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.biz domain name

Perhaps you want a domain name for your business website or email and the .com of your brand name or company name is already taken? Why bother adding funny characters to your company name just so you can find an available .com domain name when you can go an alternate and simple .biz domain name?

Introduced in 2001, .biz is intended for the use of businesses in every part of the world so long the domain name is for a bona fide business or commercial use.

From now till 1st August 2011, Web4Africa is offering new .biz domain name registrations for only $9/year. That is a massive 25% saving on our regular pricing. The special promo applies to new registrations only and does not include renewals nor transfer-ins. To enjoy the special discount, simply make use of the Promotional Code: BIZ2011

Simply head to www.web4africa.net and start from the Domain Name Search form to order for your .biz domain name today.

Which .ng domain extension should you choose for your Nigerian website?

.ng domain name

.ng is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Nigeria. .ng domains come in different flavours and its best to choose the domain extension that reflects your type of organization. Nigerian domain extensions can be classified into two: open and restricted..ng domain name

Open .ng domain extensions: These are those open to registration by virtually any individual or institution from any part of the world. They are: .com.ng, .biz.ng, .org.ng, .name.ng and .mobi.ng

Restricted .ng domain extensions: These are intended for specific types of organizations/institutions in Nigeria. They are: .net.ng, .gov.ng, .edu.ng, .sch.ng, .mil.ng

  • .com.ng, .biz.ng – commercial entities. All types of businesses are welcome to make use of these domain extensions. They are open to any business/individual around the world.
  • .org.ng – organizations. This domain extension is intended for Nigerian non-for-profit organizations. There are no restrictions on the use of this domain extension.
  • .name.ng – individuals. This domain extension is intended for the use of natural persons. It is best suited for personal or family websites or email addresses.
  • .mobi.ng – mobile websites. This domain extension is intended for the use of websites targetted at mobile devices. The .mobi.ng website should be mobile-friendly; display easily/properly on smartphone and other mobile internet devices.

Restrictions on the use of the following domain extensions are strictly enforced by the .ng registry.

  • .net.ng – network infrastructure. This domain extension is intended for Internet Service Providers and their network infrastructure only.
  • .gov.ng – Nigerian governments. This domain extension is strictly reserved for the use of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its parastatals, the 36 state governments in Nigeria and their institutions.
  • .edu.ng – degree awarding academic institutions. This domain extension is strictly for the use of degree-awarding Nigerian academic institutions that have been duely accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria.
  • .sch.ng – academic institutions. All other types of Nigerian academic institutions that do not qualify for .edu.ng are welcome to make use of this domain extension.
  • .mil.ng – this domain extension is strictly for the Nigerian military institutions only, and not open to the general public.

To register your .ng domain name, simply head to www.web4africa.com.ng

How to choose your dot ng (Nigerian) domain name

.ng domain name

The on-going free .ng domain name registration promotion has afforded us the opportunity to take over a thousand .ng domain registrations from the general public so far. From the registered domain names, we have found it necessary to educate .ng domain patrons and prospective customers on how to choose a .ng domain name.

The following suggestions are not rules but only intended to make your internet marketing more effective.

Keep your domain name short and simple

.ng domain nameChoosing a domain name is like choosing a brand name for your business or product. The name should be simple and easy to remember. It must be especially easy to pronounce over the phone or radio. Considering .ng domains are still relatively few, several choice words are still available to register as domain names; especially words that best reflect your business.

You can register a simple English word that best describes your business. Compound words or adjectives would only bring unnecessary complication. Keep it simple and memorable.

Avoid the word “Nigeria” where it is possible

The essence of the .ng domain name system is top identify websites related to Nigeria. The mere fact that your business/organization website ends with a .com.ng or .org.ng in itself potrays your website as that of a Nigerian commercial entity or non-profit organization.

In essence, adding the word “nigeria” before or after your name when registering a .ng domain name can only make things unnecessarily complicated. Again, short is better.

Avoid hyphens

Although the .ng registry accepts domain names that contain hyphens, its best to avoid those. The key principle is to keep your .ng domain names as simple as possible.

Questions and suggestions are welcomed in the comments area below.

To register your .ng domain name, simply head to www.web4africa.com.ng

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

Ghana: Buy Web Hosting, Domain Names & pay online with your ATM card

Bank ATM card

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:

A blank ATM card

Pay online for web services with Web4Africa

  • Amalgamated Bank
  • Intercontinental Bank
  • United Bank for Africa (UBA)

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:

  • time wasted in traffic could be applied into more meaningful endeavours
  • payment cannot be made on national holidays or weekends (some bank branches open for a limited period on Saturdays)
  • some banking halls can be very busy with spiralling queues of customers, resulting in a further waste of precious time

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.

eCommerce: Website Development and Data management

eTranzact Ghana

Oluniyi D. Ajao of  Web4Africa would be speaking on 28th May 2010 at Etranzact’s Business Incubator programme on “eCommerce: Website Development & Data management”.



Theme/Topic : The Business of eCommerce
Date : 28th May 2010 (10:00am – 3:00pm)
Venue : Busy Internet

Introduction to the programme

The eTranzact Business Incubation Program was developed as an avenue to encourage small to medium enterprises to adapt the use of technology to expand their business operations and/or create additional revenue streams for themselves.

This quarter, the Business Incubation Program will focus on ecommerce and the advantages of an online presence and how these can be used by individuals and SME’s in Ghana to build
sustainable businesses.

This topic was picked based on the identified need for information and knowledge we have encountered in our industry. eTranzact is an electronic payment solutions platform that provides individuals, businesses and financial institutions with means to pay and/or receive money using their mobile phones, the internet, POS terminals, and at bank outlets. We provide the technological interface that automates all payment processes, and facilitates the movement of funds electronically from the payer to the payee.

We have already signed on a number of entrepreneurs onto the eTranzact platform who use our API to receive payments on their websites from customers. However, there is a noticeable lack of knowledge on the proper management, development and marketing of an ecommerce website and also the financial know-how to sustain such an enterprise. This incubation program aims to considerably reduce this knowledge gap, and to further spread the use of ecommerce in Ghana.

Other speakers/panelists & partner organizations:

  • Kofi Dadzie – MD, Rancard Solutions
  • Nelson Da Seglah – Group ISM, UT Financial Services
  • George Babafemi – eTranzact Ghana Limited
  • JE Allotey-Pappoe – Business Ghana
  • Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology
  • Busy Internet
  • Citi Fm

*Kindly pre-register by calling 030-2671694 or 054-4330001

Web4Africa Ltd supports BarCamp Ghana 2009

BarCamp Ghana

Web4Africa Ltd. is proud to be associated with BarCamp Ghana 2009, by being an official sponsor of the up-coming event. Stimulating discussions that can equip the young, in no small measure helps in shaping a good future for Africa. It is in this regard that we are part of BarCamp Ghana. Find the full release from the organizers, below:

On December 22, 2008, over a hundred young Ghanaians met in Accra for BarCamp Ghana ’08 to exchange ideas on entrepreneurship, innovation and development for a rising Ghana. This summer, the conversations moved to Washington, DC on July 25, 2009 where BarCamp Diaspora ’09 brought together the African Diaspora to exchange ideas on doing business in Africa.

BarCamp Ghana 2009

BarCamp Ghana 2009

This December 21st in Accra, the BarCamp Ghana team, made up of passionate young Ghanaians, presents BarCamp Ghana ’09, under the theme “Leadership for our times – cultivating change makers”. The event will take place on December 21, 2009 from 8am – 6pm at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) campus at 20 Aluguntuguntu Street in East Legon, Accra.

A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering where attendees meet for discussions, demos and networking. Unlike a typical conference, at a BarCamp everyone is both a speaker and a participant. The content is provided by all attendees based on their interests, unified under the theme. This year, the focus is youth in leadership and how the youth can create and make change in various ways in various disciplines for the betterment of Ghana. The event would highlight different success stories involving change-making youth. Change makers and youth leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.

BarCamp Ghana ’09 is a FREE event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent, and resources to benefit Africa. BarCamp Diaspora gave birth to a Ghana-focused healthcare NGO, REACH-Ghana, which will be presenting its story since its inception in July. BarCamps all over the world have brought together individuals and organizations to collaborate on various projects and businesses.

Panelists and speakers will include Patrick Awuah of Ashesi University, Estelle Sowah of Google Ghana, George Minta of Empretec, Hajo Bilthemer of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), amongst others. There will be sessions organized by Google representatives and as well as other breakout sessions on various topics and interests as put forth by the attendees. If you are creating or making change in your own small way in your community, consider sending the team a note about your project or business to info at barcampghana dot org. Some of these stories will be mentioned at the BarCamp and all the information will be on the BarCamp Ghana website.

Register/RSVP today at the BarCamp Ghana website. Help spread the word about BarCamp Ghana ’09 by grabbing badges and support by donating to help cover costs. You may also contact the BarCamp Ghana team through its website for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Ghana 2009 is sponsored by the GhanaThink Foundation, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Ushahidi, Web4Africa, etc. Our media partner is CITI 97.3 FM.

See you there!

About Web4Africa Limited
Web4Africa offers domain name registration, web design, web hosting and related services at affordable rates, to clients worldwide. Web4Africa is based in Accra and is the leading web hosting company in Ghana. Visit www.web4africa.net

Job Openings: Sale and Support Operators



Web4Africa Limited is a dynamic company and the market-leader in the field of web hosting, in Ghana. We are expanding and looking for intelligent, hard-working and highly-motivated individuals to join our company. All current job openings are on a permanent basis, and are for our new office in Accra, Ghana.

Visit our Job Openings page for full details about the existing openings.

Closing date: 14th November 2008

Buy Domain Names & Web Hosting in Nigeria. Pay with an InterSwitch Debit/ATM card

Bank ATM card

Residents of Nigeria may now use any InterSwitch card (CashCard or bank issued ATM card) to transfer payment to Web4Africa for any service they have ordered from Web4Africa including but not limited to: reseller web hosting, domain name registration, web hosting, SSL certificates.

Naira notes

Naira notes

The official announcement, targetted at existing customers, is available here.

About Web4Africa
Web4Africa is a leading web hosting and domain name registration service provider in West Africa and has been offering affordable web and e-commerce solutions since 2002.

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.

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