DNS Business Achieves ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Recertification, Elevating Information Security Standards


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Media Pack: Brand with Africa

Welcome to the world of .Africa - the premier domain extension representing the vibrant continent of Africa. This media pack aims to showcase the unique opportunities and benefits associated with owning a .Africa domain name.

Media Pack download


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Price Increase for .co and .biz Domains

Starting from March 1st, 2024, there will be a slight price increase for both .co and .biz domains. 

The new prices will be as follows:

- .co_new domains: Increasing from $27.00 to $29.00

- .biz_new domains: Increasing from $17.00 to $18.00

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Transferring DNSSEC-Signed Domains: A Technical Guide

Transferring a DNSSEC-signed domain is more complex than transferring a regular domain. DNSSEC is essential for maintaining the authenticity and integrity of DNS data. This post explains the steps involved in the transfer process and introduces DNSViz, a valuable tool commonly used by TechOps teams for DNSSEC debugging.

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za.com price increase

The ZA.COM registry announced a price increase effective 21 November 2023. As a result, the standard cost for registrations, renewals and transfers for .ZA.COM  will be $264.

Current pricing is available here


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18 gTLDs on Promotion until December 2023


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What is DNSSEC?


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Get Your Voice Heard with a .blog Domain - On Sale for Just $4!

In today's digital landscape, having a strong online presence is vital for businesses and individuals alike. Your website serves as a virtual storefront, allowing you to share your ideas, passions, and expertise with the world. And what better way to make your mark than with a .blog domain name? Now, you can seize this incredible opportunity as our gateway platform offers .blog domains on sale for an unbeatable price of just $4! Read on to discover the power of .blog and why you shouldn't miss out on this incredible deal.

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Price Change Notice - Effective from 12 June 2023

There will be price changes on a number of domain extensions, to be put into effect on 12 June 2023. These price changes are due to upstream registry price changes.

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18 gTLDs on Sale until 31 December 2023


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Domain Status Codes, what they are and what they mean


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Understanding Name Spaces: From Programming to Domain Names

In programming, a name space is a container for a set of identifiers (such as variables, functions, classes, etc.) that are used to group related code and prevent naming conflicts. The purpose of name spaces is to provide a way to organise code and avoid naming collisions when working on large-scale projects.

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What Happens When Your Domain Name Expires: Understanding the Consequences

A domain name is an essential part of your online presence, providing a unique identifier for your website and helping people find you on the internet. However, domain names must be renewed periodically, and if you don't renew your domain name, it will expire. Understanding what happens when your domain name expires is important so that you can take steps to prevent it from happening.

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.CAM Domain Promotion

The .cam domain name is a new top-level domain (TLD) that was introduced to the internet in 2016. It is intended for use by businesses, organisations, and individuals in the camera and photography industry, as well as for webcams and live streaming platforms.


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Unique TLD's to look out for in 2023

Top level domains (TLDs) are the letters that come after the "dot" in a domain name, such as .com, .net, and .africa. Over the years, there are several new TLDs that have been introduced and are becoming increasingly popular among businesses and individuals.

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Why invest in a Premium Domain Name?

Premium domain names are highly sought after, premium-priced domain names that offer a unique and memorable web address for your business. 

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Who Decides how much domain names cost?

There are several parties involved in the pricing of domains, namely;. 

ICANN (and other policy or regulatory bodies around the world)
Registries
Registrars
Registrants
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What Do Domain Names Cost?

Domain names can cost anywhere from $0.50 to over $3000 and transfers and premium domains will cost even more. Domain costs are largely affected by their popularity, Top Level Domains (TLDs) and ccTLDs are some of the most popular domain names out there. Whereas some other domains, such as jozi.biz is one of the cheapest domains available at only $0.50. 

The cost of a domain name varies based on the domain extension (such as .com, .org, .net), domain registrar, availability, and few other factors.

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Connecting to Gateway

CONNECTING TO DNS GATEWAY

EPP, JSON, WHMCS or Online (Web-Rar)

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Q4 Promotion with Top Level Design Registry


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Huge savings on 11 new extensions added on Gateway


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10 new gTLDs available on Gateway


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Information Security - A cornerstone of DNS Business


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.London now available

Dot London is the official Top Level Domain Name (TLD) for the city. By owning a Dot London domain name, businesses, organisations and individuals can give their websites the “power of London” through a closer association with the city’s brand and reputation. 

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April 2022 Price Adjustments

64 extensions offered on Gateway will have price adjustments coming into effect on 12 April 2022.

* Please note: A grace period deletion fee ($2) is applicable for co.za, web.za, net.za and org.za domains.

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Webpreneur program with DNS and Gateway

According to wikitionary.org the definition of a webpreneur is as follows: An entrepreneur whose venture relates to the World Wide Web.

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African gTLDs Promotion, free domains if you qualify

The four African gTLDs are currently in an exclusive promotion with Registry Africa and ZA Central Registry who are the operators for these domains. This campaign is exclusive to affiliated, ICANN Accredited Registrars only. DNS Africa Ltd is a participating Registrar and we would like to extend this invitation to all users on our Gateway platform.

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WHMCS Module update



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.xyz now available on Gateway


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Media Resources | WHMCS

DNS Gateway Module for WHMCS updated

A new version (2.1.3) of the Gateway WHMCS module is available.

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15 New gTLDS added to Gateway


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.BLOG creates Promotion

Register any .BLOG domain for only $7.00 during the promotional period. 

Promotion Runs until 30th June 2022.

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Topdog IOS App out now

With the TopDog Domain App you can create and manage any domain from a list of 300+ extensions.

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3 new gTLDs available


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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 2023. 

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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DNS at ICANN 65

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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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