Domains.co.za partners with the world’s 3rd largest TLD: .Org

Domains.co.za has recently partnered with domain name giant, .org, to bring our customers this trusted, popular, recognisable and inspiring domain name extension for less. Either get it FREE when signing up for any of our Shared Hosting , newly launched  Premium WordPress Hosting or Site Builder plans, or shop it for the discounted price of R190. Both of these offers are valid until 5 November 2019 and ideal for any business or project, group or association with the public interest in mind. Did you know that .org is the third-largest To-Level Domain (TLD) in the world with over 10-million domains registered? While the domain was initially thought to be suitable for non-profit organisations only, this is no longer the case. The list of .org domain name owners includes [...]

Introducing Unmatched, Warp-Speed Premium WordPress Hosting

Domains.co.za is proud to launch our latest, industry-leading and innovative hosting solution: Premium WordPress Hosting . After multiple months of development, we can now offer customers an unmatched, optimised hosting solution tailored specifically for WordPress customers in South Africa. The 2nd Generation Intel Scalable 24-core CPU, redundant 10 GBit network interface and 8 x Samsung enterprise SSD in RAID 10 server hardware ensures “warp speed” WordPress hosting. “We have designed WordPress hosting packages that deliver on both performance and convenience, boasting server hardware that has been specifically configured for WordPress websites,” says Wayne Diamond, Domains.co.za CEO. “We have even gone as far as hosting client emails on [...]

Competition: Win a Domains.co.za Kit for the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg

On Sunday 17 November thousands will flock to partake in the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg competition. While this challenge might go by a new name this year it is still the same gruelling and addictive “Cycle Challenge” we’ve come to love. This year the route will once again be in reverse, as it proved to be quite popular last year.  NEW: Discovery joins the challenge as part of their commitment to getting 100-million people 20% more active by 2025. Plus, there is also an option to do a shorter ride (40Km). As a domains and hosting provider with a dedicated support team, a lot of what we do takes place at desks. That’s why we’ve introduced innovative and informal brainstorming and meeting hubs at the office where we get to stand and move [...]

Cyber security risks and your business

We live in an age that is entirely dominated by digital. A company’s ability to adapt to key digital advancements will directly affect how successful and agile it will be over the years to come. The digital space is vibrant, exciting and brimming with potential for businesses to automate and streamline processes. There is unfortunately a dark side to this too. Without critical data security measures in place, this new exciting field could open companies up to cyber security risks.  The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Report of 2019 ranked “massive data fraud and theft” fourth and “cyber attacks” fifth. In 2018 personal data breaches via the MyFitnessPall encountered 150-million personal data breaches and Facebook 50-million. [...]

Tech trends for 2020

On Sunday 17 November thousands will flock to partake in the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg competition. While this challenge might go by a new name this year it is still the same gruelling and addictive “Cycle Challenge” we’ve come to love. This year the route will once again be in reverse, as it proved to be quite popular last year.  NEW: Discovery joins the challenge as part of their commitment to getting 100-million people 20% more active by 2025. Plus, there is also an option to do a shorter ride (40Km). As a domains and hosting provider with a dedicated support team, a lot of what we do takes place at desks. That’s why we’ve introduced innovative and informal brainstorming and meeting hubs at the office where we get to stand and [...]

A Site Builder Website For Your Start-Up

Starting a new business is time intensive, and depending on the type of business, costly as well. Something every (new or established) business needs is customers. And the way to gaining customers is marketing. How and where you market will be largely dependent on the type of business you run and where your target audience spends their time. But one thing is certain, irrespective of where potential leads hears about you, they will all look for you online. What Site Builder can do for your start-up: The cost-effective way to get your business online A website is an important part of any company’s business module, but it is also expensive. With Site Builder you can create, run and manage your own professional website from R85 per month (website hosting and [...]

Start the virtual-side of your business in 30 minutes!

Small to medium sized businesses are the backbone of economies, and here in South Africa, and in 2019, we need more self-starters than ever. During his state of the nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his vision for a tech-savvy, smart and small-business-orientated South Africa. While he has been criticised for being a bit too “dreamy”, those who don’t dream at all are those furthest away from achieving greatness, in my opinion. In times when companies are cutting jobs left, right and centre, there isn’t time to sulk and wallow, we need new business owners to create new opportunities.Marnus Broodryk, entrepreneur, best-selling Author and TV personality recently posted on LinkedIn: “It's a bloodbath out there. A few days ago, [...]

Choosing the right web hosting hero to power your website

Web hosting is the behind-the-scenes HERO or VILLAIN of every website on the planet. But the true master-mind behind your website’s functionality is the web hosting company powering it all. Choose correctly –  and you’ll have a well-behaved website that functions precisely as it should. Choose incorrectly – and you could have an inconsistent, slow website that could be open to hackers and other security threats. So, let’s help you choose. Make sure your web hoster ticks the following boxes: Fast loading speeds Have you ever visited a website and waited for the content to download? Or even worse, some of the images didn’t display at all? Chances are you didn’t hang around to learn much about the website after that. As a website [...]

Is now the right time to start your small business? Hell yes!

by Wayne Diamond The past couple of years have by no means been an easy ride for South Africans, corporations or  startups. According to the Bloomberg’s Misery Index , the index that zooms in on a country’s inflation and unemployment figures, SA ranks third “miserable” out of 62 countries. Add loadshedding, fuel prices and retrenchments to the mix and the picture appears gloomy indeed. Should we all mope around or jump ship to more economic affluent countries? Or is there a glimmer of hope?  Some reports suggest that the economy is nearing the end of its slump. Mike Schüssler, a leading economist believes that we will start to see an improvement over the next few quarters . “We’re probably over the worst, and by [...]

The rise of AMD

Since the launch of AMD’s EPYC™ 7000 Series processors in June 2017 , AMD’s server market share has quadrupled . Although this is still far from the 22% market share AMD held in 2006, the EPYC™ 7000 Series is already being backed by some of the world’s most renowned cloud computing companies including Amazon.com, Microsoft, DropBox, and Oracle. A short history Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) started manufacturing microchips in 1969, just one year after Intel. This would be the birth of a rivalry that would span more than half a century. Although AMD is often seen as the underdog, the company has managed to beat Intel quite a few times  when it comes to CPU technology innovation: 2000 – AMD produces the [...]

Keeping it local is lekker

There was a time when having a “.com” or “.co.za” behind your website’s name was an absolute necessity. The popularity of these domain name extensions have over the years left fewer domain name options for new businesses. A new shift in domain name extensions have created endless  Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) options such as .net, .org and .biz. for startups and entrepreneurs. In recent years, even more gTLD options became available, including some that show where your business operates from. These are called geographic domain names. Some of the available geographic domain names that are relevant to the South African context include .joburg, .capetown .durban and .africa. And if you get most of your business from the local market, [...]

Domains.co.za is supporting Slipper Day: 10 May!

This Friday 10 May marks the annual celebration of the Reach For A Dream Foundation’s (RFAD) annual Slipper Day. This initiative is aimed at gaining support and awareness for children with life-threatening illnesses in a fun and positive manor: by wearing slippers to work, school etc. Participants can purchase a wristband for R10 at Wimpy, Pick ‘n Pay or Dischem. The Reach For A Dream Foundation’s main goal is to realise dreams of kids with illnesses such as cancer in an attempt to give them encouragement and hope. The campaign’s slogan of “Not all heroes wear capes” is extremely fitting. In multiple hospitals (and at home) many children are fighting for their lives and are heroes in the hearts of those near to them. At Domains.co.za, we [...]

The Power of Online in the 2019 Elections in South Africa

In a couple of days voters across the country will line up at the polls to vote in the 2019 elections in South Africa. This year 48 parties have successfully made it to the ballots. Over the past several months most of these parties have been using various platforms to aggressively broadcast their messages of change. While news channels, digital and print media will always be effective political tools, most parties realise that running a powerful online presence should also be at the order of the day. It is impossible for a political leader to visit every town in the country or guarantee that their messages are conveyed in the news in the manner it was intended. Online (via a political party website and social media platforms owned by the party) gives some of this power back [...]

How to make the most of your online store in 2019

Online stores are huge in America and China, but this trend is also on the rise in SA. An eCommerce report by PayPal together with research firm Ipsos, believes that the online market in SA will grow by R17 billion over the next two years (currently R43-billion). Being successful online requires several things of which a user-friendly, visually-pleasing website, with a memorable domain name and fast, reliable hosting forms the basis. Naturally, you also have to market your store via social media and other platforms to boost visibility etc., but there are a few other important factors that can contribute to the success of your online store, namely: 1.Safety According to a study by Sabric, SA has the third-highest cyber attacks in the world. Making your site safe [...]

Domains.co.za sponsoring local youth’s soccer team

There are lots Domains.co.za are passionate about. Entrepreneurship, cool domains names , UltraFast and secure web VPS hosting as well as delivering incredible service to our customers, but these aren’t the only things. We are passionate about giving back to the community too. Through last year’s   947 charity drive  we were able to help nearly 70 charities by donating thousands of water bottles for the cyclist who were competing for their respective causes. Helping charities through events that encourage physical fitness are particularly important to us as we believe that leading a balanced lifestyle is crucial in the demanding and stressful times we live in. That’s why we are happy to announce that we are sponsoring a local soccer team for [...]

Turn your business dreams into reality by registering the right domain name

It is not unusual to notice a spike in new domain name registrations during the first quarter of every year. Generally, the holidays offer entrepreneurs and startups with clarity surrounding great business ideas, whereas the hype of the New Year in turn, offers enough motivation to turn these ideas into viable businesses. And as we like to say: “It all starts with a domain name”. A domain name is an incredibly important part of creating and setting up a business. The physical location of your business is something no company will take up lightly. It should be the same when you choose a domain name. Your domain name is where your business will live on the World Wide Web. A domain name contributes towards your online visibility, that’s why the domain name itself [...]

Register a new African gTLD for just R30

We are happy to announce that all our African geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) names will sell for only R30 (incl.VAT) until end March. This Domains.co.za promotion, in conjunction with the Registry, is valid for all new .africa, .joburg, .capetown and .durban domain name registrations. This promotion is unfortunately not valid for any domain name renewals, however ALL our domain names are still FREE with any   website builder package , web hosting or EPYC VPS Hosting package signups. Why consider an African gTLD for your business or venture? Connect with your audience: A .africa or city domain name immediately shows commitment to a target audience located in a specific geographical area. It shows your patriotism towards your continent or city and [...]

Introducing our Epyc VPS hosting featuring the AMD EPYC Processors

We are excited to officially launch our new Epyc Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting solution featuring the new AMD EPYC™ 7000 Series processors. Over the past several months the AMD EPYC™ 7000 Series processors have created quite a stir in the Cloud industry. Innovators in the field, including Amazon.com, Microsoft, DropBox and Oracle, have all started using AMD processors in their infrastructure. We are extremely proud to join these industry-leaders as one of the first hosting providers in South Africa to make use of it for our VPS solution. The Domains.co.za’s Epyc VPS platform is built on SuperMicro servers with 512GB RAM and 24 x 2TB Samsung Enterprise SSD drives in Raid 100 configuration, which facilitates disk access speeds of 4 Gigabytes per second [...]

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 [...]