You need a domain name before website hosting so that people can find your website on the internet.
Frequently Asked Questions
A domain name like www.my-domain.co.za is a website address that people will use to find you on the internet. Domain names are used as an address, also known as a Universal Resource Locator (URL) to locate businesses, organizations, or other entities on the Internet.
The domain name is the address of your website and your email address on the internet. Using a domain name related to your business name, services you provide or a product, allows your customers to remember your website address more easily.
A great benefit of using your own domain name is that regardless of where you host your website, your Email and website address will always remain the same.
The following video describes what a Domain Name is and how the Domain Name System (DNS) works.
Registering your domain name now ensures that you own the domain name, that may not otherwise be available when you want it. Once registered, the domain name is yours, provided the domain renewal fees are paid each year.
A domain name is like internet real estate; your own space on the internet where your business resides. You can park the domain, use it, sell it or lease it to other individuals or companies.
Domain parking is included free with all our domain name registrations and transfers.
Your domain registration could be complete within minutes, provided the domain registration fee is paid and your registration information is filled out correctly.
A Top Level Domain (TLD) refers to the last characters in a (dot) naming sequence. For example the TLD for a .co.za domain is .za, which is a country specific TLD, abbreviated as a ccTLD. Transferring a domain depends on the ccTLD (country) or gTLD (generic) that is being transferred.
Legacy .co.za domains can take up to 24 hours to transfer, while .co.za domains which are on Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP), can be transferred in a matter of minutes, provided the domain transfer is accepted by the domain owner.
EPP is a secret code randomly generated by a domain registrar which can contain numbers, letters and special characters. Registrars are only permitted to provide this secret code to the registered owner of the domain, who can then provide the secret code to a domain buyer during a change of ownership.