.ng is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Nigeria. .ng domains come in different flavours and its best to choose the domain extension that reflects your type of organization. Nigerian domain extensions can be classified into two: open and restricted.
Open .ng domain extensions: These are those open to registration by virtually any individual or institution from any part of the world. They are: .com.ng, .biz.ng, .org.ng, .name.ng and .mobi.ng
Restricted .ng domain extensions: These are intended for specific types of organizations/institutions in Nigeria. They are: .net.ng, .gov.ng, .edu.ng, .sch.ng, .mil.ng
Restrictions on the use of the following domain extensions are strictly enforced by the .ng registry.
The on-going free .ng domain name registration promotion has afforded us the opportunity to take over a thousand .ng domain registrations from the general public so far. From the registered domain names, we have found it necessary to educate .ng domain patrons and prospective customers on how to choose a .ng domain name.
The following suggestions are not rules but only intended to make your internet marketing more effective.
Choosing a domain name is like choosing a brand name for your business or product. The name should be simple and easy to remember. It must be especially easy to pronounce over the phone or radio. Considering .ng domains are still relatively few, several choice words are still available to register as domain names; especially words that best reflect your business.
You can register a simple English word that best describes your business. Compound words or adjectives would only bring unnecessary complication. Keep it simple and memorable.
The essence of the .ng domain name system is top identify websites related to Nigeria. The mere fact that your business/organization website ends with a .com.ng or .org.ng in itself potrays your website as that of a Nigerian commercial entity or non-profit organization.
In essence, adding the word “nigeria” before or after your name when registering a .ng domain name can only make things unnecessarily complicated. Again, short is better.
Although the .ng registry accepts domain names that contain hyphens, its best to avoid those. The key principle is to keep your .ng domain names as simple as possible.
Questions and suggestions are welcomed in the comments area below.
Irrespective of where you registered your domain name, it helps to renew your domain name on time. Not doing so can cause a lot of problems.
At Web4Africa, we have dealt with a lot of difficult situations, where clients have not renewed their domains early enough. We do send out 5 notices via e-mail, before a domain eventually expires but for varying reasons, some still fail to renew their domain name(s) on time.
Though most domain extensions can be renewed within 30 days after their expiry, the registrar usually parks the domain name, immediately after expiry. Thus even when the client decides to renew, the domain name can take up to 48 hours to start working again, due to DNS propagation issues.
A worse scenario is where the domain name enters REDEMPTION PERIOD. In this state, the domain name cannot be renewed through the normal means and is typically expensive to redeem. In addition to the high expense, redeeming a domain takes a few days.
Things can still get even worse. A worst case scenario is where a domain is deleted from the registry and taken-up by someone else. Domains are typically deleted from their registry after the redemption period if the owner fails to redeem them. Once deleted, they become available once again, to the fastest taker. The rush would depend on how valuable the domain name is. A valuable domain can be taken within minutes after it is purged from the registry while “useless” domains are usually never re-registered.
In a nutshell, it helps to renew your domain name on time, to avoid the embarrassment, higher cost or outright loss of a domain name you might have invested in over the years.
A much easier way is to always register/renew your domains for multiple years. Most domain extensions can be registered for up to 10 years. Doing so can give you some peace of mind and it also helps to ensure that only your important email addresses are used with your domain service provider. That way, you can be sure to receive the expiry notices.
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