Domains
Australian domain names all end in .au. The main option our clients grab is .com.au which is aimed at businesses in Australia, so you need to have an ABN to register one of these. There’s also a new option for just .au on its own, so instead of yourbusiness.com.au, you could have yourbusiness.au. This option doesn’t need an ABN, but you do need to prove you are Australian (so you can use an ABN to register this as well).
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Options for marketing internationally
If you’re targeting customers internationally, we can get domain names in almost any country, such as .co.uk or .co.nz for the UK and New Zealand, respectively. Or there are options like .jp for Japan or .asia as a broad option to market to a range of Asian countries.
If you don’t need a specific country, then there’s plenty of top level options such as .com, .net, .org and .info and even a lot of specialty options like .coffee, .shop, .dog, .hiphop, .fun, .space, .life, .events…
The first question is, what market are you targeting? Talk to us, and we can explore domain name options to work for your business.
Find the right domain name for your business
Have you got a domain name for your business yet? Your own .com.au? Do some searching here to see what’s available. Not sure what might work best? Talk to us and we can help you consider options that will work well for you business.