Need to know more about registering a domain?

What is a domain name?

A domain name is your address on the internet. A catchy domain name will help people find your website and remember your brand. A domain name is also a great way of branding your personalised email accounts (e.g.: [email protected]). Having a good, memorable domain will also help people find you on Google.

Why do I need a domain?

Registering a domain is the first step in establishing an online identity for you or your business. Having a good domain name allows you to create a customised website and have professional-looking email addresses.

What makes for a good domain name?

Keep your domain name as short and as memorable as possible. You should also avoid using hyphens. Try think of an acronym if you have a long business name and make sure you also register your full business name to protect your brand. Keeping things as simple as possible makes sure that people will remember you.

Someone's taken my preferred domain name! What do I do?

Sometimes we can't always get what we want. You'll be glad to know that there are now hundreds of domain extensions for you to choose from. New geographic domain extensions such as .joburg, .capetown and .durban are available for immediate registration. You can also search for an alternate such as a .com, .org etc. Our intelligent search will also suggest domain names to help make it easier for you to find one that works for you. So get searching

How long does it take to register my domain?

You'll be glad to know that we like to move fast at Webafrica – all domain names are registered instantly ensuring that you secure it immediately.

Should I choose a local domain (.co.za) or an international one (.com)?

This is really up to you. The rule of thumb is: the more domain names you have, the better your chances are of getting found and succeeding online. Having more than a single domain also helps stop competitors from registering domains that might benefit your brand when they belong to you instead. You can always choose your preferred domain, but make sure you register more than one.

Why is purchasing more than one domain so important for my brand?

The more domain names you have pointing to your website, the more likely people are to find you. We always recommend registering a geographic extension, such as .joburg, .capetown and .durban, to let customers know where you're located in addition to a generic extension, such as .co.za or .com. By registering these you're protecting your brand from anyone else who wants to register these.

Can I add web hosting later?

You bet! You can add web hosting at anytime you want by either ordering directly through our website or straight from your Customer Zone.

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