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    Netorigin
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    janetteb, post: 87948 wrote:
    Wow, thanks so much for all your great input. Most people seem to think we should go for shineweddings.com.au but register the other names. Sounds very sensible to me.

    This might be a silly question to ask, but where do we go to buy the domain names? I’ve seen a few places on the internet where they say you can buy them. Are some places better than others? We’ll be using a website designer in a month of so to create our website but would like to register our domain names before then. And is there any way to set up a new email using our new domain name ourselves? We’re not techonologically competent, as you might be inferring from this post! :)

    For .com.au domain name registrations, most Australian places will charge anywhere from $20/2 years. In regards to setting up your email, there are multiple options available. You could setup your email with Google Apps which is free.

    Cheers,
    Shaun

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    janetteb, post: 87948 wrote:
    Wow, thanks so much for all your great input. Most people seem to think we should go for shineweddings.com.au but register the other names. Sounds very sensible to me.

    This might be a silly question to ask, but where do we go to buy the domain names? I’ve seen a few places on the internet where they say you can buy them. Are some places better than others? We’ll be using a website designer in a month of so to create our website but would like to register our domain names before then. And is there any way to set up a new email using our new domain name ourselves? We’re not techonologically competent, as you might be inferring from this post! :)

    I now use VentraIP for all my domain name registrations and couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Their support is prompt and accurate and they include features that the other budget registrars make you pay extra for (DNS hosting for example).

    I did use Crazy Domains for a few domains and although they weren’t terrible for domain name registrations, their support was a little lacking. Their website hosting and support WAS terrible though!

    I used to use MelbourneIT for a corporate account and their support was brilliant – you paid for it though.

    Good luck.
    John

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    onsiteTECHS, post: 88009 wrote:
    I now use VentraIP for all my domain name registrations and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

    Yep, me too. I use them for new registrations and I like em.

    To the OP, now that you’ve put your preferred domains out for the world to see, hurry and grab them before someone else does.

    Cheers,
    Victor

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    janetteb
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    victorng, post: 88080 wrote:
    Yep, me too. I use them for new registrations and I like em.

    To the OP, now that you’ve put your preferred domains out for the world to see, hurry and grab them before someone else does.

    Cheers,
    Victor

    Thanks for the thought Victor. I had a similar thought when posting so changed the name and used something with a similar essence to our actual name so the feedback would still be useful but we wouldn’t get someone trying to make a quick buck by buying potential domain names. Hope no-one wasted their money doing so! Having said that, it’s not such a bad name for a company in the wedding industry is it? Maybe I have more creativity in me than I thought :)

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    Hi Janette,
    You can have your cake and eat it too.

    There are two issues here:

    1. The advantages of a memorable domain name
    2. A domain name that helps your search engine rankings.

    If http://www.shine.com.au is unavailable I’d register http://www.shinevideos.com.au.

    It tells people who you are and part of what you do. It is not too long.

    I’d use that address on your business cards and letterheads.

    I’d also register: http://www.shineweddingvideos.com.au

    I would not register http://www.shineweddingvideography.com.au simply because I don’t believe many people use the term “videography”.

    What you could do now is:

    Publish your website on http://www.shineweddingvideos.com.au
    Set up http://www.shinevideos.com.au to redirect to http://www.shineweddingvideos.com.au

    That gives you the best of both worlds.

    Regs,

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    bluepenguin, post: 87952 wrote:
    You’ll get lots of recommendations, but I use smartyhost.com.au and have never had an issue with them in 6 years. Their are a Melbourne based company owned by MYOB.

    We also use Smartyhost, and hold a master account so we can register for client’s too – I would definitely second Blue Penguin’s recommendation to use them – never had issues with them and are pretty quick in support department etc when ever it has been required + prices are reasonable etc. They also offer hosting/email set up and ‘DIY’ websites if you need anything like that to go with your new domains.

    All the best,

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    Actually I’m going to go against what everyone has been telling you. Personally if I saw ‘shineweddings’ I’d immediately think you organised weddings or had something to do with weddings but video wouldn’t be my first thought. I really think you need to have video in the domain name as that will help with search engine results as well.

    I don’t see a problem with shineweddingvideos.com.au at all. And if people know your business name they can look for that quite easily or even guess the domain. There’s a lot to be said about having domain names that describe what you do. Sure, get shorter domains if you want, but the longer one isn’t a problem and more accurately describes your business.

    cheapdomains.com.au are quite good. I use both them and crazydomains.com.au for Aussie domains and acsdomainservices.com for non-Aussie domains.

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    Have to agree with the comments on the site re the use of shineweddings.com.au, however if you did want something a little bit quirkier then you could also look at something like http://www.letyourweddingshine.com.au, yes I know it’s longer but that sometimes isn’t always a bad thing, and with the onset of social media and google rankings, people can generally find you pretty easily if their looking for you.

    A name like that, along with shineweddings, also allows you to build a brand around your business and grow and move with the trends.

    I’ve mainly used Cheap Domains & Crazy Domains for my hosting and really haven’t had any problems with them, I’ll have to look into Smarty Host though as I’d totally forgotten about them. (I guess we get stuck in our ways at times and use who we’re comfortable with!).

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

    Cheers, Rod

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