Going through the .com.au domain registration process for our new business has been a frustrating experience. To qualify for a .com.au domain you need to be a registered commercial entity within Australia. This means you need to have an ABN (Australian Business Number) or another commercial identifier.
The .com registration process is simple. It took all of 10 minutes to register www.slightincline.com. The hosting service took another 5 minutes. Within an hour I had a functioning website.
Our new site requires us to go through the .com.au domain registration process. After a month of waiting for the ABN, I finally discovered tonight that it has been listed on the ABR website. We haven’t received the official notice, but in the next few days we can finally move to the next stage.
The .com.au domain registration process
AuDA is the authority in control of the .com.au domain registration process. According to AuDA regulations, .com.au or .net.au level domains can only be registered to entities with one of the following:
- Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Australian Company Number (ACN)
- State Business Number
- Trademark Number
- Incorporated Association number
Mandating that .com.au level domains are for registered commercial identities only isn’t a horrible idea. It minimises domain name speculation and cybersquatting. Great. But it means that new business startups are often caught in unnecessary bureaucratic red tape. What is scary, the World Bank rates Australia as the second out of 183 countries for the ease of starting a new business.
To make things worse, New Zealand is ranked number one!
The next stage for our new business.
The whole process of registering an ABN has taken almost a month. While we have been able to work on some content issues, I have been eager to commence work on the actual website. As previously discussed, we intend on using WordPress for our content management system.
Over the next few days I hope to tick off the following tasks:
- Finalise the .com.au domain registration
- Purchase the hosting service
- Install WordPress and other base plugins
- Test and review a few premium WordPress themes
Hopefully over the next few days I’ll have a bit more to say about the new site. To be honest, I am still unsure if I will provide a link to the website from here.
Slight Incline is still very much in its infancy. My original intention was this would be a personal finance blog. However, most of the posts, and therefore the traffic generated have been based around the creation of a new website.