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Web4Africa recognized as a leading .ng registrar by .ng registry

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Web4Africa, a premium-category NiRA accredited domain registrar, was awarded in the two categories of most consistent .ng domain registrars at the NiRA Registrar Forum held in Lagos Nigeria.

  • Web4Africa came first in the most consistent on premium category. This category refers to the volume of 2nd-level .ng domains registered by Web4Africa in the year 2013.
  • Web4Africa came second in the most consistent registrars category. This refers to the overall volume of domains (2nd-level and 3rd-level .ng domains) registered by Web4Africa in the year 2013.

To celebrate this milestone, Web4Africa is offering a 20% discount on .com.ng, .org.ng, .mobi.ng and .name.ng domain name registrations and renewals till June 2014. The promotional code MASTER2013 to be redeemed at www.web4africa.net, to take advantage of this limited-time offer..ng domain name

The exact text of the official announcement is re-published below, as culled from NiRA’s newsletter:

The trios of UpperLink Limited, Web4Africa and WhoGoHost have been pronounced the most consistent registrars by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) for the year ended 2013.

Announcing this at the end of the year get together hosted by NIRA for its registrar community in Lagos recently, the acting Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Akinbo Adebunmi said that the aforementioned three registrars made it as most consistent registrars with varying degrees success.

He also announced another three registrars as the most consistent on premium category, namely Web4Africa, Lexsynergy and UpperLink.

While commended those who crossed the threshold to keep up the good work, he charged other registrars to up their games in all ramification to ensure they are listed among top runners in the coming year.

According to him, this recognition is to encourage NIRA registrars to be innovative in conducting their .NG businesses so as to always grow the domain name industry in Nigeria.

.ng is the internet country code top-level domain name for Nigeria. Domain extensions .ng, .com.ng, .org.ng, .mobi.ng and .name.ng are open to anyone in the world.

.africa.com domain names at promotional pricing

.africa.com domains available at Web4AfricaAs a domain name owner you may want to acquire your name or company name on the newly available .africa.com domain just like large global brands including twitter.africa.com, starbucks.africa.com, marksandspencer.africa.com, emirates.africa.com, standardbank.africa.com and hundreds more. Many small companies in Africa are also choosing a .africa.com domain to get access to African and global markets as well.

.africa.com is the premier virtual real estate for Africa. It combines the power of the entire continent of 1 billion people with the ubiquitous “.com”. When you buy a .africa.com domain, you get the market presence of all 54 countries for just one price.

Securing an .africa.com domain is totally unrestricted, so anyone from anywhere in the world wishing to connect with the huge African market qualifies as a registrant. Register your .africa.com domain today and benefit from being associated with the most powerful and memorable domain in the continent.

Web4Africa is offering .africa.com domains for only $15 between now and 30th November 2013. Renewal pricing remains $30.

Get your .africa.com domain now before the name you want is taken!

Direct .ng domain names coming soon

This is to inform you that 2nd-level .ng domains (.ng SLDs) (existing examples are bi.ng, google.ng, youtube.ng) will be open to registration for only N15,000/year (or $93.75/year) from Web4Africa effective 16th April 2013.

The .ng registry will release a list of premium .ng domains on 15th April 2013 and Web4Africa will communicate same via Facebook and Twitter. These premium domains will be auctioned later and will not be available for registration.

Whilst we do not have the exact time for now, we encourage you to follow us on Twitter for timely updates.

In the meantime, you are welcome to express your interest for 2nd-level .ng domains (.ng SLDs) here.

See also: A radical change comes to .ng domains

What is .africa? [video]

dot africa domain name

Web4Africa is not only in Africa, Africa is in us as well and this is why we are so excited about the up-coming .africa domain name system.

You might wonder, what is .africa and how can I use it? The video below from ZACR explains this and more in a very easy-to-understand manner. Should you have any further question(s), feel free to ask in the comments section.

Introducing .PW Domain Name – The Professional Web

Millions of individuals and businesses are turning to the internet to establish a professional online presence. .PW is focused on providing this audience with first-choice names in an open, quality namespace – the ‘Professional Web’.

.pw domain name system is for the professional web

.pw domain name system is for the professional web

.PW aims to be the new gTLD everyone’s been waiting for – providing users across countries, an internet destination that is truly global.

  • Landrush phase: Begins on February 18, 2013 and lasts through March 18, 2013. This phase gives opportunity to register short and generic names.
  • General Availability: .pw domain names would be available to the general public from March 25, 2013.

Landrush Now Open

.PW – the Professional Web has been conceived as a dedicated online namespace for professional businesses and individuals worldwide, offering registrants first-choice names, affordably, in a reputed and secure namespace. Make sure you don’t miss the launch of this exceptional new TLD – start today by taking part in the Landrush .PW Domain Registration.

Web4Africa is an accredited domain registrar for .PW

Introducing the new .africa domain name system

.africa is the proposed domain name system for the African continent. It would serve as the regional Top-Level Domain for Africa, just as .eu is to Europe and .asia is to Asia.

Main Purpose of .africa

A .africa domain name would be the perfect way to target the African continent for a website that has a pan-African audience or market.

Africa. Image source: Wikimedia.

Africa

Although all 54 African countries already have their respective Country-Code Top-Level Domains (cc-TLDs), .africa is still relevant and does not necessarily compete with the existing African ccTLDs, but instead complements them. Examples of popular African ccTLDs are: .ng (Nigeria), .za (South Africa), .eg (Egypt), .ke (Kenya) etc.

Market Potential of Africa
With a population of over 1 billion people, and a landmass of about 30.2 million square kilometres, Africa is the world’s 2nd most populous continent, and the 2nd most largest continent.

Two African organizations are currently vying for control over the .africa domain system. The winner would operate a new registry that would manage the technical and commerial operations of .africa.

Web4Africa being a leading domain registrar on the African continent has already taken a front seat at the observation deck of the on-going ICANN new gTLD review, with the mind of being one of the earliest registrars to offer the new .africa domain.

In the mean time, you may check our blog again in future for updates.

Understanding the new .co.za domain name system

.za is the domain name system for South Africa. It is split into different categories, with each intended for different uses.

.co.za – intended for commercial enterprises and general use, this is by far the most popular of all .za domains and is registered by individuals, businesses, organisations and government institutions alike. It is virtually the de facto .za domain considering .co.za domains make-up for well over 90% of all .za domain names. .co.za domains are open to registration by anyone around the world, while the others listed below are mostly restricted to the relevant entities in South Africa:

  • .ac.za – academic and tertiary societies
  • .city.za – for municipal governments
  • .edu.za – for distance learning institutions
  • .gov.za – government departments
  • .law.za – for legal firms
  • .mil.za – military institutions
  • .nom.za – for personal names, not organizations
  • .org.za – for non-commercial entities
  • .school.za – for schools in South Africa. Other regional sub-domains exist other this category, e.g. gp.school.za for schools in the Gauteng province.

Before 2012, registering .co.za domains was by interacting directly with the .co.za domain registry using an old-fashion email-driven system. Although it was largely automated, it wasn’t without serious weaknesses. With most domain registries around the world migrated to a more sophisticated system called EPP, the .co.za eventually evolved into a more modern registry by coding it’s own EPP-based registry. The registry also switch to a registry-registrar model, with the intention of eventually phasing-out the old registry/registrant model.

The .co.za registry has since accredited over 100 registrars who would interface between the registry and registrants by selling .co.za domains and related services and offering technical support to end users. Web4Africa, accredited in March 2012, was one of the very earliest .co.za accredited registrars.

The new registry platform offers much more functionalities for all involved: the registry, registrars and registrants. These improvements include:

  • .co.za domains are now registered instantly
  • the overall management of .co.za domains is no longer exclusive to geeks as the old email system was since registrants can now easily manage all aspects of their .co.za domain name via the user-friendly control panel of their domain registrar
  • the WHOIS record (public contact details) for .co.za domains are now simpler and easy to understand
  • domain transfers between registrars are instant, all things being equal

Web4Africa offers .co.za domains to clients worldwide at one of the lowest prices and includes a simple control panel for easy management. A free .co.za domain can be bundled with all annual web hosting plans offered by Web4Africa.

Registered .co.za domain names

Registered .co.za domain names. Source: .co.za registry

The .co.za domain system is by far the largest in Africa, with well 842,199 .co.za domains registered as of 5:51am GMT on 20th August 2012, with about 10% of them already on the new .co.za EPP platform.

Who needs a dot ng (.ng) domain name?

To understand who needs a .ng (pronounced dot ng) domain name, we first need to clarify the purpose of .ng domains. .ng is the domain name system for Nigeria the same way .uk is to the United Kingdom and .za is to South Africa. The .ng domain name system is useful for anyone who wishes to set-up a website in Nigeria and/or for Nigerians.

The .ng domain name system aims to be world-class in several ways, by following the best practices of other leading domain registries around the world, and setting new standards as schemed by the stake-holders behind it in Nigeria.

The .ng domain system is split into different domain categories, depending on the purpose for which you intend to register a .ng domain name.

The first category of .ng domains are open to registration by just about anyone in the world. They are termed open domains.

  • .com.ng – can be registered by anyone for the purpose of setting-up a commercial website as is the convention with .com domains. Just like .com as well, people have registered .com.ng domains for other purposes outside commercial enterprises.
  • .org.ng – this .ng domain category is intended for non-profit organisations in Nigeria and is thus gaining popularity among NGOs in Nigeria who wish to have an online presence.
  • .mobi.ng and .name.ng are intended for websites designed to display perfectly on mobile devices and personal websites respectively. These two have not witnessed much use.

The other 4 types of .ng domain names are tightly restricted by the .ng registry in that they strictly enforce the rules surrounding them to ensure that only qualified entities register them, and for the right purpose too.

The closed domains are classified into:

  • .gov.ng – meant for Nigerian Federal, State and Local governments and their Ministries, Departments and Agencies
  • .edu.ng – meant for Nigerian tertiary academic institutions including Universities, Polytechnics, Monotechnics, Colleges of Education, Colleges of Agriculture etc.
  • .sch.ng – meant for Nigerian primary and secondary schools
  • .mil.ng – meant for The Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce and their institutions
  • .net.ng – for network providers

When setting-up a website that targets Nigeria, there could be no better way to do so by making use of a .ng domain name under the most relevant category as explained in this write-up. Whether you are setting-up a blog, a news website, an online directory or an e-commerce store targeted at Nigeria, you need a dot ng domain name.

To do so, you would want to choose Web4Africa as your .ng domain registrar. Web4Africa has accreditation from the .ng registry to register .ng domain names and is already one of the leading .ng registrars going by the thousands of .ng domains in our portfolio. Web4Africa offers you a control panel to easily manage every aspect of your domain name and even registers it for free when you buy web hosting for at least a year.

Web4Africa gains CO.ZA Domain accreditation

Web4Africa, a leading domain registrar and web hosting company operating from West Africa gained full CO.ZA accreditation earlier this week. The domain accreditation makes Web4Africa one of the few domain registrars to have gained the status so far.

.za is the country code top-level domain name for South Africa. .co.za, a subset of .za is very popular in South Africa but open to anyone in the world.

Having scaled the technical and financial requirements for gaining this status, Web4Africa is poised to offer the best value to its existing customers and potential customers, under the new domain system that has been implemented by the CO.ZA registry.

Web4Africa gains COZA accreditation

Web4Africa gains COZA accreditation

Web4Africa would be offering direct domain management to its .co.za domain customers shortly. Customers would be able to manage domain nameservers, contact details from our control panel directly. Hitherto, we had to handle these manually on behalf of customers.

The new, modern, world-class CO.ZA registry places the .co.za domain system at a high standard like several popular country code domain systems in the world.

Register your .com.au and .net.au with Web4Africa

Web4Africa now offers Australian domain names to residents of Australia as well as Australian companies/organizations.
.au is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Australia and is currently restricted to individuals, companies and organizations located inside Australia only.

Web4Africa currently offers .com.au and .net.au domain names. Second-level domains registration like myname.au are not possible anywhere at this time.

Since Australian domains are restricted to Australian entities only, Web4Africa collects information during the .com.au/.net.au order process that helps to authenticate the applicant’s eligibility for the domain name. Our privacy policy applies.

A .au domain name can only be registered/renewed for 2 years and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are currently not supported.

You can pay for Web4Africa for your Australian domain name via Credit/debit card, PayPal, Moneybookers (Skrill), Alertpay, Liberty Reserve, Okpay etc.

Be proudly Australian. Register your Australian domain name via Web4Africa, today!

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