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Why Not A .NG Tld?

Why do Nigerians still go for the .com and other TLDs leaving off their .ng

Any good reason

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hello agboifo, please any info on the .ng domain now?? i would be glad if yall tell cos the demand is geting high now.

Thanks.

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No, registration is still manual for now, but it's much faster.  It's gone down to a max of 24 hours.  If you want one send me an email to domains AT netregit.com.ng

Cheers

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Has this service really started running or is anything still hanging them on the line?

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We'll wait until they start off by next year as said here. All service protocols, qualities and anything will be brought to book here, I promise you that because I'm really interested in it.

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I am yet to see any host will say they will not host a particular domain unless it is stated in their terms, but what i think you can do is to ask whether the hosting plan you bought can accomodate many domains, if yes, you can just buy the .ng and still host with the same hosting plan you have but when registering the .ng remember to put the correct Nameservers given to you by your host. It good to hear that guys are beginning to embrace this .ng boom, i seriously think nitda and nira do not disappoint some of us that are trying encourage it

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They are different domain names and as such will have their different CP so you can upload to the different servers. If I make a mistake here, I stand to be corrected please.

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Broadas, pls is ita ctually possible to buy a domain name with your regular Webhosting and doman name company, and still acquire the .Ng, i ask because i buy domain name and webhosting @ www.liquidnethosting.com and they are really good, but need 2 acquire a .ng domain name.

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@Seton

Thanks for the link. Just as you've stated, we will have to wait for them until next year to see what they can actually do. If they do well, we applaud them, else, ,

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ewealth, i think www.nira.org.ng and nitda have tried to scheme out domainers, so we can resell .ng domains. some of the measures are the you provide an administrator who will be a worker in the organisation you want to register and i learnt they will call the person to confirm.

Commercially .ng domains will be available for registration from january 1, let us give them till end of january to see how far they have gone, or what do you people think.

about mydomain.ng maybe we have to talk to nira or any of their registrar. It won't be a bad idea you know

@Omnipotens

reach them at www.nira.org.ng or www.nitda.org.ng

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.com.ng went down last year, and that alone has discouraged me

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Even if we had the TLD as .ng, do you think the main problem which is the availability and ease of registration will be solved?

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it could have been nice if we had mydomain.ng

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I think one problem of the .com.ng will be reselling it,I am an online real estate person,I register domain simply because I want to sell it later, does it mean I will not be able to resell? Any useful tips pls.

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I believe the .com.ng is not being patronized by Nigerians due to the time it takes by the nigerian government in charge of the registration to process any request forward to it which is not good for business.

I believe it is better now and I implore patriotic Nigerians to patronize our own domain.

You can visit the link below if you are interested in getting one today. Thanks

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Has anyone a direct link on where to contact those in charge of this .NG TLD?

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folks,

i think what is important is for us to embrace the .ng TLD, 'cos it is only we that can promote it,

what about its efficiency? i know you may want to know, we do not have control over that but i want to beg you in the name of whatever you believe in to always have a backup in case NITDA or NIRA fails, you never can tell.

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Asking Seun is not going to solve your problem because his choice are likely not going to be the same as yours. The main thing here is getting the admin in charge of this .NG TLD to make the whole registration process worth it or simply, they announce the non-existence of it and all remove their minds from it.

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lets first ask seun why he opted for nairaland.com instead of nairaland.com.ng maybe we can get some facts from him

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Depend on the business you are targeting.

dot com is for Commercial

dot org is for Organization

dot net is for Network

dot tv is for Television

dot za is for South Africa

dot ng is for Nigeria

dot us is for State

dot co is for Canada

so think before you use any dotcom.

See this website for details: http://www.nextpublisher.com/list.html

Shina

Basic Network

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I understand you pie.

Just that they should really make this .NG come live and serve those interested better. Can they?

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What you are suggesting is that clients should be required to use a TLD even if it is not in their business interest. I think they should be given the choice but they should choose what they want, because ultimately it is a business decision, afterall.

Check this out - Adgator uses a .co.za TLD and they say they are an African advertising network for bloggers.

For now, they may be successful but I don't reckon they'll go very far with that kind of domain name if a rival African firm (with a .com TLD or something more inclusive) opens its doors to African bloggers, because the perception is that they are trying to pass off their brand as a South African brand, rather than a global or continental brand. I think it is highly unlikely that Linkshare or clickbank would have been as successful as they are today if they had gone with a .us domain name, and that is why there is a .com.

Nigerian brands should by all means use a .ng TLD if you want to sell yourself as a Nigerian brand but where that is not the intention, by all means use a .com TLD.

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Not until registering a .NG domain name is as easy as 123.

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@pie1ect

I understand what you are trying to point out here. It is good and quite obvious that the .com is "commercial". One more thing here people should understand, from my own point of view is that, depending on the business environment you find yourself in, you should adopt their domain tld. If you are in the UK, .co.uk should service you. In the US, .us, South Africa is .co.za and Nigeria is .com.ng but why are we not using it? Why the difficulty? If you say it takes 48 hours to obtain, why must it be so? Is there anything so special about it?

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I think the decision to use a .ng domain name should be given to clients but not forced on them. The .com domain name does not mean your website is US-based. let's be very clear on that. It means it is a [b]COM[/b]mercial website (at least that was the original intention), and that is why it's so popular - it is a generic TLD. So the idea that Nigerians are not being proud of their country when they don't use the .ng domain name is flawed, in my opinion.

The reason why the .com TLD is perceived as American is simple - it was originally issued by some US agency and though maintenance of the TLD has transferred from organization to organization, it is still administered by an American agency or firm.

Not many US companies go with .us domains, as not all UK companies go with .co.uk. The problem with getting a country-code TLD is that you are perceived as not open for business to the rest of the world - you are only open for business to people in that country or region (as in the .eu domain names).

If I am a shoe designer based in Nigeria and I need a website, I go with .com TLD, because in all likelihood, I might grow to become an international brand in the future.

Now if I am a Nigerian e-commerce provider (like a Nigerian ebay, for instance) I should go with a .com.ng TLD, because this is my target audience and I don't intend to change that. However, I register .com and whatever else for security and to avoid legal battles later.

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OminPotens

Again, I speak from my experience. It will be very unfair to blame the management as not being ready to issue these .ng domains out. In fairness to them, for you to obtain a .ng domain, you do not really need to talk to any of the NITDA staff if u are not going to use their servers.

Just fill out the online registration form, then wait for it to be auto processed, that may take a while, say 2 days or so. They will call you to confirm your admin contact, then you are go.

Issues of downtime can be blamed on infrastructure just like we have then in power, health, school etc.

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Well, this topic is just pertaining to we Nigerians firstly before we start involving the outside world.

I still think there is no big deal about having the .ng tld. It is of great value to us.  Those who castigate it seems to be enemies of Nigeria and I don't think they are proud of themselves not to talk about their origin.

The management in charge of the registration of this domain is really to be held for this. I think they are the ones not helping matters. As we can see, there are people who are ready to use these domains but what about the issuing company, are they there and ready to issue these domains and with competent services (no downtimes (99%), stable, accessible, etc)?

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The bold part refers.

Maybe I didn't understand what you were alluding to in the first instance, If my memory serves me right, this was what you initially asked:

.nd tld is being controlled by Nigerian government through NITDA, so I fail to see your reason for being apprehensive in filling out a form for a domain registration, whereas you will be cool to enter your correct personal info when filling out a JAMB or NECO form. Isn't it the same government, the same country?

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Dude being proud as in ur love anything abt ur country! anyway i rest my case "i tot i was conversing with a nigerian"

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we own various names through  oneandone, godaddy, register.com, registerfly and hostmonsters for years.  even when registerfly was in serious trouble the migration to other registrars was trouble free.  i wish the .ng luck and success but i wait to see many questions answered first

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JYOU,

your No.2 question, Capital YES, all Nigerian must have the .NG attach to their domain names that is if you're proud to be a Nigerian . . .haba lets creat a good image for our nation na, which level.

And that of Seun i insist u flip to the front page of NAIRALAND e-book to get more details. lol.

Youngies,

U have spoken well i don't have much to say since u can't admit to the fact.

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Solocent

Are u soliciting?

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My point is that a busy site like nairaland cannot afford to have incessant down-time which normally associated with .ng domain.

I really do not know how much Seun is making from this site, but he should be wherever that butters his bread.

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ANy web designer to help us out

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No, you do not have to give any account details before you could register your .ng domain. The issue of security of your credit card does not arise. Maybe you need to open the registration site and look at fields in the form for registeration, http://db.register.net.ng

Thanks

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Mr.youngies

Dude i try to comprehend ur post but couldn't get ur point nevertheless u're rite he can't afford, but yet claim to have the biggest Nigerian Website with no .NG attach to it, come to think of it that dude is makinq million's from this site, u can't tell me that you're not aware of that, huh.

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ztyle

It may not be in the Seun's best interest to pursue a .ng domain for nairaland for now, because nairaland is about the busiest online naija forum. It cannot afford intermittent down-time that .ng domain is prone to.

Hopefully soon all the issues with the .ng tld will be taken care of, only then will I suggest that for Seun for a site like nairaland.

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you are right that guy is randy bush and thanks for the link

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Perfect Point Mr. Gozzila in addition to your splendid post, i mean the aspect of Seun being proud of his forum i think something like www.nairaland.com.ng or betterstill www.nairaland.ng Proudly Naija Domain but it's a shame we all pursue the .COM domain and neglect out home base Domain.

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NITDA goes to the extent of calling your administrative contact to confirm before you could be registered

The white boy's name is Randy Bush, he has since handed it over to Nigerians

The registration site is http://db.register.net.ng

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I believe the question has been answered, and extensively answered.

And that the why is more basically that of the pride it gives than any other factor (for now). See how proud Seun is calling this forum the biggest nigerian website. A .ng domain will instantly be associated with Nigeria, maybe the bad of the nation, but see it another way the good coming out of the nation.

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Many thanks, Yawa

To break it down further, do you know that, that Indian 419 with .ng domain must be known by the authorities before his .ng domain is registered? If at anytime it proven or even suspected that his domain is involved in illegal business, NITDA has the right to shut it down without any recourse.

Again, you as an individual or comapany can't go and register for instance "www.cocacola.com.ng" if you are not the real coca cola company. If you do, at anytime it is discorvered by coca cola, they may ask NITDA that they want to reclaim the domain from you, and NITDA will have no option than to oblige them.

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what is the security of info like with naija domain registrations. do you have to give your credit card details and what is the gaurantee it wont be compromised?

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youngies,

That is another thing. Thanks for bringing it up. Just like not all .com companies are US-based, not all .ng companies could be nigeria-based. For instance, let me play devil's advocate and examine 2 extremes - it could be a company in a country like equitoreal guinea wants an African presence but they don't have a domain of their own so they shoot for a .ng domain. On the other hand, a 419 guy who happens to be indian and knowing the reputation we have with the world, establishes a website with a .ng domain.

Thanks for bringing this up once again.

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It took me approximately 6 days to get my .ng domain to be resolved. It is also free, if you already have a hosting company that will host your site. But you will be required to pay if you also want to host with NITDA servers.

My experience - the down-time of .ng servers is not encouraging and needs to be addressed asap.

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yawa,

Does it necessarily mean that any company with .ng domain is based in Nigeria?

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yawa-ti-de, I assume you are refering to NIRA's URL. A colon was missing in the URL, but now included. My mistake!

"Sidon look"? Fair enough! But risky approach if you are a player in the industry.

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finek,

Call me crazy but I just loaded up the url you posted above and got nothing.  I had to google to find www.nitda.gov.ng

Be that as it may, I personally will be adopting the "sidon look" mentality, same approach I take when MSFT comes out with something in beta.  I will give them some time to iron out their kinks before I jump on board.

Sorry but I have been burned too many times to be burned yet again. Once bitten they say, twice shy.

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Not as bad!

Registration process in the past was not commercially-based (and therefore not self-supporting), and the registration was not automated and real time.

However a lot has been and is being done to address these bottlenecks. A stakeholder-based body Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) http://www.nira.org.ng/ has been set up and given the mandate to kick-start and manage .ng registrations.

NIRA has appointed Registrars and plan commencing commercial operations, in January 2009. See details in http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/compulife/article02//indexn3_html?pdate=101208&ptitle=NiRA .

Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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omni, from reading, it appears to be a monopoly issue. Until the govt or whomever is in charge allows free markets to reign, which would encourage competition, which in turn leads to better services, I am afraid that as many things naija, we will be stuck in neutral for a long time to come. Sad but true.

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