Understanding Domain Name Transfers

Have you ever wondered how domain transfers work? Read on!

This post will focus on how domain names are transferred from one domain registrant (i.e. the person/entity who owns the domain) or LosingRegistrant to another GainingRegistrant (i.e. domain purchaser). 

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Radix Registry Promotion

The Radix registry promotion features 8 new, catchy and unique domain names going for unbeatable prices until 31 December 2021. 

These 8 domains can be used for a multitude of business and personal purposes, and will give your online presence a one of a kind and eye catching makeover. 

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Africa Internet Summit Online 2021

The Africa Internet Summit (AIS) is an annual, regional, multi-stakeholder ICT conference. It is the pinnacle educational and business ICT event in Africa where key players in the Internet industry can interact with the global Internet community.

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Passthrough on Gateway

If the Registrar or Reseller is already accredited and has an account with domains on any of the supported registries listed, that service can still be accessed and the domains can be managed directly through Gateway using Passthrough for a small per transaction fee. Setup costs for Passthrough are free. Read More

Africarise promotion

Thank you to those who opted in for the “Africa Rise Registrar Create Promotion” over the past six months.

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Domain Disputes Explained

A domain name dispute is a conflict that arises when more than one individual or group believes they have the right to register a specific domain name. Most commonly a domain name dispute would occur when a domain name similar to a registered trademark is registered by an individual or organisation who is not the trademark owner. 

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Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)

The Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) enables users to access current registration data and was created as an eventual replacement for the WHOIS protocol. RDAP was developed by the technical community in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Read More

Trademark Registry Exchange (TREx)

The Trademark Registry Exchange ('TREx') is a new service developed by the Trademark Clearinghouse, which provides trademark holders with an additional protection layer for unregistered domain names, matching their labels, across a multitude of TLDs, by restricting the registration of these domain names in the general availability phase. Effectively preventing third party registration of domains and protecting brands. For example, in absa.africa - absa is the label and absa.africa is the domain name. Therefore the TREx service will protect all absa-related domain names that are covered in the initial bundle.

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.ZA - The Official South African Domain Name

.za is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for South Africa as maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). The letter combination is based on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 two letter country codes as part of the part of the ISO 3166 standard. The .za namespace is managed and regulated by the ECT Act which creates an organisation called the .za Domain Name Authority (ZADNA).

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ISO27001 Certification - An Ultimate 2020 Achievement

We are both pleased and proud to announce that on the 14th December 2020, DNS.Business was notified that it qualified for ISO27001 certification. DNS.Business received this notification from Sancert, the ISO27001 auditor, that they were satisfied with the audit results and that they will submit the audit results for formal ISO27001 certification. 

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.AFRICA - The Perfect Domain for your Business

Whether you’re aiming to be the next Alibaba or you want to pioneer something completely unique, the online space is clearly where it is all happening.

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Why own your .Brand?

Firstly, a ‘dot brand’ is a Top-Level Domain (TLD) similar to .com or .org, however your brand name appears to the right of the dot, and you own the entire name space.

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Four Candles tribute to the legendary Ronnie Corbett - YouTube

Tribute to Bill Manning - A Friend, a Colleague and a true DNS Hero

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Manning. He was one of the Internet’s brilliantly unique and colourful personalities who many of us knew personally. The current Domain Name community in Africa owes a lot to his unwavering and sometimes hidden efforts in the industry. Bill fought for the fundamental principles of everyone on the Internet in ways that few people can appreciate.

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Tips for finding the Perfect Domain Name for your Business

Choosing the ultimate domain name for your business can become a tedious and time consuming task, but it doesn't have to be. Herewith, a few simple guidelines to ensure your domain name properly represents everything your business stands for, enough information for people to know what your site is about, however not giving away too much of the good stuff before they have a chance to visit your site, and all the while creating a memorable and simple name that your customers will never forget! Gateway offers a range of different domain extensions for you to choose from.

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African Domain Name Systems Forum 2019

The 7th edition of the Africa Domain Name System Forum was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 22nd to 24th July 2019. The forum was hosted by the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA).

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DNS Gateway - an up and coming Domain Reseller Platform

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Mandela Day at Dimphonyana tsa Lapeng 2019

This year DNSBus celebrated Mandela Day at Dimphonyana tsa Lapeng, meaning " Little Gifts of Home", an orphanage in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion that was founded in 2001 by Mam' Asnath Teffo. The DNSBus team delivered groceries and lunch for the children whilst spending their 67 minutes playing and getting to know the children and staff.

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Second Level Registrations (SLRs), other ccTLDs vs .ZA

The .za Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) recently issued a public discussion document  requesting public submissions on direct second level registrations (SLRs) in the .ZA domain name space. What this effectively means is that, at some stage in the future, you could be able to register "yourname.za" in addition (or alternatively) to "yourname.co.za". Shortly after the Discussion Document was released, we published a blogpost on the complexities of introducing SLRs into .ZA. Read More

Docker Containers - The future of DNS Development?

As an IT company we strive to instil the best and most up-to-date knowledge and skills of the industry in each and every team member in order to provide the most professional and efficient services to our customers. For some time now we have been conducting "Tech-Talks" every Friday afternoon, where one member shares with the team, the latest technology, software element of our products that they have been working on or have taken an interest in in order to enhance the background knowledge and skill set of the team as a whole. We have found that after these talks and interactions with the team, we gain a more complex and in-depth perspective of the inner-workings of the company and its' products which in turn helps to better the overall outlook of the team.

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Benefits of owning your Domain Name

Have you ever wondered why most companies have websites and e-mail addresses that are personalised with their own unique domain names? Well, the first reason is that the domain name belongs to you and only you. Your domain name is more than the words you type into the browser, it’s associated with your online identity and can make or break the future of your brand.
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Benefits of Owning a ccTLD for your Business

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AC.ZA goes live on Gateway

Possibly the first second-level domain created in South Africa, AC.ZA provides a unique Internet domain name space for use by higher education institutions, learned societies and associated research and support institutions that are domiciled in the Republic of South Africa. Read More

.ZA is NOT a Security Disaster waiting to happen.

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AIS 2019 - Kampala, Uganda

A team from DNS Africa Ltd attended the Africa Internet Summit, in particular, the AfTLD ccTLD Marketing Workshop last week in Kampala, Uganda.
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New Extensions added to Gateway

We are constantly adding new registries and domain name extensions to our Gateway Portal and our newest additions are Country Code Top level domains (ccTLDs): .JE and .GG and their Second Level Domains (SLDs). Read More

RDAP has gone live for DNS

Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is the successor to the ageing WHOIS protocol, like WHOIS, RDAP provides access to information about internet resources: domain names, autonomous systems and IP addresses, although does so using a fundamentally different approach in order to account for the shortcomings of the traditional WHOIS protocol. Read More

Software Analysis Intern Livhuwani Mabasha on Testing

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The .za SLD Cost and Fee Structure: Wholesale Fees

It is important for the public to realise that one of the primary purposes of the Wholesale Fee is to sustain and enhance a critical piece of Internet infrastructure. The risks of not adequately supporting a robust and well functioning SLD space far exceeds the costs and charges associated with a single domain name registration. The Wholesale Fee is essentially an investment into bridging the digital divide and sustaining a highly competitive, relevant and secure digital space for South Africans. 
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Interview with DNS Intern Caleb Nkosi and his work on the WHMCS Module

Born and bred in Mpumalanga, Caleb Nkosi is a Bachelor of Science graduate who majored in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Zululand. During his time there he also served as the Chairperson of the Computer Science Society where he was exposed to various ICT channels which sparked his interest to pursue a career in IT

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Investigation into the Issues surrounding CO.ZA

Following Delegation Signer (DS) records to the .za space on the 5th September 2019, in preparation for a Key Signing Key (KSK) rollover we started receiving reports of issues on some validating name servers. 
The issue was eventually traced back to old buggy versions of Unbound that had been standard in older versions of both Ubuntu and Redhat. In order to solve this we removed the higher security SHA-384 DS keys from the .ZA zone and left the SHA-256 keys in place.

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SLRs: The .NZ Experience

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DNS Businesses Agile journey to becoming an iconic 21st Century Company

It's no secret that DNS Business's 'best of breed' technology is leading the way in the local domain name industry. Along with the growth that DNS Business's focus on innovation has brought, it's also come with, well....lots to do!

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The Uk Geography - Lessons - Tes Teach

.UK vs .CO.UK - Some Figures

In 2013, Nominet released a consultation with regards to registration of Second Level Domain Names (SLDs). It was done "as part of a broader programme of work aimed at driving innovation, enhancing security and improving standards in the .uk namespace"

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Guinea Flags and Symbols and National Anthem

DNS Africa lands contract to provide a new Registry service for .GN

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DevOps intern shares his experience working on new SSL Certificate

Meet Michael Mabye, a Computer Science graduate who obtained his BSc and Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Limpopo. While pursuing his Honours degree he tutored younger student in database and operating systems and was also very active in fighting for student rights and affairs. From a very young age he was fascinated by building applications and software development, right there and then he decided that he was going to pursue a career in Computer Science, and has never looked ba

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Q&A with NS1: on Accelerating Enterprise Digital Transformation ...

DNS and Transformation

Domain Name Services has embarked on a transformation journey that would see the company moving from a non-compliant status to a level 4 B-BBEE status according to the Amended B-BBEE ICT codes over the next 12 month period.

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Domain name with .com or .rw - Teradig

.COM price hikes draw customers to Alternate Domain Name Extensions.

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