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.
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).
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.
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.
From now till 31st December 2010, Web4Africa a leading .ng domain name registrar, would be offering .ng domain name registrations for as low as N1,730/year or $10.83/year.
The following pricing structure applies:
To enjoy the prices, you would have to enter the Promo code: NG1210 on our website when ordering for your .ng domain names. While this pricing applies to new .ng domain registrations only, there is no limit on the number of .ng domain names that can be registered with this promo code.
Note that .ng registry terms and conditions apply. Example, registration of .edu.ng, .sch.ng, .net.ng, .mil.ng are restricted to the relevant institutions only and would require some documentation to be completed.
Remember, this promotional offer lasts till 31st December 2010.
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.
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.
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.
6th December 2010
Web4Africa Ltd (www.web4africa.net) today announces its 100% client acquisition of Nairahost, a company that provides domain name services and web hosting to Nigeria.
Established in 2004, Nairahost started with a vision to dominate the Nigerian web hosting industry through offering intelligent business solutions in an efficient manner. Nairahost rose rapidly to dominate the Nigerian web hosting industry. Nairahost before acquisition, was an accredited .ng domain registrar and also managed a portfolio of a few thousand domains.
The acquisition by Web4Africa not only enlarges Web4Africa’s market share, but also offers lower pricing and a larger choice of domain extensions to Nairahost customers as well as a world-class technical support for their web hosting services.
Web4Africa would manage Nairahost as an independent entity before fully merging the two operations in early 2011.
Oluniyi D. Ajao, Managing Director of Web4Africa Ltd., said, “this acquisition offers an improved service delivery to Nairahost customers. It would offer us a stronger foothold into the vibrant and dynamic market in Nigeria. The acquisition is noteworthy because no merger of operations on this scale has happened before, in the African web hosting industry.”
The acquisition boosts Web4Africa’s current client base of over 8,400 to about 11,500 after an expected overlap of clients has been considered. It also pushes Web4Africa’s domain portfolio to well over 8,000 and number of domains hosted to well over 4,000.
About Web4Africa Ltd.
Established in 2002, Web4Africa has grown to be a market leader in Africa, offering domain name services, web design and web hosting to clients worldwide.
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.
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.
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:
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
The Nigerian blogosphere is easily one of the most vibrant on the African continent. Though figures are hard to come by, a conservative estimate would put the number of Nigerian blogs at about 2,000. Following the thousands of blogs related to Nigerian would be a herculean task. Thus, there is a need to aggregate these voices and have an overview of the important blog headlines.
Though a few Nigerian blog aggregators have existed in the past, none of them have survived till date. This new aggregator would fill the gap and more offer even more interesting features:
Existing blogs related to Nigeria can be submitted for listing via the “Join Us” page on the aggregator.
The aggregator would be updated with new features where necessary, as time goes by.
Web4Africa is a leading web design & web hosting company in West Africa and is based in Accra, Ghana.
Buy domain names and web hosting just got easier for residents of Ghana. ATM card holders of selected banks can now order for their web services through www.web4africa.net and pay online immediately. Orders paid for online with Web4Africa are processed instantly, so long the ATM card is successfully authorized. Regular ATM cardholders of the following banks in Ghana are currently enabled to pay online:
The current situation of e-commerce in Ghana is less than exciting with only a few having access to Mastercard or Visa cards than can be used over the Internet. Many have had to drive through traffic to the bank to pay Web4Africa for their domain names & web hosting. Bank deposits are less than ideal for true e-commerce and come with a baggage of challenges:
Thus, accepting regular ATM cards payment online gives real-meaning to e-commerce for residents of Ghana. With Web4Africa being the leading web hosting company in Ghana, a lot of website owners would be positively impacted by this new development.
Note however that Web4Africa has always accepted payment online via several international means like credit/debit cards, PayPal, Liberty Reserve, e-gold (no longer supported), Alertpay, MoneyBookers, PerfectMoney for several years.
The new payment method implemented on www.web4africa.net is powered by eTranzact Ghana Limited.
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