Unfortunately the provider that I bought the domains through do not provide DNS services - their domain services are just domains (they are apparently hoping to provide FreeDNS “in the near future”). Yeah, I know, I wish I was aware of that first.
Their suggestion was to use CloudFlare for DNS. I was able to add ringtailsrest.com to my account without any issue. But ringtailsrest.com.au comes up with it not being a registered domain.
Is there any issue with .au TLDs that could cause this?
My plan is to use Microsoft 365 for email, at this stage there will be no website (this will come later - >6 months - as the business gets closer to launch), so I really just need to add the required MX & TXT records.
A way to jumpstart the process is to use a free account at dns.he.net where you can add some placeholder DNS records with an IP address of 192.0.2.1 for your domain name and the ‘www’ subdomain. Point your domain to the HE name servers, and Cloudflare should pick that up in about a day.