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Introducing .CLUB Domains

50 Cent in the .CLUB

Web4Africa, an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar is now offering .club domain names.

.club domain name.CLUB is about more than providing established clubs with the best possible domain name.

.CLUB is the ultimate social domain name, making it easy for anyone and everyone to bring people together around common interests and passions – and own the perfect domain for their community.

50 Cent in the .CLUB

50 Cent in the .CLUB

.CLUB is already the most-registered among the newly introduced domain name extensions with about 65,000 registrations as of today 5th June 2014 since its launch in May.

Web4Africa is offering .club domains for only $15 per year.

Our .net domain story

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Web4Africa started operations in the year 2002, using the domain name web4africa.net – we registered web4africa.com about two years later but have stayed with the .net domain ever since. This is even more intriguing because in most African countries, .net only ranks 3rd in popularity among generic TLDs. This write-up celebrates our use of .net

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Our choice of .net in the very beginning was out of necessity: We believe in Africa and thus wanted to start a pan-African web presence service that is open to anyone in the world thus the name Web4Africa, a short/funky form of “Web For Africa”. web4africa.com domain was already taken by someone else but we believe in the name Web4Africa enough to settle for web4africa.net

To be clear, .net is every bit as good as a .com and in some context, even better than .com. According to Wikipedia:

The domain name net is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) used in the Domain Name System of the Internet. The name is derived from network, indicating its originally intended purpose was for organizations involved in networking technologies, such as Internet service providers and other infrastructure companies. However, restrictions were never enforced and the domain is now a general purpose name space. It is still popular with network operators, and is often treated as an alternative to com.

To celebrate .net’s 15 years anniversary, Verisign (the .net domain registry) in collaboration with Entrepreneur (USA) magazine, launched .Net100, a curated list of the top 100 .net domain names in the world.

.Net100 – a ranking that measures the top sites on the web with the .net domain extension. Entrepreneur and Verisign came together to assemble the ranking, which is based on quantitative factors and the feedback from Entrepreneur’s audience of sophisticated, successful business owners. Together, we then gathered traffic and social metrics for each site, as well as your votes to determine the rankings.

web4africa.net as listed in .net100

web4africa.net as listed in .net100

Web4Africa is proud that our main web address web4africa.net made it to the .net100 list. The .net100 list is representative of the best of the web – music sites, gaming communities, news and entertainment, and community tools for developers, programmers and businesses. We are especially proud to be in the same list as valued partners like php.net, cpanel.net, asp.net and do congratulate every .net website owners that made it to the .Net100 list.

To celebrate this milestone, Web4Africa as an accredited .net domain registrar is offering .net domain registrations, transfers, renewals for only $7 per year. The promo code for this offer is NET100 and can be redeemed on our website between 6th March and 6th May 2014.

 

15 Facts about .net domain names

.net is the 2nd most popular generic domain extension in the world, after .com

The domain name net is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) used in the Domain Name System of the Internet. The name is derived from network, indicating its originally intended purpose was for organizations involved in networking technologies, such as Internet service providers and other infrastructure companies. However, restrictions were never enforced and the domain is now a general purpose name space. It is still popular with network operators, and is often treated as an alternative to com.

As .net crosses the 15 million domain registrations globally, here are 15 facts about .net domain names:

15 facts about .net domains

What’s more? Web4Africa is accredited to register/transfer/manage .net domains and we have been proudly using .net for our main website, since 2002!

Web4Africa accredited for .FM Domain Names

Web4Africa is a .fm domain registrar

Web4Africa is a .fm domain registrar

Web4Africa, a leading domain registrar and web hosting company in West Africa, has gained accreditation to register and manage .fm domain names from the official .FM Domain Registry.

This enables Web4Africa to register .fm domains directly with the registry, and thus offer one of the lowest prices possible, easy .fm domain management from our customers’ control panel and additional services like DNS Management and Domain Forwarding.

.FM is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of the Federal States of Micronesia. .FM Domains are widely used by individuals and corporations worldwide related to the FM Radio Station Industry. Several individuals and social media websites also make use of .fm domains around the world. Notable examples include last.fm and ping.fm

Considering the .fm registry also markets .am domains, Web4Africa is also able to register .am domains directly. .am would be integrated into our website very soon.

Web4Africa already has accreditation for some other country domain extensions, including .ng (Nigeria), .co.za (South Africa), .uk (United Kingdom) etc.

Web4Africa gains .UK registrar accreditation

Web4Africa, today 20th March 2012, gained Nominet accreditation as a .UK Domain Registrar.

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While .uk is the country-code domain for the United Kingdom, Nominet is the body in charge of all .uk domains. The accreditation means that Web4Africa is a registered TAG holder and a Member of Nominet.

Having passed the technical and financial requirements, the accreditation empowers Web4Africa to offer .co.uk, .me.uk, .org.uk, net.uk, .ltd.uk and .plc.uk domains at more competitive prices.

.uk is the 2nd most popular country domain in the world after Germany’s .de and recently crossed the 10 million domain mark.

Web4Africa is also an accredited registrar for several other domain extensions.

Making sense of .org.ng domain names

.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”.

.org.ng domain names are targetted at not-for-profit Nigerian organizations

.org.ng domain names are targetted at not-for-profit Nigerian organizations

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:

  • jamb.org.ng – Joint Admissions Matriculations Board (JAMB) is a body that organizes a unified tertiary marticulation examination in Nigeria.
  • waeconline.org.ng – the domain name serves as the website address for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) e-Registration website.
  • otours.org.ng – Osun State Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism
  • kucped.org.ng – Kutashi Centre for Peace and Development, an NGO.

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.

Web4Africa Ltd. acquires Alireta.com hosting service

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Web4Africa Ltd., the leading web hosting company in West Africa, has acquired the web hosting & domain names services of Alireta Nigeria Limited with effect from 1st May 2011.

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Founded in March 2003 under the name DomainStandard.net, Alireta broke new grounds by offering domain registration and web hosting services to residents of Nigeria at prices much lower than what was obtainable within Nigeria at that time. The operation has constantly remained among the top ten Nigerian web hosts since inception  and was rebranded to Alireta in May 2008.

Web4Africa has acquired 559 active clients who owned 458 domain names, 295 shared hosting accounts and 19 reseller hosting accounts. With few overlaps considered, it is expected that the acquisition would boost Web4Africa’s portfolio to over 13,600 active clients, over 8,100 domain names, over 1,500 shared hosting accounts and 169 reseller hosting accounts.

The acquisition would expose Alireta customers to over 70 international domain extensions, at lower prices, more flexible web hosting plan choices like Windows/ASP.NET hosting as well as 7 online payment methods including a method that accepts Nigerian debit cards like Interswitch Verve and GTB Naira Mastercard.

Yomi Adegboye, founder and CEO of Alireta said concerning the sale of his company’s webhosting and domain services:

“Alireta and Web4Africa are two of the longest standing webhosts in West Africa. We also have a long history of partnership, and we are confident that both Alireta clients’ accounts and my own personal and business accounts are in the best hands possible on the continent. This transfer of Alireta’s web hosting and domain services to Web4Africa will see our clients enjoy even better world-class support and lower prices. In the meantime, Alireta Nigeria Limited will continue to provide the excellent web design services that we are known for at a new domain, www.anl.com.ng”

“But my primary focus from now will be in pursuing more exciting opportunities in the mobile and telecoms sector as a consultant, speaker, and as editor of Mobility Nigeria.”

Oluniyi Ajao, founder and Managing Director of Web4Africa Ltd said:

“We have solid plans for 2011 that when executed, would move us further up the ladder in the international domains and web hosting marketplace. This acquisition brings us closer to our plans.”

Web4Africa was founded in 2002 and this acquisition further consolidates its position as the web hosting giant in the West African sub-region. Web4Africa targets the global marketplace via www.web4africa.net and targets the Nigerian market via www.web4africa.com.ng

About Web4Africa
Founded in 2002, Web4Africa offers domain names, web design, web hosting and ecommerce solutions to clients worldwide.

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

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.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

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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

.ng domain name registration from only N1,730 ($10.83)

.ng domain name

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:Web4Africa offers affordable .ng domain name registration

  • .com.ng, .org.ng –  N2,000 or $12.50
  • .name.ng, .mobi.ng – N1,730 or $10.83
  • .edu.ng, .sch.ng, .net.ng, .mil.ng – N9,300 or $58.34
  • .gov.ng – N19,700 or $123.34

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.

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

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