20 Sep Domain Name and Hosting
Choosing a domain name and hosting provider may sound like a daunting task to some, but it doesn’t have to be.
Let’s start with choosing a domain name, try and keep it simple, short and relevant to your business. You can either make it your company name or relevant to the core service/product that you offer.
Are you selling locally or internationally?
If you are selling locally within South Africa, you should consider using the .co.za extension to your chosen domain name example: mycompanyname.co.za.
Otherwise, if your core focus is selling your service/product internationally then consider using the .com extension example: mycompanyname.com.
Once you have decided on your domain name – or perhaps multiple domain names, check on their availability.
You’ve decided on your domain name, congratulations. Your domain name is available and you’ve decided to register it. There are multiple hosting companies – including NJ Designs – that will register your domain for you on your behalf.
Choosing your hosting provider:
When choosing your hosting provider, you can find one that either has a locally-based server or an internationally-based server.
Note: You should only consider having an internationally-hosted server if the majority of your clientele are based overseas.
Tip: Find a local hosting provider that offers this service.
It is highly recommended that you consider finding a local hosting provider before looking elsewhere for the following reasons:
- Faster website access for local users
- Local technical support in the South African time zone
- Greater % local internet network uptime, especially when one of SA’s international internet links break
- Better geographic location improves geographical SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
At NJ Designs we believe in serving South African based businesses with the best web hosting environment. It’s the reason why all of our domains are hosted locally in South Africa.
If you have any domain and hosting related questions, please feel free to contact us.