Making Your Web Presence a Reality
To be found on the internet you need to have a web presence. This journey starts with the search for a suitable domain name for your business or personal website (domain name and affordable web hosting). You can use .co.za’s whois service to determine if the domain name you are looking for is still available. Unfortunately .co.za only searches the .co.za namespace, a service like GoDaddy searches other TLD’s like .com, .net and .info
As with anything in life you get what you pay for, this does not mean more expensive is better. Prices range from R75 to as much R150 for a .co.za domain. International TLD’s fluctuate based on the Rand / Dollar exchange rate.
Before you pay for any domain name you need to acquire web space at a web hosting provider to host your domain name. There are many companies that offer this service but it would be worth your while to research companies you are entrusting your web presence too. Business users would require dedicated hosting services to ensure their websites are always available to customers and potential customers and delivered speedily.
There are web hosting companies that provide free web hosting like Wix.com but unfortunately free does not allow you your own domain name, this comes with their premium plans. The WiX url looks like this http://username.wix.com/sitename. The advantage of WiX is you don’t need to know anything about web development, a term called WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) much like Microsoft’s old Frontpage but with less the fat.
Your job is not done yet, domain name plus web space at a web hosting provider does not make a website. You will need content / information about you and or your business. This requires more work but the rewards can change the bottom line / exposure and also the placement on SERP’s (search engine results pages) like on Google.com To rank #1 is not impossible but requires good unique quality content and effective keyword research (SEO).
Why am i sharing this information? We would like you to purchase our products but more importantly to share the knowledge / information we have gained working in this industry for over 10 years. There are many pitfalls and if you visit often we will continue to share the knowledge.