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Web4Africa gains .UK registrar accreditation

Web4Africa, today 20th March 2012, gained Nominet accreditation as a .UK Domain Registrar.

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While .uk is the country-code domain for the United Kingdom, Nominet is the body in charge of all .uk domains. The accreditation means that Web4Africa is a registered TAG holder and a Member of Nominet.

Having passed the technical and financial requirements, the accreditation empowers Web4Africa to offer .co.uk, .me.uk, .org.uk, net.uk, .ltd.uk and .plc.uk domains at more competitive prices.

.uk is the 2nd most popular country domain in the world after Germany’s .de and recently crossed the 10 million domain mark.

Web4Africa is also an accredited registrar for several other domain extensions.

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.

Web4Africa Ltd. acquires Alireta.com hosting service

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Web4Africa Ltd., the leading web hosting company in West Africa, has acquired the web hosting & domain names services of Alireta Nigeria Limited with effect from 1st May 2011.

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Web4Africa

Founded in March 2003 under the name DomainStandard.net, Alireta broke new grounds by offering domain registration and web hosting services to residents of Nigeria at prices much lower than what was obtainable within Nigeria at that time. The operation has constantly remained among the top ten Nigerian web hosts since inception  and was rebranded to Alireta in May 2008.

Web4Africa has acquired 559 active clients who owned 458 domain names, 295 shared hosting accounts and 19 reseller hosting accounts. With few overlaps considered, it is expected that the acquisition would boost Web4Africa’s portfolio to over 13,600 active clients, over 8,100 domain names, over 1,500 shared hosting accounts and 169 reseller hosting accounts.

The acquisition would expose Alireta customers to over 70 international domain extensions, at lower prices, more flexible web hosting plan choices like Windows/ASP.NET hosting as well as 7 online payment methods including a method that accepts Nigerian debit cards like Interswitch Verve and GTB Naira Mastercard.

Yomi Adegboye, founder and CEO of Alireta said concerning the sale of his company’s webhosting and domain services:

“Alireta and Web4Africa are two of the longest standing webhosts in West Africa. We also have a long history of partnership, and we are confident that both Alireta clients’ accounts and my own personal and business accounts are in the best hands possible on the continent. This transfer of Alireta’s web hosting and domain services to Web4Africa will see our clients enjoy even better world-class support and lower prices. In the meantime, Alireta Nigeria Limited will continue to provide the excellent web design services that we are known for at a new domain, www.anl.com.ng”

“But my primary focus from now will be in pursuing more exciting opportunities in the mobile and telecoms sector as a consultant, speaker, and as editor of Mobility Nigeria.”

Oluniyi Ajao, founder and Managing Director of Web4Africa Ltd said:

“We have solid plans for 2011 that when executed, would move us further up the ladder in the international domains and web hosting marketplace. This acquisition brings us closer to our plans.”

Web4Africa was founded in 2002 and this acquisition further consolidates its position as the web hosting giant in the West African sub-region. Web4Africa targets the global marketplace via www.web4africa.net and targets the Nigerian market via www.web4africa.com.ng

About Web4Africa
Founded in 2002, Web4Africa offers domain names, web design, web hosting and ecommerce solutions to clients worldwide.

Important information for former Nairahost customers

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Web4Africa acquires Nairahost

Web4Africa acquires Nairahost

We have since integrated former Nairahost customers into the Web4Africa billing system. This page addresses some frequently asked questions by former Nairahost customers:

1. How do I manage my domain name and web hosting accounts?
All services are to be managed through our Client Area located at https://www.web4africa.net/clients/clientarea.php You would need to login, to be able to manage your services.

2. I do not remember my username/password.
Your username is the email address you used in ordering for services with Nairahost. If you do not remember your Nairahost password, simply make use of the Password Reminder on the Client Area login page.

3. I no longer have access to the email address I used with Nairahost.
Contact us with some solid proof about your previous transactions with Nairahost and we would do our best to assist you.

4. I want to renew my old domain names and web hosting accounts.
Simply login to the Client Area and renew your domains or hosting accounts from there. Invoices are automatically generated for expired services. Do well to go through your invoices. If an invoice has been generated towards service renewal already, settle that invoice by choosing the payment method most convenient for you. Contact us if your service is not renewed automatically.

5. I have received renewal invoices but some items in the invoice are listed several times and so the total amount is wrong.
Contact us with the specific Invoice ID(s) and we would correct it for you.

6. I already paid Nairahost for renewal, sometime in 2010.
Send us some evidence of your payment. Any of the following would do:

  • Deposit slip number
  • A legible scanned deposit slip
  • Name of Depositor & Date of Deposit
  • Date of Deposit & Amount deposited

7. What nameservers should I use for my domains?
For Linux hosting, point your domains to ns1.web4africa.com & ns2.web4africa.com
For Windows hosting, point your domains to ns15.web4africa.com & ns16.web4africa.com

If you do not have any pending formalities and your web hosting is not working, be sure your domain name is point to the correct nameservers above.

8. Give me your bank account information, I need to urgently pay for account renewal!
Access our Client Area. Open your pending invoice and choose “Bank Payment” as your payment method. Our bank account details and other information would be revealed. Do well to follow all the instructions stated on the invoice.

9. Can I pay online?
In addition to bank deposit, we do accept online payment through numerous methods:

  • Interswitch Verve & GTB Naira Mastercards. Select “Interswitch (Nigeria)” as payment method on your invoice.
  • Credit/debit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard etc, so long the cards are in your name.
  • We also accept: PayPal, Moneybookers, Alertpay, Liberty Reserve and OKPay.

10. Would you still support the old Nairahost hosting plans?
We are maintainting the old Nairahost hosting plans temporarily. We would eventually migrate all active hosting accounts to Web4Africa’s web hosting plans.

Understand

  1. Previous policies from Nairahost to you are no longer valid. Example: Nairahost at some point announced a change of focus that implied they were no longer focusing on customers in Nigeria. This is no longer valid. We welcome customers from every part of the globe, including Nigeria.
  2. Our prices are much lower than what you knew with Nairahost. Visit www.web4africa.com.ng for pricing on our domain name and web hosting services.
  3. Your domains/hosting is safe with Web4Africa. Web4Africa has operated successfully since 2002 and is the leading market-player in West Africa.

Web4Africa now accepts InterSwitch Verve and Naira Mastercards from Nigeria

Interswitch Verve, Naira Mastercard

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.

Web4Africa now accepts Interswitch Verve cards, and Naira Mastercards from Nigeria.

Web4Africa now accepts Interswitch Verve cards, and Naira Mastercards from Nigeria.

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).

About Interswitch
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.

About Web4Africa
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.
www.web4africa.com.ng (Nigeria)

Nairahost customers: A new dawn for web hosting in Nigeria

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Dear Nairahost customer,

This is to inform you that Web4Africa Ltd., a leading web hosting company in West Africa, has acquired the operations of Nairahost.

You may read about the acquisition here: Web4Africa Ltd acquires Nairahost

Please bear with us as we quickly get a hold of Nairahost operation. This is just a courtesy notice and we would update you further in the next few hours.

Do well to follow Web4Africa on FacebookTwitter.

Change is here, for web hosting in Nigeria. Get ready for drastic improvements in pricing and service delivery.

Should you need support or have questions, simply write to support[at]nairahost.com and we would do our best to assist you in a timely manner.

Note that we are unable to access nor comment on past issues.

Regards,
Oluniyi D. Ajao,
Web4Africa Ltd.
www.nairahost.com
www.web4africa.com.ng

The home truth about patronizing local web hosting companies

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We are fully aware that many of you patronize local companies not because you don’t have foreign options but because you prefer to patronize your own people and keep the money in your local economy. That does not mean you should tolerate mediocre service delivery. Whatever your reasons for patronizing us are, we are resolved to offering you world-class web hosting, professional web design and affordable domain name services. You deserve only the best. With Web4Africa; the best, you would get.

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A testimonial from a happy web hosting customer

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Find below, an unsolicited testimonial from an excited Web4Africa customer in north Africa:

I don’t need help or something. I just need to express my happiness to everyone at Web4Africa. My kisses and love for you. I love this company and I will tell my all friends about this web host.

– Omar Ali from Libya, Africa.

Do you want to join the happy Web4Africa customers? Simply logon to www.web4africa.net and order your web hosting with us today.

Why you should renew your domain name early

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.

Latest website design: Web Trends Nigeria

Web Trends Nigeria

Web Trends Nigeria is a web trends tracking and analysis website with a focus on happenings around the world wide web as they relate to Nigeria.

They recently commissioned Web4Africa to set-up a new interface for their website. The new interface in addition to looking much better than the previous versions offered some new functionalities including:

  • The home page has now been restructured, clean interface for latest blog posts
  • Search is displayed prominently on the site
  • A twitter stream now appears on the header of every page
  • 3 tabs for popular posts, comments and Topics (Tags)
  • A sleek subscription form, for readers to receive blog posts via email
A snapshot of the new Web Trends Nigeria website

A snapshot of the new Web Trends Nigeria website

Web Trends Nigeria is a subsidiary of Unleashed Business Concepts (UBC) Group, a technology holding company based in Lagos Nigeria. Visit Web Trends Nigeria at www.webtrendsng.com

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