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Domain Registration South Africa

Domain Purchase South Africa
  • Free website protection with An SSL Wildcard certificate establishes a secure connection between your website and your visitors, so they can browse safely. Having an SSL certificate also improves your Google ranking.
  • Free When you register a domain, your contact information is made public. This means anyone can access it. If you choose private registration, we'll replace your contact information with ours in the WHOIS database. for greater privacy
  • Free Boost your brand with an email address that matches your domain name. Every email you send will make you more memorable.
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.co.za
$1/1st year then $4/year
.co
$8/1st year then $40/year
.com
$1/1st year then $15/year
.africa
$20/1st year then $40/year
.me
$1/1st year then $25/year
.online
$0.80/1st year then $40/year

Domain Name Registration South Africa - Prices

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Domain extension12 months fromAnnual renewal price
.org
$1
$20
.com
$1
$15
.online
$0.80
$40
.app
$12
$25
.co
$8
$40
.me
$1
$25

State and local taxes will apply. Click here for our General Terms and Conditions.

Not just a domain name

Register your domain with IONOS and benefit from our comprehensive features.
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Email

A professional email address (for example: me@mycompany.co.za) connected to your domain with 2 GB of mailbox space to start. Upgrade anytime for more space.
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Security

For reliable protection of your website visitors and to increase your ranking on Google, one Wildcard SSL certificate is included with your initial contract.
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10,000 subdomains

Up to 10,000 subdomains to customise and structure your website, for example: news.mycompany.co.za.
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Easy setup

One-click activation makes it easy to connect your domain with email, hosting or social media profiles.
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Domain lock

The domain transfer lock ensures your domain cannot be transferred by unauthorised third parties.
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24/7 customer support

Our professional, knowledgeable support team is always available for help and advice, 24/7.
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Domain transfer

Transfer your domain to IONOS

Do you have a domain with another provider? IONOS makes domain transfers easy. It's a simple process, and we'll help you with guides and support if you need it.
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New domain names

Get a new domain extension

Protect your brand and stand out from the competition with our huge portfolio of new domain extensions, like .club and .app, or geographic extensions like .africa.
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Bulk domain search

Search and buy domains in bulk

Big domain order? Save yourself some time with our bulk domain search. Quickly find out if the domains you want are still available and register them in one go.

Increase trust with SSL

Why is SSL important?

An SSL certificate ensures all information transmitted to and from your website is protected from third parties attempting to access it. It is important because browsers, like Google Chrome, mark pages without https and the green padlock in the address bar as not secure. This can have a negative effect on the trustworthiness of your website. Pages that are protected with SSL receive better search engine rankings and are more likely to be trusted by visitors.

What is Wildcard SSL?

With IONOS, your initial contract comes with a free Wildcard SSL certificate. While a standard SSL certificate only protects one domain, a Wildcard SSL certificate protects the domain name, as well as all related subdomains, like https://news.mycompany.co.za.
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Domain Register SA – FAQ

Every website has a specific name to identify it on the web, called a domain name. Like your home address, it consists of different parts. The domain name has to be unique and only lead to one website. That’s why you need to check if the domain name you want is still free and not already taken.

A domain name may start with “www.” but web browsers will recognise it automatically, so it’s not essential. The next part of the domain name, the second-level domain, is what people will recognise and remember. It could be your company’s name, for example. The last part is the top-level domain (TLD), which can be generic (.net, .com, .org) or geographic (.uk, .wales, etc).

To find out if the domain name you want to register is available, use the IONOS domain checker.

Finding the right domain name is the first step in building a successful website and boosting your online presence. Without a strong domain, you risk getting lost in the crowd.

Decide early on if you want to have a brand domain or a keyword domain. Brand domains make a clear link between your business and your website, whereas keyword domains may get better search engine results.

Creating a successful website

Content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress offer a good platform for blogs – IONOS offers a WordPress CMS package, which includes a free domain for the first year.

You can also consider a one-page website package or a website builder. IONOS can help you set up both of these.

  • The one-page website allows web beginners to gain experience online. One-page packagesare user-friendly with a huge variety of pre-set layouts to choose from. You can link your business to Google's My Business via your website.
  • The second option is a website builder package, which is more sophisticated. This package is suitable for those who want a project with at least two subpages and more design control.

Classic domain extensions like .com work for both options. Country specific extensions (e.g. .co.uk) emphasise local relevance, and new top-level domains (nTLDs) such as .video, .business etc. can also be effective.

It's worth registering more than one domain extension, especially the classic extensions such as .com, as many users will remember them better than the nTLDs. If you own the .com version but prefer the nTLD, you can always set up domain forwarding. This also prevents someone else using your domain name.

Additional advice

Blogging tips for beginners

Get more domain tips

Forwarding a domain to a different domain

Domain name alternatives to .co.uk

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What makes premium domains valuable?

It's easy to register a domain name. Here is our step-by-step guide.

  1. Choose the domain name you want for your website. You can register more than one.
  2. Check whether your domain name is available using our domain checker tool. This will tell you if the domain contains invalid characters, or if it's already claimed.
  3. If your preferred domain name is taken, you'll be given alternatives.
  4. Add your chosen domain/s to your basket. There may be several different package options to choose from depending on your needs.
  5. Check your order for details such as the domain's expiration date, and how many domains you're registering.
  6. Create your customer account if you don't already have one.
  7. Select your payment method and purchase your domain/s.

Hint: Existing customers can add new domains by visiting the control panel and clicking "add new domain" in the domains drop-down menu.

A domain extension is also known as a top-level domain (TLD). It's the last part of a domain name – in the domain name ionos.com, .com is the domain extension. In an already crowded marketplace, it can be a challenge to choose a memorable and unique domain name, and this includes picking the right domain extension.

There are different kinds of domain extension:

ccTLDs are top-level domains that represent a nation — the 'cc' stands for country code. Some of these domain extensions can require a presence in the relevant country. A .co.uk or .uk domain are examples of ccTLDs. Some of the country code extensions are classified as generic ccTLDs by Google – gccTLDs. This is because the domain is not always used to represent a specific country. For instance .cc (commercial company) and .io (can be interpreted as input/output) domain are generic country code top-level domains.

gTLD is short for generic top-level domain. The classic .com, .org, .net are generic domain extensions.

nTLDs are new top-level domains. Each year, up to 1,000 nTLDs are released. Include extensions such as .london, .rugby and .tech, .cloud.

Please note: certain domain extensions have eligibility requirements, for example the extension .gov is restricted to use by government entities. IONOS does not offer these domain extensions.

Additional advice

Country domains: a comprehensive ccTLD list

gTLDs: what you should know about generic top-level domains

Subdomains are useful for organising your website into different categories. Possible categories include:

Target geographical areas or language groups

For example, if your website is in English and Spanish, a subdomain may be used to indicate that this section of your website will be in Spanish, and not English – instead of just domainname.com, es.domainname.com is used.

Product-oriented sections

If your website offers a variety of different services or products, you can create a subdomain for each one, for example: smartphone.domainname.com, or blog.domainname.com.

Gated content

Having a separate subdomain for logins or account pages on your website is a useful way of organising your site; for your clients and for yourself.

By using a subdomain, you'll be able to track the success of your website more accurately, as you'll see how different sections are performing.

Every domain name is linked to an address on the internet called an IP Address, which is a long string of numbers. Domain names make it easier for internet users to visit websites without having to remember this numerical address. When you visit ionos.co.uk, your browser and computer reads our site's DNS records in order to locate our website's files which are stored on a server. This almost instantaneous directing process allows your browser to access and load websites.

Like IONOS, most hosting providers automatically assign DNS records upon domain name registration. In some cases, you may wish to keep your registered domain with one company, but have your website's files and email accounts stored on a different hosting server.

This is called a DNS transfer, and can be arranged within a couple of days. You may wish to alter your DNS records if your domain registration was completed with an expensive hosting company. In this case, you can keep your registered domain but switch to a more affordable hosting provider such as IONOS.

A registry is an administrative organisation that dispenses unique domain names from a central database. This is where all the information associated with new domain name registration is kept. The domain name registration process is normally handled by hosting companies like IONOS that order domains on your behalf. Choosing one of IONOS's hosting packages means we take care of your domain registration, and you never have to worry about contacting a registry regarding your domain name.

No matter which hosting company you choose, you'll always maintain full control of the domain name that you have in the registry's database. That means you can also initiate a domain transfer to IONOS at any time - even if you purchased your domain elsewhere.