register your .net domain

.net is derived from 'Network' and is ideal for professional businesses that provide networking, email and internet technologies.

The first step to your online journey begins here.
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Domain name registration

what is the difference between a domain and web hosting?

Domains and web hosting are two different services that work together to keep your website up and running. You need both a domain name and a web hosting account to create a website or setup email addresses. This means that you can't build a website or host personalized email accounts on your domain(s) without either a domain or hosting.

To get started, register your domain name and add a hosting package. A domain is registered for a minimum period of 1 year and you will need to renew it each year before it expires. Once you have your domain and hosting account, you can upload your website, create personalized email accounts or install a CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress or Joomla.

popular domain extensions

our most popular top-level domains and their prices domain names

Uniquely South African, your personal email address and website will be trusted with the extension.

.com whois lookup and registration


Old school original, the beginning of the internet. Approximately 135 Million .com registrations exist. It's time to claim yours.

.net register it when there is no .com


Often seen as the next best domain name, we think it's the perfect domain to book for any online endeavour you may have.

.org organisation registrations


Organisations or non-profits: A .org domain name will give your operation the legitimacy it deserves.

domain features


Free DNS Hosting

Manage your domain's DNS without the need for a web hosting package attached to it.


Free WHOIS Privacy

Get free whois privacy protection on selected domains. See tld exclusions.


Nameserver Management

Point your domain name to any host or use custom nameservers with ease.

domain categories

Browse the various domain categories to find the perfect domain extension.

Add email addresses or web hosting

search, register and buy domains

whatever it is you do, there's a domain name out there to suit your needs.

Check domain availability with HOSTAFRICA. We make it easy to search for and register a domain name. We understand the challenges many are faced with when trying to register and transfer a domain name so well, that we are happy to resolve them for you.

We will run a domain check to search for availability of your requested URL. Once found available, we purchase your chosen domain on your behalf. Once you buy a domain with us, we automatically send your data to the responsible registrar. Then you will gain access to our Client Area, where you can maintain your domain data at all times.

HOSTAFRICA’s free domain registration means you don’t have to pay its regular domain price. We also offer advanced DNS controls, multi-year registration and free expert support.

As one of the few providers offering VPS services in South Africa, we remain a leader in the Hosting industry not only due to our competitively priced packages, but also our capacity to ensure the highest speeds for local access in South Africa. This takes all the hassle out of web domain registration and ensures that your website is functioning optimally at all times.

popular domain faqs

Here are some popular FAQs to help you with finding your domain.

A domain name is your website's address on the internet where people can access your website. A domain name refers to the URL people type in a web browser's address bar to access your site.

For example, the domain name of our website is

Generally, domain names are comprised of two main parts. The first part is your brand name which can have any combination of letters and numbers, like HostAfrica, whereas the second part is a domain extension like .com, .org, .net,, etc.

Each domain is a unique web address. This means that there can be only one in the world.

You only need to register once for your domain, although you will need to renew your domain name every year for a fee. This is to ensure the domain is being used, and the name isn’t being wasted. You can only renew your domain name once a year.

There are a limited number of domains available, and once a domain has been registered, no one else can use that domain name to identify their website. Once you have registered your domain name, you can change your website provider without worrying about having to change your website or email addresses.

The most popular domains on the internet include .com, .net and .org. However, there are millions of domains already registered on these, making it more difficult to secure the right one for you. It’s a popular practise around the world to use the Internet Country Code of the country you reside in as your domain, such as, as this helps people recognise the region you operate in.

However, there are hundreds of domains available based on what your website is about and many of these are cheaper than the alternatives with plenty of domains available to register. HOSTAFRICA offers hundreds of domains to choose from, and we encourage you to browse through them to find the perfect domain for you.

There are billions of websites around today, so don’t be alarmed if the domain name you wanted is already taken. The best method around this is to choose a different domain extension. Google will not penalise you in search results based on your extension, so your online performance will not suffer. You can benefit from a more specific and easier to remember domain for your business, website, or interest. For example, .lawyer can give a law firm credibility in their website name.