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Finding your purpose can be a lifelong search. Fortunately, finding the perfect domain name is a much less daunting task. Deciding upon and registering your domain can take as little as a few minutes and a handful of steps to wrap up.

Start by conjuring a domain name for your brand’s identity and then check for availability on our WHOIS Lookup page. If available, simply click “Order Now” complete the registration process and make the purchase. After that, you'll receive your confirmation email. and the domain will begin propagation throughout the world.

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Frequently asked questions

If you still have unanswered questions, please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to assist.

Simply put, the definition of a domain name is your website's address on the internet. It refers to the URL people type into a web browser's address bar to access your website.

For example, the domain name of our website is hostafrica.co.za.

Domain hosting only allows you ownership of a domain name and nothing more, whereas website (web) hosting provides the server storage space needed to house your website and emails. However, you simply can’t have one without the other if you expect to use either of them.

Think of web hosting as providing the plot of land (web server space) for you to build a house (website) on it, and the domain as the address to your house (website). Once you buy both a domain name and storage space on a web server, you can build your website and assign it to your chosen domain. The domain enables your website to be published on the web for anyone on the internet to easily find and visit. You need both for your website to be visible on the web.

Top level domains (TLDs) refer to the code at the end of your domain name, for example .com, .co.za, .org. They are normally made up of letters only, and may never be solely numbers. TLDs are supposed to give web users and search engines an indication of what your website is about or where it is based. So this means Google does pay attention to how relevant certain TLDs are to users, so choose wisely.

A domain consists of labels, each subdivided by a dot. A subdomain is any label within a domain name that precedes another.

For example, in the domain shop.yourdomain.com, the shop portion of the url is the subdomain.

Domain parking is when someone registers a domain name without any form of hosting. A parked domain is unusable for the person, but also unavailable for everyone else. This can be a mistake that hosting beginners make, but can also be a tactic used by some to secure a domain name for future use or keep it out of the hands of competitors or fraudsters. Also, if the domain appreciates in value, the owner can sell it for a profit.

An email domain forms part of an email address, specifically the section after the ‘@’ symbol. This allows you to set up your email address with your company or personal name if you wish. An example of an email address would be stevo@pranks.co.za. The ‘pranks.co.za’ is the email domain.

Domains are snatched up quicker than you might think. More than 110,000 domains are registered every day. This means the number of domains that’re available dwindle with each passing day. So, if you’re planning to buy a domain, best to do it sooner rather than later.

To nail getting the perfect domain name, you’ll want to consider a few things:

  • Obviously make sure the name you choose is not trademarked
  • Make it something to remember. Something generic will just fall along the wayside and be forgotten
  • Be as clear as possible
  • Choose the right extension (TLD). You want it to be something that compliments your website, brand and SEO goals.

It really depends on what your goal and target audience is. If you’re targeting a global audience a country code TLD (ccTLD) can limit your reach because Google uses the ccTLD as a relevancy signal. If you want a global audience, then a .com is a better choice.

If you plan to focus your efforts locally then a ccTLD like co.za is great. A good strategy is to secure as many TLDs of your specific domain name as you can. This narrows the chances of it being abused by impersonators or used by competition in future.

There are billions of websites around today, so don’t be alarmed if the domain name you wanted is already taken. Simply choose a different domain extension. 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. If you really want a specific domain you can try a different spelling, a synonym, abbreviation, hyphen, or any other memorable marker. But it has to be easy to remember.

  1. Decide on your domain name and check for availability
  2. Choose a registrar then purchase your domain name
  3. Wait for the DNS to propagate so your domain is usable

You only need to register your domain once, although you will need to renew your domain name every year for a fee. Some registrars allow for a ten year registration period, which is convenient if you’re in it for the long haul. It’s usually one year though. This is to ensure the domain is being used, and the name isn’t being wasted. You can (and only need to) renew your domain name once a year.

It can take up to 48 hours for your website to become visible to all users on the internet. The DNS propagation process usually takes no longer than 24 hours, but sometimes delays can occur with some internet providers, pushing it beyond the 24-hour period.