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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Domain Name?
Computers and servers on the internet speak to each other using a series of numbers called IP Addresses, these can be though of as "gps coordinates" of the internet.
As these IP addresses are difficult to remember on a daily basis, domain names were created to make these addresses easier to remember, much like the address of your home.
A domain name is used to identify your website and allow people to find you on the internet, or to locate businesses, organizations, or other enterties on the internet in an easy-to-remember way.
A domain name is the foundation of your website (www.your-domain-name.africa) as well as your email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Using a well thought up domain name allows your customers to identify and remember you more easily on the Web.
A great benefit of using your own domain name is that regardless of how many times you change your website hosting provider, your Email and website address will always remain the same.
I don't have a website yet, why do I need a domain name now?
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.
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.
What type of domain names can I register at Domains.Africa
We offer the .africa gTLD as well as a large number of international TLD's and gTLD's.
These include the most popular ones such as .com .net .org .biz and .mobi.
With more than 1000 new gTLD domains being added to the internet, we will constantly update our list of available domain extensions.
Why Domains.Africa for your domain names
Our team has more than 50 years of cumulative domain knowledge and experience and has been part of running the largest ICANN Registrar in Africa.
Because of our expertise and extensive experience in the domain name industry, our team has in the past, provided domain, cloud and online solutions for some of the largest companies in Africa.
With each domain name registration or transfer we include a range of free services including Domain Parking, URL Forwarding and DNS Management on our globally redundant nameservers.
How long does it take to register a domain name?
Your domain registration could be complete within minutes, provided the domain registration fee is paid and your registration information is filled out correctly.
How long does it take to transfer a domain name?
This depends on the ccTLD or gTLD that is being transferred.
A .africa domain can transfer immediately if the transfer is accepted by the domain owner, or this can take up to 5 days to complete.