.BID is undoubtedly the TLD of choice for online auctions and market place sites online. An intuitive generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name makes .BID distinguishable from the broad auction-related content found across the Internet, and there are clear benefits to auctioneers, buyers and sellers .BID Top Level Domain (TLD) owners include a spectrum of online auctioneers running various types of auctions from English auctions to penny auctions, across a range of general markets and niche genres, and more traditional auction houses wishing to strengthen their online identity.
This domain extension acts as a magnet to all businesses interested in growing their business on an international level. As a short, clear, and globally understood term for commerce, it is a natural home for start-up businesses, high-growth industries and emergent international trade. By owning a .TRADE name, you are sending a clear message to prospective customers, suppliers, and resellers of the commercial nature of your website.
Personal online broadcasting (webcamming) is more popular now than it has ever been. The Internet allows anyone the opportunity to be a “star” in their own right. Whether you are looking for love online or late night entertainment; whether you are checking out potential vacation spots or the weather at your favourite skiing resort; if you want share your life online or show your latest movie creation. The answer is simple, add .WEBCAM to the end of your domain name and what else could be hosted there than your unique broadcasting talent.
You can register any of these domains with Web4Africa today. Web4Africa is Africa’s largest 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.
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.
Effective 1st May 2012, .uk domain names can now be registered or renewed for between 1 and 10 years.
Hitherto, .uk domains have been restricted to a 2-year registration or renewal period, at any given time. The new policy by the .uk registry would offer .uk domain registrants much more flexibility.
.uk is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the United Kingdom but registration of .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk domains is open to the world. According to Wikipedia:
As of March 2012, it is the fourth most popular top-level domain worldwide (after .com, .de and .net), with over 10 million registrations.
.ng is the domain name system for Nigeria and .org.ng is essentially a subset of .ng, targeted at not-for-profit organizations in Nigeria. The .org part of .org.ng is derived from the English word “organization”.
The following types of entities are usually more suited for .org.ng: cultural institutions; associations; religious and civic organizations; open source software movements; environmental initiatives; social/fraternal organizations; health organizations; free legal services; clubs and community volunteer groups. Obviously, it is most appropriate that the entity be Nigerian, and/or located in Nigeria.
The .org.ng is a semi-open domain name system. This implies that there are no strict limitations on who can register .org.ng domain names. Anyone can apply from any country of the world. Do note however that, the domain registration should not be intended at fraud, deception or misrepresentation. The .ng registry also forbids obscene words from being registered.
Some popular .org.ng domain names are listed below:
Should you want register your .org.ng domain name now, Web4Africa is your best choice. Web4Africa, a leading accredited .ng domain registrar offers .org.ng domain names and other types of .ng domain names at reasonable prices and offers every customer a control panel to manage all the aspects of the domain name. Your .org.ng domain name would be activated instantly if you paid online. Web4Africa accepts Nigerian ATM cards online, and also accepts payments through multiple international payment gateways.
.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.
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
Restrictions on the use of the following domain extensions are strictly enforced by the .ng registry.
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.
Choosing 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.
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.
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.
The .NG Registry as part of its Nigeria @ 50 independence celebration is offering 50,000 .ng domain names within 50 days. According to TelecomPaper:
The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), manager of the Nigerian web domain .ng, has released 50,000 free domain names for Nigerians as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the country. Registration of free domains will run until 21 March. The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will provide the funding for the project. The agency is committed to training a substantial number of Nigerian youths as web developers in readiness for an envisaged increased demand for the services of web developers with the registration of 50,000 .ng domains in the first quarter, and the target population of the .ng registry with 250,000 domains by the end of 2011. The project will be launched this month by NITDA, which will also sponsor the capacity building effort of NiRA and setting up a data centre and co-location facility to support the activation of the 250,000 domains. While the free domain name offer lasts, registrars will register domains at no cost to registrants for a period of one year. The offer of free domains is restricted to the following second level domains (SLDs): .com.ng, .org.ng, .name.ng, .mobi.ng, and .sch.ng. Recipients are expected to renew their domains at the usual fees at the expiration of the one-year period.
While the offer lasts, Web4Africa would register the .ng domains at no cost to Registrants for a period of one year. The offer of free domains is restricted to the following Second Level:
The following terms apply:
To register your free .ng domain names, head to www.web4africa.com.ng now. Use Promo code: NG@50 in the shopping cart for the free domain registration.
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.
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As part of our 7th year anniversary celebrations this September 2009, we are offering mouth-watering discounts on our web hosting and domain registration services though our prices are already very competitive. From now till 30th September 2009, you can save 5% on all domain registrations and 15% on all our web hosting packages.
The special offers are open to existing clients and new clients alike. Now is the time to save big.
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