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Ghana: another way to use your Etranzact card

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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?

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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.

Ghana: Buy Web Hosting, Domain Names & pay online with your ATM card

Bank ATM card

Buy domain names and web hosting just got easier for residents of Ghana. ATM card holders of selected banks can now order for their web services through www.web4africa.net and pay online immediately. Orders paid for online with Web4Africa are processed instantly, so long the ATM card is successfully authorized. Regular ATM cardholders of the following banks in Ghana are currently enabled to pay online:

A blank ATM card

Pay online for web services with Web4Africa

  • Amalgamated Bank
  • Intercontinental Bank
  • United Bank for Africa (UBA)

The current situation of e-commerce in Ghana is less than exciting with only a few having access to Mastercard or Visa cards than can be used over the Internet. Many have had to drive through traffic to the bank to pay Web4Africa for their domain names & web hosting. Bank deposits are less than ideal for true e-commerce and come with a baggage of challenges:

  • time wasted in traffic could be applied into more meaningful endeavours
  • payment cannot be made on national holidays or weekends (some bank branches open for a limited period on Saturdays)
  • some banking halls can be very busy with spiralling queues of customers, resulting in a further waste of precious time

Thus, accepting regular ATM cards payment online gives real-meaning to e-commerce for residents of Ghana. With Web4Africa being the leading web hosting company in Ghana, a lot of website owners would be positively impacted by this new development.

Note however that Web4Africa has always accepted payment online via several international means like credit/debit cards, PayPal, Liberty Reserve, e-gold (no longer supported), Alertpay, MoneyBookers, PerfectMoney for several years.

The new payment method implemented on www.web4africa.net is powered by eTranzact Ghana Limited.

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

Website Designer wanted in Accra, Ghana

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Web4Africa Limited is hiring a website designer for our office in Accra, Ghana.

Candidates must be able to handle the demands of a fast paced environment, meet deadlines, and juggle multiple projects. They must also have excellent verbal and written skills, exceptional organizational skills, and possess a strong attention to detail.

Visit our Job Openings page for full details about this and other job offers.

Job Openings: Sale and Support Operators

Web4Africa
Hiring

Hiring

Web4Africa Limited is a dynamic company and the market-leader in the field of web hosting, in Ghana. We are expanding and looking for intelligent, hard-working and highly-motivated individuals to join our company. All current job openings are on a permanent basis, and are for our new office in Accra, Ghana.

Visit our Job Openings page for full details about the existing openings.

Closing date: 14th November 2008

Pay with Alertpay: Domain name registration, Web Hosting

Web4Africa, a leading web services provider, now accepts Alertpay as a means of payment for all its web services including domain name registration, web hosting, and website design. To use Alertpay with Web4Africa, buyers simply order for services at www.web4africa.net as usual, and select “AlertPay” as payment method during checkout.

Alertpay

Alertpay

Web4Africa is committed to offering affordable and reliable web services and seeks to offer clients multiple payment methods for their convenience.

In addition to Alertpay, Web4Africa also accepts payment via Moneybookers, Liberty Reserve, Paypal, credit/debit cards, and bank deposits (for residents of Ghana and Nigeria).

About Web4Africa
Web4Africa, established in 2002, has been offering quality web services including domain names and web hosting to clients worldwide at affordable prices. Web4Africa is a member of the Global Digital Currency Association (GDCA), a trade association of online currency operators, exchangers, merchants and users. http://www.web4africa.net

About Alertpay
AlertPay.com, a privately owned and managed company founded in 2004, is an electronic wallet (e-wallet) payment system enabling any business or consumer with email to send and receive internet payments securely, quickly and cost-effectively. With its office headquarters in Montreal, Canada, AlertPay is available to users all around world.

Web4Africa is #1 Web Hosting Company in Ghana

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Web4Africa is now Ghana’s number 1 web host, according to WebHosting.info

The ranking is based on the number of general Top-Level Domains (TLDs) been pointed to the nameservers of web hosts, worldwide. The general TLDs being covered are .com, .net, .org, .biz and .info and currently excludes other TLDs and Country-Code TLDs (cc-TLDs) like .uk, .in, .us of which Web4Africa hosts a sizeable number.

According to the data by WebHosting.info, Web4Africa has more than 15% of the Ghanaian market at the time of writing.

Web4Africa is Ghana's number web hosting company

A graph from webhosting.info showing Web4Africa’s ranking in Ghana as at 22nd August 2010

This goes to underscore the fact that Web4Africa is Ghana’s leading web host. This is not surprising since we offer world-class web hosting services, at affordable rates.

Website: www.web4africa.net

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