Domain Names

What is a domain name?

A domain name allows people to find your website when browsing the internet and provides a virtual postal address to which all your email will be routed.

Why do I need a domain?

  • In the business world, domain names are as common as telephone and fax numbers.
  • If your advertisements or business cards do not display a domain name, you run the risk of being passed over by customers that prefer to browse merchandise and services online.
  • A good domain name is vital for a business's branding and awareness, but more importantly aids in protecting copyrights, trademarks and product information.

Registering a domain is the first step in establishing an online identity for you or your business. Having a good domain name allows you to create a customised website and have professional looking email addresses.

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Having your own domain name ensures the integrity of your brand.

You will want a domain name if your company:

  • Supplies unique products or services
  • Has one or more registered trademarks and/or brand names
  • Would like to be associated with a concept, e.g. if you are in the business of selling Time Share, you might want a website called "".
  • It is also possible for you do have all your email at your domain name i.e.

What's a good domain name?

A good domain name is short, easy to remember and represents your business.

  • short and sharp
  • easy to spell
  • easy to remember

Remember at times you will be giving your domain name or e-mail address over the phone so the shorter the name and the easier the name sounds the less chance you have for spelling errors.

What else do I need to get my website or email up and running?

Your domain will be automatically parked with cwd until you choose to link it to a hosting or email package.

If you want to set up hosting and email, purchase a hosting package from us.

How long will it take for a domain to start working?

It will take around 24 hours for the domain name system records to be updated (or propagate), after which your domain, e-mail and web site will work perfectly.

My preferred domain name is taken, what should I do?

You can try adding a hyphen between words or adding additional words e.g. "" or try alternative Top Level Domains (TLDs), such as .net or .biz. You can also try reformulating your name e.g. ""

Which domain extension should I choose?

There is no difference, it comes down to personal preference. However the most popular types are and .com. A is the South African domain extension while a .com is for commerce, we would suggest registering a .com if you want to attract overseas markets.

For protection of your brand we would recommend registering both the and the .com domain names. To protect your brand from competition on local and international markets.

Question: Do I have to take a hosting package to host with CWD?

Answer: Yes, Domain parking is best if you are just planning on reserving the domain.

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