Registering a domain name is the first step to getting your website online. Here’s how it works.

What is domain name registration?

  • Domain name registration is the process of reserving a domain for your website. Registration typically lasts for a fixed period of one year.
  • The person or company registering the name must supply their contact information to an ICANN-accredited registrar or reseller. The registrar will check the availability of the name and create a WHOIS record of this information. They will then list the domain on DNS servers.
  • Registrants must adhere to a certain code of conduct. They must also indemnify the registrar from any legal repercussions resulting from the misuse of the domain.

How do I buy one?

  • If the chosen name is freely available, it can be immediately paid for and registered through a registrar such as 1-grid.
  • If the name is already taken, it is possible to look up the current owner’s details via a WHOIS search. You can then contact the owner directly to find out if it would be possible to negotiate a direct sale of the domain.

How much does one cost in South Africa?

  • For freely available domains, the cost of registration and renewal can vary depending on the popularity of the extension and the specific registrar.
  • For example, 1-grid offers domains at R99 per year, and .com domains at R199 per year. The most expensive domain extension, .fm, comes in at R1719 per year.

We make the registration process easy for you. Go ahead and register your domain with 1-grid today!