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Social Media or a Website. What is best for your Business?

A domain name allows you connect a custom address to your social media presence.

Small business owners who are just starting out often times have to decide between a full-fledged website and a social media presence, in promoting their new business venture. The video below produced by Verisign illustrates why both choices do not have to be necessarily mutually exclusive.

In recent years, social media networks have become one of the most popular and effective means of promoting a business or a cause. Where applied correctly, it can bring very high returns-on-investment.

Who is Verisign?
Verisign is the domain registry that powers popular domain extensions like .com, .net, .tv, .name and new gTLDs like .ooo, .bank, .career etc.

About Web4Africa

Web4Africa is a Verisign partner through its ICANN Accreditation.
Web4Africa offers domain name registration, web hosting, website builders, SSL certificates and other web presence services to clients worldwide.

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.

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

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.

What amount of Web Hosting space is right for me?

Web4Africa Web Hosting
Web hosting

Choosing the right web hosting plan is critical to the survival of your online business

One question we often face from prospective web hosting customers after they have gone through our web hosting plans are similar to:

“so which web hosting plan is right for me?”

While there is no direct answer to this question, a few indicators can serve as a guide for you to choose the right web hosting plan.

Type of website
What type of website are you building? Are you building a static 15-page website or a dynamic website with unlimited number of pages?
If you are building a simple website, chances are that you would never need more than 100MB of disk space for your website. However, a dynamic website like a news website, discussion forum, e-commerce shop etc, often rely on a database system. These databases can quickly grow into hefty files, and this can affect the disk space your website needs to run smoothly.

Type of content
What are you publishing over the Internet? If you are publishing mostly text and a few photos in between, you might not need much disk space in the beginning. If you are running a constantly-updated blog however, note that your text as well as comments added by readers of that blog would soon add-up.

Are you publishing mostly images or videos? Then you are better-off starting with a sizeable disk-space. Images and video files tend to use-up a lot of disk space.

How much email do you need?
If your web hosting is for a medium-sized company or organization, chances are that you would need multiple email addresses ranging between 10 and 100. While the number of email addresses alone is not enough indicator, we live in a world where bandwidth (internet traffic) has become abundantly available. It is not unusual for people to send bulky files via email. A number of such email messages left on the server un-deleted can quickly increase your disk space consumption.

The good news is that Web4Africa offers a generous disk space even on the lowest web hosting plan we offer. If you are still not sure about how much disk space you would need, it doesn’t hurt to start with our lowest web hosting plan and then upgrade as the need arises.

Custom blog design: have your blog look exactly how you want it to

WordPress
Wordpress

WordPress is an open source CMS, often used as a blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plugin architecture and a templating system. Used by over 300 of the 10,000 biggest websites, WordPress is the most popular blog software in use today.

Perhaps you are already a blogger, OR you want to delve into the world of blogging. Perhaps you want to stand-out from the crowd and have a blog that is uniquely yours in looks and functionality?

Web4Africa is now offering custom blog design to clients worldwide. We have the necessary skill and experience to design your custom blog theme, making it look exactly as you want. We can also add virtually any functionality you would want. Since your blog theme would be built from scratch, we can embed the functionality right at the heart of the blog theme.

The blog themes (blog templates) we design are basically meant for WordPress-powered blogs only. Should you already have a blog on another service, we can migrate your blog to WordPress and host it on our web servers.

Contact us today, if you are ready for our custom blog design service.

How To Keep Your Web Hosting account secured

Computer / Network security

There has been a lot of malware attacks on hosting accounts recently and it is critical at this point for us to educate our web hosting clients and the general public.

It is very important to keep your installed scripts (like WordPress, Drupal, OS Commerce etc) updated regularly. From a recent post by WordPress’ development team:

How to Keep WordPress Secure

A stitch in time saves nine. I couldn’t sew my way out of a bag, but it’s true advice for bloggers as well — a little bit of work on an upgrade now saves a lot of work fixing something later.

Right now there is a worm making its way around old, unpatched versions of WordPress. This particular worm, like many before it, is clever: it registers a user, uses a security bug (fixed earlier in the year) to allow evaluated code to be executed through the permalink structure, makes itself an admin, then uses JavaScript to hide itself when you look at users page, attempts to clean up after itself, then goes quiet so you never notice while it inserts hidden spam and malware into your old posts.

The tactics are new, but the strategy is not. Where this particular worm messes up is in the “clean up” phase: it doesn’t hide itself well and the blogger notices that all his links are broken, which causes him to dig deeper and notice the extent of the damage. Where worms of old would do childish things like defacing your site, the new ones are silent and invisible, so you only notice them when they screw up (as this one did) or your site gets removed from Google for having spam and malware on it.

Computer network

Computer network

The same principle applies to some other open-source web programs. It is up to the web hosting account owner to take basic precautions and keep regularly update the password to the hosting account.

From stopbadware.org:

If you own or manage a website, you are responsible for that website’s security. Compromised websites can infect visitors with badware, and are commonly blacklisted by search engines, web browsers, and security vendors.

Many legitimate websites are the targets of malicious hacking attacks, during which code linking directly to badware is inserted onto an otherwise innocent, but poorly secured, website. Another common way that legitimate sites are compromised is through third-party content such as the ads provided by an advertising network, which can be used as vectors for the distribution of badware.

StopBadWare.org, offers a comprehensive report on how to secure your web hosting account and stay safe: http://stopbadware.org/home/security

StopBadware.org is a partnership among academic institutions, technology industry leaders, and volunteers, all of whom are committed to protecting Internet and computer users from the threats to privacy and security that are caused by bad software. We are a leading independent authority on trends in badware and its distribution, and a focal point for the development of collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware. We invite you to join our community, to help reduce the impact of badware and to regain control of our computers.

Special .IN & .CO.IN Domains Pricing for India

Web4Africa is offering a limited-time special pricing on both .IN and Third Level .IN Domains for only $6.99

India

India

  • The promo is applicable for the first year of registration only. Thus, a two year .IN Domain Name Registration will be billed as Promo Pricing + Regular Price for 1 year.
  • Renewals and Transfer-Ins will not attract the Promo pricing.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of Domains that can be registered within the Promo period.

Target an Indian audience with your .IN domain name and pay via Paypal, Alertpay, Moneybookers or Liberty Reserve.  Web4Africa accepts credit card payment as well. Residents of Ghana can pay in Ghana cedis and those in Nigeria can pay in Nigerian Naira.

About Web4Africa Limited
Established in 2002, Web4Africa offers affordable domain name registration, web hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated servers to clients worldwide.

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