Web4Africa, a leading web hosting company in West Africa, has officially joined the Interswitch merchant network. After going through the rigorous certification process, Web4Africa is now approved to accept Interswitch Verve and Naira Mastercard cards over the Internet for services it offers.
Interswitch Verve and Naira Mastercard cardholders in Nigeria can now pay Web4Africa online for domain name services, web design, and web hosting services.
What is Verve? From interswitchng.com:
Verve is your new InterSwitch (ATM) card now with Chip and PIN.
Verve is the new name of more secure, convenient InterSwitch (ATM) card that makes transactions safer and adds convenience to everyday life. Verve is issued by your bank and powered by InterSwitch.
Verve’s is the first and only chip accepted on all available payment channels in Nigeria. Using the Interswitch network, card holders can perform payment transactions on over 12,000 Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals, over 7,000 Automated Teller Machines (ATM), and on web merchant sites, mobile phones as well as kiosks and much more!
16 banks issue Interswitch Verve cards in Nigeria: First Bank, Intercontinental Bank, ETB, Stanbic IBTC, Oceanic Bank, Unity Bank, Sterling Bank, Spring Bank. Others are: Wema Bank, Bank PHB, FCMB, Afribank, Fidelity Bank, Skye Bank, Ecobank and Finbank. According to ITREALMS ONLINE, these 16 banks have issued over 10 million Verve cards to their customers.
GTBank issues Naira Mastercards in Nigeria.
Buying web services from Web4Africa is now much more convenient, Interswitch Verve and Naira Mastercard cardholders can now pay online for their services without having to drive through traffic to get to the bank nor join lengthy bank queues.
Before now, Web4Africa customers have been able to pay online via Visa & Mastercard credit/debit cards, PayPal, Alertpay, Moneybookers, Liberty Reserve, PerfectMoney, eTranzact (residents of Ghana), and bank deposit (residents of Ghana & Nigeria).
InterSwitch Limited is an electronic transaction switching and payment processing company with a business footprint that covers the provision of shared, integrated message broker solutions for financial transactions, e-commerce, telecoms value-added services and e-billing in the Nigerian environment.
The company is an independent, private sector led, limited liability Company focused on facilitating the exchange of value between service providers (financial, telecommunications and utilities), merchants, their customers, & other stakeholders on a timely and continuous basis nationwide.
Web4Africa Limited is a leading domain names, web design and web hosting service provider, offering world-class services to clients worldwide. Established in 2002, Web4Africa has grown to be the market leader in the West Africa sub-region through innovative service delivery and affordable pricing.
This is an archived blog post by Nairahost…
Over our three years in the web hosting and domain registration industry in Nigeria, we have been asked then and again with questions like this, “Why are you not giving out free domain names with your hosting packages?”, or “Why do you charge [x]Naira for a domain name when I can get one from [one of our competitors] for [ less than X ]Naira?”.
I am pretty sure that more of this relative question would be asked in the future, even after this post. To begin with, free domain names, are not free, they come with conditions or “strings”. No Registry gets domains for free, For example, a .com domain name, costs the Registrar $6.00 approx 750Naira per year (one .com domain name for one year).
Nairahost even though it uses dedicated servers, resells domain names through a registry. Nairahost, obtains the domains from the registrar at a far more higher price, because the registrars have to make profit from their products. Nairahost is considering becoming a registrar in the future. So perhaps then, it could further reduce its domain costs overhead.
Some Registrars sell directly to the public (GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Register.com, etc.) and some sell through resellers such as ISPs and web hosts (Tucows, eNom, etc.). Registrars provide WHOIS services for their domains, handle abuse reports, and provide the management tools to their customers.
People should not accept any offers for free domain names because they are usually tied to a package which you must be paying for otherwise you would lose the domain name, because that would entail breaching the contract, you agreed to, when you received the free domain name.
It is advisable to pay for a domain name, even if it is just N1.00 than to get a free one. When you pay as little as N1.00 there is a monetary commitment between you and the provider, so the provider cannot withdraw or seize the domain name, should you decide to move away from the provider for whatever reasons, you might have.
Furthermore, paying as low as N1.00 for a domain name should not be done, as services provided under such low cost, are very questionable and often are pre-packaged with hidden contractual agreements that would cost you your domain name, when you breach it.
Some registrars ensure that you can only renew with them at a higher price, some only enable the ability to transfer the domain after a 2 year contract, and others have even more ridiculous terms. So its very imperative, that the customer reads the providers term of service before he or she signs up for a free domain name.
Why does Nairahost charge for Domain names?
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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