#eCommerceDay2021: Celebrating online shopping in South Africa

Something new and exciting is afoot. A new initiative called eCommerce Day , which will take place on the 10th of March 2021. Much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, eCommerce Day aims to get South African consumers comfortable and enthusiastic about shopping online, and who knows, it may even inspire new online stores in the [...]

10 New Year Resolutions for Small Business Owners [Part 1]

Running a small business is hard work. Every day brings forth pressing deadlines aimed at meeting the business’ immediate goals. But what about all those other to-dos? Setting New Year Resolutions forces small business owners to identify tasks that will be beneficial over the long-term. Creating this list is the first step to ensuring [...]

10 New Year Resolutions for Small Business Owners [Part 2]

Small business owners have a lot on their plates. Often times the planning and prioritising of certain tasks will fall onto the backburner. However, in today’s economic circumstances it is essential to cover as much ground as possible. The upside though, is you don’t have to manage it all on your own. Delegate what you can to other members [...]

12 Marketing Tips for your Tourism Business

As South Africa celebrates the Tourism industry as well as its Heritage during September, it seems fitting to shine a massive spotlight on local travel. Lockdown restrictions have severely impacted the growth of our tourism businesses. However, under Level 1, and going forward, companies within this industry can bring [...]

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 a professional for a uniquely designed website. However, they need the potential customer a website could send their [...]

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 [...]

5 Online Trends Your SME Should Know About & Follow

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the adoption of online transacting in South Africa gained considerable traction. In fact, according to Statista there are now 38.13 million active internet users in the country.  Each of these users are using online to work, research products and prices, check social platforms, or buy items for [...]

7 eCommerce Trends to Keep in Mind During the Year Ahead

The eCommerce boom is real and, it turns out that lockdown was the little ‘nudge’ that South African consumers needed to develop a crush for online shopping. In fact, eCommerce revenue in SA is estimated to reach R225-billion by 2025.   Here are some interesting trends to keep in mind now that eCommerce is really [...]

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 [...]

7 Ways to keep website visitors interested

The purpose of a business website is to ‘educate’ the site’s visitors and turn them into customers… ideally returning ones. The problem according to Google however, is that 90% of website visitors are easily distracted. So, how can your website keep your visitors’ attention long enough to make a lasting impact? By [...]

8 Productivity Tips for Startups & Small Business Owners

Small business owners and startups have never-ending to-do lists, meetings, networking events, admin etc., and simply not enough time in which to do all of it in. Getting more done seems impossible, but hopefully these productivity tips can help you curb interruptions and make the most of the time that you do have.   1. Create [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Email is not dying - it is Adapting and Becoming Smarter

With the numerous collaboration platforms and popular instant messaging apps on the market, it is easy to think that email could be on its way out... However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Email for business is still the primary communication tool as it’s global [...]

Grow your small business despite Lockdown restrictions 

Lockdown restrictions and Covid-19 regulations are placing immense pressure on businesses across the world. Whether your business is currently unable to run normally, or at all, aim to use this forced “pause” in pace to reflect, adapt and find new ways to grow your company and sell your products or services. 1. Register a domain [...]

How to attract more traffic to your eCommerce store this festive season

As we head into the festive season, it’s an important time to ramp up marketing initiatives to ensure that your eCommerce store stands out online. In a Covid-19-reality, there will be less feet hitting the shop floors and probably smaller Christmas shopping budgets as well. Yet now, more than ever, it is eCommerce’s time to shine . Make [...]

How to attract repeat customers to your eCommerce store

“Get an eCommerce store”, they said. “It will be fun”, they said. But the truth is, more like most of the things in life that are actually worth doing, it is hard work. So, you’ve got a great eCommerce website, you are selling quality goods at reasonable prices, and you are using good marketing strategies to keep your business visible… but, [...]

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 diversify your small business for growth and not just survival

“It is not a failure to readjust my sails to fit the waters I find myself in.” ― Mackenzi Lee   Life changed, literally overnight for everybody worldwide. The pandemic has changed habits and adapted the way humans think about everyday things like going to the shops or interacting with a service provider. It would [...]

How to find the best web hosting provider for your website

A website is the ‘unsung hero’ for many companies. It is always on, always ready to convert visitors into potential customers, or relay their website queries through to your sales staff post-haste. Unless of course, your website hosting isn’t up to scratch, then the chances of any of the above actually happening are slim. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Start a Business on a Budget… Must Haves!

Having your own business can be hard but can also be very cool. You can work the hours you want and do the things you love. Contrary to popular belief not all types of businesses need investments of hundreds of thousands of Rands before they hit the ground running. Some, particularly home-based sole [...]

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, [...]

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

by Wayne Diamond The past couple of years has 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, [...]

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 [...]

Is Your Small Business Ready for Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is a journey. It differs from company to company because your goals and challenges will dictate the technology you need. For the same reason it is not only about technology but also about the people. The benefits to you, your staff and ultimately your customers will navigate your business in the digital era. In [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New Powerup 4.0: Twice the Power & Fun

A paper airplane is perhaps the only “toy” every child – and young-at-heart adult – across the world has in common. It is “free”, and it frees up the imagination. It also encourages children to be creative, learn from their mistakes, and most importantly: have fun. And then a genius innovator called Shai [...]

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 [...]

Reasons to update your WordPress Plugins

Regularly receiving SPAM or is malware an issue... check your WordPress Plugin updates, chances are you have several updates ready to be installed. With one in every three websites on the market powered by WordPress, the market for WordPress plugins is huge. Developers are regularly rolling out new or updated plugins that contribute [...]

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 [...]

Shared Hosting vs VPS Hosting

You’ve heard that there are different types of web and email hosting, mainly Shared Hosting vs VPS Hosting. Although both options will ensure your website is live on the internet and give you a professional email address, there are distinct differences between the two. What is Shared Hosting? Shared Hosting is an [...]

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 [...]

Site Builder: Website Content Tips to Improve the Success of Your Site

Site Builder is Domains.co.za’s website builder . It assists in creating a professional website easily; and is as simple as “dragging” and “dropping” plugins to work with your content and images. This solution makes it easy and affordable to get a professional website online quickly and easily with [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Tips to getting started with a side hustle

Resourceful, go-getting personalities across the country are dipping their little toes into the entrepreneurial pool by starting a side hustle. A side hustle is a start-up someone creates in their spare time in order to make extra money and build their dream idea into a real business. The great thing about a side hustle is that owners [...]

Tips to starting a business of your own

There are many reasons to start a business. Perhaps you’ve got a great idea... Maybe you are looking for more flexibility with your time... But most probably you would like to create true wealth, right? But there is another influencer behind business innovation: Necessity! In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and SA’s [...]

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: 10 Work from Home Ideas

A lot can happen over six months. During the first 4 levels of Lockdown many industries have shown agility in their “creative” responses; new ways of doing business have started and employees have adapted to the “new normal”. Unfortunately, there is the other side [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why Local Hosting?

Is the website hosting that is powering your business’ website a priority of yours? Business owners have a lot to think about and hosting is generally the IT department, web developer or web designer’s “baby”. However, if your website’s performance is important to you, and we know it is, then so should your website hosting and its provider. [...]