Domains.co.za teams up with multiple charities on 947 Cycle Challenge

At domains.co.za, we have a soft spot for those in need, especially those  who cannot stand up for themselves. We have therefore sponsored a large number of our branded BPA free water bottles to The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID), DL Link, The Smile Foundation, Reach for a dream, the Hope Foundation (to name a few) to use as part of their Cycle Challenge goody bags. To date, domains.co.za have sponsored thousands of water bottles to over 65 charities to show our appreciation for the good work these guys are doing. We would like to share what these charities are about: SAID The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) is the single largest welfare vet care provider in SA. It has been assisting domestic animals since 1958 and currently treat around 100 [...]

Domains.co.za announces its 14 x Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge competition winners

In mid September domains.co.za  launched a Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge competition  in which we offered 10 branded tops and bib kits (each to the value of R2500) up for grabs to 10 lucky race entrants. Overwhelmed by the interest, we decided to choose 14 winners instead of just 10. After a random selection process, we are happy to announce our 14 winners:   Andre Liebenberg Nick Pluck Norman van der Merwe Garreth Keet Kyle Petersen Hilton Tarrant Ben de Klerk Adam Orpen Sherylee McBride Madondo Daniel Mahlaule Lisa O’ Neill Gideon Fourie Andrew Dixon Shaun Smith   Congratulations to each of you. Your prizes are ready and waiting to be delivered! We received hundreds of entries and sincerely appreciate [...]

How to protect yourself (and your business) from ransomware

Earlier this year, the insurance company Liberty Life’s IT infrastructure was hacked by ransomware . Ransomware is a malicious software that can either find its way into a system through a security vulnerability or by being installed by someone unknowingly. The latter is usually as a result of clicking on a suspicious pop-up, link or email attachment. Once installed, ransomware encrypts a company or individual’s data or blocks access to a website or system until a ransom is paid. Although Liberty Life applied immediate security protocols to alleviate as much of the damages as possible, some data was extracted. This is just one example of how cyber crimes have become a great concern, not only for businesses, but for its customers. Over the past several years, [...]

947 Cycle Challenge Cyclists: Win a Domains.co.za R2500 Cycling Kit

At Domains.co.za we are enthusiastic about leading a balanced lifestyle. Life is busy and stressful and it is important to blow off steam in a healthy way. When it comes to getting your sweat on, we are particularly passionate about cycling. The wind in your hair…that thrill after successfully completing a challenging race… The 947 Cycle Challenge is the beast of all cycle races and this year's race will be in “reverse”. Hill after hill in an unforgiving city setting for the 1st roughly 55 kms are tough to say the least. But this year there is some good news too: 1. The route is now in reverse, which means the usual climbs will now be downhill and vice versa. 2. Domains.co.za is giving away 10 Cycle Kits to the value of R2500 each to 10 [...]

Keywords in domain names: How important are they?

The right domain name can do a lot for your business behind the scenes, and should by no means be chosen lightly. While there are many that favour the branded domain name (i.e. your business name), others again believe a keyword domain name (i.e. what your business does) could be more effective in more ways than one. Is this still the case? To answer this, let’s take a step back and look at what the right domain name should do. The right domain name should: • Be memorable: A domain name that is easy to remember makes it easier for potential customers to recall and search it later. It is a cost-effective marketing tool that could help you get more traffic as a result. Just think about www.webuycars.co.za or www.wesellcars.co.za . They are are hard to [...]

Domains Website Builder vs. Professional Build: Which is best for an SMME?

Domains’ website builder, called Site Builder has multiple features and benefits for SMMEs. From as little as R85 per month, a Site Builder website can free up cashflow for other important expenses. But what is the best option for an SMME, our website builder solution or a professionally built website? As an SMME owner, you already know how important it is to have a website. It is like having a shopfront in the largest mall in the world – the internet. Unfortunately, like all things in business, getting from “I need a website” to “Ta-da!” requires making important decisions. Once you’ve settled on and bought your domain name , you still need to get the site built. There are basically two main options: A website [...]

Google Chrome 68 to mark all sites that aren’t https as “Not Secure” in July

In light of the rise in cyber hacking worldwide and the recent GDPR laws for the EU , many search engines have shown their commitment to website security and privacy by rolling out additional security features. At Google, one of these are the soon to launch Google Chrome 68, which will mark all sites that aren’t encrypted as “Not Secure”. It has therefore become essential for business websites to install an SSL Certificate as soon as possible in order to avoid it. In February, Chrome Security Product Manager, Emily Schechter wrote in a Google blog post : “For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand [...]

What is a domain name?

Back in the day, a business wasn’t a business if it wasn’t in the Yellow Pages. Nowadays, if a business isn’t on the internet it might as well be invisible. That is where domain names come in. Just like a telephone number, a domain name is unique to the business who owns it. This is the easiest and most direct way for users to find your business’ website on the web. Domain names were created to make it simpler to find a website. Before domain names, websites were accessed by typing in the IP (internet protocol) address of the host computer. But the internet is used by people, not computers, and we aren’t very good at remembering strings of numbers. And so domain names were born. The first ever domain name ever registered, symbolics.com, was [...]

Which SSL certificate is the right choice for your website?

SSL certificates are an important part of any company’s security protocol but with the various options available, choosing the right fit for your business’ website can be overwhelming. In some of our previous articles we’ve looked at why SSL certificates are so significant in this day and age and also at the advantages SSL certificates can unlock for small businesses . Now, let’s unpack this topic further by helping you choose the right option. Online security has come under massive scrutiny over the past few years. Companies across the globe are investing hundreds of millions of dollars on advancing cyber security in all aspects of their business. While government initiatives, such as the recently adopted General Data Protection Regulation , are [...]

Know your Netiquette

The internet has leveled the playing field for large and small businesses alike. In order to make this platform work in your favour, there are important rules to follow. Netiquette is a combination of the words “network” or “internet” and “etiquette”, and it basically means good internet manners. In general, netiquette follows the same rules as the “real world” like being polite and respecting others, but there are a few other rules that you need to follow. Don’t spam Subject: FW: FW: FW: FW: Funny cat falls from tree! If you’ve ever received one of these mails, you know what a pain spam can be. Spamming is when someone/or a company sends you (and a hundred others) a message that you haven’t subscribed to. [...]

What is WHOIS Privacy and why do domain owners need it?

In short, if you own a domain name, you can benefit from WHOIS Privacy. But let’s unpack this for a moment. The world of the internet unlocks many benefits for companies and individuals alike. With it you can work faster, more seamlessly and efficiently, and with a strong online presence it is possible to take your company as far as London and Japan. If you know how to use the internet effectively, the world is most definitely your oyster. In the process, however, you also expose yourself to the threats of the World Wide Web. Cyber security is something that every single one of us using the internet is vulnerable to. That is why companies are installing things like anti-virus software and SSL certificates on their website to protect their customers from any potential [...]

How does the GDPR affect domain registrars & resellers in South Africa?

How does the GDPR affect domain registrars & resellers in South Africa? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), also referred to as the EU Regulation 2016/679, is an internet data privacy regulation aimed at protecting personal data of individuals in the European Economic Area. All companies that supply a service to anyone that resides in the EU, needs to be GDPR-compliant by 25 May 2018. In essence GDPR addresses how companies are collecting, storing and protecting the data they obtain from people in the EU. It gives customers control over their data in the following ways: • Customers need to give companies consent to obtain data, and companies are required to disclose what the information will be used for. • Customers can request to be [...]

7 Reasons To Choose Domains.co.za

At Domains.co.za, we know running a business, big or small is hard work. Business owners therefore need simple, smart and secure web solutions to get their business online.   Here’s why you should choose us to do just that:   1. We give domains and hosting the mojo it deserves Domains and hosting is often seen as the less exciting part of the web world. This couldn’t be further from the truth because here, “It all starts with a domain name!”. A great domain name together with excellent hosting are two of the key building blocks to ensuring your business’ online success. We make domains and hosting trendy and über cool by giving it its mojo back! Every business needs a professional email address from which [...]

Advantages of SSL for your small business

In this day and age, cyber security is a major concern for any business, big or small. SSL certificates are one of the best ways in which a company can protect its website and its customers from cyber vulnerabilities.   What is a SSL Certificate and who needs them? A SSL Certificate is a Secure Socket Layer Certificate that encrypts data in real-time so that information is kept secure between a customer’s website browser and the business’ server.   It is a necessity for websites that gather personal data or online stores that process payments. Websites that are purely informative in nature, such as blogs or information-based business sites, don’t necessarily need it, but it could be advantageous.   Why? [...]

What the right domain name can do for you

Choosing the right domain name is just as important as choosing the name of your company. It is not just as simple as taking your company’s name and adding a.co.za extension to it.   Why not? Because you first need to know what the options are and what a domain name can do for you, before you can make an informed decision.   1. A domain name lets your company stand out Your website will form part of the billion plus websites out there. While Search Engine Optimisation, Google Adwords and other forms of online marketing will surely improve your awareness, a carefully chosen domain can make you more memorable, help build your brand and make it easy to find you online without having to spend extra.   [...]

Reasons To Start Your Own Business Reselling Hosting and Domains

Do you have some technical internet background and a whole lot of passion for the web? Do you want to start your own web business but lack quality products to sell? With domains.co.za’s reselling platforms, you can realise your entrepreneurial dreams as a hosting and domain reseller. Other benefits of starting your own business as a hosting and domains reseller include: 1. Make money : Whether you start your business on the side or decide to go into it full-time, reselling could earn you a generous income. It all depends, of course, on how effective you are at gaining leads and turning them into customers. 2. Do it your way: As the boss of your own small business, you can run your business exactly the way you want. You can set the goals and [...]

4 Good Reasons To Build Your Own Website using our Website Builder

A quick search on Google will deliver several highly talented website designers and developers ready to build you the perfect website. Unfortunately, many start-ups and small businesses don’t have the capital to pay for a professionally designed website but desperately need the exposure it could give. A website builder can offer cash-strapped start-ups the best of both worlds. A website builder is an easy website solution that offers various design templates and plugins that allow you to create a website yourself.   If you are considering building your own website, here are 4 good reasons to sign up today:   1. It is cheap: With a traditional website you have a once-off design and development fee and from thereon [...]

How to Kick Start Your Start-up in 2018

Resolutions are not only effective in a personal capacity but also on a business level. If you are starting a business in 2018 setting clear goals for the year ahead can be crucial to its success.    Here are 5 resolutions that can make all the difference:   Resolution #1: Get online. With 21-million people regularly browsing the internet in South Africa, your business needs to have a website with good, informative content. Your target audience will be browsing the internet at random hours of the day and night, and soon you will find that it will become your most valued sales agent.   How to get started: STEP 1: ”It all starts with a domain name!” We offer all the best domain names in the [...]

The Importance of HTTPS via SSL Certificates

You, as a website owner, need to be your client’s ‘online-bodyguard’, especially if you are asking them to submit personal information via your website. They could be accessing your unprotected website with WiFi in a public place and not realizing that someone is ‘eavesdropping’ and stealing their private information that was requested from either a signup form or even worse, a purchase. If you had a SSL Certificate it would create encrypted traffic and HTTPS is used to portray this. HTTPS means that the TLS (Transport Layer Security)* has been added to encrypt traffic travelling to and from your website. This encrypted traffic between your website’s server and your client’s browser (whether on a personal computer or mobile [...]