Lets begin with the basics.

Your domain is the name by which your website will be found on the world wide web. Take for example, this website. Our domain name is ‘ipcowebdigital‘ and the suffix ‘.co.za’ is one of many Top Level Domains.

Other examples of top level domains are:

  • .com
  • .co.za
  • .net
  • .org
  • .org.za
  • .info
  • .biz
  • .co.uk
  • .de
  • .eu
  • .mobi
  • .co
  • .cc
  • .tv
  • .capetown
  • .durban
  • .joburg
  • .africa

Top Level Domain tips

Many times, by defining and ring-fencing your domain to a specific top level domain, it assists Google in ranking your website. For example, if you are a plumbing business in johannesburg, a suitable top level domain would be ‘.co.za’ but a ‘.joburg’ could be a better option in terms of Google ranking your site against your competition.

Sometimes the domain name you have your heart set on is unavailable. It might be worth trying other another top level domain when searching, as many times the ‘.com’ domain has been taken, but the ‘.co.za’ is still available.

We use the ZACR (ZA Central Registry) to search for available domains in the following Top Level Domain categories:

  • .co.za
  • .net.za
  • .org.za
  • .web.za
  • .africa
  • .capetown
  • .durban
  • .joburg

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