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Web4Africa Ltd acquires Nairahost, a web hosting firm

Web4Africa

… a new dawn for web hosting and domain registration in Nigeria as Web4Africa acquires Nairahost

6th December 2010

Web4Africa Ltd (www.web4africa.net) today announces its 100% client acquisition of Nairahost, a company that provides domain name services and web hosting to Nigeria.

Established in 2004, Nairahost started with a vision to dominate the Nigerian web hosting industry through offering intelligent business solutions in an efficient manner. Nairahost rose rapidly to dominate the Nigerian web hosting industry.  Nairahost before acquisition, was an accredited .ng domain registrar and also managed a portfolio of a few thousand domains.

The acquisition by Web4Africa not only enlarges Web4Africa’s market share, but also offers lower pricing and a larger choice of domain extensions to Nairahost customers as well as a world-class technical support for their web hosting services.

Web4Africa would manage Nairahost as an independent entity before fully merging the two operations in early 2011.

Oluniyi D. Ajao, Managing Director of Web4Africa Ltd., said, “this acquisition offers an improved service delivery to Nairahost customers. It would offer us a stronger foothold into the vibrant and dynamic market in Nigeria. The acquisition is noteworthy because no merger of operations on this scale has happened before, in the African web hosting industry.”

The acquisition boosts Web4Africa’s current client base of over 8,400 to about 11,500 after an expected overlap of clients has been considered. It also pushes Web4Africa’s domain portfolio to well over 8,000 and number of domains hosted to well over 4,000.

About Web4Africa Ltd.
Established in 2002, Web4Africa has grown to be a market leader in Africa, offering domain name services, web design and web hosting to clients worldwide.
Website: www.web4africa.net

Latest website design: Web Trends Nigeria

Web Trends Nigeria

Web Trends Nigeria is a web trends tracking and analysis website with a focus on happenings around the world wide web as they relate to Nigeria.

They recently commissioned Web4Africa to set-up a new interface for their website. The new interface in addition to looking much better than the previous versions offered some new functionalities including:

  • The home page has now been restructured, clean interface for latest blog posts
  • Search is displayed prominently on the site
  • A twitter stream now appears on the header of every page
  • 3 tabs for popular posts, comments and Topics (Tags)
  • A sleek subscription form, for readers to receive blog posts via email
A snapshot of the new Web Trends Nigeria website

A snapshot of the new Web Trends Nigeria website

Web Trends Nigeria is a subsidiary of Unleashed Business Concepts (UBC) Group, a technology holding company based in Lagos Nigeria. Visit Web Trends Nigeria at www.webtrendsng.com

A New Blog Aggregator for Nigeria

Blogging

Web4Africa is proud to announce the unveiling of a new blog aggregator for blogs related to Nigeria, at http://bloggers.com.ng

bloggers.com.ng aggregates blogs related to Nigeria

bloggers.com.ng aggregates blogs related to Nigeria

The Nigerian blogosphere is easily one of the most vibrant on the African continent. Though figures are hard to come by,  a conservative estimate would put the number of Nigerian blogs at about 2,000. Following the thousands of blogs related to Nigerian would be a herculean task. Thus, there is a need to aggregate these voices and have an overview of the important blog headlines.

Though a few Nigerian blog aggregators have existed in the past, none of them have survived till date. This new aggregator would fill the gap and more offer even more interesting features:

  • the aggregator is update hourly
  • the homepage shares the latest blog headlines
  • the homepage offers clouds of categories and tags, thereby giving an overview of the popular blog topics
  • author page: shares a brief profile of the blog authors, their latest tweets as well as links to their respective social media networks
  • a Bloggers page lists all the blog authors and randomly features one of them at the top of the page

Existing blogs related to Nigeria can be submitted for listing via the “Join Us” page on the aggregator.

The aggregator would be updated with new features where necessary, as time goes by.

About Web4Africa
Web4Africa is a leading web design & web hosting company in West Africa and is based in Accra, Ghana.
http://www.web4africa.net

Ghana: another way to use your Etranzact card

Web4Africa

eTranzact card holders in Ghana can already use their cards in a wide variety of ways. The websites that accept eTranzact cards over the Internet are increasing regularly. Notable among these are airlines and some financial institutions operating in Ghana.

A useful addition to this list is Web4Africa Ltd. Web4Africa offers professional web services to clients worldwide. These include domain name registration, website design, web applications development, and web hosting.

Web4AfricaWeb4Africa’s website at www.web4africa.net already makes use of a sophisticated shopping cart for buyers to be able to order for their domain and web hosting over the Internet, and pay online via various international payment systems. Adding eTranzact to the list of supported payment systems empowers residents of Ghana to order and pay online for web services and in the Ghana Cedis currency.

An added convenience is that most of the web services ordered on www.web4africa.net and paid for online, are processed instantly. Thus, buyers do not have to go through the inconvenience of a bank deposit.

Web4Africa is Ghana’s leading web hosting company, hosting more websites than all the other competition combined, and a leading player in West Africa.

What is the right price to pay for web hosting?

Web4Africa Web Hosting

Many prospective web hosting customers especially in countries like Nigeria start the search for a web hosting company from a search engine. It is not uncommon for such people to search for “cheap web hosting”, “cheapest web hosting in nigeria”, “cheap web hosting company” etc. While it is not wrong to want to save some money where possible, the question one needs to reflect on is, “is cheap web hosting always the better choice?”

Web4Africa Web HostingWeb hosting company like other serious businesses always have various financial obligations. Meeting these obligations and still making enough money to declare a profit is a constant balancing act. As such, a web hosting service needs to be priced just right. A serious web hosting company would not under-price for a prolonged period. Whilst occasional promotional offers are reasonable, a prolonged under-pricing can jeopardize the future of the web hosting company.

Then there are micro web hosting firms managed single-handedly by individuals with the motive of shacking-up the web hosting industry. These individuals usually price very low for two reasons:

  • to gain attention from prospective web hosting customers and earn a decent market-share.
  • to make easy money by attracting a large number of people who are looking for cheap web hosting. These ones see web hosting as a get-rich quick scheme and do not have a long time focus. Their service offering is often-times hyped.

So what price is right for web hosting?

Before deciding to choose a web host, it helps to short-list at least 5 different web hosting firms and then compare all the important factors. Pricing, really, should not be the only determining factor. Closely comparing the full features they offer relative to their respective pricing should be a pointer towards what price is right.

In web hosting, you get what you pay for, most of the times. Cheap web hosting is often times mediocre web hosting. Since cheap web hosting firms under-price their service, they lack the financial muscle to invest in world-class service delivery. The under-paying web hosting customers end-up suffering for it all.

Before you choose your next web host hosting company, remember that cheap is not always best.

eCommerce: Website Development and Data management

eTranzact Ghana

Oluniyi D. Ajao of  Web4Africa would be speaking on 28th May 2010 at Etranzact’s Business Incubator programme on “eCommerce: Website Development & Data management”.

eTranzact

eTranzact

BUSINESS INCUBATION PROGRAM
Theme/Topic : The Business of eCommerce
Date : 28th May 2010 (10:00am – 3:00pm)
Venue : Busy Internet

Introduction to the programme

The eTranzact Business Incubation Program was developed as an avenue to encourage small to medium enterprises to adapt the use of technology to expand their business operations and/or create additional revenue streams for themselves.

This quarter, the Business Incubation Program will focus on ecommerce and the advantages of an online presence and how these can be used by individuals and SME’s in Ghana to build
sustainable businesses.

This topic was picked based on the identified need for information and knowledge we have encountered in our industry. eTranzact is an electronic payment solutions platform that provides individuals, businesses and financial institutions with means to pay and/or receive money using their mobile phones, the internet, POS terminals, and at bank outlets. We provide the technological interface that automates all payment processes, and facilitates the movement of funds electronically from the payer to the payee.

We have already signed on a number of entrepreneurs onto the eTranzact platform who use our API to receive payments on their websites from customers. However, there is a noticeable lack of knowledge on the proper management, development and marketing of an ecommerce website and also the financial know-how to sustain such an enterprise. This incubation program aims to considerably reduce this knowledge gap, and to further spread the use of ecommerce in Ghana.

Other speakers/panelists & partner organizations:

  • Kofi Dadzie – MD, Rancard Solutions
  • Nelson Da Seglah – Group ISM, UT Financial Services
  • George Babafemi – eTranzact Ghana Limited
  • JE Allotey-Pappoe – Business Ghana
  • Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology
  • Busy Internet
  • Citi Fm

*Kindly pre-register by calling 030-2671694 or 054-4330001

Web4Africa Ltd supports BarCamp Ghana 2009

BarCamp Ghana

Web4Africa Ltd. is proud to be associated with BarCamp Ghana 2009, by being an official sponsor of the up-coming event. Stimulating discussions that can equip the young, in no small measure helps in shaping a good future for Africa. It is in this regard that we are part of BarCamp Ghana. Find the full release from the organizers, below:

On December 22, 2008, over a hundred young Ghanaians met in Accra for BarCamp Ghana ’08 to exchange ideas on entrepreneurship, innovation and development for a rising Ghana. This summer, the conversations moved to Washington, DC on July 25, 2009 where BarCamp Diaspora ’09 brought together the African Diaspora to exchange ideas on doing business in Africa.

BarCamp Ghana 2009

BarCamp Ghana 2009

This December 21st in Accra, the BarCamp Ghana team, made up of passionate young Ghanaians, presents BarCamp Ghana ’09, under the theme “Leadership for our times – cultivating change makers”. The event will take place on December 21, 2009 from 8am – 6pm at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) campus at 20 Aluguntuguntu Street in East Legon, Accra.

A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering where attendees meet for discussions, demos and networking. Unlike a typical conference, at a BarCamp everyone is both a speaker and a participant. The content is provided by all attendees based on their interests, unified under the theme. This year, the focus is youth in leadership and how the youth can create and make change in various ways in various disciplines for the betterment of Ghana. The event would highlight different success stories involving change-making youth. Change makers and youth leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.

BarCamp Ghana ’09 is a FREE event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent, and resources to benefit Africa. BarCamp Diaspora gave birth to a Ghana-focused healthcare NGO, REACH-Ghana, which will be presenting its story since its inception in July. BarCamps all over the world have brought together individuals and organizations to collaborate on various projects and businesses.

Panelists and speakers will include Patrick Awuah of Ashesi University, Estelle Sowah of Google Ghana, George Minta of Empretec, Hajo Bilthemer of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), amongst others. There will be sessions organized by Google representatives and as well as other breakout sessions on various topics and interests as put forth by the attendees. If you are creating or making change in your own small way in your community, consider sending the team a note about your project or business to info at barcampghana dot org. Some of these stories will be mentioned at the BarCamp and all the information will be on the BarCamp Ghana website.

Register/RSVP today at the BarCamp Ghana website. Help spread the word about BarCamp Ghana ’09 by grabbing badges and support by donating to help cover costs. You may also contact the BarCamp Ghana team through its website for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Ghana 2009 is sponsored by the GhanaThink Foundation, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Ushahidi, Web4Africa, etc. Our media partner is CITI 97.3 FM.

See you there!

About Web4Africa Limited
Web4Africa offers domain name registration, web design, web hosting and related services at affordable rates, to clients worldwide. Web4Africa is based in Accra and is the leading web hosting company in Ghana. Visit www.web4africa.net

Announcing Web4Africa South Africa

South Africa

Web4Africa proudly announces the launch of Web4Africa South Africa at www.web4africa.co.za
This website is available to residents of South Africa only and contains domain name registration and web hosting offerings priced in South African Rands.

South Africa

Web4Africa SA offers world-class web services at the lowest prices in South Africa. .com domain name registration are offered at only R59.50

Aside domain names and web hosting, e-commerce solutions and reseller web hosting offerings are also available.

Clients can pay via major credit and debit cards as well as Paypal and Moneybookers.

Web4Africa [www.web4africa.net] has been offering affordable web services to clients worldwide since 2002.

Announcing Web4Africa Nigeria

Flag Map of Nigeria

This is to announce Web4Africa Nigeria at the URL www.web4africa.com.ng This website is essentially a subset of our International website www.web4africa.net and is targetted at the Nigerian market.

Nigeria

Web4Africa Nigeria will be offering world-class web hosting and fast domain name registration at very affordable prices, for residents of Nigeria. Web hosting has never been easier and cheaper, in Nigeria.

Prices on the website are displayed in Naira – Nigeria’s national currency. Billing is currently done securedly via web4africa.net We will soon install a separate billing platform for Nigeria.

Web4Africa Nigeria is also offering .ng domain registrations for web hosting clients and will soon also include reseller web hosting packages.

Web4Africa is one of the leading web hosting providers, in the entire West African sub-region and has been in business since 2002, offering professional web solutions at affordable rates.

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