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Domain names registration costs:
major differences compared

What does it cost to register domains names in South Africa? Some domain names registration services charge three times more than others! We compare prices.

'Look before you leap' should be your motto before you register domain names.

The cost of registering domain names compared

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.CO.ZA
One year

.CO.ZA
Two years

.COM
One year

.COM
Two years

Company A*

R350

R470

R400

R800

CyberFace

R250

R400

R250

R400

Company B*

R399

R494

R990

R1480

  • We used to name the companies, but were threatened with legal action!

  • prices exclude v.a.t.

  • In all cases, CyberFace offers the best prices.

  • In addition, CyberFace creates a FREE, temporary, hosting account (essential for co.za) where you can 'park' your domain names until you decide whether to host with CyberFace, or elsewhere.

  • BEWARE. Some companies register domain names in their own name, for convenience, they say. In practise, this means that you cannot more your domain names to another hosting company without their permission or a court order.
    Ensure that your domain names is registered in YOUR name!

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Choosing domain names: factors to take into account

Before registering domain names try and ensure that it has most of the following characteristics. This may take a little time, but the effort will pay dividends

  • Domain names should be as short as possible
    example: www.abc.com : more info.

  • Include the name of your company
    example: www.anglo-american.co.za

  • Domain names should be easy to remember or guess
    example: www.cocacola.com

  • Be easy to be understood when spoken aloud.
    for example domain names like manny.co.za might be heard as mannie.co.za or even many.co.za! (see 'telephone test' below)

  • Include your most important keywords
    example www.steel-engineering.co.za. Some search engines give better listings to sites that include important keywords in their domain names. Think of keywords that people might search for when looking for what you have to offer : more info.

Of course, it is usually impossible to include all the above characteristics in domain names (especially since many names are already taken) but they ARE worth TRYING to achieve before your domain name registration.

Some believe that using a hyphen between words helps search engines differentiate between words. For example that www.engineering-news.co.za is better that www.engineeringnews.co.za. But, be warned, such domain names can be difficult to communicate over a telephone! Many people are not sure whether a hyphen is a - or a _ or a ~ ! :more info.
 

The telephone test

Domain names MUST be able to pass the telephone test. Try saying your potential domain names to several people over the telephone. Do you find you have the spell it out? If so your choice could be a mistake! We have a slight problem with CyberFACE. Some people think we are saying CyberSPACE.

More than one domain name?

You might wish to include several keywords in your domain name, for example: www.galvanized-steel-products.co.za . BUT, this is going to be difficult to communicate over the telephone and is rather long for the printed media. A solution is to also register www.steel.co.za. You then 'point' the latter at the former and get the best of both worlds.

We suggest that you:

  1. Do a 'domain search' (see immediately below)to check that the name you want to register is available

  2. Register your domain name

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CyberFace domain registration costs comparison.


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