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South African domains exceed 1 million

South African domains numbers as of 12 February 2015

ZACR, the official registry for most South African top-level domains, has reported that over 1 million domains are in their registry currently.

ZACR is responsible for the following South African domain extensions:

  • .co.za – generic South African domain extension used by most entities and by far the most popular
  • .org.za – intended for non-profit South African organizations
  • .capetown – the top-level domain for the City of Cape Town
  • .joburg – the top-level domain for the City of Johannesburg
  • .durban – the top-level domain for the City of Durban
  • .web.za – intended as an alternative to .co.za
  • .net.za – intended for network infrastructure in South Africa

The chart below shows the break-down on the extensions under their management:

South African domains numbers as of 12 February 2015

South African domains numbers as of 12 February 2015

The total number of domains under ZACR comes to 1,006,806 as of 9am 12th February 2015.

Other South African domains extensions not managed by ZACR include: .law.za, .ac.za, .edu.za, .gov.za

Web4Africa is a ZACR Accredited Domain Registrar and offers .co.za, .org.za, .capetown, .joburg, .durban, .web.za, .net.za domains.

.joburg, .capetown & .durban domain registrations soon

South Africa city top-level domains

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

South Africa city top-level domains

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.

Understanding the new .co.za domain name system

.za is the domain name system for South Africa. It is split into different categories, with each intended for different uses.

.co.za – intended for commercial enterprises and general use, this is by far the most popular of all .za domains and is registered by individuals, businesses, organisations and government institutions alike. It is virtually the de facto .za domain considering .co.za domains make-up for well over 90% of all .za domain names. .co.za domains are open to registration by anyone around the world, while the others listed below are mostly restricted to the relevant entities in South Africa:

  • .ac.za – academic and tertiary societies
  • .city.za – for municipal governments
  • .edu.za – for distance learning institutions
  • .gov.za – government departments
  • .law.za – for legal firms
  • .mil.za – military institutions
  • .nom.za – for personal names, not organizations
  • .org.za – for non-commercial entities
  • .school.za – for schools in South Africa. Other regional sub-domains exist other this category, e.g. gp.school.za for schools in the Gauteng province.

Before 2012, registering .co.za domains was by interacting directly with the .co.za domain registry using an old-fashion email-driven system. Although it was largely automated, it wasn’t without serious weaknesses. With most domain registries around the world migrated to a more sophisticated system called EPP, the .co.za eventually evolved into a more modern registry by coding it’s own EPP-based registry. The registry also switch to a registry-registrar model, with the intention of eventually phasing-out the old registry/registrant model.

The .co.za registry has since accredited over 100 registrars who would interface between the registry and registrants by selling .co.za domains and related services and offering technical support to end users. Web4Africa, accredited in March 2012, was one of the very earliest .co.za accredited registrars.

The new registry platform offers much more functionalities for all involved: the registry, registrars and registrants. These improvements include:

  • .co.za domains are now registered instantly
  • the overall management of .co.za domains is no longer exclusive to geeks as the old email system was since registrants can now easily manage all aspects of their .co.za domain name via the user-friendly control panel of their domain registrar
  • the WHOIS record (public contact details) for .co.za domains are now simpler and easy to understand
  • domain transfers between registrars are instant, all things being equal

Web4Africa offers .co.za domains to clients worldwide at one of the lowest prices and includes a simple control panel for easy management. A free .co.za domain can be bundled with all annual web hosting plans offered by Web4Africa.

Registered .co.za domain names

Registered .co.za domain names. Source: .co.za registry

The .co.za domain system is by far the largest in Africa, with well 842,199 .co.za domains registered as of 5:51am GMT on 20th August 2012, with about 10% of them already on the new .co.za EPP platform.

Web4Africa gains CO.ZA Domain accreditation

Web4Africa, a leading domain registrar and web hosting company operating from West Africa gained full CO.ZA accreditation earlier this week. The domain accreditation makes Web4Africa one of the few domain registrars to have gained the status so far.

.za is the country code top-level domain name for South Africa. .co.za, a subset of .za is very popular in South Africa but open to anyone in the world.

Having scaled the technical and financial requirements for gaining this status, Web4Africa is poised to offer the best value to its existing customers and potential customers, under the new domain system that has been implemented by the CO.ZA registry.

Web4Africa gains COZA accreditation

Web4Africa gains COZA accreditation

Web4Africa would be offering direct domain management to its .co.za domain customers shortly. Customers would be able to manage domain nameservers, contact details from our control panel directly. Hitherto, we had to handle these manually on behalf of customers.

The new, modern, world-class CO.ZA registry places the .co.za domain system at a high standard like several popular country code domain systems in the world.

Free Website Builder with all web hosting plans

Web4Africa Website Builder

Web4Africa has recently extended a free website builder software to all its web hosting servers. All web hosting customers (shared hosting or reseller hosting on windows or linux platforms) can now avail themselves to the powerful software that allows compelling website to be built, with relative ease by the web hosting customers.

Web4Africa offers free SiteBuilder to all web hosting customers

Web4Africa offers free SiteBuilder to all web hosting customers. Build websites with ease.

The free website builder comes with hundreds of templates (including flash templates) that can be easily customized to fit the needs of our web hosting customers. Also available are hundreds of images which can be used in the website building.

On Linux servers, web hosting customers can set-up visually-appealing blogs through the same system.

The free website builder is easy-to-use and comes bundled with the web hosting control panel.

Web4Africa offers reliable web hosting services to clients worldwide and is committed to delivering value for money.

Buy domain with PerfectMoney



PerfectMoney account holders can now conveniently buy web services like domain name registration/transfer, web hosting, website design/development and other related e-commerce solutions from Web4Africa.

Web4Africa – a leading web hosting in the e-currency world – now fully accepts PerfectMoney as an acceptable means of payment for all the web services offered. Payment is fully automated via the world-class cart available at www.web4africa.net

About Web4Africa
Established in 2002, Web4Africa has been offering quality web services including domain names and web hosting to clients worldwide at affordable prices. Web4Africa is a member of the Global Digital Currency Association (GDCA), a trade association of online currency operators, exchangers, merchants and users.

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About PerfectMoney
Basis for the development of Perfect Money was the experience of a group of company founders consisting of experts in banking area, certified lawyers, economists and team of programmers competent in e-finance industry at the basic dynamics level. Having analyzed the way passed by the humanity beginning from the first coined money to today’s financial corporations in Internet, Perfect Money went further – we offered the world an ideal payment tool applicable in any place of our planet by any user.

Premium .me domains for sale

The following premium .me domain names, perfect for blogs, resumes, and personal pages, are for sale:

  1. dstv.me – can be used for websites related to Digital Satellite TeleVision
  2. usa2.me – can be used for websites offering services from USA to the world
  3. kellyrowland.me – ideal for Kelly Rowland fan websites
  4. alertpay.me – ideal for blogs related to alertpay, a payment processor that is an alternative to paypal.

To order, contact us now! Web4Africa will accept payment made via Paypal, Alertpay, Moneybookers or Credit/Debit cards for this sale.

Founded in 2002, Web4Africa offers affordable web services at affordable rates to clients worldwide.

Announcing Web4Africa South Africa

South Africa

Web4Africa proudly announces the launch of Web4Africa South Africa at www.web4africa.co.za
This website is available to residents of South Africa only and contains domain name registration and web hosting offerings priced in South African Rands.

South Africa

Web4Africa SA offers world-class web services at the lowest prices in South Africa. .com domain name registration are offered at only R59.50

Aside domain names and web hosting, e-commerce solutions and reseller web hosting offerings are also available.

Clients can pay via major credit and debit cards as well as Paypal and Moneybookers.

Web4Africa [www.web4africa.net] has been offering affordable web services to clients worldwide since 2002.

Announcing Web4Africa Nigeria

This is to announce Web4Africa Nigeria at the URL www.web4africa.com.ng This website is essentially a subset of our International website www.web4africa.net and is targetted at the Nigerian market.


Web4Africa Nigeria will be offering world-class web hosting and fast domain name registration at very affordable prices, for residents of Nigeria. Web hosting has never been easier and cheaper, in Nigeria.

Prices on the website are displayed in Naira – Nigeria’s national currency. Billing is currently done securedly via web4africa.net We will soon install a separate billing platform for Nigeria.

Web4Africa Nigeria is also offering .ng domain registrations for web hosting clients and will soon also include reseller web hosting packages.

Web4Africa is one of the leading web hosting providers, in the entire West African sub-region and has been in business since 2002, offering professional web solutions at affordable rates.

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