2021 Business Trends

Did 2020 turn out like you anticipated 12 months ago? Saying “no” to this would be a gross understatement. Businesses everywhere were forced to change overnight in order to survive, and sadly some did not make it through. Insights after the first COVID-19 wave and foresights into the second, could perhaps allow us to better prepare for the [...]

9 Myths About A Business Website

It’s 2021, every business should have a professional website. A website is not just a carrier that transports your business to potential customers, it’s also your business’ online hub. The first-place prospects will turn to, to find out more about you. Sadly, less than 64% of small businesses have websites. [...]

Adopting a culture of online safety & cyber security in the workplace

The matter of online safety and cyber security has made its way up the ranks of ExCo agendas across the globe. Companies both big and small not only realise the importance of safeguarding personal and company data, but also their responsibility towards protecting the data of their customers. Obtaining and maintaining the best and most [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cybercrimes: What are the latest trends in South Africa?

Before the pandemic, cyber security was a serious concern for most companies, however, in the past year it has pushed its way higher up on the daily business agenda and now includes most individuals as well! Here’s why... The pandemic’s influence increased digitalization of several companies’ processes, while other [...]

How to be productive despite the holidays

Do companies plan properly for times when resources (man, machine or material) run low? This year, it is safe to say that Lockdown regulations have literally forced every company in the world to adapt to functioning with fewer resources. As we head into the festive season, we look at how companies can better prepare for quieter periods and [...]

How to boost online shopping in 2019

Over the past few years online shopping has shown great potential in South Africa. According to an eCommerce report bypPayPal together with research firm Ipsos, the online shopping market in SA was estimated at around R45.3 billion at the end of 2018. The report indicates that 70% of active adult online users have made an online purchase [...]

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 [...]

How to Make Working from Home, Work for You [Part 1]

Working from home isn’t a new concept. In fact, prior to Covid-19 it had become so popular that some even referred to it as “the future of work”. While many South Africans have grown accustomed to remote work and have settled in nicely, others are new to this notion and are struggling to adapt. In order to be highly [...]

How to Make Working from Home, Work for You [Part 2]

Working from home requires extra self-motivation and a whole lot of discipline. The ability to work remotely is something many employees need to acknowledge, as it is being labelled the “Future of Work”. In a Covid-19 world many of us are forced to make it work, but is it really working? In order to be productive, employees need [...]

How to protect your website & personal information from cyber security risks

Digital transformation can help to improve, automate and streamline the way we do business. Amongst many other realisations,the current pandemic has highlighted just how reliant humans are on the internet. However, without following the correct security protocols, the cyber security risks associated with being "connected" could [...]

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 [...]

Is your website Black-Friday-ready?

Over the past few years America’s most anticipated shopping-day, Black Friday, has caught on heavily in South Africa as well. Followed by Cyber Monday, many retailers are making a weekend of it. Consumers can, therefore, expect to see great promotions and limited-time-only deals popping up around every corner. As Thanksgiving weekend [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mastering the art of Netiquette

A lot of our interaction online is often “faceless”, which could create a sense of anonymity or “distance” when we communicate with others. Irrespective of this, online etiquette always applies. In fact, as we grow more dependent on the internet for work and play, it is essential to sharpen our network/internet [...]

Pivot your Company for the Covid-19 eCommerce Boom

During the ‘pandemic’ eCommerce is booming! Prior to Covid-19, South African shoppers were generally ‘slower’ to adopt to online shopping. However, according to a Nielsen Study,  The New Shopper Normal , the general buying behaviours of [...]

Signs you are ready for new and improved hosting

Website hosting is often one of the things a company take out and forget about. Things change. And surely your business have grown substantially. Don’t let bad hosting happen to a good company because it can do far more harm than good. How poor hosting can damage your company It can lead to a damaged reputation The [...]

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, [...]

Top 5 Office Gadgets to Improve Health, Productivity & Fun

Humans are often inspired by the change of seasons (especially winter into spring) to take charge of their work and personal lives. Now is the best time to use that extra motivation to start that business, register the domain name , paint that wall, spring clean the garage and sort out your life in general. If there’s no change [...]

Ways to Reduce eCommerce Abandonment Rates for Your Online Store

Most shoppers in a brick & mortar store behave conventionally, whilst some are on a mission for something specific, others are casually browsing. However, generally speaking, the majority of items that go into a shopping basket, or trolley, lead to a successful checkout. Rarely do we see abandoned baskets and trolleys in a physical [...]

What Domains.co.za’s Site Builder can do for your small business

Does your small business have a website? If not, 2021 could be a great year to consider getting your business online. Statistics show that a large majority of consumers research companies and their competitors before engaging with a few. Not having a website means you are not even in the running. Don’t have a website - why not build [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why having a mentor could be essential for a new business.

What makes a business successful? There are many variables for this, but at its core a business’s success is predominantly dependent on the quality of the leader behind the steering wheel. While degrees, books, real life experiences, challenges, family, friends, failures and accomplishments all contribute to the making of a great [...]