Quoting an update we received from the registry today:
ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR) is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 14:58:59 CAT the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the .africa geographic Top Level Domain Name (gTLD) in the root. The delegation comes after a lengthy and protracted legal challenge that saw a delay in the delegation process.
This essentially means that the Launch Phases of Sunrise, Landrush and finally, General Availability of the .africa domain is now possible. The tentative date for the Sunrise and Landrush Phases is 4 April 2017. The Sunrise Phase will see intellectual property rights holders and, the Landrush Phase will see premium name applicants applying for .Africa domains from this date. General Availability should commence on 4 July 2017, this is when the general public can apply for their .africa domain names.
Web4Africa now accepts Apple Pay as a means of payment for all services offered, including Domain Name Registration, Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers etc.
Apple Pay is a mobile payment and digital wallet service by Apple Inc. that lets users make payments using the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone SE, and later, Apple Watch-compatible devices (iPhone 5 and later models), iPad Air 2, iPad Pro and iPad Mini 3 and later and Mac.
Apple Pay is currently compatible with certain Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards issued in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Russia, New Zealand, Japan, and Spain.
Are you a developer or Linux user in Nigeria? What would you like mirrored in Nigeria?
Web4Africa has been working on a local mirror for linux distributions and important software/modules/scripts.
The mission is to make the most popular open-source Operating Systems and software available locally, starting from Nigeria. Users in Nigeria would be able to benefit from very speedy downloads provided their ISP is peering locally.
We currently host CentOS, Ubuntu and pypi in Nigeria. The CSR project details would be made public very soon.
For now, your suggestions would be appreciated and considered for adding to the existing repository. You are welcome to share these in the comments section below.
Web4Africa is offering a limited-time 60% discount off the Web Hosting in Nigeria plans. Offer closes on Monday. Click on the banner below, to enjoy the one-off offer now.
Web4Africa, a leading pan-African web hosting company and accredited domain registrar has extended its web hosting infrastructure to Nigeria, making it the first web hosting company to do so.
From an award-winning Tier-III data centre in Lagos Nigeria, Web4Africa is poised to offer its regular services from its West African network Point-of-Presence. These services include: shared Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting and Cloud Hosting.
To offer the very best experience to residents of Nigeria, Web4Africa is peering openly at the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), with a 100Mbps connectivity to all the leading operators openly available at the exchange point in Lagos.
From the Nigeria data centre, Web4Africa has access to clean, 100% stable and redundant power supply, as well as top-notch physical security.
In the words of Oluniyi Ajao, M/D of Web4Africa:
We are in Africa and Africa is in us. We are committed to bringing world-class web hosting to Africa and Africans, meeting the needs of businesses and other entities. Our extension to Lagos Nigeria is one of the first steps towards this goal.
The installed infrastructure has been carefully engineered for excellence with speed and redundancy built into every layer of the hardware.
Residents of Nigeria would have access to low-latency and high-speed data hosting services with varying service options targeted at developers, SMEs, NGOs, corporates and government departments.
Web4Africa has the experience and credibility to drive the need for local web content development in Nigeria. Web4Africa currently serves existing clients from its own server hardware in a Tier-III data centre in South Africa, powered by its own multi-homed resilient IP network. Web4Africa currently peers openly at 1Gbps on Africa’s first internet exchange – the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) and enjoys direct connectivity to some major South African and pan-African IP carriers.
Established in 2002, Web4Africa is a leading pan-African web hosting company and ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar offering web presence services to clients worldwide.
Web4Africa is offering .HOST Domain name for your web hosting / domain name business on promo at $39 for the first year till 17th October 2014. That means you have less than 48 hours to take advantage of this limited-time offer. If you have no plans to switch to .HOST immediately, you can still register the domain name for future use. $39 is the lowest pricing for .HOST Domains on the Internet today.
Visit https://www.web4africa.net/domain-name/host/ to order now.
.BID is undoubtedly the TLD of choice for online auctions and market place sites online. An intuitive generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name makes .BID distinguishable from the broad auction-related content found across the Internet, and there are clear benefits to auctioneers, buyers and sellers .BID Top Level Domain (TLD) owners include a spectrum of online auctioneers running various types of auctions from English auctions to penny auctions, across a range of general markets and niche genres, and more traditional auction houses wishing to strengthen their online identity.
This domain extension acts as a magnet to all businesses interested in growing their business on an international level. As a short, clear, and globally understood term for commerce, it is a natural home for start-up businesses, high-growth industries and emergent international trade. By owning a .TRADE name, you are sending a clear message to prospective customers, suppliers, and resellers of the commercial nature of your website.
Personal online broadcasting (webcamming) is more popular now than it has ever been. The Internet allows anyone the opportunity to be a “star” in their own right. Whether you are looking for love online or late night entertainment; whether you are checking out potential vacation spots or the weather at your favourite skiing resort; if you want share your life online or show your latest movie creation. The answer is simple, add .WEBCAM to the end of your domain name and what else could be hosted there than your unique broadcasting talent.
You can register any of these domains with Web4Africa today. Web4Africa is Africa’s largest ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar.
Web4Africa started operations in the year 2002, using the domain name web4africa.net – we registered web4africa.com about two years later but have stayed with the .net domain ever since. This is even more intriguing because in most African countries, .net only ranks 3rd in popularity among generic TLDs. This write-up celebrates our use of .net
Our choice of .net in the very beginning was out of necessity: We believe in Africa and thus wanted to start a pan-African web presence service that is open to anyone in the world thus the name Web4Africa, a short/funky form of “Web For Africa”. web4africa.com domain was already taken by someone else but we believe in the name Web4Africa enough to settle for web4africa.net
To be clear, .net is every bit as good as a .com and in some context, even better than .com. According to Wikipedia:
The domain name net is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) used in the Domain Name System of the Internet. The name is derived from network, indicating its originally intended purpose was for organizations involved in networking technologies, such as Internet service providers and other infrastructure companies. However, restrictions were never enforced and the domain is now a general purpose name space. It is still popular with network operators, and is often treated as an alternative to com.
To celebrate .net’s 15 years anniversary, Verisign (the .net domain registry) in collaboration with Entrepreneur (USA) magazine, launched .Net100, a curated list of the top 100 .net domain names in the world.
.Net100 – a ranking that measures the top sites on the web with the .net domain extension. Entrepreneur and Verisign came together to assemble the ranking, which is based on quantitative factors and the feedback from Entrepreneur’s audience of sophisticated, successful business owners. Together, we then gathered traffic and social metrics for each site, as well as your votes to determine the rankings.
Web4Africa is proud that our main web address web4africa.net made it to the .net100 list. The .net100 list is representative of the best of the web – music sites, gaming communities, news and entertainment, and community tools for developers, programmers and businesses. We are especially proud to be in the same list as valued partners like php.net, cpanel.net, asp.net and do congratulate every .net website owners that made it to the .Net100 list.
To celebrate this milestone, Web4Africa as an accredited .net domain registrar is offering .net domain registrations, transfers, renewals for only $7 per year. The promo code for this offer is NET100 and can be redeemed on our website between 6th March and 6th May 2014.
Web4Africa, an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar and web hosting company, now accepts Bitcoin as payment for its services.
Web4Africa offers web presence services including Domain Name Registration, Web Hosting, Cloud Hosting etc to clients worldwide.
Bitcoin is a decentralized (peer-to-peer) digital currency system that is gaining popularity worldwide.
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.
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.
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