What is a domain name?
A domain name is a unique name that identifies an Internet site. An Internet domain name is a one-of-a-kind web address that you can purchase for your organisation through Webhost Kenya .
A domain name takes the form, example.co.ke. After registering a domain name you can use it for various purposes. For instance you can have a website whose address would be www.example.co.ke. You can also get email addresses at this domain. You choose what email addresses you would like. For instance it can be email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com and so on.
You may have a domain name in another extention for instance dot .com. If you are transacting business in Kenya, it would be advisable to register your dot co.ke company’s name or brand name to prevent any other person or organisation registering it. This prevents another entity masquerading on the web as the genuine article and situations whereby you would have to buy the domain name probably for an exorbitant price.
Your domain name is registered as soon as you pay for it and it active with 3 hours. It does not take more than 24 hrs for it to become live
Do I need a credit card to pay for my domain?
You do not need a credit card to pay for your domain. You can pay by Mpesa, Pesapal cash or cheque. See the Payment options
A domain name gives you exclusivity
Without your own domain, you don’t have much of a choice. Your email and web addresses will generally be based upon the name of your host or Internet service provider, such as username@ymy-ISP-provider.co.ke andhttp://www.my-ISP-provider.co.ke/username/ By having your own domain name is like owning your own virtual real estate. Such exclusivity can help build name recognition for you and your company.
A domain name helps to promote your organisation and brand name
You can promote your website instead of someone else’s when you’re sending emails as your domain name will be in the email address, for example firstname.lastname@example.org is helping to promote mycompany.co.ke whilemycompany@my-ISP-provider.co.ke is helping to promote and brand my-ISP-provider.co.ke
Gives your business or organisation credibility
As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” and in business, first impressions count. Having your own domain name projects a professional image of you and your company, normally associated with large companies. It tends to say to others that you’re a serious business person, operating an established business, in a professional manner.
A company with a free email address such as email@example.com for business purposes projects an image of not being serious and makes the recipient of email doubtful as to the authenticity of the company.
Gives your website and emails mobility
If you set up a web site without owning your own domain name, you end up using the domain name of your web host by default, http://www.my-ISP-provider.co.ke/username. Such a web address is not mobile; you can’t take it with you if you ever switch to another web host.
But ownership of your own domain name gives you the option of moving your web site to another host without losing your web address.
What kinds of domain names are there?
There are country specific names such as
Company.co.ke – Kenya
Company.co.uk- United Kingdom
Company.co.jp – Japan
General domain names are usually found with the suffix dot.com, dot.net, and dot.org.
Company.com – Commercial Entity
Company.net – Network Entitty
Company.org – Non-Profit organisation
These domain names are general and do not communicate what country or region the organization is based.
In Kenya we have the following domain names avaliable for registration specifically for organisations located in Kenya only.
• domain-name.co.ke – for commercial Kenyan companies
• doamin-name.ac.ke – for academic Kenyan institutions
• domain-name.or.ke – for non profit making organizations in Kenya
• domain-name.ne.ke – for network entities in Kenya
• domain-name.go.ke – for Government of Kenya entities
Who can register a domain name?
Any individual, company, organisation or entity can register a domain name. However registration of Dot co.kedomains is only available to persons and organisations with a physical presence in Kenya.
What domain name can I register through Webhost Kenya?
You can register domains with any of the following extentions.
How do I register a domain name?
To register your domain name click below