Few things symbolize the awesome potential of Africa more than light powered by her biggest asset. A blue sky bathed in unsurpassed golden rays says ‘Africa’ like nothing else.
It is for this reason that we’ve selected energy produced by sunlight to announce the much-anticipated launch of the dot Africa (.Africa) gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) by the ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR).
Africa’s energy can now never be extinguished. Websites bearing the .Africa name and the continent’s spirit will soon illuminate the web, thanks to the efforts of Africans and international community.
Join us as we connect the dots to make .Africa a fully fledged, functioning and coveted reality.
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.
.CD Domain Name Registration is now available from Web4Africa, a leading domain registrar in Africa. Web4Africa recently became accredited for .CD, but the CDNIC domain registry.
.cd is the country-code top-level domain name system for the Democratic Republic of Congo and is originally intended for use by entities in that country. .cd is however available for registration to anyone worldwide.
.cd due to its similarity with CD (abbreviation for Compact Disc), is popularly used for music-related websites, social networks and entertainment websites generally.
Web4Africa is able to offer .cd domain registrations at a price of $50/year, the lowest price on the Internet. No special promotional code is required to take advantage of the pricing offer.
With South Africa being the most developed country in Africa, it is not much of a surprise that 3 cities in South Africa are joining world-class cities like London (.london), New York (.nyc), Tokyo (.tokyo), Bayern (.bayern) etc, to own their own city top-level domains (TLDs). Much credence has to be given to Africa’s largest domain registry, ZACR, for their forward-thinking and hard-work.
With almost 1 million domains registered under 2nd-level .za (.co.za, .org.za, .net.za etc), choices are a bit limited for new businesses who intend to have a web presence. Thus, city-level domain extensions like .joburg, .capetown, .durban have a gap to fill. More so, not every website in South Africa targets the entire country. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses in South Africa only need to target their respective cities.
Example: a small plumber targeting residents of Randburg would find a .joburg domain name most appropriate.
In essence, new website owners don’t necessarily need to come-up with compounded words just so they can find an available domain name under .co.za
City-level domains would also serve as an easy means of identifying the target audience of a website. While that could have mixed results in itself, a multi-national can still identify itself with a specific city-domain name, for a specific event or promotion.
I was attending ICANN 47 conference hosted in Durban, in July 2014. A cab driver I had been using for a few days asked about what conference I was attending. I explained the conference was related to domains and he remarked to my amusement and astonishment:
“…No more .co.za, .durban, straight!”
Ah. A cab driver in the city of Durban already knew of .durban and had already proudly taken ownership of the .durban TLD. It made me wonder how many more indigenes and residents of Durban had the same attitude.
.joburg, .capetown and .durban domains would be available from Web4Africa from 1st November 2014.
Web4Africa is an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar.
As a domain name owner you may want to acquire your name or company name on the newly available .africa.com domain just like large global brands including twitter.africa.com, starbucks.africa.com, marksandspencer.africa.com, emirates.africa.com, standardbank.africa.com and hundreds more. Many small companies in Africa are also choosing a .africa.com domain to get access to African and global markets as well.
.africa.com is the premier virtual real estate for Africa. It combines the power of the entire continent of 1 billion people with the ubiquitous “.com”. When you buy a .africa.com domain, you get the market presence of all 54 countries for just one price.
Securing an .africa.com domain is totally unrestricted, so anyone from anywhere in the world wishing to connect with the huge African market qualifies as a registrant. Register your .africa.com domain today and benefit from being associated with the most powerful and memorable domain in the continent.
Web4Africa is offering .africa.com domains for only $15 between now and 30th November 2013. Renewal pricing remains $30.
Web4Africa is not only in Africa, Africa is in us as well and this is why we are so excited about the up-coming .africa domain name system.
You might wonder, what is .africa and how can I use it? The video below from ZACR explains this and more in a very easy-to-understand manner. Should you have any further question(s), feel free to ask in the comments section.
Main Purpose of .africa
A .africa domain name would be the perfect way to target the African continent for a website that has a pan-African audience or market.
Although all 54 African countries already have their respective Country-Code Top-Level Domains (cc-TLDs), .africa is still relevant and does not necessarily compete with the existing African ccTLDs, but instead complements them. Examples of popular African ccTLDs are: .ng (Nigeria), .za (South Africa), .eg (Egypt), .ke (Kenya) etc.
Market Potential of Africa
With a population of over 1 billion people, and a landmass of about 30.2 million square kilometres, Africa is the world’s 2nd most populous continent, and the 2nd most largest continent.
Two African organizations are currently vying for control over the .africa domain system. The winner would operate a new registry that would manage the technical and commerial operations of .africa.
Web4Africa being a leading domain registrar on the African continent has already taken a front seat at the observation deck of the on-going ICANN new gTLD review, with the mind of being one of the earliest registrars to offer the new .africa domain.
In the mean time, you may check our blog again in future for updates.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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