Domain Names - Critical changes you need to know
We have issued warnings, both through this newsletter and through other more urgent updates over the past 18 months, concerning questionable practices of some domain name registrars regarding renewals.
With the height of the dot-com boom now more than 2 years behind us, many businesses are facing the task of renewing their .com.au domain name, which is leased for two years.
On 1-July-2002, a major change occurred in the Australian domain registry. Competition was introduced across the registration industry, and central registration database management has moved from Melbourne IT to an independent body known as Ausregistry.
This body is now accrediting other registrars and resellers to offer domain name registration and renewal services under the .au space.
In a nutshell, this means that domain names that previously attracted a price, like .com.au and .net.au are likely to come down in price, whereas previously free (.org.au) or unavailable (.id.au) domains are now available for registration for a fee.
This means that you should consider each offer for renewal based on the value offered. Melbourne IT, the industry leader in terms of domain volume offers registrations and renewals for around $70AUD per year, so you may wish to shop around for a better deal.
In the near future, Internetrix will be able to offer registration and renewal services directly, saving you time, money and hassle, so stay tuned for that one.
Finally, a little piece of news that has made our team quite happy (can anyone say what goes around comes around?) is that AuDA (the Australian government regulator of domain name issues) has announced that the INTERNET NAME GROUP has gone into administration. ING, who were the mob responsible for most of the letters sent to registrants that caused most of the warnings and phone calls from clients is one company we will not miss, and if you want to see the detail of the release from AuDA, you can do so here @ AuDA's website - http://www.auda.org.au/