Domain name registration in South Africa
To register domain names in South Africa are simple and painless! Here are a few pointers to help you search for your domain name and to register it.
Search for a domain name
The Smart search will find all available domain names in all the important domain types (.tld's) as well as information on taken domain names - such as those that are registered by your competitors. Just enter your domain name or keywords.
The Zelwe domain studio enables you to manage all your domains from a single control panel - quickly set up home pages, redirects or edit DNS information - no matter where you choose to host.
Pick suitable domain names
Your domain name should match your company or product name, but if that is not possible or practical, consider to register domain names containing keywords you would like to attract visitors with:
Search engines "prefer" long domain names with hyphens between keywords, for example sell-cars-online-for-profit.co.za while people prefer short, memorable domain names like sellcarsonline.co.za ("co.za" if you are in South Africa)
General tips for picking a domain name
- At a minimum secure your business or product name as a domain name
- Try to include search phrases in your name - for ADDITIONAL domain names pointing to your primary (business) name
- Register short and long versions of your name if necessary
- Think about the "Yahoo" and "Google" domain names - be creative! :-)
- Use other languages..."Ubuntu" is a good example
- If you service a specific region, think about adding it to your domain name, for instance capetownwidgets.co.za
Make sure you can publish a home page immediately
Many service providers will register a domain name and point it to their own web site or some arbitrary under construction page, or even an advertisement for your ISP! You do not want this.
At a minimum you should publish your contact information (or at the very least your own "under-construction" page)...after all, if you go through the trouble of registering a domain name you might as well spend 10 minutes to make it work for you!
Be creative, use your page to:
- publish an online business card (your paper card can point here)
- A nice and clean page explaining who you are (your business)
- A graphic of your logo / office / map / product / yourself / work
- A brief introduction to your product, company or service
- Use up to 300 words to tell your potential customers why they need to contact you
What your domain name can do for you
Domain names are low-cost investments in "internet real-estate":
- Protect your online identity, your company name and your brand
- You can increase sales by marketing on the internet - either exclusively or to power-up your offline marketing efforts. (To help you do this, we give you a free 300+ page internet marketing course when you register your domain name).
- Establish an identity and permanent home page for your business on the internet - no matter how many times you change ISPs.
- Create a very cost effective "online business card" or "flyer" online advertisement.
- Pull more visitors to your existing web site (an additional domain name pointing to an existing site is a neat trick to get more visitors from search engines.)
- You have free hosting space provided by your ISP (or others - like Facebook) and would like a real domain name to point there.
- Provide a professional email address @your-own-domain-name
- Ask a web designer to build your web site when you are ready
For more info on see this non-technical article: How internet domain names work.
Make it work for you
Our clients are often surprised at the amount of visitors they receive at their brand new domain name home page. Some are pleasantly and others not.
The point is you won't really know how many of your existing and potential customers are looking for your site on the internet until you actually have something online.
Whether you are taking a brand new business or an established one online, you should use your web page to market your domain name right away - then keep a close eye on your visitor stats.
If you are receiving many more visitors that you expected, it might be time to consider a full-blown web site to capitalize on your newly discovered hot leads.
No point in looking a gift horse (visitor) in the mouth - if you get potential customers to your page, go to work to turn them into confirmed clients! :-)
Domain name registration with Cozahost
Many years of internet experience and working closely with our clients allowed us to build this domain names registration service:
Fast facts :
- Publish a web home page immediately
- Optional email
- Convert to full web hosting at your leisure
- Optional URL re-direction (if someone types in www.my-new-domain.co.za you can automatically send them to www.myOtherDomain.co.za)
- No binding contracts or hidden costs.
What you get:
Included with your domain name registration, you get:
- Formal registration of the domain - in your own name.
- Exclusive use of your domain name for a year, with the option to renew indefinitely.
- Easy to use online editor to update your home page as often as you like.
- Statistics on the number of visits your home page received.
- Re-direction to another web page of your choice.
- Search-engine ready.
- Ability to upload your company logo / graphic.