My friends and I are looking at getting a domain and hosting (at least vps or cloud, minimum). I would like to know everything I need to know before even handing our money over. I really don't want to break any laws in any countries, I want us to be legally protect and ensure no one else can take derivatives of our name. We wish to get a registered trademark soon, to assist stopping people from using our name and brand. I want us to have a scalable hosting solution, a few years down track we will run our own servers. What are the best for them? Regarding domains, is there anyway I can purchase a domain without barely a yearly fee? Mistakes will cost us in court. We especially want to pertain, and be protected, by Australian and US laws - As that's currently our biggest market.
Thanks for everything in advance.